Our third Binary Salon will be held in conjunction with our opening reception for Halation: Without Light There is No Shadow, featuring installations by LED artist Christopher Schardt, and interactive artist, Marpi.
Please join us for an evening of drinks, conversation, and collaboration. Our Binary Salons are a place where artists who are working at the intersection of art + technology can come together to share ideas and practices.
Our third Binary Salon will be held in conjunction with our opening reception for Halation: Without Light There is No Shadow, featuring installations by LED artist Christopher Schardt, and interactive artist, Marpi.
The Midway Gallery's gallery dinner series gives guests and creatives alike a more intimate setting to celebrate art, creating space more meaningful connection. Break bread with the creatives behind our exhibition. Hear artists, musicians, and chefs speak about their trade. Talk and eat with your hands, converse with strangers and friends.
Halation Dinner: The Midway Culinary is excited to collaborate with Chef Telmo Faria (Uma Casa Restaurant) and DJ Mario Tavares (Daybreak Sound) on Friday, June 22 to celebrate the opening of the Halation exhibition. The visual artists featured in this exhibit all have a unique way of creating a sense of place with light. Faria and Tavares will draw inspiration from the work of Christopher Schardt - an innovative engineer turned LED artist, and Marpi - an interactive digital artist and is Obscura Digital's Director of Experiential Design - to create a dynamic edible and audible experience.
The reception will start at 6:30 p.m. when guests have a chance to view the installation while enjoying small bites from Chef Telmo, and music from DJ Mario. The four course dinner will start promptly at 7 p.m., and finish at 9 p.m. Guests are invited to stay until 10 to enjoy more beats, and the venue. Tickets are $85 per person. Cocktails, wine and beer will be available for purchase as a cash bar. Please share any information regarding allergies when you complete your purchase, and no later than 72 hours before the event.
ILLUM is The Midway's festival where music, art, emerging technologies, & food collide. Immersive installations envelop you while interactive works draw you out of your shell. Enjoy headliners Max Cooper & Recondite on the main stage or lose yourself in Marpi's surround "Aquarium" projection room. Want to slow down and let your taste buds dance for a while? Dip into our culinary & beverage experience rooms on your way to discovering Christopher Schardt's LED light environments. Rest your dance weary feet in his "Constellation" lounge or move with his "Mesmer" sculpture.
ILLUM is the kick off the Halation gallery exhibit which will run for 2 months and featuring additional programming such as an opening reception, gallery hours (which turn into happy hours on Fridays), panel discussions, and a closing reception.
Features visual & performing artists:
Marpi: Marpi is a Polish born San Francisco based Digital Artist. His artworks are interactive, scalable, and multiplatform, giving anyone ability to shape them, and create their own. By building windows into the same universe Marpi provides an empty canvas where the art does not exist until people create it.
Marpi’s creative work revolves around building 3D worlds, creating immersive AR, Virtual Reality experiences, Interactive Art events, and storytelling in style and difference. Currently he is working with Obscura as Director of Web and Experiential Design, previously working on projects for clients including Disney, Google, Magic Leap, and Adobe.
His artwork has exhibited internationally including ArtFutura Roma, Contemporary Istanbul, Burning Man and Oregon Eclipse,has been publicly and professionally recognized, receiving nominations and winning several awards including Golden Lions, SXSW Interactive and .NET Magazine site of the year.
Christopher Schardt: Christopher Schardt has been creating large-scale sculpture since 2000, focusing on LEDs since 2013. He works in aluminum, stainless steel, glass, plastics, electronics, and software.
Brought to us by the Building 180 family, Schardt’s pieces are of various sizes and configurations, from 2,000 to 22,000 individually controllable LEDs. The animated imagery displayed depends on the installation. Sometimes a slow, organic pattern is appropriate, sometimes something more photorealistic, at other times psychedelic. Whenver possible, music is incorporated into each piece, dramatically enhancing its impact. This is incorporated whenever possible. Mr. Schardt seeks to create sights and sounds that delight and surprise, while staying in concert with the surrounding environment.
