Binary New Year’s Eve: 010111 GAFFTA Membership Drive Celebration

  •   - Jan 01 2012

Binary New Year 010111

Here in the Gray Area, we predict that 2011 will go down as the year that transforming your body into binary code went mainstream. Accordingly, it will also be the year that Gray Area Foundation for the Arts continues to traverse the elusive edge of digital artistry. It’s up to you to help us kick it all off with our New Year’s Eve Fundraiser.

In the past month, hackers have exploited the technology of Microsoft’s Kinect 360 for XBox to transform the physical form into the digital realm, to astonishing artistic effect. At Gray Area’s Binary New Year’s Eve: 010111 Gray Area Members will be dancing their way into interactive digital visualizations, projected on walls of the Gray Area. The Kinect visuals in our banner are the work of the infamous Robert Hodgin (Flight404).The kinect camera sensor will be installed above the audience and projections will display collective movement. When you toss in some bangin’ LIVE performances by Moniker, Qzen, and Nikola Baytala, (JUST ADDED: WORTHY(Dirtybird Records) Total Accomplishment (Mathew Dryhurst, Holly Herndon, and Scott Arford) an LED balloon drop, complimentary champagne toast, an OPEN BAR all night, then you’ve got a pretty exciting New Year’s Eve bash.

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts invites you to ring in a new year with us, become a GAFFTA Member in the final days of 2010 and carry this
community into 2011!

When: 9pm 01/31/10 – 4am 01/01/11

Where: Gray Area Foundation for the Arts

Cost: Free for 2010 purchased GAFFTA Memberships! Membership starts at $60 (see below)

Come to support, become a member, participate in the interactive digital visuals, and mingle at the open bar! (open until 11pm…) Until then, check out the Artist Bios below, and get an idea of just how cool this is going to look and sound. In the words of Morpheus himself – “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Gray Area [sic – the Matrix] is. You have to see it for yourself.”

Binary New Year’s Eve: 010111 is a Gray Area Members only (21+) event. You can reserve your spot by purchasing a GAFFTA Membership at any level (see below). Membership perks include discounts on future GAFFTA events and Members-only keepsakes. (Members that supported in 2010 are asked to RSVP and will be contacted soon with more details.)

All proceeds directly fund GAFFTA’s operating and production expenses, and memberships are 100% tax deductible as acceptable by law. By becoming a GAFFTA Member you will be stakeholder in our shared vision of building social consciousness through digital culture…and what could make a better Holiday gift than a GAFFTA Membership and the hottest ticket in town?!

Capacity is strictly limited and sales are online only, so become a Member, support GAFFTA and secure your spot at Binary New Year’s Eve 010111 now!


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Interactive Kinect Visuals!

Robert Hodgin (aka Flight404) is a renowned artist and coder living in San Francisco. A founding partner of the Barbarian Group, where he helped establish the west coast office and headed the labs division, he now speaks at conferences around the world, including FlashForward, FITC, Flash on the Beach, OFFF, and FlashBelt. His work spans the broad range between simple 2D data visualizations to immersive 3D terrain simulations, grounded in theoretical physics, astronomy, particle engines, and audio visualization.


New Live Set!

Moniker began writing original music in 2007 and playing live in 2009. Emilio Orlandi is a ‘natchel born Cali boy. Been playing records and making music in the Bay Area music scene since the mid-early-late 90’s. Kenneth Scott started dj’ing in middle school in the midwest and landed in sf in 2006. He’s released music on Auralism and Nightlight Music. Moniker merges elements of analog and digital technology to make a sound that’s stripped down, warm, bright, at times melodic, at times gritty. It’s technosoul, midtempo, funk, house, experimental, psychedelic. Moniker is a band, and they see themselves as a band. They even have an old tour van. Moniker writes music to be performed live. By Moniker. Their live sets are joyous, lots of fun, emotive, always changing. The tempos and effects and melodies are often improvised, and the mixdown is happening live, there’s even solos. You may hear the occasional missed note, but it’s all part of the glory. They write music in the same way they perform live, embracing and pushing the limits of the gear, which includes some SERIOUS classic keyboards and drum machines. While there’s no fear of computers happening, this ain’t no laptop set, kids. This is controlled chaos, no self-imposed boundaries. Yacht Rock from the FUTURE. They’ve performed live at the infamous Sunset Party on Treasure Island, Dress Code in SF, and various undergrounds in the Bay Area and LA, to awesome response and critical acclaim. People are talking. They’ve already dropped a cool release on Auralism Records that explores their purer techno leanings. Look for upcoming releases on Smash Hit Music Co. and Hector Works.


Live w/Vocals!

A native San Franciscan, Qzen started DJing a decade ago (having played everything from drum & bass to house), and her music geekery landed her a five-year stint as the dance and electronic music programmer for iTunes. You may have seen, or read about, her hyped performances at this year’s Decibel Festival in Seattle, or at MUTEK Argentina and Montreal. Before she influenced the digital music market, she was making her voice heard with The Invisibles, a live electro-punk project that saw great local success in San Francisco and released on International Deejay Gigolo. Her subsequent collaboration with John Tejada produced the above track, and her new disco outfit, 40 thieves, sees her continuing expansion of her already diverse sonic palette.


DJ set!!

Worthy grew up around Washington DC in the early days of Deep Dish, Scott Henry and the early American rave scene. In the late 90’s after moving to New York City, he met good friend Justin Martin and was exposed to the sounds of people like LTJ Bukem, Stacey Pullen and Sasha. These artists greatly influenced his early ear while the expanding dance music scene encouraged him to play records of all genres; from hip hop to breaks to techno and drum ‘n’ bass. In 2001 Worthy moved to San Francisco. He set up his studio and began producing house and techno music and DJing around the city. He later conspired with Christian Martin, Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke to co-create a fresh take on outdoor parties, rightly named Dirtybird. The Dirtybird parties have quickly become an institution for San Francisco die-hards and a destination for international travelers.


Extended DJ Set!

San Francisco DJ Nikola Baytala has become a crucial component of the minimal-techno collective known as Kontrol. But don’t typecast him as a one-dimensional droid with a M-nus Records logo tattoo. He’s been exploring the upper echelons of the techno/house continuum since the early ’90s (including the last 10 years at The Top, a weekly event hosted by S.W.A.T., aka Special Weapons and Tactics), gaining a reputation as a DJ’s DJ, with acclaim coming from house-music legends like Derrick Carter and Doc Martin.


LIVE set!!

New Beat project by Scott Arford, Holly Herndon, and Mathew Dryhurst based in San Francisco. Rapturous electronic body music. Scott Arford is one of the leading figures of new media arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has produced numerous works for sound and video including multichannel installations, live performances, CD and DVD projects. Holly Herndon explores embodied experience in electronic media through experiments with the electronically processed voice, using extended vocal techniques, vocal processing and FM synthesis. Mathew Dryhust is an artist and curator who collaborates and produces a multitude of initiatives and projects spanning sound, culture, and community work.