New Art City Festival
Portal Refractions

Experimental Performances
Andrew Blanton
Rosa Menkman
Viv Qiu (Output Field)

April 15
All Ages

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The portal is a gateway to another world; but when you cross the threshold everything changes, it becomes refracted. This special event, featuring mixed-reality and sound performances, offers a look at the looking glass itself.

Gray Area is pleased to host Portal Refractions, a special physical activation of New Art City’s virtual environment in Gray Area’s Grand Theater. This event takes place on the occasion of the second annual New Art City Festivals. A number of interactive virtual experiences from the NAC Festival program will be installed immersively around the theater, followed by performances from Rosa Menkman, Andrew Blanton, Viv Qiu, and d0n.xyz.


Andrew Blanton

Andrew Blanton is a percussionist, media artist, and educator. He is currently an Associate Professor in the CADRE Media Labs at San Jose State University and a PhD student in music composition at the University of California Berkeley working closely with the Center for New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT). His current work focuses on the emergent potential between cross-disciplinary arts and technology in the context of Music Composition, New Media Art, and building sound + visual environments through software development.

Rosa Menkman

Rosa Menkman is a Dutch artist and researcher. Her work focuses on noise artifacts that result from accidents in both analogue and digital media. According to Menkman, these artifacts can offer precious insights into the otherwise obscure alchemy of standardisation and resolution setting. As a compendium to this research, /\/\3Nkm@n published the Glitch Moment/um (inc, 2011), a little book on the exploitation and popularization of glitch artifacts. Rosa Menkman developed and highlighted the politics of resolution setting further in a second book titled Beyond Resolution (i.R.D., 2020). In this book, she describes how the standardization of resolutions is a process that generally promotes efficiency, order and functionality in our technologies. But how as a side effect, the setting of resolutions also compromises and obfuscates alternative possibilities. In 2019 Rosa Menkman won the Collide, Arts at CERN Barcelona award, which came with a 3 month residency that inspired her recent research into im/possible images. In this new research Menkman aims to find new ways to understand, use and perceive through and with our technologies.

A mostly black photo of the back of a bowl-cut, sitting on top of a freshly shaved head (cut by Tom, a now-retired barber somewhere in Pittsburgh

Viv Qiu

Viv is an artist and organizer based in the Bay Area, co-parented by Chinese immigrants and the internet. They are a zealot for the experimental, the speculative, and the absurd. Focusing on projects that center access and archival, they shift between object and theory, aesthetic and systemic. Currently, they split their time between researching vessels for memory, training as a death doula, stewarding a meme-page, and running Output Field (a non-profit art organization gathering a database of people, collectives, & projects in experimental arts & research).


d0n.xyz (Don Hanson) is a designer and internet artist based in Oakland, California. He codes websites as artworks and software as creative prototypes. Some of his prototypes have become fully realized tools used by artists all over the world. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Art in America and CBC Radio.


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