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UNSEEN: Andy Puls & CTRL-Z

  • Gray Area Art + Tech 2665 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94110 (map)
$8 Presale/ $13 Door:
Doors 7PM / Show 8PM | Cash Bar for 21+ 

Now, When we talk about the intersection of art and technology in 2016, what usually comes up are the ways that Silicon Valley influences modes of expression or artistic practice. But scratch just beneath the surface of Bay Area media artists and you’ll find deep, rich connections between contemporary practice and experimental histories that extend back a half century before the first tech boom. Those histories connect multiple fields: film, homemade or repurposed electronics, expanded cinema, video, light and sound art, electroacoustic music, performance works and happenings, as well as analog synth music and modular signal culture.With the new UNSEEN series–highlighting local artists– Gray Area is drawing connections between these wider points in the timeline of Bay Area experimentation.

On Friday Feb 19, Gray Area will present a first-time collaboration between Bay Area media artists Andy Puls and the members of CTRL-Z, the sound and video performance ensemble made up of Daniel Steffey, Ryan Page and Nick Wang. Each of the artists will present individual site specific work created for Gray Area’s Grand Theater. Then in collaboration, Daniel, Ryan and Nick will improvise electronic music using Andy’s live processed video signal as their score. After that the artists will swap roles, and Andy will improvise live visuals using the group’s music as his source material.

Gray Area’s UNSEEN Series brings together media artists to collaborate on site specific collaborative performances between sound and video artists. The UNSEEN series is curated by artist, Matt Fisher.