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Dorkbot Pgh is coming up soon! | January 21, 2010

“This dorkbotpgh event is part of the Contestational Cartographies Symposium, co-organized by the Miller Gallery and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.

Chris Harrison. Chris is a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests primarily focus on novel interaction technologies and input methods – especially those that leverage sensing and the environment in unconventional and expressive ways. In his free time, Chris gets excited about large data sets and how, through computation, they can be given form. Often, this is through the use of simple visual primitives that self assemble into rich information tapestries.

Susanne Slavick. Susanne is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon. Graduating from Yale University in 1978, she subsequently studied at Jagiellonian University in Krakow and earned her MFA at Tyler School of Art in Rome and Philadelphia. Susanne has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, her paintings have also been recognized through an artist fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and four awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Susanne was honored as 2008 “Artist of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts where she premiered “R&R(&R),” an ongoing series of works on paper that convert our military expression for “rest and recuperation” to images of “revelation, regret, and restoration.” These and new works will be featured in a January, 2010 solo exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.”

Time: 7:30pm/8-10 PM

Day: Thursday, 28 January 2010

Where: Brillobox, 2nd floor.

I ❤ Dorkbot Pgh! More info about dorkbotpgh here.

About Dorkbotpgh
“dorkbotpgh is the pittsburgh chapter of dorkbot. Our meetings reflect what people in this area are interested in. Maybe it’s military robot prototypes reborn as art projects. Maybe it’s el-wire costumes, neon art, and backlit stained glass by local arists. Or perhaps it’s cutting edge animation from local students and hackers or a local pneumatics expert showing off technology that artists might use in an installation.

We don’t know exactly what dorkbotpgh is.

You do.”

-Laura-

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Focusing on the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, CivicsLab puts elementary and middle school students in virtual control of decision-making in their communities to encourage civic participation, critical thinking, and sense of place. In CivicsLab, players will assume positions of power in the community from an urban, suburban or rural perspective and explore how decisions-based on social need and demand, proper planning (as defined by our civic experts), political pressure, and most importantly, their imaginations-might impact the community. Through manipulation of real mapping information and current data sets, students navigate social and political pressures to explore the cause and effect of civic investment and public policy as they attempt to create a sustainable future for their region.

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