The Gray Area Festival 2018

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A conference, exhibition, performances, and workshops advancing culture and common good through the lens of art and technology.

We are very excited to announce our 2018 Gray Area Festival of Art + Technology. Join us as we cultivate dialogue around the most pertinent topics in the field. We have a lot in store for you and can't wait to share the full lineup of speakers, artists and performers.

All lineups will be announced in the coming months but we have listed many of the past artists, speakers and performers below.

Works showcased at Gray Area Festival span diverse mediums including mechanical sculpture, virtual reality, projection mapping, computer games, and machine assisted drawing. Our exhibitions touch on topics such as kinetic light, digital cinema, alternate worlds, biologic music composition, and open source, providing a cross-section of work dealing intimately with the relationship between art and technology.

Exhibited Artists at past Gray Area Festivals have included: Addie Wagenknech, Allison Burtch, Chris Sugrue, Dan Moore, David Renault, Evan Roth, Golan Levin, Greg Leuch, James Powderly, Jamie Wilkinson, KATSU, Kyle McDonald, Randy Sarafan, Theo Watson, Zachary Liberman, Joris Strijbos, Nicky Assmann, Gabriel Dunne, Eric Parren, Harvey Moon, Ray McClure, Casey McGonagle, KOKOROMI, Ryan Alexander, Daniel Massey, Maddy Varner, Magnus Eriksson, Mathieu Tremlin, Tobias Leingruber, Joanie Lemercier and many more

The conference days will invite leading thinkers and artists for discussions that uncover art and technology’s impact on culture.

The Gray Area Festival has showcased international thought leaders in art, technology, design, architecture, urban planning, data visualization, and public policy, among other fields. We have also given a platform to emerging practitioners and the beginning of their creative explorations, both from San Francisco and around the world.

Previous speakers at the Gray Area Festival have included:

Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design, MoMA
Casey Reas, Artist, co-creator of Processing language
Jane Metcalfe, co-founder of Wired
Golan Levin, Artist and Educator, Director of STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Eric Rodenbeck, CEO Stamen Design
Evan Roth, Artist
Tiffany Shlain, Founder Webby Awards, co-Founder International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
Pablo Garcia, Artist and Educator Michael Naimark, Media Artist
David McConville, co-Chair Buckminster Fuller Institute
Aaron Koblin, Artist, Founder of Within
Gene Youngblood, Media Theorist
Kamal Sinclair, Director, New Frontier Lab Programs at the Sundance Institute
Benjamin Bratton, Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego and Director of The Center for Design and Geopolitics think-tank at Calit2
Jonathon Keats, Conceptual Artist, Philosopher

Previous performances have included, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Telefon Tel Aviv, Nonotak, Rival Consoles, Lustmord, Alessandro Cortini, Shigeto, Teebs, Moor Mother, Effix, Mark Slee, Pharmakon, Container, Novi_sad, David Last, BLEIE and Chelley Sherman

On Sunday of the Gray Area Festival, join us for a selection of Creative Code workshops taught by ten talented instructors. Four workshops will be held during Session 1 (11am-2pm) and four workshops will be held during Session 2 (3pm-6pm), take one from each set for 6-hours of learning! Workshop Pass not included in Festival Pass.



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