North Bay

SOMArts Cultural Center

Location

United States
37° 46' 14.8872" N, 122° 24' 22.554" W
Come Out & Play Exhibition and Festival
Project info: 

CO&P Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center
Tuesday-Friday 12pm-7pm Saturdays 12pm-5pm

CO&P Festival
Saturday+Sunday December 1+2, 12pm-5pm
At SOMArts, 934 Brannan Street and 
Victoria Manalo Draves Park, Folsom & 6th Street



 

November 17 - December 19, 2012

SOMArts Cultural Center

About SOMArts Cultural Center
SOMArts promotes and nurtures art on the community level, and to foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. Founded in 1979, SOMArts embraces the entire spectrum of arts practice and cultural identity, and it is beloved in San Francisco as a truly multicultural, community-built space where cutting-edge events and counterculture commingle with traditional art forms.

About Come Out & Play
Come Out and Play was founded in 2006 to offer the public new ways to enjoy and experience their city through games played in public spaces. It was the first festival of its kind in the world and remains a leader in identifying trends in public gaming and an inspiration for games festivals worldwide. Since then, the festival has run annually in New York City. In 2010, the festival expanded to the West Coast alongside one of its co-founders, and in 2012 will present its third San Francisco edition as a weekend festival and exhibition at SOMArts.

The Come Out & Play SF Festival, a forum for new types of public games and play, expands in 2012 to include a month-long games exhibition in SOMArts Cultural Center’s Main Gallery, November 17–December 19, 2012, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA, 94103. Gallery hours are Tues.–Fri. 12–7pm, Sat. 12–5pm. From alternative sports, board games and puzzles to iPad apps, laser mazes and proximity sensors, Come Out & Play SF Festival and Exhibition harnesses the ingenuity of game designers to engage San Francisco’s communities in creative play and to transcend preconceptions around human interaction and public space.

Come Out & Play SF also includes the annual festival weekend of games for all ages, Saturday and Sunday, December 1 & 2, 12pm–5pm. Festival weekend games are hosted in the gallery at SOMArts and in public spaces and recreation areas, such as Victoria Manalo Draves Park, located at the intersection of Sherman and Folsom Streets, and in the surrounding South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood.

All games are free and are played on a rotational first-come, first served basis, but participants may register at http://playsf.eventbrite.com to advance more quickly through the lines during the opening night party and festival weekend. More information can be found at www.somarts.org/playsf

SOMArts Cultural Center
Come Out & Play Exhibition and Festival 

November 17 - December 19, 2012 
SOMArts Cultural Center

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SPUR

A Peek Behind Silicon Valley's Digital Veil

Presented by SPUR and Hipstamatic

The initial thought that often comes to mind upon hearing the word “Silicon Valley” is that of tech booms and electronic empires. However, Silicon Valley offers a depth beyond this that is frequently unseen. In partnership with San Jose’s ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network, SPUR and Hipstamatic invite you to go behind the digital veil with some of the Bay Area’s most skilled photographers as they present their personal interpretation of the theme of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, "Seeking Silicon Valley", a proposal that contemporary art practices can re-imagine the idea, the place and the experience of Silicon Valley.

Project info: 

Opening party: Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m.
September 19, 2012 - October 19, 2012
SPUR Urban Center Gallery

SPUR

operates in San Francisco, CA

Through research, education and advocacy, SPUR promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area.

SPUR's history dates back to 1910, when a group of young city leaders came together to improve the quality of housing after the 1906 earthquake and fire. That group, the San Francisco Housing Association, authored a hard-hitting report which led to the State Tenement House Act of 1911.

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September 19 - October 19, 2012

SPUR Urban Center Gallery

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Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Location

United States
37° 46' 33.5028" N, 122° 25' 0.4512" W
Up Festival
Project info: 

October 20 - 21, 2012

October 20-21, 2012

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (@GAFFTA) brings together the best creative coders, data artists, designers, and makers to create experiments that build social consciousness through digital culture. GAFFTA is the nation’s leading organization dedicated to furthering the use and advancement of creative technology for social good and artistic advancement. In this capacity, GAFFTA maintains relationships with the world’s top academic researchers, innovative corporations, visionary artists, and civic leaders. By continually engaging and connecting this diverse community with challenges and opportunities, GAFFTA extracts forward-thinking technological solutions with proven capacity to create positive change.

