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From Karen Marcelo

7:00pm social hour 7:30pm presentations
May 18 2016

Gray Area
2665 Mission St. (between 22nd and 23rd)
San Francisco, CA

Sliding scale entry $5-$20 for our hosts much appreciated

Gray Area
2265 Mission St (between 22nd and 23rd)
San Francisco, CA

Mike Harrison - Using Printed Circuit Boards to Make Snowflakes

The construction and programming techniques used to make a huge-scale lighting installation, with 84,000 LEDs, 25,000 PCBs and 14,000 PIC microcontrollers. Printed circuit boards were used as mechanical structure and electrical interconnection to make large but lightweight illuminated snowflake shapes. This installation was built as part of a Christmas lighting feature in a Hong Kong shopping mall in 2015.

Mike Harrison is best known for his youtube channel (mikeselectricstuff) , featuring teardowns of expensive equipment, and other electronics topics. His website covers vintage technology and other random aspects of electronics. He also works as a freelance electronics consultant ( ) , specialising in the design of custom electronics for large-scale lighting and art installations.

Ray McClure - VVVR

VVVR allows participants to create a range of over 700 different objects using their voice. These objects are passed between seated avatars facing each other, encouraging harmonizing or playful voice interaction. Their voices are transformed with effects and shared in each other's headphones. The goal is to encourage vocal experimentation in a potential new form of experience facilitated by the uses of avatars and augmented voices. Participants describe the experience as relaxing and often making comparisons to a psychedelic experience.

Ray McClure's work exists at the intersection of interactive visual art and audio synthesis. He is interested in re-purposing advanced technology, currently disguised as phones and game controllers, to unlock new forms of human experience. He founded his company, Dreamboat, in 2009 for the development of interactive web and installation projects. Notable creations include PollySynth (collaboration with graphic designer, Superdeux): a multiplayer polyphonic synthesizer, and 808 Cube: combining a Roland TR-808 drum machine with a Rubik’s cube.

As a member of the Gray Area Cultural Incubator program, Ray exhibited a multi-sensory virtual reality experience titled Amazing Grace and Computers. He was also a participant in the recent Convergence Residency in Banff, Canada where he created the vocal virtual reality meditation experience, VVVR, with fellow artist Casey McGonagle. Ray was part of the team that created Twitter and owner of Kokoro Studio art gallery.

Jasper Patterson and Dustin Freeman -RAKTOR: Virtual Interactive Theater in Digital Worlds

Can VR be used to deepen connections between people rather then isolate us? This talk will involve a performance experimenting with how to share group experiences augmented by VR, and debut the latest tech in a fully functional tactile VR theater system

Dustin Freeman has a background in applied math and theatre. He has spent a considerable amount of time working with the Kinect for performance art, both at Microsoft Research and in academia. Most recently, he was working on an engine for Mixed Reality at Occipital. Now, he works on creating interactive theatre experiences in digital worlds.

Jasper Patterson is a director and actor and specializes in the biology of physical theater and integrating projection and interactive technology into live performances.

Jordan Gray (aka k9d) - Nonspeciic and Prolific

Delivery wars with drones, fused deposition health toys, moving meditation transmissions, creative consumer electronics, video blindfold bom, virtual selfie indulgence

@Codame co-founder, cheif innovation enabler @OrganicInc, open source creative @starpause

Dave Mathews - Big Imagination 747

From the Mojave to BRC - how to move a jumbo jet across the West Coast.

Dave Mathews is an inventor, hacker and founder of NewAer - a peer-to-peer messaging as a service platform. When he's not building software with his team, he's in the Mojave preparing the largest moving art piece that Burning Man will ever see; carved from a Boeing 747 with the Big Imagination team.

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dorkbot-sf is a spinoff of dorkbot-nyc which is
"a monthly meeting of artists (sound/image/movement/whatever), designers, engineers, students and other interested parties from the new york area who are involved in the creation of electronic art (in the broadest sense of the term.)"

the purpose of dorkbot is to

  • give artists/programmers/engineers an opportunity for informal peer review
  • establish a forum for the presentation of new art works/technology/software/hardware
  • help establish relationships and foster collaboration between people with various backgrounds and interests
  • give us all a chance to see the cool things that our neighbors are working on

If you would like to speak at a future dorkbotSF contact Karen Marcelo (@dorkbotsf on twitter)

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