• Creative Coding Workshop Series 2019.1

    Gray Area Art & Technology Theater

    Join us for this curated series of creative coding workshops featuring some of Gray Area's most requested art and technology tools. There are 4 workshops from Jan 22 - Feb 21st, 2019 - Interactive Face-Tracking Workshop - Pixel Mapping for the Stage Workshop - 3D Cinematic Environments Workshop - Generative 3D Modeling Workshop Enroll in multiple workshops receive a discount - 10% discount for 2 workshops - 15% discount for 3 workshops - 20% discount for 4 workshops Email [masked] to take advantage of the workshop series discounts. Learn More: https://grayarea.org/event/creative-coding-workshop-series-2019-1/

  • Gray Area Showcase 2018.2

    Gray Area Art & Technology Theater

    As the culminating event of our final cohort of 2018, Gray Area gives the Bay Area public a chance to experience artwork developed by our Incubator Members and Creative Code Immersive Students. 20 Artists will transform the Grand Theater into a dynamic series of interactive installations using augmented reality to physical objects and everything inbetween. Incubator Artists: Anastasia Victor, Andres Cuervo, Ari Kalinowski, Ashwath Anand, Michael Epstein, Rachel Rose Ulgado, Shihan Zhang, Stephen Standridge, Will Atwood, Xiaohan Zhang Immersive Artists: Ariana Campyloptera, Ayo Suber, Grace Patuwo, Jody Stillwater, Marc Schroeder, Michael Altamirano, Mona Kasra, Stéphane Huleux, Stephanie Andrews, Ruy Carpenter, Shawn Jackson, Sparrow Silverhawk, Steven Piasecki, Wendellen Li Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 Opening Reception: 7:00PM-10:00PM $5-$20 Sliding Scale Entry Cash bar for 21+ Thursday, December 6th, 2018 Exhibition Viewing: 12:00PM-6:00PM Get Tickets Here: https://showcase20182.eventbrite.com/ If you are new or continuing a career in software-based art, you can enroll in our Education program. If you are a skilled artist or artist team with a portfolio, you can join the Incubator community. Gray Area provides creative and artistic development resources to artists and organizations. Under the label of Creative Development, we maintain Incubator and Education services to help creators produce projects at the intersection of art and technology. Our next Incubator round begins January 8th, Applications are open here→ https://grayarea.org/creative-development/incubator/incubator-membership-application/ The next Creative Code Immersive begins April 4th, Applications are here→ https://grayarea.org/creative-development/education/immersive-application/

  • Gray Area Incubator Artist Salon

    Gray Area Art & Technology Theater

    Join us for the[masked] Gray Area Incubator Artist Salon, where select members of our[masked] Incubator cohort will share their projects in development and we invite you to contribute your feedback! Incubator projects explore the intersection of art, technology and social critique. Each artist will present their work in a TED talk style with a question and answer period from the audience. Presenting Members: Anastasia Victor, Andrés Cuervo, Ashwath Anand, Michael Epstein, Rachel Rose Ulgado, Shihan Zhang, Stephen Standridge, Will Atwood, Xiaohan Zhang Learn more about our members on our Medium Article 6:00 - 6:30 pm: Event registration 6:30 - 8:30 pm: 10 Minute Talks 8:30 - 9:00 pm: Event Wrap Up The event is $5-$20 Sliding Scale Entry with a cash bar for those 21+. Get Tickets Here: https://gaincubatorsalon2018-2.eventbrite.com/ Please note that we are currently accepting applications for our 2019 Incubator Session which begins January 2019. Learn more and apply here. https://grayarea.org/creative-development/incubator/

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  • Gray Area Festival 2018

    Gray Area Art & Technology Theater

    Tickets available at: http://grayareafestival.io The Gray Area Festival - A conference, performances, workshops, and an exhibition surveying culture through the lens of art and technology. Full Program: grayareafestival.io "Performers: Hundred Waters, Eartheater, Second Woman, Machinedrum and over 40 Speakers and Exhibiting Artists shine a spotlight on trends in art and technology." Overview 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 Disnovation.org 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 Avant.org, 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.

  • Jaap Blonk and SCLOrk (the Santa Clara Laptop Orchestra)

