[dorkbotsea-blabber] APRIL DORKBOT: TIME TRAVEL (!!LATE NOTICE!!)

Kate Seekings kate at whimsyfree.com
Sat Apr 3 19:40:23 EST 2004


WE'RE SO UNHIP.  This month's DORKBOT-SEA meeting will tell you why
we're all 40 YEARS BEHIND THE CURVE at 7.30 PM on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7th
at CoCA (http://www.cocaseattle.org) when internationally-recognized,
Seattle-based media arts consultant, curator, and historian ROBIN
OPPENHEIMER, in conjunction with Seattle/NYC legend DORIS CHASE, tells
us all about the 1960's E.A.T - EXPERIMENTS IN ART AND TECHNOLOGY, and
the "9 EVENINGS" ARTIST/ENGINEER COLLABORATIONS between Bell Labs
engineers and artists such as Jean Tingley, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns
and Robert Rauschenberg.  And then, GET HIP AGAIN!  OTIS FODDER will be
playing out for the first time since his return from Europe, with an
exclusive for-this-dorkbot selection of rare and suitably strange 60's
sounds from his amazing archive.  As always, ADMISSION IS FREE, though a
donation to CoCA is strongly encouraged.  We'll have a lava lamp, keg
and cocktails, so don't forget to RSVP to ensure your vodka martini is
waiting for you.  See you on Wednesday!  It's going to be quite an
evening.
 
NOTE:  SEEING ROBIN'S EXTRAORDINARY MATERIAL is a too-rare privilege:
it isn't available broadly, so TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND DON'T MISS OUT
YOURSELF!  Feel free to forward this invitation.
 
 
Presenters:
 
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*  ROBIN OPPENHEIMER:  1960'S EXPERIMENTS IN ART AND TECHNOLOGY (E.A.T.)
HISTORIES:  BILLY KLUVER AND THE "9 EVENINGS" ARTISTS & ENGINEERS
COLLABORATIONS.  In the mid-twentieth century, artists of all genres
(dancers, painters, sculptors, musicians) worked with many forms of new
and "old" communications technologies - film, early video, computers,
audio and radio electronics, etc.  They found a champion in Billy
Kluver, a Bell Labs engineer. His collaborations with Jean Tingley, Andy
Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg in the early 1960s led to
the 1966 "9 Evenings of Theatre and Engineering" event in New York City.
Convinced there was a need for an information clearinghouse to make
technical information and advice available and a service for arranging
individual artist-engineer collaborations, Experiments in Art and
Technology (E.A.T.) was then founded by a group of artists and engineers
led by Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman, Billy Kluver and Fred
Waldhauer. With 28 chapters founded by regional artists and engineers
across the U.S., E.A.T. represented a new vision in the late 1960s to
expand the artist's role in contemporary society and eliminate the
separation of the individual from technological change. Seattle and
Portland formed E.A.T. chapters that brought together local visual,
media, and performing artists with engineers from Boeing and other
regional technology companies in the summer of 1968.
 
Robin Oppenheimer will present clips from a video about Billy Kluver's
early work with artists and a documentary of Robert Rauschenberg's "Open
Score" 9 Evenings performance that includes archival footage and recent
interviews with the artists and engineers involved. DORIS CHASE, a
Seattle & New York E.A.T. artist, will also be present to comment on her
participation in Seattle's arts scene in the late 1960s.
 
Performance:
 
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*  OTIS FODDER:  In his first Seattle performance since he returned from
the Ideal Festival in Nantes, France (where he played with artists from
Lydia Lunch to Sigue Sigue Sputnik), Comfort Stand Records founder OTIS
FODDER will dj exclusively-selected 60's rare ecclectica - from Moog to
Lounge to soundtrack music and found sounds - from his incredible
archives.  Find out more about Mr. Fodder at http://www.otisfodder.com. 
 
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*  BONUS:  S.O.A.P. (Seattle Outsiders Artists Project) will be doing a
21+ science fair this April 30th, and will be giving out flyers (and
maybe a little plug) for their event at this month's meeting.
 
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In summary:
 
WHAT:              dorkbot 09:  TIME TRAVEL with ROBIN OPPENHEIMER,
DORIS CHASE and OTIS FODDER
WHEN:             WEDNESDAY, 7th APRIL at 7.30 PM
WHERE:           CoCA (http://www.cocaseattle.org
<http://www.cocaseattle.org/>  for directions) - NOTE NEW LOCATION
BRING:             Work in progress, anything you'd like to share or
discuss
DRESS:            MINI SKIRTS AND VESPAS
RSVP:              PLEASE RSVP to dorkbotsea at dorkbot.org.  It helps us
plan seating, drinks etc..
ADMISSION:     FREE, donations to CoCA encouraged
 
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As usual, if you'd like to speak or perform at, or curate, a future
dorkbot, just let Kate know via dorkotsea at dorkbot.org.
 
My apologies for the late notice for this month's dorkbot - I've been in
the UK, so please do let your friends and colleagues know about this
month's meeting:  it's going to be a corker.
 
Thanks as ever go to CoCA, our fantastic hosts.
 
See you on the 7th - and don't hesitate to get in touch by email if you
have any comments or questions beforehand.
http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotsea will be updated with more speaker and
performance details, images etc. shortly.  Oh - and RSVP, please.
 
K
 
 
 
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