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Josephine Starrs at Dorkbot 16 September 2010

Date: 16 September
Time: 6 – 7pm
Location: CCAS GALLERY, Gorman House Arts Centre
Street: Ainslie Ave. Braddon

Josephine Starrs is an artist, researching, creating and exhibiting video, and media art projects for national and international audiences, as well as writing and giving public presentations on issues surrounding subjectivity and new technologies. She is currently senior lecturer and chair of Film and Digital Art, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University.

Over the past decade she has collaborated on several projects with artist Leon Cmielewski, including floating Territories, Plaything and Seeker.

Their current project is Downstream, a media art installation that responds to the issues of climate change in ways that are mythical, biblical and chemical.

Starrs was also cofounder of the influential artist group, VNS Matrix, whose impetus throughout the 1990¹s was to investigate and decipher the narratives of domination and control which surround technological culture and explore the construction of identity in social networked spaces.


September 8, 2010 at 11:23 pm Leave a comment

September Dorkbot CBR meeting – Torben Sko

We are very happy to announce that Torben Sko will be presenting his interesting work on portraiture at our next meeting – Tuesday 29 September 6pm at CCAS in the main gallery space.

Torben was a finalist in the 2009 Youth Self Portrait competition and his work is currently on display as part of the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery until September 13.

Torben Sko self portrait

Torben Sko self portrait

Driven by both his artistic and technical interests, Torben Sko is currently conducting a PhD into alternative forms of interaction for computer games. His work to date has focused on the use of facial movements as a way to both control and alter the gaming experience, in an effort to increase player enjoyment. Through his work, he has collaborated with several industries partners, including game developers and computer vision specialists.

Prior to conducting his post-graduate work, Torben completed a Bachelor of Software Engineering at the ANU’s School of Computer Science. During this degree, Torben studied computer animation in the Arts faculty. In his final year, Torben combined the two disciplines to create a virtual simulation of the campus. Since then, he’s gone on to publish several papers, which he has presented around the world and has even has some of his PhD work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery.

Artist Statement
“Combining art and technology this work challenges the nature of portraiture and the way we view it. Embracing the theme of replication, the piece uses a computer game engine to present a vivid virtual version of the National Portrait Gallery inhabited by a three-dimensional incarnation of the artist. Developed specifically for this work, the system uses binary as brushstrokes, which not only
enables rich, realistic visuals but also enables it to break free from traditional art by incorporating movement and even behaviour into the piece. Using facial tracking the portrait takes on the physical behaviour of the viewer, encouraging them to explore, interact and inhabit the work. In doing so, this work invites the viewer to not only look at the artist, but at themselves too.”

Look forward to seeing you there!

August 26, 2009 at 1:21 am Leave a comment

July 2009 meeting – Mitchell Whitelaw

Announcing our July meeting in association with Canberra Contemporary Art Space (CCAS), Dorkbot CBR presents Mitchell Whitelaw.

Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30pm
Location: The Fireplace Room, Gorman House Arts Centre
Street: Ainslie Ave. Braddon

The visible archive - Mitchell WhitelawThis month we would like to welcome long standing Canberra dorkbot affiliate Mitchell Whitelaw to talk about a recent project he has been working on with the National Archives of Australia under their Ian Maclean Award.

The Visible Archive is a research project in the visualisation of archival datasets, supported by the National Archives of Australia under their Ian Maclean Award (2008). It explores the potential of interactive visualisation to navigate, interpret and analyse large cultural and historical datasets. In this talk Mitchell will present interactive sketches from the project, visualising the Archives entire collection – made up of some 65,000 Series – and navigating a single Series, A1, containing thousands of pages of digitised records.

Mitchell Whitelaw is an artist, researcher and writer with interests in data aesthetics and generative systems in art and design. He leads the Master of Digital Design program in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.

July 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm Leave a comment

Dorkbot CBR February Meeting

This month at Dorkbot Canberra we welcome Tim Brook.

From Tim’s web site:

Most of the photographs that I use display a basic technical competence, but not all of them. Photographers often ask me why I show photographs that are overexposed or badly composed. The answer, of course, is that I am not showing photographs, I am showing transitions between photographs. It is the relationship between the images that interests me. As individual photographs they may or may not be well composed. I remain fascinated by the subtlety and complexity of spatial relationships when they are juxtaposed in time. A slide-tape piece invites a viewer to make new connections. (


Tim is an independent audio-visual artist—among other things, he makes slide-tape works. He blends colour slides on a screen one after the other to produce a sequence of slowly changing images. He describes each slide-tape work as ‘an invitation to make connections’. He’s been making them since 1980, working with composers, performers, theatrical directors and with other visual artists. Once he worked with a reggae band and once with a Nigerian Rastafarian and four drummers. Now he works mainly with recorded sound and commissioned music.

As a photographer, Tim was originally known for documenting the work of visual and performing artists. Since 1994, most of his work has been a close study of surfaces—their textures, patterns and colours. His corrugated iron series is one result of this study. More recently he has been photographing reflections.

Tim has undertaken researched into online and onscreen communication. He has identified features of new form of language for education online, a language growing out of spoken and written language but going beyond them. Some of these developments involved word usage but many more involved the use of non-verbal elements to make meaning, for example the systematic layering of information in metaphoric learning environments.

Currently, Tim is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University School of Art and a member of the board of PhotoAccess.

Tuesday Feb 24 at 6.00pm in the Fireplace Room, Gorman House.

Be there and be square!


February 9, 2009 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

Erica Seccombe’s Talk

Thanks so much to Erica Seccombe, who came and spoke about her very interesting project ‘Nanoplastica’, which is now showing at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space. Erica’s talk covered how the work developed whilst undertaking an artist-in-residence supported by an artsACT new work grant at the ANU’s Department of Applied Mathematics.

Installation view 'Nanoplastica'

We look forward to seeing Erica at our regular meetings.

July 2, 2008 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

Dorkbot Canberra June meeting – speaker Erica Seccombe

This month dorkbot is pleased to present Erica Seccombe talking about
her Nanoplastica exhibition currently on at CCAS.

Erica Seccombe is a Canberra based artist who is currently exhibiting
work created using a unique scientific program called Drishti. Her
project began in 2006 at the ANU’s Department of Applied Mathematics
with an artist-in-residence supported by an artsACT new work grant.
Since then she has been extremely priviledged to work with Associate
Prof. Tim Senden and Dr Ajay Limaye as they have developed the very
lastest X-ray microcomputed tomograph technology alongside a volume
rendering visualisation program called Drishti. From her first day of
learning how to change the light bulb in a multi-milliondollar
microscopic X-ray to animating volumetric transfer functions and time
series; this journey has resulted in Erica’s exhibition Nanoplastica
at CCAS.

Erica will talk in the CCAS gallery amongst her work.

See you there at 5:30 pm Tuesday 24th June.

-Alexandra Gillespie and Tracey Meziane-Benson

June 17, 2008 at 6:37 am Leave a comment

Ben Lippmeier Talk

Tree Algorithm DemonstratedBen Leipmeier Talking at Dorkbot Canberra

Thanks to Ben for his talk last month covering his work with drawing algorithms and his research area of compilers in Computer Science at the ANU. Ben demonstrated a Lindenmayer system used for defining plant architecture. I came away wanting to look into the book “The Computational Beauty of Nature” by Gary William Flake and found this companion website which includes java applets from the book.

May 22, 2008 at 1:05 am Leave a comment

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