    ANNO DOMINI Gallery

    Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design is pleased to present an evening of sound and music with performances by JAAP BLONK (Netherlands) and SCLOrk (Santa Clara University) Saturday, April 7th at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm.) Jaap Blonk: “Dr Voxoid’s Next Move” and SCLOrk: The Santa Clara Laptop Orchestra Jaap Blonk is a self-taught composer, performer and poet. He went to university for mathematics and musicology but did not finish those studies. In the late 1970s he took up saxophone and started to compose music. A few years later he discovered his potential as a vocal performer, at first in reciting poetry and later on in improvisations and his own compositions. For almost two decades the voice was his main means for the discovery and development of new sounds. From around the year 2000 on Blonk started work with electronics, at first using samples of his own voice, then extending the field to include pure sound synthesis as well. Read more: http://www.jaapblonk.com/ ================= SCLOrk - the Santa Clara Laptop Orchestra SCLOrk concerts are often full of surprises. That's what it happens when you have a stage full of computers, loudspeakers, cable spaghetti, and humans making sound. SCLOrk, a computer music ensemble dedicated to experimental electronic music composition and performance, was founded in 2013 by Brazilian composer Bruno Ruviaro. SCLOrk’s intrepid performers are interdisciplinary musicians using cutting-edge technology to explore the intersections of music, creative coding, engineering, and computer science. Read more: https://www.scu.edu/cas/music/ensembles/sclork/ Saturday, April 7th 8pm Performance / Doors open at 7:30pm. $10. at the door/ $5 for students. On view in the gallery will be "Notches" by Joseph Loughborough (UK), and "Faces: Raw" by Barron Storey (US). Anno Domini 366 S. 1st St. downtown San Jose [masked]

  • Recombinant Festival 2017

    Gray Area Art & Technology Theater

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recombinant-festival-2017-tickets-37510096709 RECOMBINANT festival is a showcase of 360-degree spatial cinema and live audio-visual performances developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs. The 2017 Recombinant Festival is produced by Recombinant Media Labs, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and Obscura Digital. For more information and additional program details please visit recombinantfestival.com (http://recombinantfestival.com/). Schedule, Please select appropriate tickets for your show: Wed, Oct 11th & Thu, Oct 12th 17:30 Doors 18:30 – 19:30 CineChamber: Recombinant Recap 2016 with Naut Humon, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Egbert Mittelstadt & Biosphere, Fennesz & Lillevan, Scott Arford 20:00 – 21:30 CineChamber: The Fall of Love with Craig Baldwin, People Like Us, Masako Tanaka 22:00 – 23:30 CineChamber: Paradise Tossed with Death of Hippie Funeral Films, Makino Takashi, Grouper & Paul Clipson, Philip Jeck / Michaela Grill / Karl Lemieux, Masako Tanaka Fri, Oct 13th 17:30 Doors 18:30 – 19:30 CineChamber: The Fall of Love with SF Cinematheque, People Like Us, Masako Tanaka 20:00 – 21:30 CineChamber: Paradise Tossed with Death of Hippie Funeral Films, Makino Takashi, Grouper & Paul Clipson, Philip Jeck / Michaela Grill / Karl Lemieux, Masako Tanaka 21:30 – 02:00 Live AV Sets: Pedestrian Deposit, Special Guest TBA, Martin Rev Live Solo Sat, Oct 14th 17:30 Doors 18:30 – 19:30 CineChamber: The Fall of Love with SF Cinematheque, People Like Us, Masako Tanaka 20:00 – 21:30 CineChamber: Paradise Tossed with Death of Hippie Funeral Films, Makino Takashi, Grouper & Paul Clipson, Philip Jeck / Michaela Grill / Karl Lemieux, Masako Tanaka 21:30 – 02:00 Live AV Sets: Daniel Menche, Special Guest TBA, Martin Rev plays Suicide Sun, Oct 15th 17:30 CineChamber Artist Panel with Vicki Bennett, Makino Takashi, Jeff Carey 19:00 Erik Davis presentation Fall of Love / Weirdness of Being joined by V. Vale, Mark McCloud, Naut Humon 20:30 Show & Tell: Martin Rev talks Suicide moderated by Marcus Herring & Tom Fitzgerald 22:00 Film Screening: Suicide Live 23:00 Festival Reception; Always be Closing

  • CNMAT's Summer Max/MSP Workshop - ODOT Immersive

    CNMAT (UC Berkeley)

    ODOT Immersion Course August 13-16, 2017 CNMAT, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley Instructors: Jeff Lubow, with supporting lecture by John MacCallum Fee: $500 This course will guide students through an introduction into the odot (o.) programming toolkit for Max/MSP. ODOT helps the Max programmer in gaining more finite control over the ways in which you are sending data between applications in a network. Participants will construct sophisticated patches with an emphasis on interaction and exploration, while learning strategies and patterns for managing complexity, debugging, testing, and robustness. The course is tailored to artists and developers working with time-based media. ODOT provides a container, the "odot bundle", an extension of Open Sound Control (OSC), for naming, aggregating, and structuring data. In the Max programming environment, this is supported by a number of externals and patches for creating, manipulating, and displaying these structures. Leveraging this toolkit, we will explore the design of complex, real-world patches, with an emphasis on real-time processing. In addition to the suite of externals, ODOT provides an expression language which supports a wide variety of programming paradigms, including functional, declarative, imperative, dynamic, delegation-based, dynamic class-based, and aspect-oriented. The class will also prepare students in continuing studies outside of the course, using the upcoming CNMAT Music and Computing Max package. This package contains further training in ODOT, alongside a wealth of useful Max and Gen~ tools, best practices, and workspace applications. ODOT was developed by John MacCallum, Adrian Freed, Ilya Rostovtsev and Rama Gottfried at CNMAT. John MacCallum will be present for a special presentation and performance at the end of the workshop. Prerequisite knowledge: Basic Max/MSP. Other programming knowledge may help, including experience with LISP, although not necessary. SEATING IS LIMITED! To reserve a space, please contact Jon Yu: [masked]

