Making the Invisible Visible: Bitcoin Edition

Can invisible information have a defined visual aesthetic? -and/or- When can the aesthetics of the digital world move beyond symbology? PSA: Not sure what Bitcoin is? It’s a completely digital peer-to-peer payment system and currency that uses cryptography to secure transactions. It was introduced as open source software by Satoshi Nakamoto, a pseudonymous character who the media is obsessed with trying to identify. Users can send and receive bitcoins using digital wallets (imagine a digital… Read More →

In the Zeitgeist: Art in Ad Spaces

Recently, a number of projects have launched with the intent of bringing art experiences to ad spaces. Art Everywhere, Art City, The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, and even SFMOMA’s #PlayArtfully campaign (which I have worked on extensively) all seek to insert art into the everyday by making creative use of the spaces that normally assault us with calls to consume. Many of these projects seem to have the goal of pushing art-viewing… Read More →

Electric Objects at Gray Area // URL Meets IRL

This coming weekend, I’m working with the fantastic folks from Electric Objects to coordinate a Pop Up Showroom at Gray Area’s new Art + Technology theater in the Mission. A New York-based startup taking Kickstarter by storm, the Electric Objects team has big plans to to bring the beauty of the Internet into your home through the E01, a framed high-definition screen and integrated computer that hangs on your wall. One extra reason to get pumped: Zoë… Read More →

Southern Exposure’s Monster Drawing Rally

Southern Exposure’s annual Monster Drawing Rally is happening tomorrow night at the Verdi Club, and I’ll be drawing from 6-7pm. You pay $20 to get in the door, then you can hang out, drink beer, watch artists draw, and buy new work for your collection for just $60 a pop – bargain basement prices! Come watch me attempt to draw something IRL, it’ll be fun. Some of my great friends… Read More →

PROOF OF WORK: a human approach to the convergence of art and technology

How do digital technologies, while distinctly inhuman, exacerbate our humanness? With this concept in mind, I’m co-curating a one-night-only exhibition with Jenny Sharaf of Gallery Daily at The Sub. DETAILS In ‘proof-of-work’ systems, computers compete with each other to solve complex algorithms. The computer that correctly solves the problem the fastest is rewarded for its achievement, and for helping to keep the system secure. As more algorithms are solved, the chains of information become… Read More →

Big news! I’m becoming a free(lance) agent.

In a month, I’ll be leaving my position at SFMOMA in order to pursue creative projects and freelance work at the intersection of art + technology. This is a big change, but the time has come for me to shift gears, and I couldn’t be more excited about what’s next. During my time at the museum, I have worked on so many fulfilling projects. I began as an intern in what… Read More →

#HiveSalon on July 2: How can we harness the creative advantage of the Internet?

Q: The internet allows us to tap into a collective intelligence, but now that we’re all plugged in, there is nothing psychedelic about it. We have all the information we need, but are we any wiser for it? What’s missing? A: The missing piece is between your ears… You seek salvation in the external world, but that world is yours to make. When are you going to learn to control,… Read More →

PSYCHEDELIC FILM NIGHT at Rock Bar

Hey San Francisco-dwelling friends! I’m putting together a film night at Rock Bar this Wednesday (tomorrow) – come join me for a drink and some silent film action starting at 8pm! I’ve selected four visually-stunning, feature-length experimental art films from the ’60s and ’70s, each of which stars (or features) musicians and their music. Although the films will be played silently, I’ve compiled a playlist on Rdio (unfortunately, none of… Read More →

Why don’t techies care about art?

Recently I’ve noticed the relationship between the art world and tech world becoming a bit strained. As techies earn more and more money at younger ages, the established art world looks older and stiffer by comparison. Of course, the art world is old – a visit to almost any museum will prove that, and any liberal arts graduate will remember the likely pairing of the two words art and history. When put in… Read More →