Art Hack Day: Lethal Software Exhibit & Holiday Party

Support GAFFTA’s year-end campaign by attending this event!

Date: Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Time: 7pm – 12am
Location: Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
923 Market Street, San Francisco 94103


Art Hack Day is an event dedicated to cracking open the process of art-making. Check out the video from the inaugural Art Hack Party at 319 Scholes in Brooklyn:

Between December 13-15, artists and hackers will inhabit GAFFTA to create a flash exhibit on the theme of ‘Lethal Software’. Software now has a license to kill, as advances in computing have made drones and other weapon systems autonomous. This development was long presaged by popular culture (Hal, Robocop, Terminator).

Fortunately, most of us don’t have to write this software (or suffer from it) although we interact daily with software that is lethal in other respects.There is software that prevents other software from executing (spam vs. anti-spam, surveillance vs. sousveillance) and there is software that shields us from the influence of fellow humans (e.g., Google’s auto-complete algorithm).

On Saturday, December 15th, we encourage visitors to engage with the projects for a donation based closing public exhibition, performances and party at GAFFTA on 923 Market Street from 7pm-late.

Confirmed Participants include:

Barry Threw, Josh Nimoy, Stijn Schiffeleers, Toby Schachman, Ryan Alexander, Matt Ganucheau, Syed Reza Ali, Jeff Easter, Igal Nassima, Dan Moore, Max Ogden, Andrew Benson, Gabriel Dunne plus many more to be announced! Register to attend the full weekend and collaborate on projects:

Performances by

Kit Clayton

DJ Set

Joshua Kit Clayton is an artist, musician, and computer programmer, living and working in San Francisco. He is a graduate of the Bard College MFA program in Film/Video. He produces dance music for post-rave casualties both on his own and in the band Pigeon Funk. He is responsible for the development of Jitter, a video and 3d graphics extension to Cycling ’74′s Max visual programming environment. His performance and video based projects explore communication, speculation, value, directive, and the space between artist and audience.

Holly Herndon

DJ Set

Pitchfork – “one of the year’s most exciting new voices”

Holly Herndon left her Tennessee home as a teenager to immerse herself in Berlin techno culture, eventually returning wide-minded to the States to pursue a Masters in Electronic Music at Mills College. While at Mills she earned the 2011 Elizabeth Mills Crothers award for best composer and developed Movement, her debut collection of material released November 2012 on RVNG Intl. On Movement, Holly hybridizes her modern composition training and undying devotion to club music, using custom instruments and vocal processes developed in the visual programming language Max/MSP. Holly has collaborated with the Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani, Hieroglyphic Being and Chicago footwork producer Jlin , and is currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Stanford University.

Mark Slee

DJ Set

Mark Slee is a resident DJ and co-founder of House-Heads, a San Francisco collective throwing unique underground and private events focused on forward-thinking dance music. He is also one half of Manju Masi, a collaboration with long-time partner in crime Atish.

Born and raised outside Chicago, Mark grew up on a steady diet of electronic music. Early influences came from eclectic acts like Orbital, Aphex Twin, and Underworld, balanced against an exposure to the more dancefloor-oriented sounds of Chicago house. A student of the piano from a young age, he quickly developed a keen interest in audio production and DJing – an interest he has now cultivated for 15 years.

Living in San Francisco since 2005, Mark has evolved a style of DJing that uniquely reflects his personality. Technical and introspective, he brings a thoughtful approach to constructing sets that tickle both mind and soul, at the same time topping things off with a healthy dose of groovy, quirky fun. Understanding audio to be one avenue of a larger experience, 2011 has seen him return to original production, crafting custom-tailored tracks for the unique events he produces with House-Heads, often complementing them with interactive LED sculptures that he also creates.

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