Gray Area’s quarterly UNSEEN Series presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. Artists interested in participating in 2017 can apply below!

Gray Area’s UNSEEN Series began in February 2016 as an ongoing performance series specifically for Bay Area artists who work in overlapping areas of art and technology. The goal of the series is to showcase innovative and experimental creative practice in the Bay Area. In its first year UNSEEN facilitated presentations of time-and performance-based artworks by noted and emerging artists working in sound, experimental music, interactive media, expanded cinema, performance, and immersive art.

Artists from 2016 have included: Abandoned Footwear, arc, Scott Arford, Ashley Bellouin, John Trevor Benson, Bezier, Ben Bracken, Sarah Brady, Luciano Chessa, Joshua Churchill, Kit Clayton, Paul Clipson, CTRL-Z, John Davis, Thomas Dimuzio, Chris Duncan, David Easlick, Zachary Epcar, Flourescent Grey, Samuel Hertz, Allison Leigh Holt, Its Own Infinite Flower, Marielle Jakobsons, Chuck Johnson, Lawrence Jordan, Marc Kate, Sung Kim, Kadet Kuhne, Kerry Laitala, Lavender, Marc Manning, Darrin Martin, Ray McClure, Madalyn Merkey, Maggi Payne, Brian Pedersen, Andy Puls, Sarah Rara, Danishta Rivero, Science Fiction, Scy1e, Sean Smith, Cyrus Tabar, Bill Thibault, Thomas Carnacki Ensemble, Lori Varga, Samantha Weinert, Wobbly, and Kit Young.

The UNSEEN series is curated by Oakland artist Matt Fisher, and presented in 8 channel surround sound with audio engineering and equipment by Recombinant Media Labs.

Open Call for Bay Area Artists

In 2017, we invite artists working in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to propose artworks for inclusion in the series. These can be either existing or new works.

Apply now to be part of our June UNSEEN performance.


This series is open to new, emerging and established artists working in the greater Bay Area. Submissions may be feature either existing or proposed works.


Artworks will be presented in the auditorium of the Grand Theater (2665 Mission Street, San Francisco) and should be time-based experiences with a duration of 20-40 minutes. Our setup time is limited—artworks will be installed/prepared and deinstalled in the same day. We have access to house A/V equipment, including octophonic surround audio array, house projection equipment, and 36’ screen. Within these limitations we invite artists to propose solo or collaborative works of any genre and kind, including but not limited to: immersive sound, music or projection based work; movement or performance artworks; expanded and live cinema; creative code and interactive installation; social engagement artworks and interventions.

For proposed works wishing to utilize our octophonic surround audio system, we will assume some familiarity with preparing output channels for spatialized arrays, but do not discourage artists unfamiliar with multichannel audio from including it in proposals.


Are rolling, and we accept proposals at any time. All submissions will be considered for all upcoming performances in the year. The deadline for our Fall performance is August 1st, 2017. Artists not selected for the June performance will be considered for the following performance and do not need to reapply, but may do so with modified proposals if desired.


The UNSEEN series offers a combination of profit share and artist fee. Half of profits for each UNSEEN performance are paid to artists. Artworks are assigned equal share of profits, along with a small guaranteed stipend of $200 that is split evenly. Total payment depends on number of participating artists and door receipts.