dorkbot is an international movement centered around people who like to do strange things with electricity. It’s all volunteer and non-profit — meetings are held in donated space and no admission fee is charged.

dorkbot Pittsburgh is held monthly in Brillobox, a “bar, cafe and arts space”.

Coming Events

October 9, 2009 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Tough Art opening at Pittsburgh Children’s Museum Please join us as we showcase interactive works made “tough”
enough to withstand kid handling.  For more information on TOUGH ART, visit

While you’re in the neighborhood, stroll over to the Mattress Factory’s dual opening receptions (7 – 9 PM) for the group exhibition LIKENESS and the new permanent collection piece It’s all about ME, Not You by Greer Lankton. More information can be found at

9-11 October Nerve Gallery, Roy Gee Biv Festival of Robotics and Music
Full details at <;.

dorkbotpgh 23: 7:30pm, Thursday, 17 September

Michael Johnsen. Michael is a music instrument builder and performer. He will give a mildly informative lecture-demonstration outlining his approach to electronic sound production and, not coincidentally, its audition. Working almost exclusively on the analog end of the hypothetical digital/analog spectrum, his work is characterized by a relative lack of ideas per se, and an intense focus on observation (it’s only “discovery” when you’re sure you saw it first), the way a shepherd watches sheep.

Melissa St. Pierre. Melissa is a pianist and composer who has toured the United States both solo and with ensembles several times over. Specializing in prepared piano work of John Cage, she has used those works as a jumping-off point into her own composing work utilizing piano hacking and live electronic manipulation. Melissa will talk about and demonstrate the Prepared Piano. Audience members are invited to bring their own preparations for the piano, and she will demonstrate appropriate ways to incorporate most, or all, of these implements in the process of finding your own piano sound.

dorkbotpgh 24: 7:30pm, Thursday, 22 October

Lenka Clayton. Lenka is an artist, recently moved to Pittsburgh from London, England. Her work investigates the poetry of labour expended toward epic, utopian, often impossible tasks. In recent projects she searched for and photographed the 613 people mentioned in a German newspaper (Local Newspaper), hand-numbered 7000 stones (7,000 Stones), filmed one person of each age from 1 – 100 (People in Order), re-organised the 4100 words of President Bush’s Axis of Evil speech into alphabetical order (Qaeda, quality, question, quickly, quickly, quiet) and is currently writing a hand-written letter to every household in the world (Mysterious Letters).

Eric Singer. Eric is a musician, artist, engineer and programmer and the founder and Executive Director of LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon; a Diploma in Music Synthesis (Magna Cum Laude) from Berklee College of Music; and an MS in Computer Science from New York University. He has over 20 years of music and arts programming, engineering and performance experience in the areas of interactive music and graphics systems, alternative controllers, networked multimedia environments and robotics.

Eric will ramble on about musical robots, interactive art, guerilla street performance, pyrotechnics and whatever else happens to come to his mind.

But wait, there’s more!

Check out this dorkbotpgh approved related event:

29 CHAINS TO THE MOON: Artists’ Schemes for a Fantastic Future
Guest curated by Andrea Grover. Artists are Open_Sailing, Stephanie Smith, Mitchell Joachim/Terreform ONE In the Reading Room: The Buckminster Fuller Institute, Lowry Burgess, International Space University, The Seasteading Institute and others. Aug. 28 – Dec. 6, 2009 At the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University: more details at


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