june 9th - july 31
inspired by Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 quote, "where there is light, there must be shadow, where there is shadow there must be light" - this exhibited explores creating a sense of place with light.
Renowned technologist Mateusz "Marpi" Marcinowski will be showing Aquarium Project, the latest prototype from the San Francisco-based digital artist. The new interactive art installation will let anyone play with generative, underwater creatures, and create music in the process.
Marpi is a Polish-born San Francisco-based digital artist. His artworks are interactive, scalable, and multi-platform, 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.
Burning Man favorite and engineer turned LED artist, Christopher Schardt will be creating a custom iteration of "Constellation" a 6-pointed LED star canopy. Constellation is a smaller/indoor version of his well-known Firmament piece that has graced the Playa for many years.
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.
Many of Schardt’s pieces strive to be a place to be. He learned how important this is with a piece called Yantra in 2003, and again in 2015 with Firmament. Rather than just walking up to Firmament, looking for a while at the pretty lights, and moving on, visitors would smile, sit down, and eventually recline, gazing up at the lights, sometimes for hours. Schardt is represented by Building 180, who work closely with artists to create unique and meaningful installations.
SF-based projection artist Ecco Screen will be transforming G&M gallery into "Strands"
Strands features a monochromatic aesthetic and a metallic texture that over time, evolves into a characteristic resembling narrow stips of tape, web-like strands, or generating a completely new quality. The behavior and physics of each strand change on its own accord. Going from tight and resilient harp strings, to the buoyant and weightless essence of aquatic plants. Fundamentally giving strands a lifelike and organic feel, but of an alien nature. Its appearance never repeats and is ever evolving. strands was created using custom software made by ecco screen in Processing, on the hardware side an Xbox Kinect and a blob-tracking device was used. The whole sketch was running thru CoGe during the post-production process to add the installation's metallic look and visual effects. The physics and visual parameters of the Processing sketch was controlled by Vezér to morph the appearance of strandsover time, allowing it to take on a life of its own.