people doing strange things with electricity

Meeting 15

Mechanical Movie Night!
Wednesday, January 5th, 2005 at 7.30 pm
Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA


Peter Fischli and David Weiss, “The Way Things Go”: Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss have collaborated on kinetic installations since 1979, and their work demonstrates a deep interest in the mechanisms that animate the universe of objects. They remove these things from their usual contexts and then restructure their relationships to one another. This famous short film records the self-destructing performance of their most ambitious construction: 100 feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock. 1987, 30 mins; for more information.

Arthur Ganson, “Arthur Ganson Presents A Few Machines Created Between 1978 and 2004”: renowned kinetic sculptor and ongoing artist-in-residence at M.I.T., Arthur Ganson, builds “machines that transcend their “machineness”. They do nothing, but work extraordinarily well, particularly at making people laugh” (Smithsonian Magazine). This DVD documents 36 machines in action (close up and as a whole), an animation machine sequence, a sequence showing how Ganson’s wire gears are bent and soldered and some scrolling text thoughts about the machines and the process. 1978-2004, 70 mins for more information.

Open Dork/Show and Tell:

Bill Beaty brings along the Worlds Cheapest Tesla Coil Art Device: one glow-element of Pond Machine III, the work he will be showing at the People Doing Strange Things With Electricity II exhibition.

As for the rest of ye… have an announcement? A project to tell us about? A request? Need collaborators? Materials? Advice? Simply come and find Kate at the dorkbot meeting and we’ll allocate you an open dork spot.


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.