Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

                 

Gray Area Art And Technology

2665 Mission St.
San Francisco CA   
Our mission is to apply art and technology to create positive social impact through education, civic engagement, and public programs.

We use digital tools to create art and design projects that benefit society. We test and scale projects with high impact potential, teach digital tools to support artists and technologists, and inspire our community by promoting meaningful new work.

We apply the promise and inspiration of digital art to a broader social context. Our programs are transforming cities into creative outlets, applying technology to solve problems, and shaping how art is created and consumed in the digital era.
http://grayarea.org/

Upcoming Events:
Friday, September 29 2017 9:00 PM
DJ LAG and Siete Catorce (Live)

Join us for performances by electronic music pioneers DJ Lag and Siete Catorce! These two artists are at the forefront of minimalist, deep electronic rhythm making—not to be missed.

DJ Lag and Siete Catorce are at the forefront of minimalist electronic rhythm making. Lose yourself in intricate drum work, eclectic rhythms, and dark, minimalist beats by two artists advancing electronic music. Bay Area artists Only Now and Tr4vi3za share the stage this evening, with Only Now aka Kush Arora bringing a live show, with reactive midi visuals as well with the genre mutants of gqom, industrial/ambient, and kuduro. Tr4vi3za opening the show with an innovative and upbeat set.  More...

Wednesday, October 18 2017 8:00 PM
Actress + Russell Butler live at Gray Area

DJ Dials and Gray Area present Actress with Russell Butler and more live in the Grand Theater! Doors are at 8:00pm. Capacity is limited. 21+.
Actress can produce mirage-like moments of beauty like nobody else. His new album on Ninja Tune, AZD, is described as “a chrome reflected journey into a parallel world.” He plays live for the first time in years at Gray Area's Grand Theater in San Francisco. Don't miss this stellar lineup!

Actress

Darren J. Cunningham (born in Wolverhampton, England) is a British electronic musician, best known under the pseudonym Actress. His music has been released by a variety of different recording labels, which most prominently include Ninja Tune, Honest Jon's Records, Nonplus Records, and Werkdiscs, a label he co-founded in 2004.

Russell Butler is a non-binary experimental artist and DJ based in Oakland, California. Originally from Bermuda, Russell has developed a process of improvisation that draws from a rich cultural history rooted in their island and the black, queer diaspora. For the past few years they have been making a brand of stripped down machine techno that has evolved rapidly with each successive release. Transplantation, evolution, and healing are themes in Russell’s music. They based their 2015 album, “God is Change”, on Octavia Butler’s Parable series of novels, in which these are central tenets of the philosophy that the books explore. Since its release “God is Change” has received major acclaim, with NPR naming it one of their top 10 favorite electronic albums of 2015. In 2016, Russell released “Visions of the Future” on Jacktone Records, which is a collection of improvised modular synthesizer sessions. A month later, Russell’s follow up to “God is Change”, “The First Step”, was released on Black Opal. “The First Step” is dedicated to the “…black, brown, trans, queer, and gay folks of Oakland” and posits that “…sometimes to resist oppression, all we must do is simply exist. That is the first step. Let us strive to walk without fear.” Russell's newest record, “I'm Dropping Out of Life”, was released on January 30th via CGI Records and has already received praise from NPR, Fact, Thump, and The Fader, with early play by DJs like Nina Kraviz, Umfang, and Powder.  More...

Thursday, October 26 2017 9:00 PM
UNSEEN series | Autumn 2017

Gray Area's UNSEEN series returns in October with collaborative A/V performances from the some of the most respected members of the Bay Area's underground music scene.

Gray Area’s quarterly UNSEEN Series presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. The UNSEEN series is curated by Oakland artist Matt Fisher, and presented in 8 channel surround sound with audio engineering and equipment by Recombinant Media Labs. Learn more about the series and apply to participate here.
Schedule: 8:00 Doors / 9:00 Show

Cash bar available to those 21 years and older. Gray Area's UNSEEN series returns in October with collaborative A/V performances from the some of the most respected members of the Bay Area's underground music scene. Artists: Christina Chatfield, Scott Moore, Guy Taylor, Bill Wiatroski Gray Area’s quarterly UNSEEN Series presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. The UNSEEN series is curated by Oakland artist Matt Fisher, and presented in 8 channel surround sound with audio engineering and equipment by Recombinant Media Labs.

Artists

Christina Chatfield
Christina Chatfield is a producer and live performer from San Francisco, where she launched her solo music project in 2010 with a well-received EP on Detroit label Beretta Grey. Soon after the debut of her live set, she was offered a residency with SF promoters As You Like It where she remains one of their longest standing regular performers. She is an avid user of both hardware and software in the studio, and has spent several years working as a professional sound designer. After making the rounds through some of the biggest techno nights across the US, Chatfield continues to earn praise for her productions and live sets that move fluidly between techno and house — but always with a healthy dose of acid. Working under her own name and also the pseudonym Anitserk, she has releases with Beretta Grey, Klectik Records, and Racecar Productions.

Scott Moore
Called both "seminal queercore guitarist" and "an art college library's worth of queer film, art, music, and literary references" by Vice, Scott Moore is best known as guitarist in long-running influential queer hardcore band Limp Wrist, and in the dreamy, dark punk and angular pop group Flesh World - both of whom just released new albums. Less known is Scott's arresting, uncategorizable solo electronica. Scott's debut solo EP "Slow Motion Pictures" (Jacktone Records) masterfully blends elements of psychedelia, broken beat, acid, and industrial.

Guy Taylor
Cornerstone of the thriving local modular synthesizer community, musician/producer/composer Guy Taylor is stepping out from behind his role as shopkeeper for Oakland's I/O synth resource to perform in his Droste guise. Informed by deep technical expertise, Guy's complex ambient soundscapes unfold over unknown terrains, blending elements from techno, ambient and contemporary composition.

Bill Wiatroski
Bill Wiatroski has had a working interest in video and the arts since his early exposure to video artist Nam June Paik’s pioneering work. He has worked with video for over twenty years, doing independent production, playback for feature film and television, hacking hardware and software for art. With the re-emergence of modular video synthesis Bill has found his core media for visual art, combining commercial and bespoke tools for studio, installation and live performance work. “My artwork is informed by spirits - some hungry, some satiated, some organic, some synthetic. Early experiments to harness electrons and photons produced visual representations of fleeting and fantastic forms, hinting at an unseen word that could be conjured through the use of appropriate instruments and technique. Obsolete, modern and modified technologies are utilized alchemically, to distill each element to its essence, to allow them to release the spirit form that exists at the heart of each, to re-combine freely or escape as each wants. The aim is to expose a secret, subtler, sometimes unruly world, lying outside (sometimes just outside) our field of perception.”  More...