Light Up Gray Area: Neon Happy Hour

As Gray Area enters our 15th year of catalyzing boundary-blurring art and education experiences, we have been working to restore the original neon lights of the Grand Theater with the support of our community. Join us on February 2 for a special celebration as the neon lights of our marquee will glow over Mission St for the first time in over 30 years.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

5:30PM Doors open
6:00PM Xinye Lin Performance
6:15PM Neon Lighting
6:30PM Air Age Blueprint - Talks & Performances

Free admission for all Gray Area Members
Donors to our 2022 end-of-year campaign will receive special instructions via email

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For nearly 15 years we have continually redefined what an arts-driven, technically-literate, socially-conscious organization can be. Our events, education, and research programs demonstrate the role of artists as cultural first responders, helping us understand and act to address critical topics in culture, technology, and society such as creative AI, algorithmic bias, decentralized web technology, worldbuilding, and the metaverse.

Come celebrate this momentous milestone with us, and help kick off our 2023 season with drinks and a special evening of talks and performances.

Neon Lighting Happy Hour


Join us for a celebratory happy hour as the neon lights of our marquee will glow over Mission St for the first time in over 30 years!

We'll begin the evening with drinks and a special performance from Gray Area Incubator artist Xinye Lin, who combines live audiovisuals and traditional guzheng performance to create an immersive space for inward journeying .

After the performance, celebrate with us as we light up the neon on our marquee. Gray Area's Executive Director Barry Threw will reflect on Gray Area's history in San Francisco, and share a bit more on what's coming next.

Air Age Blueprint

6:30 - 9:00PM

After the neon lighting ceremony, stay for the launch of Air Age Blueprint by K Allado-McDowell and GPT-3. With performances and rituals by Paige Emery, Debit, and Allado-McDowell, and a talk with speakers including Erik Davis and Sarah Shin, Air Age Blueprint explores an animist cybernetics and AI co-creation for the 21st century.


Xinye Lin

Xinye Lin is a Chinese minority artist and designer with a background in architecture and urban planning. She received her education at the Rhode Island School of Design and is a professional guzheng performer with 25 years of experience. Xinye explores the relationship between art, rhythm, culture and philosophy.

Inspired by the famous Taoist story Zhuangzi and His Butterfly Dream, Lin folds together concepts of sci-fiction, algorithmic visualizations, and the cosmological interpretation of the artist’s personal meditation practices. The work discusses the connection between the worlds of the real and the virtual wherein the viewer is invited to lay on the ground and to sink into an extended sound and image meditation built by intersecting the harmonics of mathematics, musical frequency, song, and movement based performance.

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