Eccoscreen: ecco screen creates interactive installations, audiovisual performances, and immersive experiences, exploring introversion, social anxiety, and the internal dialog of the mind. The result is a marriage between light and sound, but also a deep connection with the human psyche. Horizon is a new Light Art installation created by ecco screen specifically for the March 18 Luminary exhibition. Since starting ecco screen in late 2015, ecco screen's work has been featured by The Creators Project, Prosthetic Knowledge, Codame Art+Tech Festival, Gray Area Foundation, Stanford University, and others. Additionally, he has collaborated on a variety of projects with Acura, Google, A-Trak, Brodinski, Ryan Hemsworth, and others.
Lauren Bedal & Travis Bennett: This duo will be performing a interactive dance performance call DUALITY on the main stage. DUALITY is built with OpenPerform.
OpenPerform is an open source platform for generating real-time, virtual dance performance with motion capture technology as well as other motion capture VR films. She believes her multi-disciplinary background gives her a unique understanding of story, experience, and people.
Lauren Bedal is a designer, dancer, and filmmaker based in San Francisco, California. Lauren currently works at Matter, a design and innovation firm focused on the intersection of industrial, digital, and service design. Outside of Matter, Lauren is currently working on OpenPerform.
Travis Bennett is an interactive technology artist who’s work explores the complex nature of society’s relationship with emerging technologies such as AI, VR, Computer Vision, Real-Time Motion Capture, Brain Computer Interfaces, and 3d Imaging.
Travis Bennett - Director
Lauren Bedal - Choreography, Dance & Sound Design
Fabien Lemaitre - Design and Development
Raymond Larrett - Graphics & Video
The annual CODAME ART+TECH Festival, a four-day conference with workshops, talks and nightlife event with immersive, engaging, out of the ordinary experiences. Featuring gallery installations, screenings, and performances.
This year’s ART+TECH Festival, codenamed #ARTOBOTS, examines the sphere of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence. Through art, discussion, play and performance, CODAME probes these potentials.
Automatons orchestrate much of our lives, from the artificial intelligences that translate our global conversations to the industrial robots that give us our digital toys. For many of us, this activity hums as background noise to our existence. Yet these processes in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence are already intimately entwined with our bodies and minds.
In the daily movements we make, the messages we send, and the sensations we experience, we already collaborate with these entities in increasingly varied, tactile and tangible ways. Bots mediate our relationships with ourselves, each other and our environments. While many of these interactions are familiar to us, there are a myriad of ways to move, think, sense and feel with our lively machines.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arttech-festival-2018-tickets-34741461647#tickets
A farewell to this epic exhibition featuring 32 woman neon benders from around the world!
Come enjoy the last hurrah with neon inspired cocktails & food, along with local bands. Multidisciplinary artist, Katie Chin, will also be present in the gallery performing her piece, Gender Bending.
About Katie Chin: Katie Chin's works and actions invite viewers to consider and question the intersections of gender and power in contemporary culture. More specifically, she is concerned with challenging narrow definitions of gender and uncovering hidden influence transferred through mediums of exchange like stimergy and money. Chin has exhibited and performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including SPACE 151, The Midway Gallery, American Steel Gallery, Pro Arts, stARTup Art Fair, and ATAK Gallery. She was recently awarded the Exhibitions and Communications Fellowship at Aggregate Space Gallery.
About SHE BENDS: Women in Neon
Each artist works intimately with neon, either bending the tubes herself, or by designing, installing and assembling the material with her own hands. Some of these women have their own neon shops or work in a shop; some share their knowledge through teaching the craft.
“The material of neon itself is heavy with historical overtones, the act of women repurposing this trade to convey messages about the female experience is in and of itself an act of rebellion—not to mention these women are wildly talented and their neon works are an absolute pleasure for the eyes.”--Kelsey Issel, Arts Director at The Midway Gallery
Since the early 20th Century, neon bending has traditionally been a male dominated field. Originally known for its commercial applications, the process has been nearly replaced with the advent of LED lighting and new media forms of advertising. In recent years neon’s revival has been spearheaded primarily by women artists and craftswomen—allowing for more impactful and layered messages to emanate from the glowing bars. The material has also propelled new investigations in sculptural and light practices. Neon is now highly recognized for its conceptual content, potent in its potential to create statement, intervention, landscape and spectacle. Women’s influence on the medium has proven to further its role as an artistic medium—thus prolonging its survival as a material and trade.
