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I usually take my sweet time to write, but today I’m writing a fairly hasty response to an article I just read online by Gary Kamiya for San Francisco Magazine/Modern Luxury: San Francisco is Dead. Long Live San Francisco. Gary is a longtime resident of the city and while he’s both a former tenant and landlord, and feels strongly about the current plight faced by the fading middle class, the poor, the disabled, artists, activists, mentors and anyone else who can’t afford $3,000/month studio apartment. He doesn’t see the argument asRead More
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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 ofRead More
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Posted On July 24, 2013By SFsthetikIn Culture, Media, publications

The EFF Guide to San Diego Comic-Con

With the arrival of summer at EFF, you can hear the excitement in the stuffing of luggage and locking of office doors as our team prepares for some of the most important conventions in the world. Black Hat starts on July 27, with DEF CON immediately…Read More
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via artinfo.com (note: the lighting is tonight! March 5th – at 8:30pm, more information at thebaylights.org (BLOUIN ARTINFO:) After more than 75 years in the shadow of its glamorous cousin, San Francisco’s “other” bridge is getting a chance to shine. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has been turned into the latest — and by far the biggest — backdrop for New York artist Leo Villareal, who has individually programmed 25,000 white lights spaced a foot apart on 300 of the span’s vertical cables to create what is being billed asRead More
Silent Winter at The Castro Theatre
Silent Winter at the Castro Theatre The San Francisco Silent Film Festival will exhibit five films on Saturday, February 16th as part of its Silent Winter program beginning at 10:30 opening and the screening of Snow White with musical accompaniment Donald Sosin on grand piano. According to the Silent Film Festival promotional material this film was Walt Disney’s original inspiration and is part of The Walt Disney Family Museum’s celebration of Disney’s Snow White. Other films are a selection of Buster Keaton shorts, The Thief of Baghdad, My Best GirlRead More
news and ideas from writers around the San Francisco Bay Area this week, curated and edited by Mark Gould Republished to the new good.is platform from YouTube by Thrash Lab: Video: (Empty America) What San Francisco Would Look Like Without Humans. This is both a very beautiful and a kind of creepy, the good kind of creepy, video (as it is intended) … in the sense that it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up; Imagine the world with no people, that’s what Thrash Lab doesRead More
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A five-year agreement between the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and France's famed Musée du Louvre could bring priceless works of art to the Bay Area, SFMOMA: Six Lines of Flight. This international group exhibition convenes artists from six cities around the globe that have become burgeoning artistic centers: Beirut, Lebanon; Cali, Colombia; Cluj, Romania; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; San Francisco, United States; and Tangier, Morocco.Read More
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Posted On November 16, 2012By SFsthetikIn Art, Culture, News, People, San Francisco, Street Art

SFsthetik: San Francisco Art Notes

  San Francisco 49er Tight End Vernon Davis is Finally Following his Artistic Heart via Yahoo Growing up as he did in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had artistic interests and talents that were sidetracked by living a hard life on tough streets. Davis avoided art classes in high school, because he thought that his classmates would judge him. “I figured that if I took up art classes, people would look at me differently,” Davis recently told Yahoo! Sports. “I wanted to beRead More
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(SFsthetik.com) CYBERFEST is the first and only Russian annual International festival for cybernetic art (which combines living, biological and somatic substances with computational and technical), held annually since 2007. This year the festival is attended by more than 80 artists and art professionals from 20 countries (Russia, France, Belgium, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, the USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine , Philippines, etc.), and the program includes:   — an exhibition (of media objects and media installations); — live performances; — sound and video art programs; —Read More
China artist Ai Weiwei says travel a ‘human right’ (via AFP) Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has a metaphor for the travel ban that will prevent him attending the growing number of exhibitions of his work being held around the world as his renown increases. “I can swim, but not far,” Ai told AFP of the ban on leaving China imposed last week despite the…Read More