What is to be done? Even in a world that is better for more people than at any time in history, we find ourselves with a host of issues, challenging our optimism for the future. The specter of unchecked climate change, the unknown consequences of globally deployed artificial intelligence, the ruptured boundaries of global capitalism, the unrelenting weight of systemic oppression and inequality; these ills throw the grand narratives of linear progress and the promise of technology in doubt. How do we navigate in a semi-fluid world where the only hope for agency seems to be in probing the uncertain boundaries and bounded uncertainties themselves?
Now in its third edition, the Gray Area Festival still believes that artists are bellwethers to anticipate cultural traumas, and that integrated creative and technical practice holds a lantern illuminating paths to broader and deeper understanding of the trials and opportunities ahead. We present a group of speakers, performers, educators, and exhibitors exploring the edges of media, time, culture, design, and the environment. Held at our Grand Theater in San Francisco's Mission district, the Festival highlights Gray Area's continued pursuit of forward-looking art and technology applied toward civic, educational, entrepreneurial, aesthetic, and social practice.
Import Projects presents the European IRL debut of the Digital Museum of Digital Art, a platform developed by American artists Alfredo Salazar-Caro and William James Richard Robertson. Featuring four VR commissions for Oculus Rift by Claudia Hart, Tim Berresheim, AquaNet 2001 and Jacolby Satterwhite, the exhibition bridges real and virtual space while blurring the boundaries of our respective institutions.
DiMoDA is a preeminent virtual institution and a virtual reality exhibition platform dedicated to the distribution and promotion of New Media Art. For it’s debut, DiMoDA will be presenting works by Claudia Hart (NY/CHICAGO), Tim Berresheim (DE) Jacolby Satterwhite (NY) and a project by Aquanet 2001 (Salvador Loza and Gibran Morgado) from Mexico City.