[Noisebridge-discuss] an art exhibit in San Francisco that opens on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 5-7 P.M.

kal spelletich spellkal at gmail.com
Wed Apr 8 16:40:45 UTC 2015


Helloo Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have an art exhibit in San Francisco that opens on Saturday, April 11,
2015 from 5-7 P.M. at the Catharine Clark Gallery.
248 Utah Street San Francisco, CA 94103
415.399.1439 m. 415.519.1439

https://kaltek.wordpress.com/intention-machinespraying-robots/
http://cclarkgallery.com/exhibitions/kal-spelletich-intention-machines-2015

It is 7 mystical robots and photos as well as some photos and machines and
maybe a video.
The opening should be a hoot with guest DJ’s, a Tequila Pouring machine and
some surprises.

Also, in the rear media room is the brilliant Jo Harvey Allen! A video
documentary and paraphernalia from the production of Jo Harvey’s
performance Hally Lou (1983) will exhibit concurrently in our dedicated
media  She will be presenting a video installation called Hally Lou! Jo
Harvey has quite an illustrious career. It is a real treat to be exhibiting
with her. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo_Harvey_Allen


There are some extracurricular events during the run of the exhibit that
will be a lot of fun.

On Saturday, May 2, from 7 – 10 pm, an after-party! at the Gallery. I will
join with artist-musicians Scott Hewicker, Alicia McCarthy and Paul Kos for
a night of DJ’d music and cocktails poured by  robots.

 On Thursday, May 14, from 5 – 7 pm, Spelletich and Alistair Shanks, a
Buddhist chaplain who has worked with the Zen Hospice Project and in the
San Francisco County Jail system, will give a talk entitled, “"Robots and
Mystical Transformations: Can technology help us address spiritual
questions and crises?” An electric array of music DJ’d by Shanks and
Spelletich will follow.

The exhibit will close on Saturday, May 23 with a musical performance with
Tome Greenwood of Jackio-O-Motherfucker from 3 – 5 pm featuring
Spelletich’s robots, as well as Bay Area painter, street artist and
performer Chris Johanson who will make a special guest appearance at the
turntables.  Tom and I will be mic'ing my robots and making some wonderful
sounds.

The exhibit runs from April 11, 2015 – May 23, 2015.




San Francisco, CA: Catharine Clark Gallery is pleased to announce our first
solo exhibition of the work of Kal Spelletich.  On view April 11 – May 23,
2015, Kal Spelletich: Intention Machines will feature approximately seven
robotic sculptures, each representing an actual person influential in
Spelletich’s life and artistic career.  Several photographs of the sun
which Spelletich took with a digital camera modified with various apparati
will also be presented as part of the exhibit.
room.  Both artists will be present for the exhibition opening on Saturday,
April 11th 2015, from 5 – 7 pm.
In his capacities as an artist, Zen philosopher, ardent activist, inventor
and musician, Kal Spelletich has spent his creative career exploring the
powerful possibilities of combining art and mysticism with the rigors of
science and technology. Spelletich is well known for his mechanized,
fire-ensconcing robotic art, but his latest work leans away from
pyrotechnics and towards a spiritual vein.  Intention Machines features
seven headless robots— avatars of friends, mentors and heroes who have
profoundly influenced the artist’s life.  Each robot is titled for its
namesake, and wears unwashed work clothes previously owned and worn by the
person embodied by the work. Poet and artist Lawrence Ferlenghetti and
Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, are among
those represented by Spelletich’s machines. His mechanical models
genuflect, clasp hands in prayer and whirl
like Sufi dervishes.  Viewers activate the robots by touching an interface
sensor that enables the machine to ‘read’ the viewer, and react with a
responsive gesture.  Sensors on the robots are programmed to detect a
variety of inputs: proximity, touch, force, breath-alcohol content,
polygraph metrics, and ambient sound.  Responses are spontaneous and
unique—the robots have no stored memory.  Each of the photographs in the
exhibit relates to the same individuals personified by the robotic
sculptures.  Spelletich took the photographs with a digital camera modified
by a child’s magnifying glass and lenses cannibalized from old slide
projectors in an attempt to view the sun in a way one cannot with the naked
eye.  Spelletich’s process is very much rooted in his desire to pay homage
to his mentors.  The work titled after Martha Wilson was taken while
Spelletich was conjuring her during a partial solar eclipse.
Several special collaborative events will take place as part of
Spelletich’s exhibit.  On Saturday, May 2, from 7 – 10 pm,  artMRKT San
Francisco will co-host an after-party at Catharine Clark Gallery in
conjuction with the art fair festivities at Fort Mason.  Kal Spelletich
will join with artist-musicians Scott Hewicker, Alicia McCarthy and Paul
Kos for a night of DJ’d music and cocktails poured by Spelletich’s robots.
On Thursday, May 14, from 5 – 7 pm, Spelletich and Alistair Shanks, a
Buddhist chaplain who has worked with the Zen Hospice Project and in the
San Francisco County Jail system, will give a talk entitled, “"Robots and
Mystical Transformations: Can technology help us address spiritual
questions and crises?” An electric array of music DJ’d by Shanks and
Spelletich will follow.  The exhibit will close on Saturday, May 23 with a
musical performance from 3 – 5 pm featuring Spelletich’s robots, as well as
Bay Area painter, street artist and performer Chris Johanson who will make
a special guest appearance at the turntables.
Kal Spelletich | Intention Machines
April 11 – May 23, 2015
Saturday, April 11 : Opening reception with the artist         5:00 - 7:00
pm
This event is free and open to the public.

Kal Spelletich: Born and raised in Davenport, Iowa, Kal Spelletich received
his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa, and an M.F.A. from The
University of Texas at Austin, both in the field of Media Art.  For 25
years, Spelletich has been exploring the interface of humans and robots,
using technology to reconnect people with intense, real-life experiences.
His work is interactive, requiring participants to enter or operate his
pieces, often against their instincts of self-preservation.  He probes the
boundaries between fear, control and exhilaration by giving his audience
the opportunity to operate fascinating and often dangerous machinery.  In
1988, Spelletich founded Seemen, his interactive machine art performance
collective.  Since then, he has performed, exhibited and lectured
worldwide, collaborating with scientists, musicians, politicians and actors
on various projects. Spelletich’s work has been included in numerous museum
and gallery exhibitions over the past two decades, including the de Young
Museum, SFMOMA, Exploratorium and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San
Francisco, CA; California Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Art
and History, Santa Cruz, CA; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA; and
Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA. He has also exhibited
internationally in Namibia, Germany, Croatia and Austria.  Kal Spelletich
lives and works in San Francisco, California.


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