11/16 @ 7 pm: dorkbot art and technology forum
jason.freeman at music.gatech.edu
Tue Nov 7 23:58:57 EST 2006
The Atlanta chapter of Dorkbot, the international forum on art and
technology dedicated to “people doing strange things with
electricity,” will have its next meeting on Thursday, November 16th
(that's a week from Thursday) at 7 pm in the Couch Building at
Full details and directions are available at:
Talk abstracts at are the bottom of this message.
I also wanted to let you know about two other upcoming events of
PHILIP GALANTER EXHIBITION
This Thursday, November 9th, Atlanta-based artist (and recent dorkbot
presenter) Philip Galanter's new exhibition of generative lightbox
drawings opens at Mason Murer Projects at 325 East Paces Ferry Road;
the exhibition runs through January 6th. The opening reception is on
November 9th from 7-9 p.m. Full details at http://philipgalanter.com
and map at http://tinyurl.com/ycfjkd
SONIC GENERATOR CONCERT
Sonic Generator, the new ensemble-in-residence at Georgia Tech,
presents its inaugural (and free!) concert on Tuesday, November 14th
at the Georgia Tech Alumni House. Among other things, it will feature
a performance of Gil Weinberg and Scott Driscoll's Jam'aa, which
features the same robotic drummer being presented at this dorkbot
meeting. Full details and directions are available at http://
Now, on to the actual presentations for this dorkbot meeting:
DANIEL BAUEN: ROBOTONY
Robotany is a collaborative of Jill Coffin, John Taylor, and Daniel
Bauen to combine nature and robotics. Breeze, the first installation
of Robotany, is an ambient robot inhabiting the body of a japanese
maple. Breeze can visually sense and react through 360 degrees,
allowing her to reach out to you and others whenever you are near.
This is not a dancing bush, the motion is subtle and artistic, and at
the same time, surreal.
Daniel Bauen (Lives in Atlanta, GA) is a Swiss-American mechanical
engineer focused in the design and application of electromechanical
systems (mechatronics): combining electronics, programming, and
mechanics to work on projects involving robotics, product design,
interactive art, micro-controllers, and biomechanics. He currently
works on monumental, interactive stone and steel sculptures, and as a
mechanical engineering consultant for Function Engineering.
Jill Coffin (Lives in Zurich, Switzerland) is a digital artist,
wearable electronics designer, and doctoral student at the Wearable
Computing Lab, Institut fuer Elektronik, ETH Zuerich.
John Taylor (Lives in Seattle, Washington) is a nomadic technologist,
originally from the Silicon Valley. The bulk of his belongings are
currently on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, but cities such
as Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Zurich, and San Francisco
have recently played host to his wanderlust. Currently, his travels
are distracting him from finishing his thesis for a Masters of
Science in Architecture from Cal Poly, SLO. Other monkeys-on-his-back
include contract event production for Red Bull, experimenting with
multi-camera panoramic HD video, and the occasional game of Capoeira.
SCOTT DRISCOLL: A ROBOTIC DRUMMER WITH EARS
Haile, a robotic drummer that can listen and interact with other
human players in a drum circle will be demonstrated and explained.
Haile uses two robotic arms to play an American Indian PowWow drum
along with human players by listening to audio from microphones
installed in the humans’ drums. The talk will go over some of the
ways it interacts with people, along with some of the nuts-and-bolts
of how it operates.
Scott Driscoll has been working on Haile as his primary project while
a grad student at the Music Technology department for the last year
and a half. Before joining the music department, he completed a
mechanical engineering undergrad at Carnegie Mellon with minors in
computer science and robotics, and then a mechanical masters degree
at GaTech. He is currently taking part in the development of an
amateur robotics company, and plays piano and darbuka on the side.
As always, dorkbot, which is sponsored by the Georgia Tech Music
Department, is free and open to the public.
Assistant Professor, Music Department
Georgia Institute of Technology
840 McMillan ST
Atlanta, GA 30332-0456
jason.freeman at music.gatech.edu
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