For 11 years, Douglas Repetto of the Computer Music Center at Columbia University has run dorkbot NYC, a monthly meeting of geeks and artists at which three speakers present their work for discussion. I have attended the meetings sporadically for the past decade. This February I finally had an opportunity to talk about Synplode and other thoughts on interactive software systems designed for large groups. I got some great feedback from people who had some very promising ideas about how Synplode might be more engaging, and I’m hoping that I’ll have a chance to implement some changes in the coming months.
All in all, it was a great dorkbot. I counted about 60 attendees. Pinar Yoldas walked us through some beautiful examples of her work in Speculative Biology. Arno Klein showed us how he sorts thousands of photos of his daughter by applying his experience in processing images of the human brain. Photos were taken. Thanks again to Douglas and our hosts at Location One!