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.

Curious Contraptions Featuring Cabaret Mechanical Theatre (San Francisco, California)

This special exhibition features more than 20 charming and often hilarious mechanical sculptures known as automata. Their whimsical characters are brought to life by intricate arrangements of hand-made cams, cranks, and other simple mechanisms.

Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama, often reflecting its maker’s dark and very British sense of humor. Exposed inner workings encourage visitors to investigate the low-tech mechanisms used to make these automata move.

In Conversation: ​R. Luke DuBois + Daniel Rozin (San Francisco, California)

bitforms gallery presents a discussion with exhibiting artists R. Luke DuBois and Daniel Rozin.

For the first week of the exhibition, a new work by R. Luke DuBois will have its debut in the media gallery. Like his 2012 piece, Acceptance 2016 takes the political party acceptance speeches given by the two major-party candidates, subjecting them to a computationally generated editing process based on the language used in each speech. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, two of the most contentious presidential candidates in recent history, use vocabularies of around 1,300 unique words in the hour-long monologues; 975 of these words (75%) are the same.​ ​Coinciding with the Fifteen-Year Anniversary exhibition at the Project, is a solo exhibition of work by R. Luke DuBois at bitforms gallery in New York. The artist’s fourth solo show with the gallery, The Choice Is Yours presents work that considers how choices are made and framed in our society, with the United States democratic voting process as its framework.

Daniel Rozin’s iconic Wooden Mirror will be on display in the Atrium space beginning on November 9th. The artwork was originally produced in 1999, in a smaller, octagonal format. It has since been exhibited at institutions around the world. The work is indicative of Rozin’s practice, which investigates the structure and materiality of images. From mosaics to digital images comprising pixels, discrete components are assembled to make a whole. Employing a range of materials––from trash to hand fans––Rozin probes at what constitutes an image, as well as what can be transformed into one.

bitforms Gallery Fifteen-Year Anniversary Exhibition (San Francisco, California)

Extended to March 4, 2017!

Opening reception: Saturday, November 5th | 6pm – 8pm

New York-based bitforms gallery celebrates its fifteenth year with an anniversary exhibition at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco. The curated presentation of works includes currently represented artists as well as those who have shaped the gallery’s identity over the years, demonstrating the program’s continued engagement with technologically informed practices.

Exhibiting artists include Jeffrey Blondes, Daniel Canogar, R. Luke DuBois, Claudia Hart, Yael Kanarek, Beryl Korot, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Sara Ludy, Manfred Mohr, Jonathan Monaghan, Mark Napier, Tristan Perich, Quayola, Casey Reas, Daniel Rozin, Björn Schulke, Siebren Versteeg, Addie Wagenknecht, Marina Zurkow, and Zimoun.

Since 2001, bitforms has become synonymous with “new media” art and the work that falls into this evershifting categorization. As such, the program spans a range of media from traditional to experimental. With new media being relative to each generation, the gallery represents established, mid-career, and emerging artists, showing the diversity of approaches to media over several generations.

The Art of Dying Virtual + Augmented Reality Art Show (San Francisco, California)

This Halloween weekend, explore an interactive art gallery featuring over 25 artists from around the world who are using immersive technologies to reimagine what it means to be mortal.

Explore two floors of interactive sound and art installations. Watch augmented art come to life in the AR gallery and journey through new VR experiences on the Vive, Gear VR, and Oculus Rift. A night of music, art, and discovery awaits.

The VIP portion starts at 6 pm and includes priority admission to preview the show without lines, access to a bar, a VIP swag bag, and more. Purchasing a ticket for a specific time slot ensures no waiting in line. General Admission tickets allow you to explore the AR gallery and installations after signing up for a VR gallery time slot upon arrival.

We are proud to be a part of Re:Imagine | End of LIfe – a citywide conversation through art, experience, and design throughout the Bay Area. What would it mean for an entire city to reimagine the way we live and die?

Market Street Prototyping Festival 2016 (San Francisco, California)

The Market Street Prototyping Festival believes that collaboration and rapid experimentation can help solve our biggest challenges. An equal partnership between Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Planning Department, the Prototyping Festival was born out of their shared desire to make Market Street a more vibrant, connected destination; one that brings together different people, communities, and neighborhoods.

