Public presentations provide a vital exchange and interface between artist and audience, as well as development and delivery. From interactive installations to immersive audio-visual performances, Gray Area regularly showcases world-class media from emerging and established artists at the forefront of the progressive arts community. The main gallery space features rotating exhibitions by individuals and collectives working in combined media and technology-driven works, including GAFFTA Residents.
At Gray Area, you may have noticed our recent productions have included a curated selection of visualists that respond to performing sound artists. We spend a lot of time searching far and wide for new visual works, through this Visual Music selection we are highlighting visual artists who take inspiration from sound.
Between December 13-15, artists and hackers will inhabit GAFFTA to create a flash exhibit on the theme of ‘Lethal Software’. Software now has a license to kill, as advances in computing have made drones and other weapon systems autonomous. This development was long presaged by popular culture (Hal, Robocop, Terminator). Fortunately, most of us don’t have to write this software (or suffer from it) although we interact daily with software that is lethal in other respects.There is software that prevents other software from executing (spam vs. anti-spam, surveillance vs. sousveillance) and there is software that shields us from the influence of fellow humans (e.g., Google’s auto-complete algorithm).
Future/Canvas is an exploration of the new and flourishing world of art created with the iPad. From paintings and digital art created in applications like Brushes, ArtRage, and Sketchbook Pro, to interactive applications like Gravilux, Uzu, and ARTREE, the iPad has proven to be a powerful canvas with seemingly limitless artistic potential.
By taking data out of archives, pie charts and graphs and giving it a physical form through sculptural, audio and visual means, we aim to build a compelling experience synthesizing scientific research with new media as a method of engaging community participation. We believe in the concept of learning by doing, that material exploration is an important part of the understanding process and that explaining through tangible tools, where people can actually touch, explore and play with information, is essential to collaborative communication and visual thinking.
Swiss artist Zimoun has been compared to a watchmaker of self-reproducing time. His kinetic, sonic sculptures feature armies of mechanical entities that form worlds both uniform and chaotic; futuristic robot battallions and writhing, life-like beings desperate to break free. On Saturday, January 22, 2011, swissnex San Francisco and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) team up to present the artist’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco.
In our upcoming exhibition 'Milieux Sonores', we focus on artistic and musical designs of sound spaces, on working with sound and the visualization of imaginary space. Milieux Sonores presents five different artistic approaches, each of which either creates, in its own unique way, a world of sounds and a space for a framework of sounds or transforms and redefines space through sound.
MIT’s SENSEable City Laboratory has been investigating how emerging digital technologies can be employed to make cities more livable, sustainable and efficient. We recognize that the digital revolution has lent our cities a new layer of functionality and that now is the time to explore how sensors, cellphones, micro-controllers and networks of other handheld devices can be used to more effectively manage city infrastructure, optimize transportation, analyze our environmental impact and foster new communities.
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce its 3rd exhibition, opening to the public on Saturday, February 20th. The show will feature the work of artists Aaron Koblin and Robert Hodgin.
The Gray Area studios have operated as a laboratory for its five artists in residence, fostering the creation of projects that overlap technology and traditional media. Using this collaborative workspace, the artists have created multi-disciplinary works that include immersive environments, digitally fabricated sculpture, kinetic paintings, audiovisual software/hardware, and other mixed media experiments for the resident artist show "Prototype"
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) is pleased to announce its Inaugural Exhibition, OPEN, featuring the works of C.E.B. Reas, Camille Utterback and Stamen Design. Including new works from three pioneers in the field of digital art, OPEN celebrates GAFFTA’s arrival as San Francisco’s leading digital arts organization and a cornerstone of The City’s Tenderloin Economic Development Program (TEDP) and emerging Mid-Market Taylor Street Arts District.