Gray Area Festival 2018

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The Gray Area Festival - A conference, performances, workshops, and an exhibition surveying culture through the lens of art and technology.
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"Performers: Hundred Waters, Eartheater, Second Woman, Machinedrum and over 40 Speakers and Exhibiting Artists shine a spotlight on trends in art and technology."

The Gray Area Festival is pleased to announce its lineup including over 40 global artists. Since its inaugural edition in 2015, the Gray Area Festival has grown to become the world’s premier event focused on art and technology for social, civic, and cultural impact. Over the past three years the Festival has hosted over 150 artists with more than 6,000 people in attendance. Now in its fourth year, this 4-day festival continues to bring the most groundbreaking speakers, educators, artists, and performers together from around the world in a future-defining conversation on the cultural impact of technology. This year features special spotlight on Blockchain and Distributed Systems, presenting the largest collection of Blockchain based artworks ever assembled on the West Coast. The Gray Area Festival takes place at the historic Grand Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District, Thursday July 26 – Sunday July 29th, 2018.

7/26 THURSDAY - Distributed Systems Exhibit Opening 7pm-11pm

Featured Exhibiting Artists/Projects include:

Nicolas Maigret (FR) & Maria Roszowska (PL) from a working group based in Paris at the crossroads between contemporary art, research and hacking; Berlin-based contemporary artist Simon Denny (NZ), representative of New Zealand at the 2015 Venice Biennale; Rhizome 7-on-7 participants Matt Lison (US) and Avery Singer (US) with the 0xOmega cryptocurrency-based “religious framework”; Gabriel Dunne (US) and Cullen Miller (US) with Claves Angelicæ, an installation inscribing magical Words onto the Ethereum network; Bail Bloc, a Monero cryptocurrency scheme to post bail for low-income people; Prix Ars Electronica 2016 Golden Nica winners Christoph Wachter (CH) and Mathias Jud (CH); and the Tetrapylon from #NEWPALMYRA, a global community platform for creative reuse of architecture, inspired by executed Syrian-Palestinian software developer Bassel Khartabil.

2018 Featured Speakers include:

Singer of the pop group YACHT and the author of Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women who Made the Internet, Claire L. Evans (US); Artist and co-Founder of openFrameworks, an open-source library for writing creative code in C++, Theodore Watson (US); the co-Author of Blockchain and the Law published by Harvard University Press, Primavera De Filippi (FR); co-Founder and co-Director of Furtherfield & co-Editor of Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain, Ruth Catlow (UK); Max Hampshire (NL) with terra0, a scalable framework built on Ethereum that provides automated resilience systems for ecosystems; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, Sam Hart (US); Founding Director of NEW INC and one of Business Insider’s most influential women in technology, Julia Kaganskiy (US); co-Founder and Editor of ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives, Jessica Lynne (US); and two members of Vienna-based, RIAT Institute for Future Cryptoeconomics.