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GlowCon 2017 (San Francisco, California)

An LED convention and party celebrating everything that glows. An electrical forest of cutting-edge LED technology and art.

GlowCon, the leading LED Art/Tech convention, is back for its 2nd Year!

Watch the LED Talks, where visionaries discuss the future of Glow. Connect with industry leaders, including Vendors selling their glowy creations onsite.

Explore an Electrical Forest of Interactive Art, VR, and Glow-Science installations. Tune into Speakers and DJs from anywhere in the event, on our 3-channel Silent Disco. Join a hands-on Workshop where you can learn to make your own Wearables.

The convention will culminate in the Phuture Phasion Show, where models grace the runway in beautiful and cutting-edge LED apparel. The fashion show will transition into AfterGlow 2017, the official AfterParty of GlowCon 2017!

Jim Campbell: Far Away Up Close (San Francisco, California)

Through constantly-evolving and continually innovative iterations, Jim Campbell parses one of the most fundamental questions regarding the human mind: what enables us to interpret and understand the world around us?

The 15 new works in this exhibition should, in theory, defy comprehension. They are either so low resolution (too little information) or so high resolution (too much information) that the viewer should not be able to understand the imagery depicted. Campbell’s works, however, activate our most primitive neural and sensory processes for interpreting visual clues like shape, movement, rhythm, and color. Tapping into these instincts, combined with the human capacity for complex memory and the ability to extrapolate, Campbell experiments with digital representation as a metaphor for the transmutation of data into knowledge.

Campbell’s pieces are unique among artists using technology — not only because he designs and builds the computer systems that make them function. More significantly, his choice of media is conceptually linked to his message: he uses technologies developed for information transfer and storage to explore human communication and memory. His is not technology used merely to wow, but to consider the relationship of our minds to the technologies we’ve created.

To be completed within the next few months and visible for decades to come, Campbell’s artwork on the top nine stories of the exterior of San Francisco’s new Salesforce Tower — the tallest building on the West Coast — will fundamentally alter the Bay Area skyline as well as the nature and purpose of public art. Unlike any permanent public artwork to date, Campbell’s piece will change daily, as a direct reflection of the life of the city in which it exists.

Soundtracks at SFMOMA (San Francisco, California)

Floor 7 and multiple locations throughout the museum

Soundtracks is the museum’s first large-scale group exhibition centered on the role of sound in contemporary art. Focusing on the perceptual experience of space, the exhibition offers opportunities for discovering public architectural features and galleries throughout the newly expanded building. Spanning sculpture, audio and video installation, and performance pieces made since 2000, the show takes its point of departure from key works in the media arts collection. Select pieces address the association of “soundtracks” with film scores in unexpected ways, while others take various approaches to visualizing the relationship between sound and space. Moving beyond medium-specific histories of sound art and electronic music, this cross-generational presentation highlights past SFMOMA commissions by Brian Eno and Bill Fontana, as well as new and diverse work from over twenty contemporary artists, including Ragnar Kjartansson, Christina Kubisch, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, O Grivo, and Susan Philipsz. Soundtracks is accompanied by a map and an online catalogue.

Common Grounds: Shadow Tunnel by Glass Eye Shadow Pictures (San Francisco, California)

Glass Eye Shadow Pictures creates immersive, cinematic shadow performances that are like watching a live film bloom before your eyes. The Common Grounds Shadow Tunnel performance will be a unique, transformative and interactive experience. The tunnel will be transformed into many different environments. The audience is welcomed to walk through the changing shadow landscapes and become part of the story. The live music and all the props will be on display for the audience to see how all the shadows are created.

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Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures, LOL (San Francisco, California)

Swiss artists !Mediengruppe Bitnik embody 51 of the San Francisco chatbots designed to lure men into online affairs through the Ashley Madison website, exploring human-bot relationships and the currency of trust, and desire, on the internet. The materialization of these online “fembots” in physical space critiques the commodification of women, and sex, in online spaces. The work engages questions of intimacy, the willingness to compromise “real” and “fake” experiences in online entertainment, and the temptation to project meanings onto the blank screens of the digital sphere.

LUMINARY 2017 (San Francisco, California)

On March 18, Future Fires and The Midway Creative Complex present: LUMINARY, an evening of groundbreaking art, technology and music.

Featuring visionary creators from the Bay Area and beyond, this debut festival invites attendees to experience new music and immerse themselves the next generation of art.

With exciting performances and installations that blur the boundaries between guest and stage, Luminary invites the audience to take part in the experience, and explore a deeper connection to the creators and their work.

Headlining the evening is drummer and producer Shigeto, whose vivid soundscapes reflect a host of influences, from electronic, to jazz and hip-hop. His live set will be accompanied by visuals created by our artists-in-residence.

Luminary’s featured visual artist is Can Büyükberber, a Fulbright Grantee from Istanbul known for his immersive installation work and collaboration with GRAMMY winners Tool and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Büyükberber and fellow artist-in-residence Yağmur Uyanık collaborate on a new installation, and lend visual influence to other components of the festival.

Featured technology performance is Christopher Willits, along with special guests, in an early preview of Envelop. The Bay Area’s own Grammy-nominated musician and artist Christopher Willits performs a live immersive audio set within Envelop at The Midway, a ground-breaking 32 speaker three dimensional sound space, set for official public opening soon.

Other work on exhibit includes an installation by Graham Plumb and Karen Marcelo, light art from ecco screen, and late night DJ / Producer sets programmed by As You Like It. Special exhibitions include an exploration of the future of building and architecture, a room of VR hosted by Dream Logic, and selections from Flying Robots International Film Festival, showcasing films shot entirely from drones.

ARTandVR (San Francisco, California)

ARTandVR is taking over North Beach’s HACK Temple for an immersive exhibition of virtual reality, electronic music, visionary speakers, and interactive art.

Dance between projections and light displays, take in a tea ceremony, and learn tips on creating a utopian future in the main cathedral. Find a comfy nook to lounge in our virtual meditation circle, create new worlds, or explore an alternate reality.

Bridging the gap between the art and tech communities of San Francisco, ARTandVR serves as a platform for local artists and a petri dish for future creation.