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With Sasha Samochina (Immersive Visualization, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab), Brenda Laurel (Founder, Purple Moon), Josette Melchor (Founder, Gray Area Foundation For Arts), Barry Threw (CEO, Fabricatorz), Louis-Philippe Demers (Prof., Nanyang Tech), Chris Barr (Knight Foundation), Jiajia Fei (Dir. Digital, Jewish Museum), Sarah Brin (Partnerships, Meow Wolf).
Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 06:00 PM   $250
Pier 70, ISM Hexadome
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Join us for the 5th edition of San Francisco's premier annual festival advancing culture & common good through the lens of art & technology.
Powered by our Experiential Space Research Lab, Gray Area Festival 2019 plots the future of world building through AR, VR, XR, installation, & immersion with four days of art, technology, music & culture.

The Festival will redefine the conversation around experience design, starting with the United States debut of two international, sensory enveloping art experiences: the immersive exhibition ISM Hexadome & robotic exoskeleton performance Inferno.

Then, international thought leaders in immersive design, experiential technology, spatial computing, & culture converge for two full days of discussion around the history, impact, & trends in the growing fields of analog & digital world building.

Participate in our Experiential Space Survey for the chance to win two passes to the Festival.

Gray Area Festival 2019 will debut the US premiere of interactive robotic performance Inferno by artists Louis-Philippe Demers & Bill Vorn.

The immersive performance features 12 machine-powered exoskeletons which will be installed on the bodies of participating audience members. The computer-activated robotic exoskeletons will mobilize audience members into performers, giving a radical instance of immersive & participatory experiences. Shifting the command from artist to computer & role of audience to performer, Inferno questions the nature of control & agency in the landscape of technology & performance today.

Expanding on Gray Area's current focus on immersive design, Inferno invites the public to become an active part of our performance program.
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