Presented by GAFFTA

For two days in October, two blocks of downtown San Francisco will become a living laboratory of urban experiments. The exposition will demonstrate the full capability of citizens to reimagine public space, and will attract thousands of attendees, locals and visitors alike. Projects from the Open Call and the Urban Makeathon will be on display and tested out in the open. Learn more, and plan your visit.

UP Festival
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

October 20-21, 2012
Presented by GAFFTA

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Kennedy Browne

The Myth of the Many in the One

Location

Kadist Art Foundation
3295 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
37° 45' 32.0436" N, 122° 24' 52.5744" W

Presented by Kadist Art Foundation

Initiated in 2005, Kennedy Browne is the collaborative practice of Gareth Kennedy (b.1979) and Sarah Browne (b. 1981). Recent solo exhibitions include How Capital Moves, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland (2011) and 167 at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast and NCAD Gallery, Dublin (all 2010). Kennedy Browne has also been included in 12th Cairo Biennial, Egypt;L'Exposition Lunatique, Kadist Foundation, Paris; the Lodz Biennial, Poland and Blue Collar Blues at the Tallinn Kunstihoone, Estonia (all 2010). Throughout 2012, Kennedy Browne has work touring ten European cities as part of the United States of Europe exhibition and will present new work at the Bern Biennial, Switzerland. In 2009 they co-represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale, alongside their respective solo practices.

The North American premiere of Kennedy Browne's latest work, The Myth of the Many in the One which was shot in the summer of 2012 in California. This newly scripted work draws on the genre of the business biography, attempting to decode the myth of the visionary leader of technological progress and his place in our culture. Working on location with a child actor and a voice-over artist, Silicon Valley is a significant mental and emotional backdrop to this narrative. This project has been funded by The Arts Council, Ireland, with support from the Kadist Foundation

Project info: 

Date: October 3, 2012
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Kadist Art Foundation

Kadist Art Foundation

located in San Francisco, CA and Paris, France

Kadist Art Foundation participates in the development of society through contemporary art, collecting and producing the work of artists and conducting various programs to promote their role as cultural agents. Kadist's collections include works that reflects the global scope of contemporary art, and its programs develop an active exchange between Kadist's local contexts (Paris, San Francisco) and artists, curators, academics and art publishers worldwide.

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October 3, 2012

Kadist Art Foundation

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Performance Art Institute

Location

United States
37° 46' 27.6204" N, 122° 24' 9.2088" W
Women, Art, and Technology: An Uneasy Access?
Project info: 

Thursday, December 13
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

December 13, 2012

Performance Art Institute

JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The M.H. de Young Museum, The Getty Center, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Kitchen in New York, the MIT Media Lab, Cité des Ondes Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montreal, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in both the 2006 and 2008 ZeroOne San Jose New Media Biennials. Beltran is the President of the San Francisco Arts Commission and is also faculty in the Film, New Genres, and Design & Technology Programs of the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also directs the school’s City Studio arts education program for under-served youth.

“Women, Art, and Technology: An Uneasy Access?” is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Future Imagined: What Next?” part of the ZERO1 2012 Biennial. The exhibition highlights the interplay between artists, technologists and scientists as they converge to test the artistic limits of the possible in a technologically driven world. This complementary public forum brings together a diverse set of practitioners who are forging the creative edges of art, science, and technology. The focus will be on the triumphs and challenges of being a woman working in a technology-based art practice. The women on our panel will recount the contributions they make as innovators and entrepreneurs and will share their perspectives on how to prosper in a technological environment in which men predominate. The forum also seeks to find answers to underlying questions, such as: “Is the presence of successful women in the current digital boom causing a power shift?” “Are successful women breaking gender and cultural barriers and advancing an agenda that will benefit women as a whole?”


Renowned artist JD Beltran will lead this provocative discussion of opportunities and challenges facing women working in the field of art and technology.

