The Dorkbot Syd Group Show was an exhibition of work by people doing strange things with electricity. Something between an art exhibition and a science fair featuring work by members of Dorkbot Sydney, a regular meeting for people doing strange things with electricity. Bringing together artists, musicians, engineers and programmers, presenting a collection of interactive installations, web art, generative art, sound art and electronic sculptures.

The Dorkbot Sydney Group Show came to a close last weekend. Here is some documentation from the show.

Dorkbot Group Show 2010

Our very first exhibition a la Dorkbot in Sydney has been very well recieved. We had a very successfull opening with what has been said to be the largest crowd at Serial Space yet! Check out our flickr page to see some photos of the event.

We followed exhibition with a closing talk on the sunday with all the artists.


Warren Armstrong

Warren Armstrong - Twitterphonicon

Web application running on a computer with headphones for private listening.

The Twitterphonicon is an endless, self-generating musical piece created entirely from Twitter updates. It searches for tweets that are either top-trending, or contain the hashtag #twitphon, and turns them into musical sequences. Bring your mobile along to the show, post a tweet with that tag, and hear the music it makes.

Tega Brain

Tega Brain - Niche

Interactive Projection in Processing

Niche is an interactive projection. It is a generative and reactive animation built with Processing. Different plant species are programmed to grow in the projected environment however each species requires specific conditions to grow and survive. Varying growth conditions are defined by a participant’s interaction with the work. It is the participant’s behaviour that creates different digital niches to be potentially occupied. The system explores interactivity and ecological issues such as sensitivity, competition and symbiosis.

Samuel Bruce
Art is great to waste time before dying


Electronics, plywood, bone.

The work functions as memento mori and addresses certain vague worries regarding the social utility of artmaking. How do you stay warm in the cold shadow of death? 

Amanda Cole

Programmable Light Metronome

Electronics by Martin Dewhurst (BScEng, MIEAust, MIET), recording of Vibraphone Theory 3 by Nuno Aroso. LED lights, Arduino microcontroller, computer, headphones.


Amanda Cole - Programmable Light Metranome

The Programmable Light Metronone is a light instrument being developed for the live performance of my rhythmically complex music compositions. It may be used as a substitute conductor or click track, where performers are synchronizing acoustic instruments to a sequenced electronic music part. Made from two sets of modified LED Christmas lights, a computer running Max/MSP controls the on/off flashing of each group of lights in each string. For this exhibition, the Programmable Light Metronome is used to show the two simultaneous tempos used in a composition Vibraphone Theory 3, for vibraphone and sequenced sine tone interference beats. In a live performance, one light string would be used as a metronome and the other would visually show the separate pulse of the sine tone accompaniment. 

Melissa Hunt
Light Speed Sound #2

Melissa Hunt - Light Speed Sound #2

Record player, records, lamp, light dependent resistors, table, electricity. Special thanks to Nick Wishart.

Light Speed Sound #2 experiments with adding light and user interaction to corrupt the predefined mojo of a well-known object. 
The record player has been modified with light dependent resistors; the speed of the motor is affected by how much light reaches the LDRs.  Altering the nature of how an object works can change its identity.  As for this record player its initial purpose as a player has morphed into an object that can be played as an instrument. Now interaction is possible, and the viewer becomes the performer as their hands move above the turntable.  The gestures are personal and ephemeral as they play with light and sound.
And what has this to do with electricity? The manipulation of resistance in voltage and current is a curious business, with curious outcomes: it makes people do strange things. 

Try it out, by yourself or with a friend: use the LDR’s to manually control the speed of the record player – faster, slower and reverse. As your hands cut the light between the lamp and the resistors hear the changes in sound and current resistance. The action almost feels like you’re stroking sound or scratching with light.

Lukasz Karluk + Gentleforce

Lukasz Karluk and Gentleforce - tr-IO

Application written in OpenFrameworks. Interactive table – iSight firewire camera, fluorescent lighting, acrylic table surface, drafting film, programmable LEDs. Reactivision Fiducial Markers.

tr-IO is a generative visual application that produces ever changing motion and form. The elementary building block of this visual piece is the triangle, simple in appearance and geometry but one that can be combined to create beautifully complex geometric forms.

Users are encouraged to explore the infinite combinations through a tangible interface, an interactive table with triangular pyramid objects which when moved change the properties of the visual output.

Thanks to all the artists for there amazing work and dedication.
Thanks to Serial Space for having us.
Thanks to all the people who came to our show.

See you next month for an ‘ordinary’ dorkbot meet up.


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