BLOW UP II: Inflatable Contemporary Art (Walnut Creek, California)

In response to the popularity of our 2015 exhibition BLOW UP, Bedford Gallery is excited to present a second exhibition of inflatable art. BLOW UP II explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms. BLOW UP II will feature large-scale artworks by a roster of internationally renowned artists.

BLOW UP II will travel nationally after its debut at the Bedford Gallery.

MAX 2019: A Space Festival (San Francisco, California)

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, MAX 2019: A Space Festival orbits around the breathtaking advances in space exploration and lands at 3 favorite San Francisco venues. Through the aggregated works of celebrated artists in live music, immersive theater, multimedia events, and educational interactive installations MAX will give attendees a new perspective on our universe and the chance to reflect back on earth.

Kid Koala—Nufonia Must Fall (San Jose, California)

This show is a live multi-disciplinary adaptation of Kid Koala’s graphic novel of the same name. The story centers around a headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence who is infatuated with a charming office drone. Fifteen people make up the live production, which involves an amazing team of puppeteers, technicians, and musicians who bring the characters to life.

Miniature sets have been built to recreate each scene from the book. Under the direction of Oscar-nominated production designer KK Barrett (Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich), the performance is cinematically lit, filmed, and projected on a large screen. Kid Koala, accompanied by the Afiara String Quartet, performs his original score on piano and turntable. All of the elements come together in real time. Equal parts cinema, theatre, and musical concert—audiences can watch as an amazing team of puppeteers bring the characters of Kid Koala’s graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall to life.

Napa Lighted Art Festival 2019 (Napa, California)

The Napa Lighted Art Festival is a celebration of creative arts and technology where light becomes art in this unique lighted art walk. Ten to fifteen original art works will be installed throughout the Napa Downtown and the Oxbow District.

Artwork could include Light art, Video art, 3D video mapping projections and projects that use technology or interactivity. The festival supports innovative techniques using light and light technologies as a growing art medium. Light itself in any form is the actual artwork. The artwork is created around the core concepts of: Innovative, Contemporary, Uplifting, Inspiring and Imaginative.

Human Augmentation 101 WEST (Atherton, California)

We’re bringing bodyhacking to the Bay Area for a Human Augmentation 101 event! Enjoy a full day of talks and demos about brain computer interfaces, interpreting your genetic information, implantable tech, bioethics and more.

Illuminate SF Festival of Light 2018 (San Francisco, California)

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, the Illuminate SF Festival of Light shines bright in San Francisco. You can explore installations, artists, maps and robust collection of light art related articles online or join in the winter festivities in person.

CODAME Intersections (San Francisco, California)

At the San Francisco Art Institute, Fort Mason, San Francisco, Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, from 6pm to 10pm.

In “Intersections,” CODAME showcases work that defies boundaries: Where art meets technology, experiment and play collide, and new media wander curiously in the footsteps of old. Featuring gallery installations, screenings, and performances, “Intersections” explores the surprising, inspiring, and challenging crossings of art, science, and technology as part of The Leonardo Convening.

What is the purpose of creative vision in a world dominated by science and technology? Though commonly thought to inhabit distinct worlds, the “two cultures” of art and science have long collaborated for common purpose. The middle of the twentieth century saw many surprising partnerships bloom across the realms of art, science and technology. In the decades hence, these boundary-defying explorations have contoured many creative landscapes. Contemporary work in new media art finds its roots in these early collaborations.

Leonardo‘s 50th Anniversary Celebration: The Convening (San Francisco, California)

The Leonardo Convening is the culminating event of our 50th anniversary. The event’s aim is to initiate a challenging, vital network-wide experience. The event is designed to bring together attendees from diverse disciplines and experiences. We want this event not only to celebrate 50 years of building our network but also to help us design where we want to be in the next 50 years. This will be both an outcome of design thinking and a sector manifesto.

This event is neither a festival or a conference. Rather this is the culmination of the 28 international celebrations for our 50th anniversary. We are crossing industries, fields and boundaries in order to make deep intentional experiences.

ABOUT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time: offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo journal represented a unique vision: to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The result was Leonardo, an academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics, and the field has gained momentum in recent years.

Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light (Saratoga, California)

Montalvo Arts Center is proud to announce an astonishing new exhibition by artist Bruce Munro. Featuring 10 light-based works ranging in scale from immersive to intimate, Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light will utilize multi-hued waves, clusters, cascades, flocks, and seas of illumination, transforming Montalvo’s historic Villa and its extensive public areas into a breathtaking spectacle of light. The exhibition will be the first time Munro’s work has been publicly on display on the West Coast, and it will represent the largest number of his works ever on view at a single venue. It is made possible in part through the generous support of The Valley Foundation.