2016 Cultural Incubator Showcase

Join us for a showcase of work from our 2016 Spring Cultural Incubator members. Over the last six months members have been developing exciting new work that explores the intersection of art, technology and social critique. Entry is free and there will be a cash bar for those 21+. Our next Incubator round starts in September 2016, click here to apply.
  • Annalee Newitz: Ant City
  • Ant City will be structured as a museum exhibit about the history of Argentine ants in San Francisco. It will chronicle 150 years of the ants’ history, starting in 1905 and ending in a speculative, science fictional future world of 2055. Argentine ants, often called “invasive,” arrived in California in 1905--likely by stowing away on cargo ships and railway cars. Today, they’re the dominant ant species in San Francisco, living in houses and trees, and every colony cooperates with the others. But in 2020, something changes. Scientists discover the ants have been creating vast, invisible works of art using their pheromones on buildings in the Mission. Soon, humans and ants are communicating--and the ants stage an uprising, demanding equal living space in humans’ homes. The exhibit will form a timeline, documenting these ants’ (real) history and (imagined) future with artifacts, maps, and words.
  • Bernadette Cay: Creative Courage
  • Creative Courage is based on the artist’s experience of starting to make art again after 10 years. In facing her creative blocks, she learned that feelings of safety, relaxation and playfulness help creativity come through. Creative Courage uses diffuse color, visual displays and an enclosed physical space to inspire these feelings in the viewer. The experience complements the artist’s upcoming book about this journey.
  • Claudia Miranda: Anthesis
  • Anthesis is a digital hologram depicting a flower in bloom utilizing the Pepper’s Ghost illusion. A flower in bloom represents life at its fullest expression and the forever blooming hologram is intended as a memento vivere - a symbolic reminder to live fully in the moment.
  • Daniel Konhauser: Past, Present, Future
  • "Past Present Future" features a contemporary fortune telling machine. This interactive object lives at the intersection of pseudoscience, the occult, and the carnival. I will create an environment that incorporates a performative guided experience. The work uses text, sound, and light to engage the audience in a reinvention of analog-era experiences.
  • Jane Martin: StereoTypes
  • StereoTypes presents an opportunity to hear 5 characters' perspectives on change while exploring a virtual depiction of public spaces in the Mission District. (In collaboration with Tim Perkis.)
  • Jonathan Foote: Space Activation Recipe
  • Jonathan will be showing working prototypes of two interactive projects. Palimpsest records and preserves—with consent—the images of onlookers and merges them into an evolving document. Faceball is a videogame driven by face detection with an 80s vector aesthetic.
  • Ray McClure: VVVR
  • VVVR is an ongoing experiment that seeks to unlock the power of group meditation and abstract communication. The system combines the voices of two participants in a shared virtual experience. Avatars are seated in an intimate setting that intuitively facilitates meditative droning. Vocal effects are utilized, disguising and augmenting participant’s voices to enhance vocal experimentation.
  • MEDIATE Art Group: Soundwave ((7)) Biennial
  • Soundwave is a festival of cutting-edge art and music experiences. The theme for the 7th season is ARCHITECTURE, exploring sonic connections to the built environment which shape our lives as humans. Artists and musicians are invited to examine the rapidly transforming landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area and the world-at-large while considering the physical and phenomenological aspects of constructing, designing and inhabiting our built environments through sound. Their works activate communities and neighborhoods and reveal possibilities that transform public spaces in tangible and innovative ways.
Members

Annalee Newitz

Annalee writes about science, pop culture, and the future. She’s the tech culture editor at Ars Technica (www.arstechnica.com), and was the founder of io9. She’s the author of Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday and Anchor), which was nominated for a 2013 LA Times book prize. Her first novel, Autonomous, comes out in 2017 from Tor Books.

She’s also published in Wired, The Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, 2600, New Scientist, Technology Review, Popular Science, Discover and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She’s co-editor of the essay collection She’s Such A Geek (Seal Press), and author of Pretend We’re Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (Duke University Press). Formerly, she was a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a lecturer in American Studies at UC Berkeley. She was the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT, and has a Ph.D. in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley.


