Gray Area’s UNSEEN Series began in February 2016 as an ongoing performance series specifically for Bay Area artists who work in overlapping areas of art and technology. The goal of the series is to showcase innovative and experimental creative practice in the Bay Area. UNSEEN presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. Artists interested in participating in 2018 can apply below!
Open Call for Bay Area Artists

We invite artists working in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to propose artworks for inclusion in the series. These can be either new or existing works.


This series is open to new, emerging and established artists working in the greater Bay Area.


Artworks will be presented in the auditorium of the Grand Theater (2665 Mission Street, San Francisco) and should be time-based experiences with a duration of 20-40 minutes. Our setup time is limited—artworks will be installed/prepared and deinstalled in the same day. We have access to house A/V equipment, including octophonic surround audio array, house projection equipment, and 36’ screen. Within these limitations we invite artists to propose solo or collaborative works of any genre and kind, including but not limited to: immersive sound, music or projection based work; movement or performance artworks; expanded and live cinema; creative code and interactive installation; social engagement artworks and interventions.

For proposed works wishing to utilize our octophonic surround audio system, we will assume some familiarity with preparing output channels for spatialized arrays, but do not discourage artists unfamiliar with multichannel audio from including it in proposals.


Are rolling, and we accept proposals at any time. All submissions will be considered for upcoming performances in the year. Artists not selected for the next performance will be considered for the following performance and do not need to reapply, but may do so with modified proposals if desired.