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…


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.


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

By tywen kelly


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.

ProcessGray Area Festival 2020: Radical Simulation, . Process


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. …


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. …


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…


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…


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…

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