EvOLution 2.0:

exploring the limits of creativity & nature

As we move through the 21st century, more and more technologies are breaking new ground that affect how humans live and think of themselves. Emerging technologies such as AI, AR, robotics and reactive-sensor technology are pushing the boundaries of how to relate to nature and human nature itself. In this exhibition, we explore how this self-propelled evolution affects creativity, an elemental human trait.

GALLERY HOURS: WED - FRI 11AM TO 6PM
GALLERY CLOSED: 10/24, 10/29 - 11/07

Exhibiting Artists:

 data-generated imagery by Can

data-generated imagery by Can

Can Büyükberber x ucsf using sprayprinter robotics technology

This collaboration among a new media artist, robot & brainwave (MEG) data will result in a data-generated image mural, comparing states of the brain while we digest language.

Sprayprinter is a robotic spray can technology, whos inventors are based out of Estonia. Artify is engineered for art and driven by technology. 

Can Büyükberber is a visual artist working on immersive audio-visual experiences blurring boundaries between physical and digital spaces. His practice consists of experiments with virtual/augmented reality, projection mapping, geodesic domes, large-scale displays and digital fabrication.

A big thank you to UCSF Neurobiology Lab, specifically postdoctoral scholar, Valentina Borghesani, for sharing her brain wave data with us and teaching us more about the subject to make this collaboration possible.

 
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Digital flower

ONESAL

Onesal is a boutique art direction and design studio in Tokyo that specializes in animation and motion graphics. The craft they make serves otherworldly sensory simulations that, instead of telling a narrative, aim to move its audience with visuals in its most fundamental form.

 
 "Blend" by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

"Blend" by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

GABRIEL BARCIA-COLOMBO

where he created "The Hereafter Institute," a company that questions the future of death rituals and memorials and their relationship to technology. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

In 2012 Gabriel gave a TED talk entitled "Capturing Memories in Video Art," and in 2014 he gave another entitled "My DNA Vending Machine" and was awarded a Senior TED fellowship. 

In 2016 Gabe founded Bunker.nyc a pop up gallery showcasing emerging art made with technology. Bunker became the first pop up digital art gallery to open in the Sotheby's Auction House in New York Summer 2017. Gabriel is a New York Foundation for the Arts grant awardee and faculty member at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is a mixed media artist whose practice focuses on collections, memorialization and the act of leaving one's digital imprint for the next generation. His work takes the form of video sculptures, immersive performances, large scale projections and vending machines that sell human DNA. These projects play upon the modern exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which Barcia-Colombo renders visually by “collecting” human portraits on video.

Gabriel was commissioned to be the first digital artist to show work at the New Fulton Terminal Stop with the MTA Arts & Design program in New York City. His work has been featured in the Volta, Scope, and Art Mrkt art fairs, Victoria & Albert Museum as well as Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library. He recently received an Art and Technology grant from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

 
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ECCO sCREEN

Since 2015 ecco screen has exhibited at world renowned festivals and galleries across the United States, Canada, and Europe including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Igloofest, ArtFutura Roma, Mutek, Stanford University. Collaborations with established brands include Dolby, NASA (JPL), Acura, Tool of NA, MullenLowe, Google, ASAP Rocky, A-Trak.

ecco screen is a San Francisco based experimental art practice created by American artist Jeffrey Bryant in 2015. ecco screen explores human emotion, interaction, and introspection through the use of light, sound, and technology. The works range from interactive installations, immersive experiences, to audiovisual performances, designed to invoke crowd participation. Resulting in a marriage between art, design, and interpersonal connection.

 
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CAMILA MAGRANE

Most recently, Camila has been exploring the involvement of technology and interactivity in art. This has driven her to obtain a Bachelor of Science in computer science with a concentration in game development. She continues to hone her skills as a creative coder through the creation of interactive vides, installations and games.

Camila is a multimedia artist who has been most noted for the creation of her “Digital Photogram Collages” where she has established a postmodern aesthetic by combining traditional darkroom techniques with the use of digital tools.

 

OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCES BY

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FURY

The FURY team will be featuring segments from their concert throughout the night. Audience will surround the stage in an ever changing, post-apocalyptic world created with sets and visuals by Creative Director, Luke Acret. Choreographer Dani Rowe is making movement for dancers and musicians who portray characters fighting for survival in a journey that moves between driving intensity and tender intimacy inspired by Mad Max – Fury Road.

FURY is a new concert experience that is up-close and intimate, bringing together the collaborative music making of indie-pop group, YASSOU with composer Kristina Dutton, and with another unusual collaboration between dancers from two different world-class ballet companies, San Francisco Ballet and Alonzo King LINES Ballet.  Principal dancers from SFBallet, Dores Andre, Frances Chung, Luke Ingham, Lauren Strongin and Joe Walsh, and from LINES Ballet, Adji Cissoko and Babatunji will share a center stage with the musicians who are composing an hour of original music and sound.  

 
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hammerstep

The Hammerstep crew consists of a diverse group of elite performers from a variety of disciplines, including: Irish, Tap, Hip Hop, Martial Arts, Stepping and Capoeira.

Hammerstep's musicians are an arsenal of viruosty, and crossing through multiple genres to create a mind-bending, symphonic soundscape. The sound of hammerstep is led by Grammy nominated musicinans Cellist Dave Eggar and Percussionist Chuck Palmer.

The Hammerstep Initiative aims to elevate dance to a new level, to act as a platform for personal and collective empowerment, and to spark social progression in the process.

Hammerstep is an organized arsenal of stage performance, public ambush dance & guerrilla street marketing, community organizing & action, outreach initiatives, and alternative media coverage.

 
 

Alongside international artists who are pushing the limits of their mediums, The Midway will curate a lecture & film screening series to explore these topics in greater detail. Stay tuned to this space for schedule of programming.

 

 

Inspiration and the namesake of this exhibition was pulled from a Humanities Institute course at Scripps College, where Arts Program & Gallery Director, Kelsey Marie Issel, studied the intersection of biogenomics, art & human nature. Many resources from that coursework will be reused and made accessible to the larger public during this exhibit.