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New Meetup: Dorkbot-Boston June meeting: Lilypad, Creative Cad, Interactive Projections

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Friday, June 12, 2009 1:29 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Dorkbot-Boston June meeting: Lilypad, Creative Cad, Interactive Projections

When: June 30,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: I discovered a group that calls itself "Dorkbot-Boston" posted to the BostonScienceAndEngineering.Com science lecture calendar. Anybody want to check it out with me? We can meet outside, and head in at, say, 6:15 pm?


"dorkbot-boston is a monthly gathering of people doing strange things with electricity. Artists, designers, engineers, students, scientists, hackers and anyone else interested in the creative use of electricity are encouraged to attend. dorkbot meetings are free, family-freindly and open to the public.

"This summer, dorkbot will present: hands-on workshops, outdoor hacking events (Breadboards and BBQ), tours of interactive entertainment venues, and internationally known tinkerers".

Where to meet:

Where to gather? Outside the gallery? Never been there before. We can head in at 6:15 pm to check it out. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair spiked in the front, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag, and a temporary tattoo of an anchor placed there by Amy Hughes on his upper left arm.

Dorkbot Presenters:

"Leah Buechley is an Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab where she directs the High-Low Tech research group. The High-Low Tech group explores the integration of high and low technology from cultural, material, and practical perspectives, with the goal of engaging diverse groups of people in developing their own technologies. Leah is a well-known expert in the field of electronic textiles (e-textiles), and her work in this area includes developing a method for creating cloth printed circuit boards (fabric PCBs) and designing the commercially available LilyPad Arduino toolkit.

"Gideon Weisz is a jeweler, sculptor, and hacker working in Allston, Somerville and Cambridge. At the[masked] dorkbot, he demonstrated his beautifully mysterious Linked Boxes ( He will be sharing some of his work along with tips and techniques for fabrication.

"Brian Knep is a new-media artist who uses science and technology to explore change, healing, struggle, and acceptance. Often his works are dynamic and respond to changes in their environment. Some are simply aware of the passage of time while others are interactive, sensing and reacting to the people around them".

About Dorkbot, Wikipedia:

"Dorkbot is a group of affiliated organizations worldwide that sponsor grassroots meetings of artists, engineers, designers, scientists, inventors, and anyone else working under the very broad umbrella of electronic art. The dorkbot motto is "people doing strange things with electricity".

"Started by Douglas Repetto at the Columbia University Computer Music Center in 2000, dorkbot has spread around the world, with over sixty chapters either planning or actively holding meetings as of 2007.

"The purpose of dorkbot meetings is to nurture a local electronic arts community and to encourage emerging, and established, artists to present new works for informal peer review. While many of the dorkbot groups hold their meetings at universities and students are encouraged to attend, dorkbot meetings are not restricted in any way to the academic community".

About Axiom:
114 Green Street, Boston, MA

"AXIOM Gallery is the premiere gallery in the Metro-Boston area dedicated exclusively to showcasing emerging and established artists working in new media.

"Founded as a collective in 2004, AXIOM has grown into an exhibition and performance space. AXIOM has had two locations, has seen hundreds of visitors and presented the work of local, national and international artists.

"Exhibiting new and experimental media is a challenge for every contemporary art space- a challenge that AXIOM strives to meet through innovative exhibitions and experimental performance".

" Art is evolving into its new form, encompassing more than classical genres. The artists today, use digital media in an appropriation of current societal trends as an enabling technology, which allows for innovation in contemporary art".


"AXIOM is located on the ground floor level of the Green Street Subway (?T?) station on the Orange line, at the corner of Amory and Green Streets in Jamaica Plain, MA"

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