The Recombinant Media Labs Annex

Many have wondered about the fate of Recombinant Media Labs after the unfortunate closing of our Brannan St. location in 2008. Well, we are pleased to be in the process of developing a new kind of space in conjunction with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.  While the new space will take on a different form from the old, we hope that we can continue to serve the San Francisco community with exciting and forward looking art and music events.

Hello from Recombinant Media Labs !

As some of you may or may not know, the Recombinant Media Labs facility located south of Market on Brannan St. in San Francisco closed its doors last spring.  No formal announcements were made at that time due to legal complexities surrounding the closing. No further remarks will be made on this matter, but I think we can all agree that the RML Soma facility will be greatly missed. For those who are curious about what the future hold for Recombinant Media Labs please be on notice:  RML is back in view.

After Asphodel, Ltd. gave birth and support to the worldwide Recombinant Festivals of the nineties, and then to the artist residency lab from 2005 thru 2007 the RML nomadic initiative re-emerged after traveling in ’08 between Europe and North America, seeking new nodes of operation for performance, installation and exhibition. RML has moved on with fresh partnerships and independent alliances to resurface in a number of international configurations, which will be announced in the seasons to come.

As the Bay Area has always been the home of Recombinant Media’s source formations at Naut Humon’s Compound and with Rhythm and Noise decades ago, we have decided to once again start a more compact production annex under the stewardship of RML’s associate director, Tana Sprague who will now oversee the local and global interface for our SF node.  The Grey Area Foundation for the Arts has generously invited RML to participate in their Tenderloin based Taylor St. arts corridor initiative. We are confident that our newly formed partnership with Grey Area Foundation for the Arts will provide exciting opportunities for our community, both locally and globally.

The RML ANNEX at Grey Area Gallery will act as an extension of the expanded network that Recombinant has opened up in all of the last years.  It shall reflect the tone of our changing times by integrating a distinctly downtown attitude in cooperation with Grey Area, 23/ Five, and other adjacent arts organizations. Given the structural context, location, and more community based framework, the RML Annex will serve as a more minimized inwardly mobile incubator, while retaining much of the flavor and style that characterized the visitors we invited for our past programs.  And as you’ve come to expect, our primary objective will be to provide a unique environment for producing, presenting, and experiencing exemplary hybrid media and sound based arts.