Sun July 29, 2018

The Gray Area Festival 2018

Since its inaugural edition in 2015, the Gray Area Festival has grown to become the world’s premier event focused on art and technology for social, civic, and cultural impact. Over the past three years the Festival has hosted over 150 artists with more than 6,000 people in attendance. Now in its fourth year, this 4-day festival continues to bring the most groundbreaking speakers, educators, artists, and performers together from around the world in a future-defining conversation on the cultural impact of technology. This year features special spotlight on Blockchain and Distributed Systems, presenting the largest collection of Blockchain based artworks ever assembled on the West Coast. The Gray Area Festival takes place at the historic Grand Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District, Thursday July 26 – Sunday July 29th, 2018.

Full schedule here:

Featured Speakers include:

Singer of the pop group YACHT and the author of Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women who Made the Internet, Claire L. Evans (US); Artist and co-Founder of openFrameworks, an open-source library for writing creative code in C++, Theodore Watson (US); the co-Author of Blockchain and the Law published by Harvard University Press, Primavera De Filippi (FR); co-Founder and co-Director of Furtherfield & co-Editor of Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain, Ruth Catlow (UK); Max Hampshire (NL) with terra0, a scalable framework built on Ethereum that provides automated resilience systems for ecosystems; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, Sam Hart (US); Founding Director of NEW INC and one of Business Insider’s most influential women in technology, Julia Kaganskiy (US); co-Founder and Editor of ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives, Jessica Lynne (US); and two members of Vienna-based, RIAT Institute for Future Cryptoeconomics.

Featured Exhibiting Artists/Projects include:

Nicolas Maigret (FR) & Maria Roszowska (PL) from a working group based in Paris at the crossroads between contemporary art, research and hacking; Berlin-based contemporary artist Simon Denny (NZ), representative of New Zealand at the 2015 Venice Biennale; Rhizome 7-on-7 participants Matt Liston (US) and Avery Singer (US) with the 0xOmega cryptocurrency-based “religious framework”; Gabriel Dunne (US) and Cullen Miller (US) with Claves Angelicæ, an installation inscribing magical Words onto the Ethereum network; Bail Bloc, a Monero cryptocurrency scheme to post bail for low-income people; Prix Ars Electronica 2016 Golden Nica winners Christoph Wachter (CH) and Mathias Jud (CH); and the Tetrapylon from #NEWPALMYRA, a global community platform for creative reuse of architecture, inspired by executed Syrian-Palestinian software developer Bassel Khartabil.

Performing artists include:

Hundred Waters
with music that’s part acoustic, part electronic and completely captivating, musicians Nicole Miglis, Trayer Tryon & Zach Tetreault makeup Hundred Waters.. The fusion of their talents quickly gave rise to a sound that has fans raving and critics drawing comparisons to Stereolab, Bjork and Four Tet. It attracted the most unlikely of label bosses, Skrillex, who signed the band to his OWSLA label. Since then the band has taken its’ live show around the world, touring with artists such as Alt-J, the XX, Jack Ü, Grimes, Julia Holter & more. The band is also responsible for co-founding and curating the application based micro festival, FORM Arcosanti. Watch Hundred Waters Recent Music Video

Eartheater (aka Queens based artist Alexandra Drewchin) distills foley-filled digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical composition into works suspended between obsessively detailed sonic tapestries and almost recklessly romantic and gestural electronica. Watch Eartheater’s Newest Music Video

And many more participants listed below:

Andrew Newman Vienna, Austria
Annelie Koller New York, US
Barry Threw San Francisco, US
Cassie Thornton Ontario, Canada
Claire L Evans Los Angeles, US
Christoph Wachter Switzerland
Clément Renaud Paris, France
Cullen Miller San Francisco, US
Eartheater New York, US
Erik van der Molen San Francisco, US
Gabe Duggan Texas, US
Gabriel Dunne Oakland, US
Grayson Earle New York, US
Harm van den Dorpel The Netherlands
Hundred Waters Los Angeles, US
Ingrid Lafleur Detroit, US
Jon Phillips St. Louis, US
Josette Melchor San Francisco, US
Julia Kaganskiy New York, US
Jessica Lynne New York, US
Layne, Rachel Aiello San Francisco, US
Machinedrum Los Angeles, US
Maria Roskowska Paris, France
Mark Hellar San Francisco, US
Mathias Jud Switzerland
Matt Liston San Francisco, US
Max Hampshire The Netherlands
Nicolas Maigret Paris, France
Patricia New York, US
Pfadfinderei Berlin, Germany
Primavera De Filippi Paris, France
Raman Frey San Francisco, US
RIAT Vienna, Austria
Rob Myers Vancouver, CA
Ruth Catlow London, UK
Sam Hart New York, US
Sarah Friend Ontario, Canada
Second Woman US and Germany
Simon Denny New Zealand
Sophie Kahn New York, US
Sophie Lamparter San Francisco, US
Taurin Barrera San Francisco, US
Ted Davis Basel, Switzerland
Theodore Watson San Francisco, US
Since its inaugural edition in 2015, the Gray Area Festival has grown to become the world’s premier event focused on art and technology for social, civic, and cultural impact. Over the past three years the Festival has hosted over 150 artists with more than 6,000 people in attend...
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