The third edition of Dorkbot Helsinki will feature presentations and acts by the Association of Experimental Electronics (FI), Exo (FI) and our special feature Defektro (Japan/Australia).

Dorkbot was first organized in NYC in 2000 as a monthly gathering of artists, scientists and anyone else ?À?doing strange things with electricity?À?. Later on, other people realized that their home city was in dire need of such a meeting, and dorkbot started to spread to other cities in different parts of the world (www.dorkbot.org )…

Date & time: 2 November 2007, 18.00-01.00
Place: koko-teatteri / www.kokoteatteri.fi
Ticket: 5 eur

Programme schedule
18.00 AEE presentation, bar

19.00 Exo playing, theatre
19.30 AEE set, bar
20.00 Defektro presentation, theatre
21.00 AEE second set

21.30 Defektro set, theatre

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THE ASSOCIATION OF EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS / Kokeellisen elektroniikan seura (FI)
The Association of experimental electronics is a group of people working on the area of creative audio electronics. They tear apart old consumer electronics and electronic waste, and turn them into sound-producing devices. Their projects - including concerts, installations and workshops - have been presented in various European countries.

Additional information: www.koelse.org

EXO (FI)
“Many unanswered questions remain about the properties of exoplanets, such as the details of their composition and the likelihood of possessing moons.”

Helsinki based two-piece EXO offers a hybrid of riff based doom, post hardcore and scifi space rock, the last being a non-audible element. EXO’s aim is to boldly strip off all unnecessary elements. The steady foundation of bass and drums is actually more or less all that is needed. Their trademark sound is economic yet massive.

Additional information: www.myspace.com/exopunk

DEFEKTRO (Japan/Australia)
Characterised by their harsh Machine produced Junk Metal sounds Defektro have been performing together for over ten years. Formed In 1995 in Tokyo, Japan DEFEKTRO is a 3 human, many machine noize unit. The units original members Hirofumi Uchino and Ayako Honda crashed onto the noise scene in Tokyo in 1995. In 2001 they were joined by Laura Oyaizu (of Australia unit KUNT) to make the present day Defektro unit. Hirofumi Uchino,a futuristic Dr Frankenstien, is the evil mastermind and father of the machines used in Defektro. The sound is produced by the machines, sampled, effected chewed up and spat out to the pleasure of the audience.

Additional information: www.defektro.com

Pixelache photos

Thanks for everybody who attended the second Dorkbot Helsinki event at Pixelache festival.

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Some pictures now online

Dorkbot slot at pixelache festival

Pixelache festival is hera agan, and Dorkbot is there as well. Association of experimental electronuics, the houseproject of Dorkbot-Hesinki will show their latest inventions, that include among other things HEM, Home entertainment modular synthesizer, open source hardware project that turns old home-entertainment into a new kind of audiovisual productionplatform.

Some videos on youtube:

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Video 2.

dorkbot starting

DORKBOT HELSINKI, 7 January 2007 in Kiasma Seminar Room
with the Association of Experimental Electronics & Tuomo Tämmenpää

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Sunday 7th of January 2007

3 PM

Kiasma Seminar room

(The event is free of charge)

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Our next iltama is dedicated to the first edition of Dorkbot Helsinki.
Dorkbot was first organized in NYC in 2000 as a monthly gathering of
artists,
scientists and anyone else “doing strange things with electricity”. Later
on, other people realized that their home city was in dire need of such a
meeting, and dorkbot started to spread to other cities in different parts of
the world (www.dorkbot.org). The Dorkbot Helsinki event is hosted by Antti
Ahonen / The Association of Experimental Electronics (Kokeellisen
elektroniikan seura), with presentations by the Association of Experimental
Electronics and media artist & designer Tuomo Tämmenpää:

*Art and Automation: The Association of Experimental Electronics (AEE) will
introduce their new art-automation project, present some prototypes, and
tell about their future plans with these automation experiments. Art and
Automation is an on-going process started in 2006.

*Work in process, Ana-Digi bleeps and talking toys: Tuomo Tämmenpää will
give a short peekaboo of his ongoing experiments with electronics and toys
including: DIY analogue synthesizer gets punished by micro controlled
sequencer, early experiments with voiding some warranties with circuit
bending and talking toys that try to really understand each other while he
is trying to understand why he is doing all this.

(Please scroll down for further information on the artists & projects)

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*THE ASSOCIATION OF EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS (Kokeellisen elektroniikan
seura)
The Association of experimental electronics is a group of people working
on the area of creative audio electronics. They tear apart old consumer
electronics and electronic waste, and turn them into sound-producing
devices. Their projects - including concerts, installations and workshops -
have been presented in various European countries.

