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Slides Introducing Frayed Wire, a gathering of people at intersection of Art and Technology in the Pacific Northwest on July 11th

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  • It’s a myth that creativity occurs in isolation, it is often through a social process of recombining, remixing diverse approaches and ideas


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  • 2. Brought to you by Dorkbot and Friends!
  • 3. technology
    people doing strange things with electricity
  • 4. Ryan Wolfe
  • 5. Audible Avatar
    Mike McKracken
  • 6. Bonding energy
  • 7. Odesco
  • 8. Scott Gaspian
  • 9. Eric McNeil
  • 10. Dorkbot Worldwide
    • Grass roots organization
    • 11. Established by Douglas Irving Repetto in NYC in 2000
    • 12. ~90 Dorkbots world wide
    • 13. Loosely organized via web site and overlords mailing list
    • 14. Seattle
    • 15. ~600 people
    • 16. Organized by overlords committee
  • Dorkbot Seattle(
    artists (sound/image/movement/whatever), designers, engineers, students, scientists, and other interested parties involved in the creative use of technology
    Monthly meetings, usually 1stWednesday
    presentations, workshops, movie nights, beer socials
    Annual /Biannual Exhibit: People Doing Strange Things with Electricity
    Frayed Wire
    informal peer review
    forum for the presentation of new art works/technology/ software/hardware
    foster collaboration among people with various backgrounds and interests
    give us all a chance to see the cool things that our neighbors are working on
  • 17. Questionnaire -- Who are we? What are our goals and needs?
    “Are you an arts/tech creative? Have an impact on arts/tech incubation in the NW. BRINC (Bel-Red Incubator) and Seattle’s Dorkbot are joining forces to explore ways to create and improve local resources for interdisciplinary artists, designers, technologists and other hybrid thinkers working at the convergence of art, technology, and community. Now is your chance to have an impact, and tell us about your creative needs. If you live in the Pacific Northwest and if you use technology as a creative medium* in your projects please complete the following survey.”
    “*Mediums and genres may include: digital art, film, video, electronics, software, internet, social media, painting, sculpture, performance, site specific temporal works, photography, microcontrollers, sensors, lighting, kinetic sculptures, RFID, projectors, 3D modeling, electronic music, design, graphic design, new media, interactive media, multimedia, visualizations, mechatronics, hackery, physical computing, locative arts, geocaching, wayfinding, landscape media, virtual theatre, mobile devices, pervasive games, open-source, mapping, media sharing, social networking, socal networking gaming, digital storytelling, data visualization, interactive design, user experience, architecture, urban design, public art -- to name a few.”
  • 18. Profile:
    120 respondents
    75% male, 24% female
    38.9 years of age
    97% with college degree: 22% masters, 3% doctorate
    Income: 13% 30-50K, 19% 50-75k, 20% 70-100K, 34% > 100K
    Primary employment: artists, web developers, web designers, 3D artists, software engineers
  • 19.
  • 20. Projects collaborative?
    Extent to which projects are collaboration
    15% extremely solitary
    41% somewhat solitary
    33% somewhat collaborative
    11% extremely collaborative
    If collaborate
    2-5 collaborators
    averaging 6.3 collaborators
  • 21. Creative Work Spaces?
  • 22. Where 1 = not at all, and 7 = extremely so
  • 23. What do you need for your creative efforts?
    “More access to people. More opportunities for discussion”
    “I am quite isolated and would probably benefit by belonging to a group that I truly felt I belonged.”
    “a convenient location to where I live that is both hang-out spot and a studio, ideally with class rooms and a gallery.”
    “A mentor would be cool, would even be worth money to have a decent mentor. They would have to be very relaxed and easy going.”
    “Materials is something that I struggle with - I have big ideas and unfortunately materials cost for electronics components is spendy! Collaboration with larger scale projects would make things like soldering hundreds of tiny components go by MUCH faster.”
    “friendly community, knowledge, reference library.”
    “Mostly a vibrant community of creative and/or technically inclined people. Grants and organized information/assistance related to funding for research and projects.”
    “People to brainstorm collaboratively with, to help generate good creative directions to take project ideas.”
    “I think an organization focused on creative uses of technology would be most welcome. We have some good places already, so I think one that takes a modular approach that allows people to select the types of services & facilities would be ideal. Most importantly I think it should have a strong emphasis on networking of members and other interested people. Word.”
  • 24. Becoming an Active Community of Creative Technologists/Technological Artists
    Exchange specialized knowledge
    Share resources
    Collective action
    Accelerated innovation
  • 25.
  • 26. Open lab space
    Play with stuff
    Conductive thread, fabric scraps, snaps, LEDs
    Robot vomit
    At reception, giving out prize for best wearable art/accessory
  • 27. Reception at 911 Media Arts Center
    Bar, music
    Exhibit: People doing strange things with Electricity
    Artist short talks, 8-9
  • 28. Technology
    Online directory of who’s here, with community features
    Join if you haven’t already, find people like you
    Use badge, find your matches!
    Twitter: #frayedwire
  • 29.
  • 30. Introductions ball!
    Artist? Technologist? Scientist? Other?
    What you want from event