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Maker Saturdays

For Immediate Release:
July 01, 2007

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Maker Saturdays

The Do-It-Yourself Spirit of Making, Hacking, Crafting, and Designing Things
Hands-on DIY Every Saturday, July 7-August 4 at 1pm
Live and on the Web at www.exploratorium.edu/maker

And A Panel Discussion: On Maker's Culture on July 21 at 3pm Featuring Art Curator LadyBee of Burning Man, Editor Dale Doughtery of Make Magazine, and Sound Artist/Composer Krystyna Bobrowski.

Make Magazine Editor Dale

From the rise of Burning Man to the recent emergence of Make magazine, maker's culture -- the do-it-yourself spirit of making, hacking, crafting, and designing things -- has long been part of the Bay Area. Join the trend-setters such as Dale Dougherty, Publisher of Make and Craft magazines, at the Exploratorium, or live on-line as he introduces some of the most inventive makers in the Bay Area, all part of a new Do-It-Yourself movement. From knitting to robotics, interact with interesting tinkerers and learn something new. Whether you are a closet crafter, a serious hacker or an armchair inventor, you'll come away with inspiration, and maybe even a new project. Guest Makers will demonstrate their creations, tell you how to do it yourself, and answer questions.
In addition, a special panel discussion, On Maker's Culture: A Conversation takes place on Saturday, July 21, 2007 in the Exploratorium’s McBean Theater at 3pm. What are the ethos, mythology, and practices of maker's culture? Join the conversation at the Exploratorium with some Do-It-Yourself community vanguards: art curator LadyBee of Burning Man, editor Dale Doughtery of Make magazine, and sound artist/composer Krystyna Bobrowski.

These events are offered in conjunction with Oops: A Make-Break Fest ongoing at the Exploratorium this summer.

Speakers include: Dale Dougherty is editor and publisher of Make and Craft magazines, both of which focus on DIY projects. He also organized Maker Faire, which takes place this May 19-20 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. Last year's event attracted more than 200 makers and 20,000 attendees.

Dale has been instrumental in many of O'Reilly's most important efforts, working closely with Tim O'Reilly to establish O'Reilly as a leading technical publisher. An early Web pioneer, Dale was the developer and publisher of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial Web site launched in 1993 and sold to America Online in 1995. Dale was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers from 1995-1999, which was sold to CMP in 1999. He developed the Hacks Series of books in 2003, which includes the bestselling Google Hacks and Excel Hacks. Dale is General Manager of the Maker Media division of O'Reilly Media. He lives and works in Sebastopol, California.

Christine Kristen, a.k.a. LadyBee, is the art curator for Burning Man. She earned an MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, after which she spent several years in Africa and the West Indies, and has written about West African and Jamaican popular culture. After ten years on the art world treadmill in Chicago and New York, she moved to San Francisco, found Burning Man, and never looked back. She has published articles on the art of Burning Man in Leonardo Journal and Raw Vision magazine. Read more about her here: www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/curator_statement.html

Krystyna Bobrowski is a sound artist, composer, and musician living in Oakland, CA. In addition to French horn, she plays acoustic and electronic instruments of her own design. Her collection of original instruments includes prepared amplified rocking chairs, bull kelp horns, Leaf Speakers, and Gliss Glass. Her latest instrument, the Harmonic Slide, makes use of the natural resonances of tubes.

Bobrowski received her MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and her BA in Computers and Music from Dartmouth College. She has presented her work in a number of music festivals and venues, including the Maker Faire (San Mateo, 2006), the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (2004), the Metronom Music Festival (Barcelona, 2003), the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (New York City, 2003), and the Ex Teresa Arte Actual Sound Art Festival (Mexico City, 2000). In addition to performing her own work, she has performed and recorded with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Christian Wolff, the Cecil Taylor Improvisation Orchestra, Anthony Braxton, Lou Harrison, and the improvisation ensemble Vorticella. From 2001 to 2004, she contributed to the design and development of the Listen: Making Sense of Sound exhibition at the Exploratorium. Presently Bobrowski teaches and directs the Electronic Music Program at the College of San Mateo

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