Dorkbot 23-07-2009

Before we part our separate ways to different points of the worldwide geography to spend our summer vacations is absolutely necessary a new Dorkbot meeting, as always at Hangar starting 21:00 pm. This time we are going to see robotic cameras that chase people, We are going to dive in a mechanic sea, we are going to watch the metamorphosis that technologic junk experiments in the hands of the Luthiers Drapaires. Cool right? Ah! and if you are already at your holiday destination, don’t forget to connect to our streaming.


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El trabajo de Raúl y Toni Martínez se desarrolla en algún sitio entre la robótica, la mecánica, la escultura cinética y la ingeniería pasando siempre por el uso del reciclaje. Su exposición “Vida Acuática” pretende que el usuario se “sumerja” casi literalmente en un fondo marino mecánico poblado de peces, cangrejos, caballitos de mar y algas, un ecosistema metálico preparado para la interacción con los usuarios. Las esculturas/maquinas que proponen los hermanos martínez que provienen de las Bellas Artes y de la Ingeniería industrial, no son obras frias e incomprensibles, no son ejercicios de volúmenes y lineas autorreferenciales, són una interpretación de la naturaleza a través del trabajo con piezas mecánicas recicladas que quieren entretener y divertir a todos los públicos, algo que el arte olvida con frecuència.

The work of Raúl and Toni Martínez is developed somewhere among robotics, mechanics,  kinetic sculpture and engineering trough the use of recycling. Their exhibition “Vida Acuatica” (Aquatic Life) wants the user to dive almost literally in a mechanic sea which its inhabitants are fish, crabs, seahorses and seaweed, a metallic ecosystem ready for user interaction. The sculptures/ Machines that are suggested by the Martínez brothers, who come from the Fine Arts and Industrial engineering fields, are pieces that are neither cold nor incomprehensible, they are not autorreferencial exercises in volumes and lines, they are an interpretation of nature through the work with recycled mechanic pieces whose purpose is to entertain and amuse all kinds of audiences, something that art forgets too often.

Luthiers Drapaires


There are various trends that are being developed in almost every field of the everyday life, like the Do it Yourself, recycling or the De-Growth? philosophy. The environment of the electronic musical creation is also aware of those trends and works actively in this direction thanks to the great amount of tecnologic residues that we human beings produce daily and the Open Hardware philosophy, that gives us the opportunity to get the technologic knowledge that allows this kind of work to be developed, and communities like the social network Open Hardware/Arduino. In the heart of the Audiovisual Community Telenoika appears another fantaboulous project: L’orquestra dels Luthiers Drapaires or ” The rag and bone luthiers”. Containers, rubbish dumps, or the street itself are the sources of mechanic and technologic materials useful for the construction of musical instruments through recycling and recuperation. And here is where the creative machinery starts to run and the Luthiers start designing mechanical systems, prototiping circuit boards and investigating the acoustic possibilities of their “junk” finds. The Luthiers Drapaires show that electronic art and music need talent and lots of want-to, not the last version of the fanciest modular software or the ultimate synthesizer. Up tho the moment this collective has participated in Sónar, FADE festival and have enjoyed an artist in residence in the Bòlit Centre d’Art Contemporani in Girona.
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Ricardo Iglesias

Where are the borders between security, the right to intimacy and voyeuristic sickness? The limits are elastic and we could discuss endlessly about this three concepts, that Ricardo Iglesias toys with in an installation called “Surveillance Cameras”: They are alive!!!” The installation wants to provide a critical point of view in the growing number of surveillance cameras that are being installed by governments, local administrations and private institutions and the preceding work of collectives, such as the “Sourveillance Camera Players”, that have been since mid nineties, making diverse actions and reliable maps of the situation and orientation of the security cameras in various cities of the United States, as well as internationally. Since 2003 with the installation “In the Dark.Information, control and manipulation” along with Gerald Kogler, Ricardo has been working with diverse automatic systems and robotic devices to imagine creations that toy with the concepts of public-private, action-reaction. “Surveillance Cameras: They are alive!!!” features a series of autonomous robots with a camera that chase people, film the visitors and project the images in situ and through the internet as well, in a proces open to the control of any user that connects tho the web.

Magdi Mostafa

Magdi Mostafa, an Egyptian artist, working in the field of multimedia (sound and visuals) since 2000, his main stream of work is based on a kind of research behind the minimal ambient sounds which recorded from the city streets or some places which has a featured (sound icons). He developed some sound installations in Cairo during the last 7 years, two of them won the awards of Egypt’s creativity festival (2007-2009), presented some live sound-visual shows in Cairo & Alexandria (2008-2009) & recently setting up a label for sound art production in Egypt.

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