She Bends spotlights women working in neon while also underscoring the hand-made aspect of the practice.The exhibition title itself relays an action—that of bending. What starts as an act of skill progresses into a devoted lifestyle for the artists in this show and for all neon benders across the world. Among the 32 artists are several pioneers of both the trade and visual arts forefront including Lisa Schulte, Meryl Pataky, Olivia Steele and Shawna Peterson.
Sarah Blood |@sarah_blood |
Linda Bracey |@godsownjunkyard |
Dana Caputo |@danacaputo|
Anika Chasuk |@town.neon |
Robin Clason |@floralislands |
Eve DeHaan |@halfaroastchicken |
Linda Diec |@rindarindarinda |
Lily Erb | @lilywelderb |
Teresa Escobar |@terebomba|
Emma-Kate Hart |@neon.hart |
Michie Hongo |@michiehongo |
Eve Hoyt |@eveningneon|
Kate Hush |@katehush|
Danielle James |@d_j_neon|
Tory DiPietro |@torydipietro|
Ali Feeney |@ali_feeney|
Koko Jamison |@studioglow|
Kacie Lees |@kacielees|
Stephanie Lifshutz |@stephanie_sara_lif|
Leticia Maldonado |@leticiamaria|
Lily Montgomery |@lilyreeves |
Meryl Pataky |@merylpataky|
Shawna Peterson |@petersonneon|
Linda Sue Price |@lindasueprice|
Roxy Rose |@neogirlneon|
Lisa Schulte |@theneonqueen|
Valerie Shusterov |@_foreverneon_
Olivia Steele |@steeleism|
Megan Stelljes |@meganstelljes|
Mary Voytek |@msvoytek|
Romily Alice Walden |@romilyalice|
Sydni Gause |@sydni_gause|
The neon community is small and San Francisco is very lucky to have a concentration of veterans in the trade.
Please join us for a symposium on the history, process and the future of neon - moderated by San Francisco Neon/ Historic Neon Network.
*This event is free & open to the public. The cafe will be open for food & drink*
San Francisco Neon -
San Francisco Neon: Talks, tours, books, and consultations on restoration projects of vintage neon in historic neighborhoods. Our sister organization, Historic Neon Network, is a not-for-profit organization under the umbrella of the Tenderloin Museum. We advocate and educate about the artistic legacy of historic neon signs as a legacy archive of art, craft, culture, and the small business fabric of the city. Founders Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan are the authors/photographers of the book San Francisco Neon: Survivors and Lost Icons. Contact us about neon restoration projects, talks, tours, and exhibits. firstname.lastname@example.org
Meryl Pataky - Originally from South Florida, Pataky moved to San Francisco in 2002 to attend the Academy of Art University. She fell in love with the tactile nature of sculpture and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. An artist of many disciplines and mediums, Meryl focuses on the relationship between her own hands and material. Informing her material selection is a meditation on the elements of the periodic table from noble gases to metals and organics. She is aware of the history of her elements from their origins in the universe to their applications in culture and myth. The artist derives deeper meanings from these histories to add layers to her concepts. Both a personal and process driven narrative drive the work further forward. Meryl is the curator of the She Bends exhibition. "I wanted to make it about females in a male-dominated industry making work themselves,” Meryl states, “I don’t want to see people who appropriate the medium because it’s trendy. I want women who bend, who actually work with this medium with their own two hands aside from just designing it. There’s so much more to neon that just design."
Shawna Peterson - Shawna Peterson has been bending neon tubing since 1987. She began her neon career with fabrication, pattern-making, and design work. This eventually led to an apprenticeship with the neon tube-bender, R.J. Wells. While working for a nationwide sign company, she worked extensively in the commercial neon field, producing signs for companies like The Gap, Safeway, Starbucks, Payless Shoe Source, Miller Brewing, and Hollywood Video. Shawna has also done neon work for numerous other Bay Area projects, like the Yahoo! sign, the San Francisco Symphony's Black and White Ball, Citizen Cake, Luna Park, The Last Supper Club, Andalu, Frisson, and Bongsu to name a few. Currently, Shawna still bends commercial neon projects, but she also creates neon art both independently and for other artists. She designs and produces her own neon sculpture and furniture. She is interested in using old signage in her artwork, transforming found metal cabinets and plastic faces into new, original pieces. Shawna bends new neon to work with her sculptures that incorporate the old sign fragments. In addition, she enjoys working with artists to create the neon they envision for their own art. Artists that she has worked with include Sarkis at the San Francisco Art Institute, Bill Kane, Mike Krouse, Jan Zivic, SFMOMA, and others.
