Monthly Archives: January 2010

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What: “People doing strange things with electricitiy”.
Where: Serial Space (, 33 Wellington St Chippendale.
When: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010. 19:00 for a 19:30 speak off.
How: It’s free! < Bring along your own drinks and food!
Why: Because you know you want to.

HAPPY DECADE DORKS! The first meeting of 2010 is PACKED! So bring your note pads and beerrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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Geometries of Attention

Geometries of Attention is a collaborative project by René Christen and Astrid Lorange, comprising three interactive installations. Each work looks at how a ‘poem’ might be produced through the collaborative processes of noticing, engaging and playing. When a participant interacts with a work — touches, manipulates, provokes, corrupts — the work ‘happens’. Without interactivity, the poems exist only as fields of potential.
In one work, five poem-objects are the playthings for an experiment in attractive and repulsive dynamics. In another, a sound poem is generated from the touch of fingertips across a wall’s surface. In the third, four FM transmitters provide the material for an improvisational headphone radiophonics (tuning between four channels — a blue coat, a parasite, a philadelphia and a lovepoem). Together, the three works tune the geometries of attention so that inquisitive impulses like ‘what is this?’ and ‘how does this work?’ and ‘how is this meaningful?’ — questions that are central to our playful interrogation of the world — become the compositional impulses of poetry.
René Christen has designed and built the soft and hardwares for each work, and Astrid Lorange has composed the poetry works. This project is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts’ Emerging Writers/Illustrators Initiative.

Geometries of Attention opens at Serial Space for exhibition on Wednesday 3rd February (6-8) and will be open to the public until the following Sunday. Come along and see the show! For more details:

cubist effects

Christian Moraga, owner and sole hacker of [cubisteffects], will be running through effects pedal circuit-bending and modifications.
In an industry where guitar tone and sound are highly scrutinised and revered, [cubisteffects] aims to turn a standard effect pedal into an instrument of creativity.
Be it through oscillation, white noise or sheer volume, Christian will aim to explain, and demonstrate, the place of noise-makers and customised sounds in a world of boutique stompboxes and instruments.
Christian is doing a 2 hour hands on workshop this weekend at SerialSpace. Please find details here

Rohan Story

The original motivation came from trying to solve several of the worlds’ problems with one device. The problems in mind were: Lack of fitness / obesity, power production, transport, and computer game addiction. The solution which came to mind was a bike with an integrated generator/motor linked to a computer game. The concept being that you can only play a physical computer game until you are physically tired. Then as a bonus, you’ve stored your energy for later use. And of course the platform is mobile, so you can ride it to you mates place or the park to play with your peers.
The first attempt (as shown in picture kindly supplied by Pia) was a Fisher and Paykel washing machine motor strapped to a bike and stand. This first version produced a lot of power (up to 600w, depending on the rider), but it was big and clunky and never made it back from Dorkbot (as Rohan’s leg’s where too tired to cart it back home on a trailer connected to the back of his road bike). This second version is simply a better version of the first. Instead of an external generator, it now has a Bionx hub motor system (thanks to GreenSpeed). I.e. no need ride one bike with a generator system on a trailer behind it! The power now goes toward charging the Bionx battery, such that it can be used at a later point in time when it’s too hot for peddling. The software is currently PC based (via Phidgets IO board). The end goal would be to connect to an Android based phone via Blue tooth (and maybe a charging dock….e.g. a “Nexus one” phone). You may have heard of the GreenWheel (which is now called the Copenhagen Wheel) from MIT, well, it’s pretty much the same thing, but with a focus on gaming! All game ideas welcome. Assume that you have steering, brakes, gears, load control, and measure power output (the details of how these will be captured are still under development).


Dan Conway will present his Audio to Fire Visualiser. Otherwise known as a Rubens Tube this device uses the acoustic properties of ‘standing waves’ to create patterns in flame provided by and LPG tank and the device itself. GAS, AUDIO, FIRE!!!!!!

Live long and prosper