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Pe Lang

Location

United States
37° 47' 45.726" N, 122° 24' 12.312" W
Sounds of Science
Project info: 

September 18, 2012
$10 advance purchase, $15 at door, free for students under 25 w/ ID
6:30 pm: doors open
7:00 pm: presentation & talk
7:45 pm: performances
8:30 pm: reception & networking

Event

September 18, 2012

swissnex San Francisco

swissnex San Francisco is a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in science, education, art, and innovation. Through public events and study tours, swissnex highlights the best of Swiss and North American ingenuity and create opportunities for networking among our diverse group of professional contacts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and beyond. swissnex offers workspace in the heart of downtown San Francisco and the resources to help international guests, start-ups, university outposts, entrepreneurs-in-residence, and other visitors succeed.

Presented by swissnex San Francisco

Artists, researchers, and engineers are all driven by an innate curiosity to explore, experiment, and play. By sharing tools, processes, and methods with each other, they can amplify their unique perspectives.

Pe Lang, an Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium, creates kinetic objects to demonstrate physical and mechanical phenomena, material research, and their sound components. Charles Lindsay is intrigued by our rapid ascent from early primates to astronauts and curious about the role technological evolution plays in all aspects of metacognition and consciousness. Devices increasingly ‘see’ and ‘think’ for us. What does life on earth suggest about what intelligent life might look or sound like elsewhere in the universe?

In conjunction with the ZERO1: Art and Technology Biennial exhibition, where Pe Lang presents two installations, swissnex is hosting the two artists to speak about their artistic processes and perform their “research.”

Pe Lang will perform “cl_loop” using magnets as sound sources with different frequencies and two handmade devices, one that functions as a sensor and one as an electromagnet. Just by moving the magnets, the artist “composes” the sounds created by introducing different materials that alter the magnet’s acoustic qualities.

Lindsay will speak about his hybrid artistic process and installations, followed by a live presentation that stems from his “Trout Fishing in Space” performances. He will perform the live sound and video piece “NEAR(ER),” made in response to research on the emotional variations between direct organic experience versus technologically mediated and processed experience.

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Chris Doyle

Location

United States
37° 47' 12.12" N, 122° 24' 1.3284" W
Idyllwild
Project info: 

September 8 - October 28, 2012
11am - 6pm
Catharine Clark Gallery

Catharine Clark Gallery presents Chris Doyle's solo exhibition, Idyllwild, in conjunction with the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial.

September 8 - October 28, 2012

Catharine Clark Gallery

Established in 1991, Catharine Clark Gallery presents the work of contemporary artists. A wide range of media is represented ted in the gallery’s program with an emphasis on content-driven work that challenges both the traditional use of materials and formal aesthetics. Catharine Clark Gallery was the first San Francisco gallery to create a dedicated media room, presenting new genres and experimental video art with each changing exhibition. Exhibitions are hosted on a six-week schedule and generally feature one or two solo artist exhibitions in addition to media room installations. Additionally the gallery regularly participates in national and international art fairs.

Idyllwild
Chris Doyle

September 8 - October 28, 2012
Presented by Catharine Clark Gallery

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Eli Ridgway Gallery

Location

United States
37° 47' 11.04" N, 122° 24' 3.1932" W
Kenneth White: SYSTEM OPERATIONS
Project info: 

September 8 - November 12, 2012
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

September 8 - November 12, 2012

Eli Ridgway Art Gallery

A contemporary art gallery located next to SFMOMA in the Yerba Buena Arts District of San Francisco.

System Operations is a program of new works in video curated by Kenneth White for the Eli Ridgway Gallery in cooperation with the Zero1 Biennial. The program will run continuously during regular gallery hours from September 22 thru December 6, 2012 in the Project Space of the Eli Ridgway Gallery.

System Operations is a program of new video about systems: systems that we use, and systems that use us. The word “system” has accrued a diverse range of associations - constructive and destructive. It may denote order in a political, economic, ecological, or technological sense. “Operating systems” -- collections of software and hardware in the form of computers, phones, and tablets -- are ubiquitous. The newest “OS” promises improved efficiency, complexity, and control. “The System” is also something that may be fought against.