Amy Palms - Because Amy Palms was born and raised in Brooklyn New York, that is something people should know. Most every advantage Amy has acquired in life can be attributed to her white privilege (as well as a good work ethic instilled by her midwestern parents). She received her BFA from Alfred University in mixed media sculpture, and has been making neon just about every day since 1995. “There’s a Yiddish term for thinking of a comeback too late; it’s called trepverter, which means ‘words that arrived too late’ a phenomenon this Brooklyn girl has certainly struggled with. As an artist who uses mixed media and neon in my work, I am most interested in how humans use language to communicate, which works really well with this medium. Neon is great because I have plenty of time to think about what I’m going to say, I get the last word, and all the attention for it.”
Roxy Rose - As a third-generation neon fabricator, Roxy Rose’s pieces are nothing short of mind-blowing. Her near 40 years of experience in the fires are evident in her intricate sculptures that, not only, display her mastery of the medium, but also, share personal messages and reflections on the state of the world we live in. "I started neon glass blowing in 1978 and took over the business in 2000. After 30 years of neon glassblowing I too retired and let my daughter take the business over. She still runs that business to this day. Not only has our company maintained its reputation of the highest standards of neon workmanship, it has also been the largest and longest family-run neon shop on the west coast." Roxy is now free to practice her trade without the pressure of big business focusing on design and the top quality workmanship her grandfather taught her.
Roger Daniells - A 45 year veteran of the arts, Roger got his start at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, CA studying commercial and fine arts. He developed a deep love of glass art while teaching stained glass at the local city Recreation Department for two years. Working in Healdsburg, CA, he came across a neon bending apprenticeship and has worked in this medium both commercially and as a fine art form for the past 35 years.
*This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*
Join us for our neon happy hour!
Madam Zola's Cafe will be grillin'
Drinks will be flowin'
...and bad ass bender babe & curator of SHEBENDS Meryl Pataky will be demo-ing some of her bendin' skillz in the gallery.
Enter through the steel gates Michigan street (while pretending your pillaging a castle on G.O.T.)
THE MIDWAY PRESENTS, NIGHT FISHING, AN IMMERSIVE ART & DINING EXPERIENCE WITH ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, PAINTER ISIS HOCKENOS. ISIS WILL TRANSFORM ONE OF THE GALLERIES INTO A THREE DIMENSIONAL, LIFE SIZED PAINTING. ANYONE WHO TAKES ONE LOOK AT ISIS’ PAINTINGS WANTS TO CLIMB INSIDE, TO CRAWL THROUGH PEACOCK COLORED FOLIAGE, TO SMELL THE LANOLIN OF A FRESHLY SHEARED, CROWN-WEARING SHEEP, TO TASTE THE MEAT CUT LOVINGLY FROM THE SIDE OF A ROSE COLORED HOG. FANTASIZE NO LONGER- GUESTS WILL BE ATTENDING A DINNER PARTY INSIDE ONE OF HER RICHLY COLORFUL AND IMAGINATIVE PAINTINGS. ISIS’ VIBRANT WORK CONTAINS MANY REFERENCES TO HER EXPERIENCE IN FOOD AND FOOD PRODUCTION, PARTICULARLY THROUGH A FEMINIST LENS AND TO HER UPBRINGING IN WEST MARIN. MUCH OF THE FOOD WILL BE SOURCED FROM HER COMMUNITY OF OYSTER FARMERS, CHEESEMAKERS AND RANCHERS. REVEL IN BEING A CHARACTER IN AN ISIS HOCKENOS PAINTING, TITILLATE YOUR TASTE BUDS AND EXPECT A HEALTHY DASH OF SURREALIST DELIGHT.
You’re invited! April 12th, 2018 – Convene, share, learn, connect & celebrate!
