People Doing Strange Things With Electricity Too

CD, 2005

The first dorkbot-sea exhibition, People Doing Strange Things With Electricity, held at Center on Contemporary Art in the summer of 2003, reflected the diverse work and technological and creative interests of the Seattle-area dorkbot-sea community – the ninth in the dorkbot family, founded in New York City by Douglas Irving Repetto in 2000. Now, there are twenty-one of these informal, grassroots dorkbot organizations in cities across the world, with a further four on the way, and so for 2005 I expanded the scope of this exhibit to cover the work of both dorkbot-sea and the global dorkbot community, providing a physical means to encapsulate and encourage the exchange of creative ideas.

dorkbot is all about such extremes and contrasts: the deeply local community with instant digital access to a loose national and international network of like-minded people, who also in turn have a perspective unique to their offshoot’s locale. dorkbot-sea meeting attendees range in age from eleven to eighty. Audiences typically comprise 50% artists, 50% technologists – with a 50% overlap between categories. Levels of artistic experience and technical capability vary as widely – and wildly – as the age range, and collaborations flourish. Even attempting to express this in a cohesive way for the exhibition viewer, and for each artwork in relation to the others in the exhibit, was an interesting proposition.

Track Listing
  1. christ2oooTM – HEMI-Powered Hear Me!
  2. The Apartment – Electromusetic Sound
  3. Brion Kinne – Where Did All These Dust Bunnies Come From?
  4. Toby Paddock – Magnambiece_m3
  5. Ninnie – Pretty Polly
  6. Yann Novak – An End and a Beginning
  7. Jeremy Winters – Baby Robot Nursery
  8. Tamara Albaitis – Anticipate
  9. Filastine – Figuig
  10. Ffej – Modern Day Gavel
  11. Chenard Walcker – Electricity
  12. Marcus Alessi Bittencourt – Rabo de Arriya
  13. inBOIL – I Invented Electricity (Dorkmix)
  14. Christopher DeLaurenti – Attempting Anthem
  15. Syphilis Sauna – hhallway
  16. Carl Lierman – Thuzwolf
  17. Jason Freeman – N.A.G. (Network Auralization for Gnutella): Dorkbot Mix
  18. Lucas Kuzma – Amble/Orth/Derecon
  19. Joshua Herrala – Facade
  20. Martin McCavitt – Three Events
  21. Shaun Wilson – Statica
  22. Carl Juarez – Interstellar Intercept
  23. Mutant Data Orchestra – Zzyzx
  24. Roger Hayes – Untitled
  25. Lullabelle – ?Somos Magneticos?