Ant City

Ant City is a structured as a museum exhibit about the history of Argentine ants in San Francisco. It will chronicle 150 years of the ants’ history, starting in 1905 and ending in a speculative, science fictional future world of 2055. Argentine ants, often called “invasive,” arrived in California in 1905--likely by stowing away on cargo ships and railway cars. Today, they’re the dominant ant species in San Francisco, living in houses and trees, and every colony cooperates with the others. But in 2020, something changes. Scientists discover the ants have been creating vast, invisible works of art using their pheromones on buildings in the Mission. Soon, humans and ants are communicating--and the ants stage an uprising, demanding equal living space in humans’ homes. The exhibit will form a timeline, documenting these ants’ (real) history and (imagined) future with artifacts, maps, and words.

Bernadette Cay

Bernadette Cay is an artist and product manager, formerly at Twitter and Google. She started making art again while working full-time and is working on a book about the journey. Bernadette’s work combines the visual arts, technology and writing to explore creating a creative and meaningful life. Bernadette received a B.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.


Creative Courage

Creative Courage is based on the artist’s experience of starting to make art again after 10 years. In facing her creative blocks, she learned that feelings of safety, relaxation and playfulness help creativity come through. Creative Courage uses diffuse color, visual displays and an enclosed physical space to inspire these feelings in the viewer. The experience complements the artist’s upcoming book about this journey.

Claudia Miranda

Claudia is an artist and freelance designer who's work explores the intersection of technology + nature, digital storytelling, and avatar embodiment. Her work endeavors to provoke self-reflection, play and a reverence for nature.

 She is currently working on designing VR experiences that can live alongside holographic sculptures which manifest the digital in the physical world. Claudia has previously worked as user experience designer, VJ, 3D animator, illustrator, videographer and multimedia content creator.

Daniel Konhauser

Daniel is a composer, video maker, and sound artist. He has for several decades created works ranging from music for dance to multi-media theatre to interactive video and sound installations. His musical background has led to a diverse array of artistic collaborations and unique explorations of visual media.


"Past Present Future" features a contemporary fortune telling machine. This interactive object lives at the intersection of pseudoscience, the occult, and the carnival. I will create an environment that incorporates a performative guided experience. The work uses text, sound, and light to engage the audience in a reinvention of analog-era experiences.

Jane Martin

Jane is a licensed architect and artist whose work embraces all scales from sculpture to urban planning. As principal of Shift Design Studio, she works with building materials, plants, movement and language to investigate the difference between Here and There in service of interactive cultural locationing and environmental stewardship. Ms. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (and Université d’Illinois à Versailles, France) and a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.


StereoTypes

StereoTypes presents an opportunity to hear 5 characters' perspectives on change while exploring a virtual depiction of public spaces in the Mission District. (In collaboration with Tim Perkis.)

Jonathan Foote

Jonathan received a BS (Electrical Engineering) and ME (Electrical) degrees from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University. Jonathan's research interests include machine learning, audio analysis and retrieval, robotics, multimedia signal processing, distance interaction, and panoramic video. Jonathan's kinetic and light works explore perception and interaction using a range of sophisticated electronics, from vintage vacuum tubes to the latest semiconductors and actuators.


Faceball

Faceball is a videogame driven by face detection with an 80s vector aesthetic.


Palimpsest

Palimpsest records and preserves—with consent—the images of onlookers and merges them into an evolving document.

Ray McClure

Ray McClure founded his interactive studio Dreamboat in 2009 to develop web and installation experiences. Notable creations include PollySynth, a multiplayer polyphonic synthesizer, and 808 Cube which combines a Roland TR-808 drum machine with a Rubik's cube. As a member of the Gray Area Cultural Incubator program he created the mixed reality installation Amazing Grace and Computers. In 2016 he started the virtual reality studio Plus Four with partner Casey McGonagle. Their voice controlled VR project VVVR was developed at the Convergence residency in Banff, Canada and featured at both the 2016 Gray Area Festival and David Lynch's Festival of Disruption. 

MEDIATE Art Group

MEDIATE's primary activity is the production of the acclaimed Soundwave Biennial, a curated two-­year program that culminates in a summer sound, art and music festival. To date, Soundwave has showcased over 500 emerging and established local, national and international artists and engaged tens of thousands of audience members. Renowned for its thoughtful curation and unique programming in urban spaces, Soundwave has become the largest and most anticipated sound-based art festival in the Bay Area.