  • "Bhajan" for violin & electronics -- NorCal premiere Thu, Feb 23

    Hey Folks! I thought this might be of interest. Would love to see some of you there. I will be leading a Q&A with the composer and performer after to discuss their process and technology. ABOUT THE SHOW Composer-performer Nicholas Chase’s music has been described as “brawling yet taut” (Los Angeles Times); “crackling, witty” (Albuquerque Journal); “quietly provocative…compelling” (Textura); “brilliant” (The Strad); “powerful…spectacular” (Whittier Press); and “the human brain at its most imaginative” (LA Weekly). Fresh from the world premiere in Los Angeles, Nicholas Chase and renowned violinist Robin Lorentz bring “Bhajan,” a free-wheeling yet meditative four-movement work for electric violin and live electronics. Chase visits the Bay Area frequently as a soloist, improviser and visualist, and the Northern California premiere of his latest work celebrates the CD release of “Bhajan” on the Cold Blue Music label and the culmination of a long unfolding creative partnership with Lorentz. As part of the Center for New Music’s PRISM series, the performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artists focused on their creative journey to this “pas de deux between violin and electronics” (Textura). Bhajan is the general term for any Hindu devotional song, typically sung, with a strong melodic component. The piece is deeply influenced by Indian raga and the soundscapes of Chase’s Arab heritage while intentionally remaining rooted in a Western classical vocabulary. It explores concepts of free tempo and melodic non-structure layered with fusions of musical genre, ethnicity and instrumentation. Performed in four continuous sections, Bhajan has an organic ebb and flow guided by an elusive yet inherent sense of logic. A live duet between the violinist, Robin Lorentz, and the composer, Nicholas Chase on electronics and computer, the music propels ever forward as the violinist interacts with the synthesized and processed sounds occurring around her. ABOUT ROBIN LORENTZ Former concertmaster to the Ojai Festival, Fairbanks Symphony and LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, violinist Robin Lorentz is one of Los Angeles’ most noted new-music specialists. She is a 20-year veteran of the celebrated chamber group The California EAR Unit. As a member and soloist, she has premiered the music of notable composers John Adams, John Luther Adams, Terry Riley, Morton Subotnick, Stephen Mosko, and others around the globe. Active in the recording world, she appears on numerous film and television soundtracks and has taken the stage with the likes of Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson and Aeorosmith. More at www.discogs.com/artist/422447-Robin-Lorentz. ABOUT NICHOLAS CHASE Nicholas Chase has been described as “a modern-day dadaist … intent on upending convention” (Textura) while LA Weekly calls him an “Eye/Ear Explorer.” His music has been reviewed as “Brawling … the Rite of Spring meets Metallica!” (LA Times) and “brilliant” (Strad Magazine). Chase’s electro-acoustic work and chamber music has been performed internationally by soloists and ensembles such as LA’s California EAR Unit, Long Beach Opera, and Southwest Chamber Music. More at http://www.nicholaschase.net. ABOUT THE PRISM SERIES Led by C4NM curator Julia Ogrydziak, PRISM events are part performance, part dialogue. Audiences experience new music and multimedia through the lens of performers, composers, and collaborators as they couple their creations with personal stories of history and process.

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  • Adrian Freed: CNMAT 1989-2016 presented at CCRMA

    CCRMA (Stanford)

    With my retirement from the University of California last year, CNMAT's activity under the aegis of its founders ended. In this broad review of CNMAT's activities, networks and agency I will focus on enduring ideas, patterns and influences and point to active projects around the world that typify the experimental, multidisciplinary approach CNMAT explored.

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  • Open House at CCRMA

    CCRMA (Stanford)

    On Friday, April 22, we will throw open the doors of The Knoll and showcase the stellar work done by the CCRMA Community at Stanford University. You are invited to come see! Join us for lectures, hands-on demonstrations, posters, installations, and musical performances of recent CCRMA research including music in virtual reality, internet reverb, neuroscience of music and of narrative engagement, wave digital filter simulation of classic analog audio equipment, programming languages for music and sound synthesis, digital signal processing, data-driven research in music cognition, and a musical instrument petting zoo. CCRMA's founder John Chowning will be our keynote speaker, interviewed live in Berlin by Holly Herndon. Check https://ccrma.stanford.edu/ccrma-open-house for more details and schedule updates. We hope to see you there!

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