Dorkbot spring 2014!

A couple of years ago we started to celebrate our Dorkbots during the Hangar Obert activities, and this spring it won’t be any less. Our meeting will be Saturday May 24th at Hangar Get ready for the Dorkbot menu, as always, is full of awesomeness

Keep on reading to find out what we’ve prepared



Hightech Rupestre are Mónica Rikić and Lucía Seguramente, they create projects with low technology and other inventions. They both studied Fine Arts at the UB University and studied the UPF masters degree in Digital Arts (Many of our dorkbotic friends are studiying or have studied this masters!) Mónica is a programmer and has participated in a bunch of international festivals such as SonarKids, FILE, TEI or Ars Electronica. Lucía is a designer and in 2012 she received a Telenoika grant (warranty of quality!) for research and production. They will present us their adventures and experiences and they’ll bring three of their projects: Cup Coder, Jump! and Sonic Caleidoscope. All three projects are based on traditional toys- such as the cup telephone, the jump rope, and the caleidoscope respectively- that are transformed using nowadays technologies.




Befaco is a DIY and open source platform for musical research, dedicated to the construction and development of modular synthesizers, using its very own system. To avoid using interior wiring, all the components are soldered to the mother board.
Befaco’s main activity are the workshops where the different modules are tested and modified according to the experiences and feedback from the workshop participants. Workshops are regularly held in Barcelona, Madrid and Berlin.

By the way, Befaco will be giving a workshop at OneDroneDay festival next June 14th. If you have always been fascinated by these musical instruments full of knobs and colorful cables, it’s your opportunity, as no previous knowledge in electronics is required , just a lot of want-to and a little patience :-)



If you are a Dorkbot regular possibly remember Ferroluar. Raúl Beteta uses mechanics and recycled metal objects and other scrapping components in a very imaginative way, creating works that are somewhere among kinetic sculpture, robotics and plain magic (his interactive sculptures of animals seem to have a life of their own) A couple of years back Ferroluar joined forces with MID to create the Robot-UFO, that was used at the Three kings parade in Barcelona in 2013. The Robot is controlled by a custom software that uses OSC and DMX protocols, so that the motion of the robot can be syncronized with lights and sound. Inside the robot there is a control panel to drive it like a vehicle, and a hydraulic system to elevate it up to 5 meters high. Aesthetically the robot is inspired by early science fiction and japanese robotics from the 1950s. Since he’s a tall, attractive dude, he became the sensation of last year’s Sónar+D :-)

In the last months the set of lights and sound has been upgraded and a biped version of the robot has been constructed, and that’s what we are going to see at Dorkbot.



Oscar Sol is a visual artist specialising in creating generative visuals, that has a special interest in technological tools, that let him to analyze and digitalize real world events, to create later on, their audiovisual representations. At Dorkbot he’ll share his creative processes, and the technologies that made possible his two audiovisual interactive dance projects: Oscillare and Trinity, that he has produced under the e Electronic Performers moniker.

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Music and audiovisual technology, unmanned planes and the machine to be another ¡Dorkbot is back!

We know: lately you’ve felt like putting your fingers on plugs because you need to feel the tickle of electricity. We feel the same, we need our dose of volts and amps, zeros and ones perfectly aligned like little soldiers, endless circuit roads… Dorkbot is back within the frame of the activities of  Hangar Obert on September 14th at 7 pm in Hangar and we have prepared this exciting program with the following participants: //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// CONDUCTR Conductr is an Ableton Live controller for iPad specifically designed for live performance. Conductr is all about playing music. Forget about dozens of microscopic buttons, tiny knobs and short faders on screen. Let’s keep things simple: when you play you don’t really need to see everything all the time, just the one single thing that you need at a particular moment. The Conductr interface is ergonomic and you can even play it without watching the iPad. Conductr is made by musicians for musicians who use Ableton live, one of the most popular DAWs. Más información : //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// PLAYMODES Playmodes software is a research project to develop an audiovisual sampling engine. The main idea is to get video flow from live cameras, and audio flow from audio generators and process them in real-time with sampling artifacts of any kind (delay, reverse, time-stretching, relooping machine…and more) Since 2006 the Playmodes project has been mutating into different software applications that have led to the creation of several installations and performances, like the “Playmodes” installation or the “Reflexus” show. This project also gave name to the studio a creative bureau working on audiovisual research and interaction design. Further information: PastedGraphic-2 //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// THE MACHINE TO BE ANOTHER “The Machine to Be Another” is an artistic research project that is developed from hacking neuroscience experiments with collaborative performances. The system allows the users to see and feel themselves inside the body of another person (a performer) and hear this other person’s thoughts inside their mind, as if those thoughts were their own. The performances are all about empathy and identity in the search of understanding questions like; “If I was you? Would you understand me better?” or “Being in another person’s shoes”. The team behind BeAnotherLab investigate as well, the usage of the machine as a tool for rehabilitation to be used in the health field. This project is the result of a three month residence at L’Estruch. Presented by: Daniel González Franco and Phillippe Bertrand Further information: The Machine to Be Another – Artistic Experiment from BeAnotherLab on Vimeo. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Guerrilla Drone, Flone, Dronism, DroneCoria… presented by LOT AMORÓS After several years experimenting with drones, Lot Amorós is going to share with us the process of his investigations about nonmanned aerial vehicles. He is going to present the projects “GuerrillaDrone”, an activist drone that projects subversive message over the city buildings, “DroneCoria”, a cybernetic system that allows to throw seeds from drones, “Augmented Airspace” an augmented reality performance on the aerial space, Dronism, the new religion of the drones and the Flone project, the mobile phone that can fly, currently in development in collaboration with Aeracoop. Further information: Blog GuerrillaDrone Arquitecturas del aire público y resistencias culturales Flone revolutiondrone-2

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Next Dorkbot will be September 14th at 19:00!!

Very soon more news on what is going to be the content of our next meeting. Don’t forget to tune in and Happy Summer!

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