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Converge: Prototyping Our City

  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission St San Francisco, CA, 94103 United States (map)

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103

YBCA Grand Lobby
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On the Third Thursday of each month, YBCA combines drinks, food, and music with creative and exciting art happenings. From 5-8 come together, enjoy free access to our world class galleries, and be part of the art at YBCA.

September’s Converge presents Protototyping Our City, an event featuring activities led by artists and designers from the Prototyping: Place projects in our Front Door Gallery and Grand Lobby. The evening will be led by designers of featured prototypes from the Spring 2015 iteration of the Market Street Prototyping Festival, whose interactive models and installations were aimed at bringing people together to make our city more inclusive and engaging. 

• 5:30 PM Guided gallery tour, Downstairs Galleries
A YBCA Gallery Guide will lead a 30-minute tour of one of our current exhibitions. Meet at the downstairs gallery entrance. 

5:45 PM : Welcome by Deborah M Cullinan and Jon Moscone, Intros and announcements about upcoming MSPF showcase by Kristy Hilands, Rebeka Rodriguez and members of SF Planning

• 6:00 PM The Sound of Emotion with Paul Pillitteri
Join us as Paul Pillitteri discusses his prototyping project, The Sound of Emotion, one of the most technologically sophisticated projects entered in the 2015 SF Prototyping Festival. 

• 6:45 PM Smaller and Upside Down with Robb Godshaw
Participants will be able to use and learn about custom 3D printed lenses in prototype Smaller and Upside Down. These lenses transform everyday images in developing a new experience of self, others and environment. 

Throughout the evening in the Front Door Gallery: 

Bookmark SF is an outgrowth of Bookmark, a project featured in San Francisco's MSPF (2015). It seeks to connect San Franciscans with their community and with literature by highlighting works of writing relevant to the region. Rain Chan-Kalin is an architectural designer dedicated to projects that foster community interaction, creativity, and climate and social social change. Ian Emerson Deck lives in the East Bay with two pals, some fish, and three marimo.

Hexipong (Based on Arena | Play by Gensler from MSPF). Arena|Play was originally designed by Gensler. Arena|Play rethinks a basic game: ping pong (or table tennis). New Hexapong is designed by Gizmo in collaboration with Gensler and YBCA.

Converge is part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena.


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