DORKBOT-SYD : FEBRUARY 2008

This month we are proud to have a guest curator Wade Marynowsky who will also be presenting. Details are as follows:

Monday February 25th, 19:00 for a 19:30 start at Sydney (302 Cleveland St)
Featuring: Kate Richards with Mr Snow, Mari Velonaki and Wade Marynowsky.

Bring your own drinks and nibblies. Look forward to catching up!

P R E S E N T A T I O N – D E T A I L S

Kate Richards with Mr Snow

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A Wayfarer performer in action, The CarriageWorks, Performance Space, 2007.
http://katerichards.net/art/wayfarer/

Wayfarer is a realtime game and multimedia event for four performers, four audience groups and passersby. Using their voices, each audience group will direct performers to explore and undertake a series of tasks inside the new and largely unknown Carriageworks building, hidden from the audience’s view. The audience will track their performer’s progress via streamed video, audio and locative data on large exterior projection screens.

Wayfarer is a truly hybrid concept, where live and mediated performance, urban choreography, tactical media, parkour, neo-situationist strategies, gameplay and site specificity come together in a volatile mix.

Kate Richards is a Sydney-based media artist working across multimedia, interactivity, visualisation software and time-based media. Recent multimedia exhibitions include Bystander with Ross Gibson, and The Uncertainty Principle, a photographic exhibition at the Australian Centre for Photography in Oct 2007.

Mr.Snow is an artist and an artists technician. With Zina Kaye, he jointly administers the House of Laudanum, a web venue for artists, writers and musicians, which has been providing application and web-hosting solutions for creative people. Most days he hacks WordPress and Darwin. On his day off he is head mechanic on a door that reads the newspaper.

Mari Velonaki
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Mari Velonaki is a media artist who has worked in the field of interactive installation art since 1995. Her practice engages the spectator/participant with digital and robotic ‘characters’ in interplays stimulated by sensory triggered interfaces (speech 1995, touch 1997, breath 1998, electrostatic charge 2000, vision system 2000, light 2003, robotics 2003-06). Her principal contribution to the field of interactive art occurs through the creation of innovative human-machine interfaces that promote intimate and immersive relationships between participants and interactive artworks. She was awarded a PhD in Media Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2003.

Velonaki’s installations have been exhibited internationally. Exhibitions include: ZENDAI Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, Millennium Museum – Beijing Biennale of Electronic Arts, Ars Electronica, Austria, Biennale of Electronic Arts, Perth, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Conde Duque Museum, Madrid, European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Arco, Madrid, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

In 2006, with Dr David Rye, she co-founded the Centre for Social Robotics within the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, at the University of Sydney.

*The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is a partner in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Autonomous Systems. Dr David Rye, Dr Steve Scheding, Dr Mari Velonaki and Dr Stefan Williams form the core art/science collaboration at this institution. Areas of research include robotics, distributed and decentralised systems and human/machine interaction.

Wade Marynowsky
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Wade Marynowsky is a media artist working across installation, audio-visual performance, music and video. Recent highlights include his installation Autonomous Improvistation v1 at Artspace Sydney, 2007, and the demux (http://demux.org) launch at the Performance space, Sydney 2007. Wade will talk about the inner workings of Autonomous improvisation v1. His recent residency at Hexagram research Institute (Concordia University, Montréal, Canada) where he worked with robotic artist Bill Vorn (http://billvorn.com) and his current project involving autonomous robotics. http://marynowsky.net

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