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Dorkbot Melbourne: 4pm this Sunday

Ross Bencina-3-3
[please spread the word far and wide!]

Dorkbot Melbourne
>>> people doing strange things with electricity <<<
4pm, Sunday 27th July, 2008
Level 1, 124a Johnston St Fitzroy 3065 (just east of Brunswick St).

This Sunday Dorkbot Melbourne once again brings together inspired and
inspiring minds from all over the known universe with a stellar lineup of
presentations! Everyone with an interest in doing strange things with
electricity is invited to come along and check out the presentations and
participate in lively discussion. Doors open at 4pm, presentations start at
4.30 sharp. Bring your friends. Bring drinks and nibblies of your choice.
Scheduled talks are outlined below.

As usual there will be an opportunity for anyone to spend a couple of
minutes explaining what they're up to, promoting related activities and
events, or requesting help. You're welcome to just turn up and ask on the
day, but feel free to let us know in advance. Also, please get in touch with
us at ( [hidden email] ) if you'd like to present something at
a future dorkbot.

::: Icarus, Electroacoustics and Behavioral Objects ::
Ollie Brown and Alice Eldridge

Ollie will be chatting about his work with his band Icarus, and various
other electrro-acoustic projects, Alice will then join him to talk about the
past, present and future of Behavioural Objects - some experiments in
evolutionary and adaptive systems for music performance and generative

Alice and Ollie will talk a little about "Behavioural Objects" - a framework
for conceptualising and designing software components for electro-acoustic
improvisation, and how this relates to the current project they are working
on at Monash which focuses on ecosystemic models in generative and
interactive media art. Both projects take inspiration from the evolutionary
and adaptive principles of the biological world to create generative and
adaptive software models that can be used as tools for making stuff
(sometimes called "creative software"). They will give an overview of some
of the processes and mechanisms we have implemented (things like
homeostasis, specific types of neural networks, resource recycling and
swarming) and invite discussion on whether this biological approach alters
the way we work with digital media.

Alice is working as RA on the Design After Nature project at CEMA. This is
pretty exciting as it is perhaps the only RA position in  the  world which
unites her practical interests in (musical) improvisation and theoretical
fascination with evolutionary and  adaptive systems.
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Ollie is an electronic musician and researcher interested in dynamical
system and artificial life approaches to musical performance, creativity and
the co-evolution of software and creative practice. He is working as RA on
the Computational Creativity and Ecosystems project at CEMA. He recently
completed a PhD at the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths, University of
London on biocultural co-evolutionary models associated with the evolution
of human musical behaviour. See his website for more information.
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::: New media art and technoscience: technophobia versus technophilia :::
Philippe Pasquier

Art and technology have always been closely linked. In order to assess how
much the constant and accelerating influx of new technologies is affecting
this relationship, the connections between new media art practices and
technoscience (the apparatus producing new technologies) will be analyzed
along two dimensions: (1) the relationship of the artist/creator to his/her
tool(s), and (2) the relationship between the audience and the media
content. This analysis, illustrated by various artistic projects, will serve
as a pretext to look at the underlying debate on the status of the
relationship between technoscience and culture. Are new technologies a tool
for artistic creation or is artistic creation under the domination of (and
intrumentalised by) technoscience? An in-breath survey of this age-old
debate in philosophy of technique will present a variety of positions
ranging from technophobia to the most extreme technophilia.

About Philippe:
After studying computer science and cognitive sciences in Europe (France and
Belgium), Philippe Pasquier completed his Ph.D. in the field of artificial
intelligence at Laval University (Qu├ębec, Canada). He has then been working
a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Information Systems at
the University of Melbourne (Australia). Since January 2008, he is an
assistant professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)
of Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Applied Sciences (Vancouver,
Canada). There, he is conducting both a scientific and an artistic research

In his artistic practice, dominated by sonic arts, he is interested in
studying and exploiting the various relationships and synergies between art,
science and technology. In the last ten years, he has been acting as a
performer, director, composer, musician, producer and educator in many
different contexts. He is also serving as an active member and administrator
of several artistic collectives and company (Robonom, Phylm, Miji), art
centers (Avatar, Bus Gallery) and artistic organizations (P: Media art,
Machines) in Europe, Canada and Australia. His work has been shown on four
continents and funded or supported by more than 20 cultural institutions
including the Canada Council for the Arts, the French Ministry of Culture
and the Australia Council for the Arts.
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Monthly dorkbot Melbourne meetings are scheduled for the last Sunday of
every month (except December) so whack it in your diary now.

Hope to see you there!

The Melbourne dorkbot overlords: Javier, Ross, Jon and Jesse

[hidden email]

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