Dorkbot:14 Install Here!


December 1, 2004 - 7:30pm - 11:26pm


Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
6413 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA, 98107




Stephanie Andrews, "Light in Site": University of Washington DXArts Assistant Professor Stephanie Andrews uses techniques of illusion and transformation to bring people into her work as active agents of perception, deploying technologies such as digital imaging, video, neon and computer-controlled pneumatic systems. For dorkbot, Stephanie will conduct an investigation of both indoor and outdoor site-specific installations that she has been a part of over the past several years that deal primarily with the manipulation and perception of light and shadow, highlighting the particular challenges and enticements of working with this ephemeral element.,

S. Lyn Goeringer, "An Approach to Audio Installation: Intent, Aesthetics and Interactivity" mixed-media composer, performer and sound artist S. Lyn Goeringer writes music and creates sound art using whatever tools are available, from found objects to string quartets. She will discuss various concerns within sound and audio installations such as the purpose of utilizing sound in an installation, having sound as the primary content of an installation and the aesthetic decisions that must be made based on the intent as well as the involvement of the audience member/participant in the installation.

Iole Alessandrini, "Neverlight": Originally from Rome, Seattle-based Jack Straw Productions New Media Artist In Residence Iole Alessandrini manipulates light, digital media and physical space to design and build ephemeral, controlled environments that people enter rather than observe from a distance. Her most recent work, ‘untitled’, examines the horizon of the luminous world, the liminal regions of sound and vibration and the experiential dimension of light – radiant yet intangible, using custom-built lasers, photocells, sound, Pure Data programming environments and a light-controlled room. She will discuss this collaborative work in her presentation, covering its creation and subsequent progress and development.;

Open Dork/Show and Tell:

Have an announcement? A project to tell us about? A request? Need collaborators? Materials? Advice? One day someone not actually doing a formal presentation will ask me for the mike, and I will weep with happiness. Email to spare me serious shock, or just come and find me during the presentations and take your chances with CPR…



Josh Herrala: Josh Herrala is the artist and DJ behind Deluxe Curl Records (, a minimal techno/micro-house label based in Seattle. Coming up in the Detroit area, he began DJing in the early 1990s during the 'Third Wave' of the Techno revolution. By day he is a mild mannered network engineer who works for a local training company. On the first Wednesday of every month, he spins up a storm for dorkbot-sea. Building OOPic based robots is his primary hobby.


More about our speakers:

Stephanie Andrews: Stephanie Andrews is an experimental media artist who uses techniques of illusion and transformation to bring people into her work as active agents of perception. Her work utilizes technologies such as digital imaging, video, neon, and computer-controlled pneumatic systems to create screen-based and installation-oriented work. She is a University of Washington alumni, having earned a BA in Art in 1996, where she concentrated in computer graphics, photography, and printmaking. Before returning to the UW as an Assistant Professor in fall of 2004, she was an Instructor of 3D Animation and Computer Lighting/Rendering at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also earned her MFA in Art and Technology from SAIC in 2002. She has had additional training at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Bay Area Theatre Sports, and the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, Andrews was a Technical Director of 3D graphics for Pixar Animation Studios on the award-winning films A Bug’s Life and Toy Story 2. She has shown her work in galleries and museums in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and the UK. In addition, she has worked with the University of Chicago, collaborating with scientists to create exhibitions that illustrate cosmology. Designed for interactive virtual reality environments this work is installed at the Adler Planetarium and SciTech Museum in Illinois. She is also a long-time artist for the Burning Man Festival, including a large-scale light sculpture installation for the Wheel of Time in 1999 as documented in the book Drama in the Desert and by Leonardo Online. Similarly, she has helped organize several alternative arts groups on the west coast and in the midwest. Her current research involves creating sculptural work from motion-capture data, alternative platforms for multi-dimensional kinetic animation, and nanograffiti.

S. Lyn Goeringer: S. Lyn Goeringer is a mixed-media composer /performer/sound artist who currently resides in Seattle, Washington. She writes music and creates sound art using whatever tools are available, from found objects to string quartets. She creates and builds her own electronic instrumnets; plays theremin, computer, piano, found objects and sculptures. She also makes interactive sound and video installations using various spatially oriented triggering devices and surveillance equipment. Current projects focus mainly on electro-acoustic music, a string quartet based on the visual art of Marco Breuer, and her electronic duo with Guillermo E. Brown. Lyn Goeringer has played at Deep Listening Space in Kingston, NY; Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors Home Made Instrument Day Festival in NY, NY; Berwick Institute, Boston, MA; Fort Thunder, Providence, Rhode Island, as well as many other locations throughout the United States. She has also presented her work at CCMIX in Paris, France.

Iole Alessandrini: Born and raised in Italy, Iole Alessandrini is an artist who has been living in Seattle since 1994. She received her diploma in Fine Arts from the First State School of Fine Arts in Rome and earned two master's degrees in Architecture: one from the University of La Sapienza in Rome and the other from the University of Washington in Seattle. It is the intersection between these two creative expressions – art and architecture – through which her work moves. "Through manipulation of light, digital media and physical space, I design and build ephemeral, controlled environments that people enter rather than observe from a distance. Light is energy: waves and particles of infinitesimal dimensions that are made visible by boundaries. Architecture is movement: a powerful and meaningful symbol that redefines space and invents new functions. Physical space in its states of transformation solicits emotional feelings and brings back memories. Light, being a remote projection from a time of which we have no memory, challenges these feelings and moves our emotions and ideas forward." The works' environmental scale, its existence in public space, and its interactive structure are a few marks of Alessandrini's work. In 1995, with Art In The Park, Alessandrini took advantage of her studies on natural phenomena such as light, shadows, and reflections and used them to provide an ordinary natural background and relative darkness for an outdoor site-specific video installation. The project won her a NIAUSI fellowship and the design was presented in a lecture format at the Seattle Art Museum in 1966. In Winter, Season Of Light (2000), Alessandrini designed and built a virtual landscape that stretched 700 feet long and 100 feet high built of panels, light, and water to reveal the absent life and the physical void left behind after the demolition of a section of downtown Tacoma. In Seattle, she also designed and built Aqua Pura Vista (2000), a light, video, and sound installation that occupied an early 20th century water tower in Capitol Hill. Natural sunlight and shadows cast patterns on the installation, already a digital representation of the surrounding nature and architecture of the tower.

Alessandrini's work has been supported through grants, resources, and ideas from: 911 Media Arts Center, the Bellevue Art Museum, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs (formerly Seattle Arts Commission), the Cultural Development Authority of King County (formerly King County Arts Commission), the Tacoma Arts Commission and others. She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2002), the Betty Bowen Award (2000), the Artists Trust Fellowship (2000), and the NIAUSI Fellowship (1996). Currently she is a New Media Artist in Residence at Jack Straw Productions.