Gray Area Incubator Artist Salon 2019.1

Incubator projects explore the intersection of art, technology and social critique.

Agenda

6:00 - 6:30 pm: Event registration
6:30 - 8:30 pm: 10 Minute Talks
8:30 - 9:00 pm: Event Wrap Up

Details

The event is $5-$20 Sliding Scale Entry
All Ages
21+ Bar

Join us for the next Gray Area Incubator Artist Salon, where select members of our 2019.1 Incubator cohort will share their projects in development and we invite you to contribute your feedback. Select Incubator members will present their work in a TED-style talk with a question and answer period from the audience.

Artists Presenting:
Kieran Farr
Marc Schroeder
Sean Stillwell
Shihan Zhang and Qinqin Yang
Stephanie Andrews
Stephen Standridge
Steven Piasecki

Learn more about our Incubator members in our Medium Article.

2019.1 Incubator Artists: Anastasia Victor, Andres Cuervo, Ari Kalinowski, Brooke Keller, Jacob Sperber, Joey Larko, Kieran Farr, Marc Schroeder, Ray Mcclure, Ryan Smith, Sean Stillwell, Shihan Zhang, Stephanie Andrews, Stephen Standridge, Steven Piasecki, Trevor Sigler.

Please note that we are currently accepting applications for our 2019.2 Incubator, which begins July 2019. Learn more and apply here.

Artists

Kieran Farr

Kieran is a self-taught developer and WebXR advocate and hobbyist. He's created many experiments exploring the intersection of WebXR, projection mapping / AR and building virtual cities. For his day job, he's worked in online video for over a decade with a mix of “left brain” and “right brain” leadership roles ranging from founder to developer, product, strategy and marketing. He lives in the Mission and is an active member of the community, he organizes the SF WebXR meetup, volunteers at Chavez Elementary and supports the SOMA Rotary Club.

Marc Schroeder

Marc Schroeder is a San Francisco-based multimedia technologist working with creative code, electronic music, written word, and data systems. His background is in radio, live DJing, and Computer Science. In all mediums, Marc is most interested in finding the thoughtful, introspective spaces hidden between identifiable styles by digging deeply for unexpected connections.

Sean Stillwell

Sean lives and works in San Francisco, CA. He works in the local maker and burner scenes where he continues to expand his tool set from conceptual art, bronze casting, and mix media sculpture to 3D parametric modeling, interactive LED programming, mapped projection & animation, and immersive experience design. With 6 years under his belt as an architectural designer at both an international corporate firm and a local high end residential firm, he has a great deal of experience delivering large, complex projects on time and on budget. He has a passion for sustainable, integrated design, and his ongoing art explorations often source salvaged material and/or champion home, planet earth, through education and activism.

Shihan Zhang

I am a speculative designer based in San Francisco. I came from an industrial design background and pursued MFA Design at California College of Arts from 2013 to 2017. My passion lies in challenging cultural stereotypes and preconceptions through speculative design. Expanding technologies’ possibilities to address Climate challenges fascinates me. I explored methods of design alternative futures by crafting fictional but solid systems, scenarios, and products to promote plausible futures. I am extremely curious and enthusiastic about how people interact with the environment and tools in diverse contexts. I consider design as a thinking mode and a making tool. As a creative and energetic designer, I am challenging myself every day to use the power of design to frame possible problems, to explore plausible opportunities, and to fuel positive change.

Stephanie Andrews

Stephanie Andrews is a creative engineer and co-founder at Jello Moat Studio, where she works on creating new interfaces for play, teaching, connection, and expression using emerging technologies. She previously worked as a software engineer at edtech startups, as a public policy analyst at the Department on the Status of Women, and at several local community-based organizations advancing social justice. This past summer she also was an Oculus Launchpad fellow, developing an experience that visualizes the physics of sound. Outside of work, Stephanie serves on the boards of the Vietnamese Youth Development Center and Double Union, local non-profits that strive to create growth opportunities and safer spaces for women, nonbinary folks, urban youth, and refugees.

Stephen Standridge

Stephen grew up with one foot in the rural country culture of Missouri and another in the quickly-evolving hyper-connected culture of the internet. As a young adult Stephen explored his creative process through sketchbooks of pencil and pen drawings focusing on line, anatomy, and landscapes. Throughout college, his work shifted from strictly representational to using representation to give an aesthetic texture while stretching the viewer's understanding of space and dimensionality. At this point, his strictly pseudo-3-dimensional work hit a standstill lacking depth both in the 3rd dimension and the 4th. With the strong computer science fundamentals of an art student, he began teaching himself graphics programming to unlock the dimensionality his work required. Recently, he has been focusing on interaction, portability, and simulation-based artwork.

Steven Piasecki

Born in Iowa, Steve Piasecki moved to San Francisco in 1993 after having completed a BFA in photography and computer graphics from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. During his time in the Bay Area, Steve has worked in web development, online advertising, software interface development, and has continued his art practice. His current work focuses on the cross roads between nature, perception, technology and consciousness. Starting with images of insects and flowers, using video projection to layer images on top of photos, and using ambient sound to drive video animations, his work entices and encourages the viewers to contemplate and meditate on their relationship with nature and existence.