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May 13 at GAFFTA: Art in Storefronts Launch & Party; Transmutations Closing Reception

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts 998 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94102

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the this Friday’s events happening at GAFFTA and around Mid-Market. After months of work in and around Mid-Market through the Artery Project facilitated by the San Francisco Arts Commission and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art in Storefronts is back!

Our Mid-Market partners: Burning Man, Black Rock Arts Foundation, San Francisco Arts Commission, Luggage Store, Hospitality House, and more, are pulling out all the stops and it all kicks off at GAFFTA this Friday at 5pm!  

5pm: San Francisco Arts Commission Art in Storefronts launch at GAFFTA and around Mid-Market
5pm- 8pm Closing reception for Transmutations: Sound, Data, and Mechanics Exhibition w/ new work
8pm-10pm Art In Storefronts After Party! Performances by: Dr. Abacus, DJ: Worthy (Dirtybird Records, Anabatic)

The closing reception for Transmutations will have additional pieces by Nick Lally, Meredith Drum, Lyes Belhocine, Drew Detweiler, and the NomadPad, curated by Jennifer Parker on the street level of GAFFTA. check out the projects below:


CUBIIC from Drew Detweiler on Vimeo.


By Lyes Belhocine and Drew Detweiler

CUBIIC is a novel interface that lets users mix audio and video in real
time. Audio and video clips are selected by flipping different sides of
Plexiglass cubes. Two users can interact to create an improvised
collaborative performance with data shared between two stations. CUBIIC
is the latest in a series of innovative media manipulation tools
created by Lyes Belhocine and Drew Detweiler since their graduation
from The Digital Arts and New Media Program at UC Santa Cruz. Their
work has been exhibited at the Absolute Zero festival in San Jose,
Zeum- The Children’s Museum of San Francisco, and in Santa Cruz at
Cruzio for First Friday Santa Cruz.

touch screen

by: Meredith Drum

MAX / MSP assistance by Lyés Belhocine.

Carpentry assistance by Mitch Miller.

Touch screen with graphical interface, wooden kiosk, video projection, sound library.

If plastics could speak, what would they say? Tracing plastic products
to their birthplace, the massive petrochemical factories and oil
refineries that create plastic feedstocks, Louisiana Re-Storied is an
interactive documentary regarding the impact of this industry on the
health of specific human communities and ecosystems. The work focuses
on the stretch of the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New
Orleans. Here small communities and wetlands are sandwiched between
petrochemical plants whose significant toxic releases are weakly
regulated by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, an
agency famous for its industrial nepotism.


by: Amy Boewer and Jack O’Neill

Nomadpad is committed to providing a free and accessible
multifunctional product designed to deliver comfort and protection to
those who are imposed-by the difficulties of the urban nomadic
experience. Nomadpad is a nondiscriminatory, non-profit organization
whose aims are to successfully supply a utilitarian product available
to all users in the community of the city.