[IN FINNISH]

*Kokeellisen elektroniikan seura (The Association of Experimental
Electronics)

Kokeellisen elektroniikan seura valmistaa ääntätuottavia koneita
elektroniikkajätteestä, ja esitteleen niitä erilaisten taiteenlajien
piirissä, usein myös taiteen ulkopuolella. Seura on tuottanut lukuisia
installaatioita, konsertteja, muita esityksiä sekä opettanut kokeellista
elektroniikkaa erilaisissa työpajoissa.

Seuran strategia on edetä laajalla rintamalla niin virallisen taiteen
piirissä museoissa, kuin maanalla vaihtoehtoisten taidemuotojen parissa.
Projekteja toteutetaan niin euroopan metropoleissa, kuin syrjäkylillä ja
lähiöissäkin.

Kyseessä on pilottiprojekti, jonka tehtävänä on koestaa erilaisia sähköisen
taiteentuotannon menetelmiä, jotka voisivat toimia vielä digitaalisen ajan
jälkeenkin.

Taide ja automaatio*

Automaatio lienee teollisen sivistyksemme tärkein elinehto. Ilman
höyrykonetta, tehdasta, automaatioon alistuvaa ihmistä ja myöhemmin
robotiikkaa, meillä ei olisi sitä materiaalista vaurautta josta me vielä
nautimme.

Yleensä taiteilijoiden oletetaan käsittelevän teemoja, jotka ovat
kulttuurille olennaisia, mutta jostain syystä automatiikkaa käsittelevää
taidetta, tai taideautomatiikkasovelluksia näkee hyvin harvoin. Futuristit
tekivät aikoinaan kokeiluja äänikoneiden kanssa, surrealistit
automaattikirjoituksen, ja Warholl taiteen liukuhihnatuotannon parissa,
mutta taiteen valtavirta on silti säilyttänyt vahvan “käsityön” leiman.

Taide on myös selvinnyt yllättävän hyvin yhteiskunnassamme muuten
vallallaolevan tehostamisen ja priorisoimisen keskellä. Samalla kun kaikilta
teollisuuden aloilta on karsittu suunnattomasti työpaikkoja, ja jopa
palvelusektorilla erilaiset automaatit valtaavat jatkuvasti uusia
sovellusalueita, taidemaailman sisällä status quo on säilynyt. Esimerkiksi
taidemaalarit maalaavat pääosin samoilla välineillä kuin aina.

Tavoitteenamme on nostaa vakavaa keskustelua taiteilijan roolista
teknistyneessä yhteiskunnassa: tarvitaanko nykymusiikin soittamiseen
muusikkoa, tai nykytaiteen tuottamiseen taiteilijaa? Onko taiteellinen
työskentely automatisoitavissa; jos on niin miksei sitä ole tehty, jos ei
ole niin mikä sen erottaa muista yhteiskunnan alueista?

Kokeellisen elektroniikan seura, johtava kokeellisen elektroniikan
marginaalitaidesovellusten tuottaja pohjoiseuroopassa, on nyt lähtenyt
tutkimaan taideautomaation mahdollisuuksia ja uhkia. Kyseessä on työnalla
oleva projekti, 7.1 esittelemme yleisölle niin projektiamme sen varhaisessa
vaiheessa, esittelemme joitain valmistamiamme prototyyppejä, sekä käymme
seuran historian kautta omaa kiinnostustamme taideautomatiota kohtaan.

*TUOMO TÄMMENPÄÄ
Tuomo Tammenpää, born 1969, has a background in visual arts and design. He
works as a media artist and designer in Finland sharing his time between
practice-based research and development, art productions and commercial
design work. After ten years of work with interactive installations and
screen based design he has focused his work on exploring the potential of
physical and ubiquitous computing and tangible media in artistic and design
practice. Currently, Tuomo collaborates with an English game designer Daniel
Blackburn on electronically enhanced games and plays. They are interested in
combining the social and physical aspects from plays and board games with
the computational possibilities of micro controlled electronics. In his
artistic practice Tuomo is studying the use and misuse of everyday
electronic devices in the context of demystification and democratisation of
technology. Hacking, modifying, circuit-bending and reverse-engineering
provide the working context where he questions the relationship between the
electronic objects, the consumers and the objectives of consumer electronics
industry.

Dorkbot Helsinki starting

Long waited Dorkbot Helsinki is now about to start. First event will be in January, featured projects will be anounced in early November.

dorkbot-helsinki!!