BUILDING COLLECTIVE IMPACT – when we learn together and work collectively we develop more opportunities for change
LEARN – and engage with experts in arts and culture Bay Area-wide
CONNECT – with artists, art administrators, supporters, policymakers, and advocates from a variety of disciplines and fields
CELEBRATE – the arts and culture community in concert with colleagues and new connections
You are invited to the 1st annual State of the Arts - a half-day convening and celebration for the local arts and culture community.
Join Bay Area artists, arts and culture workers, supporters and advocates to share knowledge, inspire, and celebrate. We will discuss pressing issues regarding living and working in the Bay Area, learn about opportunities to make change, and honor exemplary work in our field.
The event will include a ‘state of the arts’ address by local experts, a variety of breakout sessions designed with your interests in mind, an awards ceremony, and a networking and social hour.
(Confirmed presenters: Tom DeCaigny, San Francisco Director of Arts and Culture - Roberto Bedoya, Oakland Cultural Affairs Manager - Lex Lefheit, Arts for a Better Bay Area co-founder - Honey Mahogany, San Francisco Transgender Cultural District)
Please invite your colleagues, friends and fellow advocates! Registration is required to attend.
Register directly at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-of-the-arts-2018-tickets-44166047838
(Registration fees include a year membership to Arts for a Better Bay Area, a local arts advocacy nonprofit and event host. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, free early bird tickets available.)
Together with interactive artist Marpi, The Midway gallery started a series that we call our Binary Salons. These artist salons are a place where artists who are working at the intersection of art + technology can come together to share ideas and practices. These free & open to the public gatherings feature local and international artists who are pushing the boundaries of their process. These Binary Salons are for artists and by artists.
Come enjoy drinks, conversation & collaboration.
On April 12 @ 6pm we will feature a new set of artists who focus on technologies that foster collaboration in art.
Osman Koç is a creative technologist / artist, who uses technology as a medium for expression. Directed by his curiosities, Koç’s works touch many different fields such as cybernetics, artificial intelligence, biosensors, kinetic sculptures, reactive lighting, audiovisual performances and games with alternative physical controllers.
Jeffrey Yip is a New Media Artist interested in combining the physical and digital realms.he creates environments, often utilizing digital media to enhance the overall experience by integrating visualizations in unison with sound.
Swan is a VR artist, storyteller and a viral Beat Saber girl
Our first Salon featured artists: Inigo Quilez (IQ), Can Buyukberber, Chelley Sherman & Eccoscreen
Check it out here
She Bends: Women in Neon is the largest, most inclusive all-female neon exhibition ever assembled. Curated by Bay Area-based neon artist Meryl Pataky, the exhibition features 32 artists who have contributed to the resurgence of neon as an artistic medium and revival to the industry. She Bends positions neon as a loaded symbol of counter message to the historically male-dominated trade and contemporary forms of advertising, and enters a new dialogue on material investigation.
On our opening night of this exhibition, awaken your senses and immerse yourself in creativity. A night of art, music & culinary experiences. The evening features a live performance by Los Angeles-based dance-pop band YACHT. Their critically-acclaimed See Mystery Lights was named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork and “Critic’s Choice” by The New York Times. On the release of their 2014 EP Where Does This Disco?, WIRED called YACHT "music not as a thing in itself, but the beginning of a chain of experiences which has no edge.” Front woman Claire L Evans recently published her book “Broad Band”, which investigates the hidden history of the women who built the internet.
Tickets available here
Break bread with the creatives behind She Bends. Hear artists, musicians, and chefs speak about their trade. Talk and eat with your hands, converse with strangers and friends. Bask in the neon light while satiating your belly and your mind. We are honored to have Azalina Eusope in the house as guest chef. Not only does this chef know about perseverance and passion, she is a veteran of Outside Lands and Bottlerock —so knows a little a thing or two about the confluence of music, art and food! Azalina is a member of the Mamak community from Penang, a historically rich island trading hub on the western coast of the Malaysian peninsula. As a 5th-generation street food vendor, Azalina found comfort in the flavors of Malaysian food while living abroad in several countries before landing in San Francisco, where she opened her own business in Twitter’s Market Square.
Tickets availible here.
Come create your own collage DIY followed by a brunch with bottomless mimosas in The Midway Gallery!
