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    SF Art News: Theodora Varnay Jones and Penny Olson at Stanford Art Spaces

    April 30, 2015 by Michael Yochum, SF Art News In a new exhibition at Stanford University, Bay area painter Theodora Varnay Jones and photographer Penny Olson are transforming hi-tech objects into art. Connecting their existing practices to artistic explorations of science and technology, the two artists collected computer chips at the Nanofabrication Facility in the Paul G. Allen building. Stanford Art Spaces curator, DeWitt Cheng, installed their artworks on the outer walls of the facility in which they were fabricated, endowing the technological inventions with new formalities. more info >>

    May 16, 2015
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    YERBA BUENA GARDENS FESTIVAL, May 16th VENUE Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens 773 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103 United States + Google Map Phone: (415) 543-1718 Website: ybgfestival.org The music of Venezuela is one of the great cultural treasures of the Americas, a fabulously verdant but largely unknown tradition in which the intermingling of indigenous, European and African influences has yielded a vivid array of musical forms.  more info »

    May 15, 2015
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    We the Users

    Tim Hwang, Angela Washko, and Cullen Hoback Organized by Ben Valentine May 19, Doors: 6 pm. Talk: 7–8 pm This panel will investigate and complicate the “user” — human beings — and their relationship to online platforms and institutions. How do institutions and platforms with millions and even billions of participants allow for diversity, security, and local or international legislation? What design and legislation changes are needed to make the most creative, free, safe, and, online vibrant communities? Tim Hwang is a Fellow at Data & Society, a NYC thinktank that focuses on issues arising from data-centric technological development. His current […]

    May 15, 2015
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    San Francisco’s Tenderloin Resists New Money Invasion

    (Bloomberg) — For 30 years Del Seymour ran his business from a park bench smack in the middle of prime San Francisco real estate. “I spent 20 hours a day there, selling and using, drinking and whoring, running my girls out of there,” says the 67-year-old, who has been clean for eight years. He now leads walking tours of his old stomping grounds in the area known as the Tenderloin. “That was my kingdom.” Gone is his office in the Gauntlet, as the grim open space was known before it closed two years ago. After a $9.3 million facelift, the […]

    January 31, 2015

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    Media Arts Notes, January 20, 2015

    M. Lamar, NEGROGOTHIC, Warhol Foundation Gives $4 Million To Grantees, and Art From a Techno-ecological Perspective A quite timely exhibit opening January 30th at the San Francisco Art Institute’s Walter and McBean Galleries through February 28M 2015 that explores topics of race, equality, violence and optimism. The exhibit is curated by Hesse McGraw, Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs. M. Lamar’s exhibition NEGROGOTHIC strips the American enterprise to its hardcore components of race, sexuality, violence, and optimism. In imagery that links the histories of slavery and Robert Mapplethorpe, and through sound that connects Lamar’s operatic counter-tenor with doom metal, the artist offers a searing

    January 20, 2015
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    Glenda Amayo Caldwell and Marcus Foth: DIY Media Architecture: Open and Participatory Approaches to Community Engagement

    From the recently concluded Proceedings of the 2nd Media Architecture Biennale Conference: World Cities, held in Aarhus, Denmark, Glenda Amayo Caldwell and Marcus Foth presented their paper: DIY Media Architecture – Open and Participatory Approaches to Community Engagement Abstract: Media architecture’s combination of the digital and the physical can trigger, enhance, and amplify urban experiences. In this paper, we examine how to bring about and foster more open and participatory approaches to engage communities through media architecture by identifying novel ways to put some of the creative process into the hands of laypeople. We review technical, spatial, and social aspects of DIY

    December 1, 2014
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    Memes As Art: Media Installation Artist Dave Greber

    by Mark Gould, Editor – Photosynthesis Media Arts and Theory Journal (republished from my other blog) For a while now, I’ve wanted to write and introduce you to the work of media installation artist Dave Greber, part of the New Orleans based artist collective The Front. David belongs to a group of video artists, experimental cinema producers, writers and other artists who are exploring popular culture and it’s media conduit, exposing the often subliminal propaganda-style messages we are all confronted by every day, and in doing so invites all of us to examine media memes and the roles they play

    August 27, 2013
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    Simon Christen’s “Adrift” – A Love Letter to the Fog

    Adrift from Simon Christen on Vimeo.   Animator, photographer, and filmmaker Simon Christen knows how to bring art and technology together. He’s worked as an animator at Pixar, as a photographer of urban scenes, and director of time lapse films. So even without having met him, and seen his work, I think it’s safe to say that Simon has a gift for storytelling and the visual arts. Recently Simon set his sights on capturing the fog that Bay Area residents and City dwellers both love and hate. We San Franciscans seem to both adore it’s beauty and cooling mist, and

    July 1, 2013

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Vanessa Marsh’s “Mountain 4″ from her series “Falling” Bay Area artist and photographer Vanessa Marsh’s photographs, currently on display at San Francisco’s Dolby Chadwick Gallery till February 28, are dream-like in […]
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    Conservative wing of Ontario government wants sexual art removed from office gallery

    By Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives (PC) are calling for the removal of a collage titled “Sacred Circle VI” by French-Canadian artist Rosalie Maheux. It’s on display in a provincial government building art gallery. From a distance the art

    July 17, 2015
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    Remembering Photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark

    Mary Ellen Mark travelled all over the world to find her inspirational images and in New York in the 1960’s documented  many of the cultural and political events of the time, and for her entire career. She is one of the most

    May 28, 2015
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    Fractal Afternoon #12, Mark Gould, 2015

    Fractal Afternoon #12 – #abstract #art Mark Gould @markegould 2015 Ultra HD and large format prints available pic.twitter.com/jATlWS42Yv — sfsthetik (@sfsthetik) May 21, 2015

    May 21, 2015
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    Of course I wouldn’t want you to vote if you didn’t like it :-) But if you do, I could win a contest and all kinds of swag! Vote for my design on minted.™ see more from Mark Gould vote

    April 27, 2015
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    Cinco De Mayo Celebration invitation 

    Invitation cards and note cards start at $1.95 depending on paper stock and envelope. Illustration, design, lettering ©Mark Gould studio Source: Cinco De Mayo Celebration invitation | Zazzle

    April 24, 2015
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    Curiot in SF for FFDG Exhibit Finishes Work On New Mural

    Mexican artist Curiot is currently in in the city and just finished working on a new mural now on display downtown. The wall was curated by Upper Playground and Fifty24SF Gallery. The Curiot exhibit at FFDG, “Down the Rabbit Hole with Neon Lights,” runs through

    March 31, 2015
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    by Alex Mak Broke-Ass Stuart (republished with permission) This is not an article about celebrity painters like Andy Warhol or Salvador Dalí, this is an article about celebrities who paint, like Johnny Depp and and Lucy Liu.  The difference between

    March 29, 2015