Art + Tech: The Grid Kickoff

Join the EU and its local partners for the launch of a new platform for artists & tech/nologists.

Get on “The Grid,” a map of existing stakeholders at the intersection of arts, technology, and science in the Bay Area.

At this event, a new alliance of European cultural institutes in the SF Bay Area (EUNIC Silicon Valley) will launch “The Grid” and publish the results of their thorough investigation sponsored by the European Union, whose objective is to analyze the existing and potential partnership models between art and tech in Silicon Valley.

We need your help to build “The Grid” into a rich and useful index of artists, technologists, and cultural institutions to help connect the rich fabric of art and innovation in the Bay Area.

If you want to put yourself, your institution, or your initiative on the map of “The Grid”, please fill out this form.

We invite you to participate in our short, anonymous online survey to inform our research on the main challenges and opportunities for artists interacting with the tech industry in the Bay Area.

At the end of the survey, you have the opportunity to add yourself or your organization/company to “The Grid” to appear on our public stakeholder map.

Join us on December 4 from 6 – 8pm for a panel and conversation with artists, technologists and art institutions. Drinks and light food will be served.


6:00pm: Registration & Light Bites

6:20pm: Launching of ‘The Grid’
Opening remarks and publishing of the report

Lead investigators Nadav Hochman and Alex Reben present the findings of the stakeholder investigation. Cartographer Victoria Beckley shows artists, companies and institutions how to #GetOnTheGrid.

6:45pm: Impulse Presentations: On successful partnership models between art + tech

“3D printing: towards a sustainable future in wearables”
by Julia Körner (UCLA)

“Pioneering art + tech in Europe”
by Christian Lölkes (ZKM)

"Artwork selections exploring artificial creativity"
by Alex Reben (roboticist/artist), music by Google Magenta

7:15pm: Panel discussion “Humanizing Technology Through The Arts”
Aza Raskin, Co-Founder, Center for Humane Technology
Melissa Huerta, Senior Program Officer, Mozilla Foundation
Christine Payne, Author of MuseNet, OpenAI
Jeremy Crandell, Co-Lead Art Department, Burning Man Project
Kenric McDowell, Head of artists + machine intelligence program, Google
Moderated by Clara Blume, President, EUNIC Silicon Valley

8:30pm: Call to Action and Networking Reception