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Post date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 07:38

I hope you and all of your relatives are safe!

I address you my best friendship from France.

Jim Rolland

Post date: Saturday, December 15, 2012 - 17:17

The COLLISIONcollective hosted a panel discussion on programming the Kinect device for artwork creation on December 11, 2012 at MassArt. The panel included COLLISIONcollective members and affiliated artists:

  • Rob Gonsalves - Jitterbot - A Dialog in Dance
  • John Slepian - Update
  • Jim Susinno and Mark Stock - Swarm
  • William Tremblay - Host

Photos of the event, by Jennifer Lim, are here:

The slides are here:

Special thanks to Bob Kephart for organizing the event!

Post date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 21:38
Marginalia:Crawl by Jeffu Warmouth

Come join the artists of COLLISION18:present for presentations, discussion of the work in the show and other projects they are working on.

We will be experimentally presenting remote presentations via Skype from artists who cannot be present. 

Light refreshments will be served. Open to the public (the gallery will be open). Seating is very limited. Food and beverage supply will be will be based on interest in the event, so it you'd like to come and hear what the artists have to say, please let us know soon.

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When: Sunday, December 16, 1-4 PM

Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain

Post date: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 19:36

Introduction to Kinetic Art
Fall 2012 / Thursday evenings 6:30-10:30
Instructor: Bob Kephart

3 Credit course offered through MassArt's Continuing Education and SIM Departments

Interested in learning about kinetic art and practical techniques for making art that incorporates motion? This course covers hands on, simple, step-by-step, processes to make art that moves through the integration of motors. Students are introduced to the basics of mechanisms: circular motion through direct connections to motors, as well as levers, cams, and pulleys. Projects include how to correctly power a motor, how to add a power switch, how to switch the direction of a motor, and how to change the speed of a motor. Orientation sessions will familiarize students with the fundamentals of wood and metal fabrication techniques. Discussions on kinetic art history as well as a discourse on how it fits into the modern context will be held to inform your artistic pursuits. The goal of the course is to not only provide a basic technical framework, but also a conceptual grounding for students to create artwork that is supported by a contemporary critical structure.

To register:

To see my artwork please visit:

Please email me with any questions about the course.

Hope to see you this Fall,
Bob Kephart

trahpekatgmail [dot] com

Post date: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 15:28
COLLISION17:transformer Closing Event


Come join the artists of COLLISION17:transformer for presentations, discussion of the work in the show and other projects they are working on. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public (the gallery will be open). Seating is very limited. 

When: Saturday, April 6, Noon-3:00 PM
Post date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 16:08


Hi All,
I’ve been a member of Collision Collective for a number of years and I recently became the artist in residence at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham, MA.  Part of my job is to do outreach to the tech art and maker communities, and that means I get to combine business with pleasure and invite you all to a special free event at the museum.  It’s going to be Saturday, January 28th from 6:00-8:00pm.  
The museum will be closed to the general public but we’ll be giving tours of the galleries including our functioning belt driven Victorian machine shop and our temporary exhibition ‘Steampunk Form and Function II” which includes work by members of Collision Collective.  We’re also arranging a number of special treats for the event.  We will have members of the New England Model Engineering Society running coal driven steam engines.  We’ll be getting one of our new to the museum linotypes running which involves boiling lead.  We’ll have a couple of our artists on hand to talk about their work at the museum including Marjorie Minkin, who along with Phish bassist Mike Gordon and electronics designer Jamie Robertson created our current interactive art exhibit “Another Side of In.”  We will also have Collision Collective member Wayne Strattman on hand who will be giving a sneak peak at some of the plasma globes, mesmer tubes or Jacob’s ladders that will be in his upcoming spring exhibit “Self Illumination.”     

The museum doesn’t have any specific goal for this event other than bringing together like minded communities that we hope will be involved with the museum in the future.  We’ll be serving refreshments and giving you an opportunity to network with other members of Collision Collective, and members of Artisan’s Asylum Inc. and Sprouts & Co. who have also been invited.  

