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Tweak: Call for Proposals [ie Limerick]

tweak_logo-copy.jpgTweak Festival :: September 21-26, 2009 :: Limerick City :: Call for Proposals — Deadline July 20, 2009.

Tweak is two! Currently in its second edition, Tweak is an interactive art and live electronic music festival. Its aim is to promote understanding of the use of technology within our culture and to explore contemporary issues (social, economic, psychological, aesthetic and functional).

The festival will consist of a 5-day exhibition, (interactive artworks, robots and installations) comprising of artworks from international and local artists, 3 days of workshops and many evenings of live electronic performance. Continue reading

Jun 24, 2009
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Live Stage: Ensemble Robot [us Boston, MA]

ensemblerobot.jpgEnsemble Robot: New Music for Robots and Humans :: May 9, 2009; 8:00 pm :: AXIOM Center for New & Experimental Media, 141 Green Street, Boston, MA.

Ensemble Robot presents brave new works for humans and robots! The large collaborative concert will feature The Heliphon, an 8-foot tall double-helix shaped robotic glockenspiel, and The Bot(i)Cello, a dramatic single-stringed instrument that sounds like a hundred electric guitars being beaten with sticks. Music is composed by engineers, robots dreamt & controlled by composers. Continue reading

May 7, 2009
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Takeaway Festival of DIY Media [uk London]

takeaway4front.jpgThe Takeaway Festival of DIY Media :: May 19 – 21, 2009 (exhibition runs until May 30) :: Dana Centre, Science Museum, 165 Queen’s Gate, London :: Attendance is free but you must pre-book.

A jellyfish becomes an instrument that responds to touch. A robot reads a travel card and then creates a unique movement to interpret it. Changing the position of levers allows the sounds of three cities from across the world to be heard simultaneously. The 4th Takeaway Festival of Do-It-Yourself Media opens with a celebration of orchestrated metallic sounds and brings together international artists working with the technologies that are part of everyday life. Continue reading

Apr 30, 2009
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Festival for Mechatronic Art and Robotics [ch Bern]

roboloco.jpgRoboloco – Festival for Mechatronic Art and Robotics :: May 7 – 9, 2009 :: Reitschule Hall, Bern, Switzerland :: Call for Participation … artists, engineers and students — Deadline: March 31, 2009.

The Festival will comprise of an exhibition, concerts, talks and workshops on the theme of the boundaries between humans and machines. Roboloco will address questions surrounding the development of new technologies, such as the role robots play in our everyday life and will play in future changes in society. Roboloco is a spectacle of creative technology which will provide a forum for discussions on, and at, the borders of art, science and society. From these border areas ideas for new systems may emerge. Joint artistic endeavors and the exchange of knowledge about the mechanical, electronic and informatics systems used in mechatronic art are central to the Festival programme. Continue reading

Mar 25, 2009
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Live Stage: Upgrade! Paris: Alain Thibault [fr Paris]

alain2.jpgUpgrade! Paris: Alain Thibault :: March 17, 2009; 7:00 pm :: Point Ephemere, 200 quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris.

Alain Thibault will present Elektra festival and will talk about the diffusion of digital arts with Anne Laforet. Elektra, a Montreal-based cultural initiative, presents artists and works of art that align the latest electronic music and visual creations derived from new technologies (animation, installation and robotics). Continue reading

Mar 2, 2009
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Live Stage: Toni Dove’s Lucid Possession [us NYC]

dove.jpgToni Dove’s Lucid Possession :: January 15, 2009; 8:30 pm and January 16; 10:00 pm :: HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave., New York City.

Lucid Possession, the uncanny manifestation of a virtual multiple personality, combines music, text, dimensional robotic screens and projections to create a character, like an instrument, that speaks, sings, and dances. On-stage performers Toni Dove and composer, Mari Kimura control the entity’s physical and virtual movements, singing and speaking databases, in a form like cinematic bunraku. This short demo is a trio for two humans and one virtual entity. Lucid Possession is Winner of The Eugene McDermott Award, M.I.T. Continue reading

Jan 7, 2009
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“Wall•E” by Gian Pablo Villamil

Robot Music Instructor

bot.jpgA clever flute-playing robot offers an impressive rendition of Flight of the Bumblebee. Its “lungs” consist of a bellow that moves air in and out, and its “tongue” can block air in two places to transition between notes. Its “vocal cords” are a vibrato device that can change vibrations according to the air flow, and it even has elastic “lips” that can control its airstream, changing in width, thickness, and angle as it plays. Video here — by Takanishi Lab.

Thanks to Technology Review and Kristina Grifantini.

Oct 31, 2008
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Live Stage: We Are Hacks: Music and Visual Performance at HOPE [us NYC]


From Peter Kirn at “8-bit and robots and odd Max and Reaktor patches and custom visual software and visualizations of data packets and sound made from plants and mutant trumpets and gloves for DJing and laptop music – we’ve got quite a lineup here in New York this week.

Friday night, a live audiovisual lineup from the worlds of / invades the HOPE conference, aka Hackers on Planet Earth, the three day-long convergence of tech hacking. $10, open to all, 11-2a Friday July 18 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York. It’s a live digital, technological variety show in a doomed NYC landmark hotel with an audience of famous and infamous hackers. (Think Kevin Mitnick and MythBusters’ Adam Savage and Steven Levy, all in one place.)

Facebook event page; also on

More media and preview videos can be seen at Create Digital Music

Jul 13, 2008
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Live Stage: Neurotic [uk London]

neurotic_robot-450.jpgNeurotic :: July 3 – 5, 2008; 8:00 pm :: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London.

For three nights, big pogo-ing robots will come to punk gigs in the ICA theatre, and we will question how learning develops through the empathetic responses of the brain. Artist Fiddian Warman has played the punk records he collected as a young man to his robots, ‘programming’ them to become punks just like he was. Each night they will be tested – will the mechanical moshpit react with pleasure to the live music they’ve been brought up to love? How is taste embodied in human neurons and artificial neural networks? Fiddian fronts the band Neurotic and the PVCs with tracks written especially for the robots. Continue reading

Jun 22, 2008
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