Dorkbot is an informal gathering of artists and electronics enthusiasts interested in sharing ideas on works in progress or experimental prototypes. Artengine is pleased to host a new chapter here in Ottawa, so come out and share your love for all things electronic!

Dorkbot meetings will be taking place on the second Tuesday of every month in the new Artengine M70 Lab. Dorkbot is open to everyone.

Check out the blog for photos of our first meeting.

In the months to come:

  • Andrew O'Malley will be presenting updates on a project he is working on with Ken Campbell developing a new easier to use I/O Board for artists.

  • Normand Fisher will be demonstrating some of his custom built microphones.

  • Fred Arsenault will demonstrate techniques for databending in digital photography.

  • Michael Caffrey will bring out his solar powered mobile sound system.

To sign up for the Dorkbot mailing list and participate in the planning of upcoming sessions please check in our Mailing Lists section of the website.

September Edition of Dorkbot!

Hey Folks! Time for another edition of everybody favorite electronics party!

We have three great presentations by some of our region's dorkiest artists. We hope you will join us in the M70 Lab Tuesday September 23rd.

Here is the line up for our back in school special....

Sean Lamothe, our local bending guru, will be presenting his newest venture - bending video! Having tackled every kind of battery operated noise making device our consumer culture can dream up, Sean has been turning his attention to more adult oriented electronics ... video mixers and DVD players. For this edition Sean will present his project in progress - a portable video glitch package.

Normand Fisher, a man with great listening skills, will be giving us a demonstration on how to make your own high quality microphones for a few dollars and learn how to adapt the design to suit your particular needs (stealth, overnight, outdoor in the rain...). I understand he has been hooking up radar devices to microphones hidden in flower pots to record migrating birds. As if that doesn't peak your curiosity.

Finally Frederic Arsenault, who previously brought us a workshop on databending our digital photos, has been hard at work with his new Nokia N800 and modified copy of the open source visual programming environment PureData (PD). PD has gained wider and wider appeal as a tool for experimental artistic endeavours, and Fred will be talking about getting PD working on our mobile and hand held devices.

If you want more information or have any question please contact us at Artengine 613.686.1941 or at

Dorkbot September Edition
Artengine M70 Lab
2 Daly Ave
Tuesday, September 23rd

For more information on Dorkbot check out or contact Ryan Stec at Artengine by email or phone 613-686-1941.