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Dorkbot CBR Exhibition Opens Nov 6th


Dorkbot CBR : Exhibition
Fri 7th – Sat 15th Nov @ CCAS Manuka

ACT Dorks show their stuff !

Dorkbot Canberra (CBR) is one of around 76 chapters in an international ‘collective’ of  like-minded groups bound by the catchy bi-line “people who do strange things with electricity”.

While electricity might be the common denominator for Dorkbot’s global pursuits it doesn’t account for the many technologies used by its members or the diversity of ideas that flourish under its lo-to-hi tech canopy.

Prepare to be astonished by ‘speaking’ collars, artworks that produce and destroy themselves, recycled organisms, teenage memories ignited by science, interactive deception, drawing without beginning or end and The Bible … as you have never seen it.

There is a genuine and passionate interest amongst Dorkbot members, in the ways their colleagues explore and employ a diversity of media. As the work of each artist unfolds it is clear that no technology is too old to explore or too new to confront. No idea too bizarre to consider or too strange to discuss.

They are not afraid to experiment !

Hybrid media and cocktails of ideas lay the foundations for artworks that incorporate a common interest in the speed of changing methods and techniques for the artists of the future.

Dorkbot CBR was founded by media artists Alexandra Gillespie and Tracey Meziane Benson in December 2007 and they celebrate their first year with a group exhibition at Canberra Contemporary Art Space.

The highly skilled and experienced group of exhibiting innovators are Clem Baker- Finch, Benjamin Forster, Alexandra Gillespie, Michael Honey, Tracey Meziane Benson, Nathan Mc Ginness, Miles Thorogood, Mitchell Whitelaw and Josh Wodak.

Exhibition Opens Thurs Nov 6th, 6pm, 19 Furneaux St. Forrest and continues
Fri 7th – Sun 9th and Wed 12th – Sat 15th 11- 5pm.

Sound performances by Dick Sun and Queazel on opening night.

More info on Dorkbot Canberra can be found at

Dorkbot CBR is supported by Canberra Contemporary Art Space ( and the  International Dorkbot group (

For further information, images and interviews with Dorkbot CBR artists, please contact Alexandra Gillespie.
MOB: 0438 747 595   E:

October 26, 2008 at 11:03 am 1 comment

Dorkbot Canberra October Meeting

This month at Dorkbot Canberra we welcome Josh Wodak.

Josh will be presenting the Interaction+Interface Designs he made
for the collaborative interactive installation ‘Emergence’
( He will be showing a range of Designs that
formed different techniques+strategies for exploring the themes+issues
within ‘Emergence’ and in interactive electronic art at-at-large. The
prototype of ‘Emergence’ premiered at the Sydney Opera House (SOH) Studio
in 2005 and the full version was staged in 2007 at the SOH Studio,
Melbourne Arts House and Canberra Street Theatre.

Josh ( is a writer, artist and interaction designer
working in electronic+media arts. From a filmmaking and music
composition+performance background, in 2003 he began making interactive
installations with fellow intermedia artists, designers, social
scientists, engineers and technologists. Since 2004 he has been doing a
practice-based-research PhD at the ANU on interactive electronic
installation art. His films, AV performances and interactive installations
include stagings at Sydney Opera House Studio (2005+2007), Sydney Festival
(2006+2007), Melbourne Arts House (2007), National Museum of Australia
(2005+2006), ANU School of Art (2004) and numerous film festivals,
performance spaces and nightclubs around Sydney and Canberra.

Tuesday Oct 28 at 5:30pm in the Fireplace Room, Gorman House.

Hope to see you there!


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