Gourgous encounters – defining dorkbot

February 5, 2007 at 1:49 am 2 comments

Tonight I met again more intersting people rather accidentally than planned! First of all Karolwojtyla (Sl name) member of Rybn a french artist group based in Paris and Toto Donat (Sl name) member of upgrade! Paris and digital artist. Rybn was taking part at the last years (2006) Transmediale. As Karol seemed to be also a laptop musician, we had some nice talk. Anyway Karol introduced me to Man Michinaga (aka Patrick Lichty), curator, writer, artist and teacher. Man aka Patrick is editor in chief of intelligentagent a interesting online magazine. After 15 years as a contemporary artist (Lichty is born 1962), he is now a faculty member in the Interactive Arts and Media Department at Columbia College Chicago. He worked in diverse technological media, including painting, mobile media, print, video, new media etc. He seems to be a really experienced artist and of course must have a huge network! And he is also member of Second Front, about which I blogged before.

Anyway another fact is that he is organizing upgrade!-meetings in Second Life. Upgrade is like dorkbot a international network of artists, curators and academics. So he is somekind of co-pioneer in establishing a culture of reflexion about digital art and cultures in Second Life. It seems that he is maybe the pioneer… Therefore I need to re-configure dorkbot. Upgrade! seems to be somekinde of Goliath. So what is dorkbot SL? David?

On the way of defining dorkbot SL I researched the meaning of dork-bot as I am not a native english-speaker: A dork is a quirky, silly and/or stupid, socially inept person, or one who is out of touch with contemporary trends. The term “dork” was earlier a synonym for penis, like dick. Bot is the shortform of robot. Bots are software applications that run automated tasks over the www. Typically, bots perform tasks that are simple and structurally repetitive at a much higher rate than humans are able to do. Hmmm..

Dorkbot meetings are therefore a more nerdy gathering of people doing strange things with electricity, which means also with digital technology, which would not exist without electricity.

Dorkbot is not dependent on hypes or technological newness. Thats why dorkbot is going metaverse so late! 🙂

Dorkbot meetings are more in sense of a artificial hypostasis, a idolatry of geekiness, celebrating digital otaku-culture = Digital artpop-geekiness? Dorkbot-meetings in Second Life are automated interuptions of the everyday. They disturb, they are geeky, dorkish, crazy….. Hopefully..

Anyway enough for today!

Entry filed under: Dorkbot, electricity, media art, rhizomatic, second life, Uncategorized.

Exploring and mapping art/ performance scenes in Second Life First dorkbot meeting in Second Life planned 18th Febr. (2-3 PM PST)

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. celpjefscycle  |  January 12, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Thanks for information.
    many interesting things

  • 2. Rotary  |  March 6, 2008 at 9:28 am

    That is a great analogy of what a Dorkbot is, and well thought out and presented. The second life platform is getting bigger by the day and there is so much now to explore and do, many smaller groups are emmerging offering something for almost everyone.

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