May 19, 2021 — Over the past half century, the Grand Theater on Mission Street has been home to a cinema, a dollar store, and now an eclectic creative community of media makers. This group of artists and producers has assembled around Gray Area’s revitalization of this historic Mission District building. As an invitation to join this creative community, Gray Area, ZERO1, and Crowbar Corner have teamed up to launch the Grand Creative Resource Library — a lending library offering the tools needed to make your own media art.

Paired with access to workshops, labs, incubators, and events produced by…


Where painting carries over to working with peer-to-peer protocols

By tywen kelly

Installation of ClickMine (2017) installation exhibited at The Brandscape. In this parody of proof-of-work “mining,” players can continuously click to generate digital tokens, which has a correlated and exponentially harmful effect on an image of the natural landscape in the background.

Process is a new series that builds on the themes of the Gray Area Festival 2020: Radical Simulation, using immersive worldbuilding to reimagine adjacent possible presents. Process asks artists to narrate the chronology of specific works, from inspirations to iterations to incarnations. By telling the story of how new media art is made, Process spotlights the side of it which is soft, ever in flux, and most importantly, made by people.

Sarah Friend has found a way to play with software protocols. Specializing in peer-to-peer (p2p) and blockchain development, she has a deep technical toolset and a…


How an artist informs her process with critical design, research, and data

By tywen kelly

Process is a new series that builds on the the themes of the Gray Area Festival 2020: Radical Simulation, using immersive worldbuilding to reimagine adjacent possible presents. Process asks artists to narrate the chronology of specific works, from inspirations to iterations to incarnations. By telling the story of how new media art is made, Process spotlights the side of it which is soft, ever in flux, and most importantly, made by people.

How do you make art across many mediums, delve into a range of motifs, and come out the other side with a cohesive oeuvre? Caroline…


An insight into the process of making New Art City
By tywen kelly

A scene from the Gray Area Winter Showcase 2020, which was exhibited online on New Art City in a virtual recreation of the Grand Theater in San Francisco where, in any other year, the showcase would have occurred in person.

Process is a new series that builds on the the themes of the Gray Area Festival 2020: Radical Simulation, using immersive worldbuilding to reimagine adjacent possible presents.. Process asks artists to narrate the chronology of specific works, from inspirations to iterations to incarnations. By telling the story of how new media art is made, Process spotlights the side of it which is soft, ever in flux, and most importantly, made by people.

“How do we exhibit internet art?”

This is a question Don Hanson has been grappling…


Hidden Empathy (2020), Ayse Demir.

Artist Ayse Demir is a resident artist in Gray Area’s Incubator who tells stories through code. With a professional background in data science, Ayse joined the Immersive Program in 2019 to build on her knowledge towards a more creative practice. She joined the Incubator to continue developing her creative work, including developing a multimedia meditative experience Hidden Empathy which debuted at the Gray Area Spring Showcase this year when our programs transitioned online.

We got the chance to talk to Ayse about her unique approach to storytelling, and how her interests in art and creative code have been shaped by…


A preview of Ryan Smith’s upcoming performance on Patch Pulse.

Ryan Smith is a musician who co-directs Crowbar Corner Studio, San Francisco’s only 24 hr access electronic music production studio, housed within the historic Gray Area Theatre. From touring with the popular band Caribou to working on his own projects like Bathing and Taraval, Ryan continually strives to push the boundaries of electronic music production at Crowbar Corner and beyond.

On Friday August 28, Ryan’s group Bathing will premiere a live performance on Patch in collaboration with Brandon Eversole, a fellow artist from Gray Area’s Incubator program. The show will combine Bathing’s deep ambient music with Brandon’s signature visuals. …


Black background with large “1991” blurred behind. Text says “And we are right back where we started from”
Time is Meaningless When Space Collapses (2020) by Steve Piasecki. 1991 refers to the Rodney King incident from that year, one of the first video-taped instances of police brutality in the US

Steve Piasecki is a multimedia artist in Gray Area’s Incubator Program. Since 2016, Gray Area has supported artists through the Incubator, providing them with studio space, resources, community, and public showcase opportunities. Recently, artists from this year’s Incubator cohort exhibited their work at the Gray Area Artist Showcase, which took place in a unique online gallery and continues to draw audiences from across the world. Piasecki’s piece from the showcase, Time is Meaningless When Space Collapses, offers a compelling commentary on how our experiences with the COVID pandemic have warped our perception of time.

In this exclusive interview, we got…


Meet Miriam Hillawi: artist, educator, and 2020 Zachary Watson Fellow at Gray Area. Through her creative practice exploring virtual space through architecture and game design, Miriam creates augmented and mixed reality experiences that explore innovative forms and alternative futures.

On August 15 & 16, Miriam will lead an Worldbuilding Workshop on 3D Augmented Reality to empower the next generation of creators. …


Student Art Showcased in Virtual Recreation of Gray Area’s Grand Theater

A virtual recreation of Gray Area’s Grand Theatre. The artwork Place 1 by Kaii Tu is featured, a wire-frame home design
The Gray Area Showcase Spring 2020 took place in a virtual recreation of the Grand Theater.

When the COVID-19 outbreak hit America in mid-March, art institutions and schools across the country transitioned online, forced to adapt to the new reality of remote learning. Gray Area’s typical calendar of concerts, art exhibitions, artist talks, and workshops was similarly affected, though organizers remained determined to continue the programs in a meaningful way. As an integral part of the Gray Area ethos, educational classes and workshops like the Creative Code Immersive have embraced the challenges (and opportunities) of education at a distance.

Change of Space, Space for Change

The Creative Code Immersive is a 12 week long studio art course in computer science, combining modern…


If you’ve been to any of the events at our home at the Grand Theater, it may feel seamless when our doors open and it’s all lights, music, and action. But behind the scenes, it’s our team stars like Matt Chacon who help makes all the magic happen. Meet Matt, Project Coordinator at Gray Area, in our series highlighting our community members. Tune in to Matt’s curated playlist for some upbeat tracks, and see the city of San Francisco during quarantime through his lens.

Read on to meet one of the many essential members of our Gray Area community on…

Gray Area Foundation

Gray Area is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit applying art & technology to create positive social impact. #grayareaorg #creativecode

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