If you have any questions, you can e-mail me or contact the museum directly: 781-893-5410.

I look forward to seeing you at the museum or if you can’t make it, at the Collision Collective 17 opening,

Post date: Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 13:13

COLLISIONcollective member artists Dan Paluska and Jeff Leiberman are both using kickstarter to bootstrap their next endeavors. Their initiative and clarity are an inspiration! Dig deep and support these projects.

Dan's project: Jeff's project:
timelapse farm:
a source code for food
Moore Pattern —
a kinetic optical-illusion sculpture
Post date: Sunday, April 17, 2011 - 11:47
Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image

A peculiar decades-long collaboration between two gentlemen from different centuries,

resulting in a multimedia interactive art exhibition combining historical and new media technologies to create beauty and stimulate a sense of wonder.

Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image attests that technology can be used to both create beauty and stimulate a sense of wonder.  By combining historical and new media technologies to create interactive art, artist Dave Gordon achieves effects which are at once magical, beautiful and understandable. 

Much of the work presented in Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image represents a peculiar decades-long collaboration between two gentlemen from different centuries, multimedia artist and educator Dave Gordon and Victorian inventor and photographer Eadweard Muybridge.  Gordon continues the artistic work of “the father of film” by exploiting cutting edge technologies such as micro controllers and Hall-effect sensors to make Muybridge’s motion studies interactive in a three dimensional environment.  Inspired by Muybridge’s images or wholly original, Gordon presents work in this show which lays bare the technology that all digital media uses to display images and mimic continuous motion.  While beautiful and educational the work is often provocative, challenging contemporary, as well as Victorian norms.

Gordon’s work no matter the media, has its origins in notions of collage and found object sculpture.  His work is profoundly multidisciplinary.  Virtual Kinetics and the Art of the Image will include a sampling of this diverse body of work including animated sculpture, video animation, photocollage and assemblage, often in combination.

His partnership with Muybridge has been made possible by new media tools which are transforming the nature of artistic collaboration.  Gordon calls this new form of digitally mediated collaborative art “iterative art” in which art is created in iterations by a succession of disconnected artists appropriating each others work.  This type of collaboration has become an increasingly important phenomena of the Internet age, with artists being separated by both time and space and art evolving over many iterations.  Gordon’s collaboration with Muybridge is peculiar in its intensity and striking in its
degree of temporal separation.

Gordon, who teaches at Salem State University and North Shore Community College, studied new media art at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.  He is also the curator and creator of the Eadweard Muybridge On-line Archive ( 

Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image will be held at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation ( 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453.  The show will run April 22 through July 5, 2011 with an opening reception to be held Saturday, April 23 6:30-9:30p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public and will include a whisky tasting sponsored by Cabin Fever Spirits.  The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM, for more information about the museum call 781-893-5410.

Dave Gordon
digitaldavegordonathotmail [dot] com
PH. 347-404-5510

Post date: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 20:14

Join the artists of COLLISION16:fluid for a headlong excursion into the motivations, fascinations and theories that informed their recent work. 13 artists will deliver concise, condensed and delightfully confusing presentations in a format sure to keep things moving along at a rapid pace.
Refreshments will be served. Space is quite limited for this event; if you are planning to attend, please RSVP here:
Time: Noon-3PM, Saturday, March 26, 2011
Place: AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media (Green Street Station, JP)
Confirmed presenters:

  • Ben Houge
  • Kevin Benisvy
  • W. Benjamin Bray
  • Chris Fitch
  • John Craig Freeman
  • Rob Gonsavles
  • Giles Hall
  • Heidi Kayser
  • Georgina Lewis
  • dan paluska (aka INHA LEEX HALE)
  • Dan Roe
  • Mark J. Stock
  • Wayne Strattman

This is going to be a remarkable event and we hope to see you there!

Post date: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 09:27

The next COLLISIONcollective show, COLLISION16:fluid, will be opening on Feb 25, not Feb 18. Please adjust your plans accordingly. We hope to see you there!