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Dorkbot CBR March Meeting

This month at Dorkbot following on from the opening of Collars at Canberra Contemporary Art Space.
Project artist Alexandra Gillespie will talk about the project beginnings, development and exhibition of the installation in the CCAS gallery amidst the work. Project programmer and electronics maestro Ben Lippmeier will talk about the technical aspects behind the project development.

At the centre of Collars, is the symbolic significance of the collar in its role as an indicator of power, control and social stratification. The artists have collected stories from significant others including friends, family and fellow artists. These stories are implanted in the collars, as it were; computer programmed electroluminescent lamps that project texts through the fabric. Through this multi-layered interconnected display of the technologies of spoken word, written word and symbolism, Gillespie and Langley literally shed light on complex personal narratives through the use of a deceptively simple, yet, loaded object, the collar.

-David Broker CCAS, Director.

Ben Lippmeier is a final year PhD student and occasional lecturer in Computer Science at the ANU and dorkbot cbr regular.

Alexandra Gillespie is a media artist whose work is primarily concerned with responding to particular sites and spatial/temporal experiences. She often utilises projection, sound, and found objects to create installations, video and photographic works. As a hybrid media artist she has worked in a range of contexts including public works, gallery exhibitions, architectural collaborations, performance and festivals.

Her work has been exhibited in Australia, Asia, America and Europe.

Alexandra holds a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of Queensland and a Masters degree in Communication Design from Queensland University of Technology. She is currently a PhD Candidate, School of Art, Photography and Media Arts, ANU. In 2007, Alexandra co-founded the Canberra chapter of dorkbot with Tracey Meziane Benson.

Currently Co-Director of the Electrofringe festival, sound/media artist, Somaya Langley also worked as co-collaborator on the project.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00pm
Location: CCAS, Gorman House Arts Centre
Street: Ainslie Ave. Braddon


March 25, 2009 at 6:29 am Leave a comment

Links from ISEA talk

Hi all,

Good to see you all at the meeting, great turnout and excellent to see some new faces.

Here are my links from Isea2008 – Urban Climate Camp and Luminous Green:

Dorkbot Canberra May Meeting

We are giving over this months meeting to discussion and planning for our upcoming exhibition at CCAS manuka in November.

We need to talk about equipment, installation, publicity

So all those who submitted work for the exhibition it would be
great if you could make it along.

(Mitchell Whitelaw, Josh Wodak, Nathan McGinness, Michael Honey,
Alex Thorogood, Benjamin Forster + Tracey Meziane-Benson and
Alexandra Gillespie)

Date: Tuesday 27 May 2008
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: The Fireplace Room, Gorman House Arts Centre
Street: Ainslie Ave. Braddon

For everyone else our next meeting is Tues June 24 speaker to be

May 22, 2008 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

Great news from David Broker – CCAS

Thanks David for a wonderful presentation and trip back to the 1990s via VNS Matrix, Linda Dement and Rosalind Brodsky. 

David has also very kindly offered that CCAS cover the cost of the room hire for the monthly dorkbot meetings.

It is great to have the support of CCAS and we look forward to seeing David at future events.

Alex Gillespie and Tracey Meziane Benson

February 27, 2008 at 5:07 am Leave a comment

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