Over the past several years, the City’s Better Market Street project has gathered extensive community feedback, with a clear response that the public wants a more vibrant and positive experience on Market Street. The City has responded with a commitment to redesigned sidewalks and “Street Life Zones” that make our public space more active, vibrant, and engaging. These are the zones we reimagine and activate during the Festival.

Check out the 30 prototypes selected to be on display at the festival:

Highlighted installations:

27 Steps

Our proposal titled “27 Steps” is a walk for Mandela – a walk for peace. The Bay Area has supported anti-apartheid movement, with local politicians such as Ron Dellums and celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg and Pedro Noguera, the UC Berkeley student body president in 1985, have supported Mandela long before his release to freedom. As a remnant of Mandela’s World Tour to the Bay Area (1990), our proposal resonates Mandela’s struggle and aligns his anti-apartheid voice with the voice of San Francisco.

The pavilion is a walk of twenty seven steps. Two pyramids open the gateway to this path. The void stands for how Mandela inverted the political pyramid by cultivating a culture of forgiveness. The “Invictus” poem that guided Mandela through his 27 years in prison is narrated as one walks this path (via sensor-activated speakers). Recorded narration by those who have personally met and were touched by Mandela will also be heard through the walk.

By night, it becomes a lantern of hope.

dorkbotSF: Steve Mann, Anouk Wipprecht, Neil Mendoza, Alex Murray-Leslie (San Francisco, California)

If you are in San Francisco this week, this is an amazing dorkbotSF….don’t miss it!

Steve Mann – Phenomenological Augmented Reality
Steve will talk about a new concept and social-artistic movement: Being Undigital with Digital Media. Phenomenological Augmented Reality including the Meta2 and the other presenters’ works as examples.

Anouk Wipprecht – Robotic Fashion and Intuitive Interfaces
Fashion becomes interactive and technology has never before been as close to the skin – what kind of possibilities does this open up? Anouk Wipprecht is a FashionTech designer who works interdisciplinary in search for intelligent systems that interact with the body as the environment of the wearer. Wipprecht uses interaction design and biomimicry coupled to sensors and animatronics. Her designs move, breath, and react to the world around them. She is interested in new ways we can interface — and builds micro-controlled garments to provoke her generation.

Neil Mendoza – Escaping the Default
Neil’s work uses digital and mechanical technologies to bring inanimate objects and spaces to life. Using this medium, he explores the absurd, the humorous, the futile and the surreal. Today, we mediate large parts of our lives through a limited number of digital tools. However, this small, arbitrary ecosystem of technologies leads to a homogenisation of both experience and thought processes. In this presentation, Neil will be talking about some of his technological explorations outside of the ubiquitous networked screen, from artistic hamsters to musical My Little Ponys.

Alex Murray-Leslie – The Liberation of the Feet Via Sounding Wearables
Alex has been working with sounding foot-wearables since 2006, mostly made for the International art group Chicks on Speed (Alex founded with Melissa Logan in 1997). The computer enhanced footwear showcase the role that wearable technologies can play in performance art. The shoes were worn by Chicks on Speed in their latest Artstravaganza performance held in conjunction with Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘Modemethode’ exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany last September. The shoes and foot-appendages are designed with Arduino sensors and actuators. They interface with audio-video systems on stage and relay data to technologies integrated into other parts of the performance arena. Alex presents this and so much more.

FUTURE FACTORIES: Experimenting at the Edges of the Next Industrial Revolution (San Francisco, California)

Keynote Speaker
Skylar Tibbits, SJET LLC / MIT Self-Assembly Lab, Boston

Behnaz Farahi, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Amy Karle, Bio-artist and Inventor, San Francisco
Philip Ross, MycoWorks / Stanford University, Palo Alto

Organizer & Moderator
Jason Kelly Johnson, Future Cities Lab / CCA, San Francisco

The session will be streamed LIVE on PERISCOPE – 6:30-8:30pm PST. Just open the Periscope app and search under “People” for #futurefactories.