The artists in System Operations use video to explore the functions and dysfunctions of systems. Video is their means to participate, diagnose, and resist. Video is their tool for ambivalent declarations from inside and outside structures of prevailing notions of order. At the juncture of art and technology, the videos of System Operations aim to provoke new engagements with the systems and their operations that determine our histories, our present, and our possible futures.

Artists in System Operations include: Christine Ancalmo (San Francisco), Jeremy Bailey (Toronto), Joe Barone (New York), Anne Colvin (San Francisco), Theo Eshetu (Rome), Wineke Gartz (Amsterdam), Marianna Milhorat (Montreal), Julie Perini (Portland, Oregon), Tasman Richardson (Toronto), David K. Ross (Montreal), and Tom Sherman (South Shore, Nova Scotia).

Kenneth White is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. His writing has appeared in Screen, Conveyor, and the Millennium Film Journal, among other periodicals and books. White's video programs at Eli Ridgway Gallery comprise his fourth curatorial collaboration with the gallery.

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Eve Sussman

Location

United States
37° 47' 8.3652" N, 122° 24' 4.4496" W
whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir

Eve Sussman, whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir (still), 2009-11; courtesy Eve Sussman

Project info: 

Discussion: September 27, 2012 at 7:00pm with Post-Show Q+A at 8:30pm
Screening: September 28-30, 2012, 11:00am-5:30pm

Admission: $5 general; free for SFMOMA members or with museum admission (requires a free ticket, which can be picked up in the Haas Atrium)
Phyllis Waters Theater

Eve Sussman’s whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir

September 27- 30, 2012

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis Wattis Theater

SFMOMA is a nonprofit organization of over 375 people dedicated to the idea that art and museums can transform lives. By embracing the challenge of the new and unexpected, SFMOMA hopes to encourage fresh ways of seeing, thinking, and engaging with the world.

SFMOMA has a long history of excellence in exhibiting and collecting the foremost artists and designers of our time. 

whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir is a film that unfolds uniquely with each screening.  The overarching narrative remains constant: we follow the story of Holz, a geophysicist in the dystopian Siberian town of City-A, who tries to unravel the methods and motives of his shadowy new employer.  Yet the manner in which the story unfolds is in endless flux.  The film is live-edited by a computer, dubbed the “Serendipity Machine,” whose algorithm assembles the film from a cache of thousands of video and sound fragments.  Poetic juxtapositions emerge and propel a narrative without beginning or end, but with an infinite number of middle moves. 

whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir 
Eve Sussman

September 27 - 30, 2012
Presented by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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Andrew Norman Wilson

Movement Materials and What We Can Do

Location

Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965
United States
37° 49' 46.974" N, 122° 31' 20.784" W

Presented by Headlands Center for the Arts

Workers Leaving the GooglePlex investigates a top secret, marginalized class of workers at Google's international corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley. Andrew Norman Wilson's film documents the yellow badge-wearing ScanOps Google Books workers, while simultaneously chronicling the complex events surrounding his own dismissal from the company. The reference to the Lumière Brother's 1895 film Workers Leaving the Factory situates the video within motion picture history, suggesting transformations and continuities in arrangements of labour, capital, media, and information. The ScanOps project is based on Google Books images in which software distortions, the scanning site, and the hands of ScanOps employees are visible. Through varied analog presentations of these images, the technologies and processes used are emphasized. These re-materializations are treated as photography— taking the form of framed image-sculptures, compiled in a mobile book-sculpture, and presented in a performance-lecture. In the performance-lecture, Andrew Norman Wilson employs corporate, academic and artistic lecture techniques to the intertwining concerns of both projects. Medium-specific considerations and various histories of the film, video, photography and publishing media are addressed, emphasizing the materiality of analog and digital media and the labor processes required for transitioning between these forms.

Project info: 

The performance is part of ZERO1's 9 evenings performance series, and will be presented by
Headlands Center for the Arts.
October 7, 2012
4:30pm
Dinner following at 6:30- registration required

Andrew Norman Wilson

lives and work in Chicago, IL

Andrew Norman Wilson currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.S. from Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Public Communication. He is a 2011 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA fellowship and the Edward Ryerson Fellowship.

Artist website: 
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October 7, 2012

Presented by Headlands Center for the Arts

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