10am - 11am | Collage DIY: All materials provided. Take home your very own collage artwork framed and ready to hang. This craft is inspired by current exhibiting artist Jordan Sullivan and will be led by one of Midway's resident artists.
11am - 1pm | Brunch + Bottomless Mimosas: Following your artist-led collage, you'll enjoy a beautiful brunch spread catered by The Midway Culinary team and well earned bottomless mimosas!
Get your tickets here
Come create with us!
The Midway is proud to present their second internship gallery show, exhibiting artwork curated by the gallery's apprenticeship program.
The Midway is proud to present their 2nd annual apprentice gallery show curated by Jennifer Perry, Rachel Brooks Richardson, & Beatrice Beugelmans
Wallpaper is a group show featuring artists:
Amy Wise | Bronwyn Dexter | Uma Rani Iyli | Katie Chin | Megan Reed | Marina Berlin |
Wallpaper showcases six female artists who defy constructs via the mediums and materials they employ or the messages they convey about self and identity within our modern society. We aim to showcase female artists who we feel contribute to the collective power of women in the art world as well as celebrate female creativity reclaimed within the domestic sphere. Wallpaper celebrates female artists today using their talents not only outside the private realm, but as a means of livelihood.
Join us for a night of art and conversation as we reveal Bombay Sapphire's 2016 Artisan Series Regional Finalists.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27th, 2016
Art talk on Art as Activism: 6:00pm
Regional Finale: 6:45pm
RSVP by 10/25 to SANFRAN@ArtisanSeriesEvents.com
Must be 21+ to attend
Exhibition will be open until November 3rd. Gallery is open by appointment only 11-6pm except Sunday. Please email Kelsey@themidwaysf.com to schedule an appointment.
In it's inaugural year participating in ArtSpan's San Francisco Open Studios, The Midway Gallery will be exhibition the artwork of it's in house artist in residency program.
Exhibiting artists are Tracey Kessler | Isis Hockenos | Christine Aria | Justyn Zolli | Travis Ridlehuber | Kat Geng | Daryll Peirce | Roxanna Shohadaee | Rebecca Whipple & honorary guest Jennifer King
Please join us for music, drinks, bites and artist talks!
Please join us to dive deeper into this exhibition Terrain. We have invited the artist to come back and discuss their process and how this show pushed the boundaries of their work.
We have a special collaborative performance planned with artists James Tucker & Alexa Eisner.
Happy hour drink special & bites, not to mention some tunes!
Terrain is a group show featuring artists:
Mark Garrett | Tracey Kessler | James Tucker | Karina Bania | Elisa Gomez | Performances by Alexa Eisner | Curated by Kelsey Marie Issel
Terrain is meditation on art that explores natural and mindful landscapes. Each artist represents physical space, geography and our natural surroundings in a different ways but each gives us a sense of place and the journey it took to get there.
The opening reception with include music, food and performances. To learn more about each artist and their process please visit our Blog
Please join us for an Artist Happy Hour & tour of the LIVEWIRE show. Local artists will be in attendance to explain their process and work. There will be happy hour drinks and food available for purchase. DJs to set the groove! Bring a friend. This event is free and open to the public
Artist Explores Humanity vs. Nature with Societal Trees and Electrical-Tape
The Midway Gallery introduces new programming direction to enhance public engagement through site-specific, immersive installations
Inspired by science and powered by sound, the Academy will transform into an oasis of music and art on one special night per month with NightLife LIVE (as part of our weekly Thursday night programming).
Catch live performances on the outdoor West Garden stage as the greenest museum on the planet transforms into one of SF's most unique music venues. Experience interactive art installations, out-of-this-world video projections, science side shows, and more—all while exploring cutting-edge exhibits and marveling at 38,000 live animals.
Join MoAD's Vanguard Members and ArtSpan's Artist Members for an interactive evening of live art and poetry! The event will take place within ArtSpan's Selections 2016 exhibition at The Midway Creative Complex Gallery. Light snacks and beverages will be served.
Join us for ArtSpan's second annual Benefactor Gala, featuring a private viewing of the Selections Juried Exhibition featuring top ArtSpan Artists, a catered sit-down dinner, artfully-crafted cocktails by Odd Job, and an intimate discussion on the state of the visual arts in San Francisco with special guests.