After all the rain these past couple of months (anyone else just over “atmospheric rivers”?), we are eager to get out of our studios and stretch our creative muscles. Arianna Orland and Dava Guthmiller, In/Visible Talks’ co-founders and both long-time practicing designers, have kept tabs on all the upcoming events in the Bay Area, and they have some suggestions for where you might go and what you might do to get inspired. March’s curated list includes lectures, exhibitions, and a fantastic painting competition. Reserve your tickets soon.
We love medium crossovers. By artists and for artists, Binary Salons are places where creatives who are working at the intersection of art+tech come together to collaborate, share ideas, and practice their crafts. This Binary Salon features presentations by installation and graphic artist Anastasia Victor and new media artist Tyler Freeman. Ages 21+. Free with RSVP. March 5, 6:00–9:00 pm. The Midway Gallery, 900 Marin Street, San Francisco.
Jenny Odell: Open Source Intelligence.
Jenny Odell brought the house down with her talk “How to Do Nothing” at In/Visible Talks 2018, so we can’t wait to hear from her again. Taking a cue from “open source intelligence” (OSINT, a term that refers to the collection of publicly available data for intelligence purposes), this lecture will focus on the role of the artist as researcher and interloper into other disciplines. Free. March 8, 4:30–6:30 pm. San Francisco Art Institute—Chestnut Street Campus, 800 Chestnut Street, Osher Lecture Hall, San Francisco.
Witness the process of craft—live! In three fast-paced rounds, painters will compete for your vote to become the champion. Join the fun as a spectator or apply online here to participate as one of the featured artists. All paintings created that night will be available via silent auction at the event. Ages 21+. $15–$20. March 13, 7:00–10:00 pm. The Great Northern, 119 Utah Street, San Francisco.
Register to participate: artbattle.com/register
Neil Torrefiel: Inclusion in Design.
People around the world are discriminated against every day for who they are. As designers, we have the power to make marginalized populations feel seen, accepted, normalized, holistic, and loved. Inclusive design is the practice of designing products, services, and experiences that are accessible and usable by as many people as possible. In his lecture, Neil Torrefiel will explore the issues and responsibilities designers must embrace to create an equitable future. Free. March 14, 6:00–8:00 pm. California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, Main Building, San Francisco.
Five and Two Others.
Acclaimed artist Mildred Howard believes “Art is art, regardless of who makes it.” In this forthcoming group show, Howard presents selected works of five Creativity Explored artists, Vincent Jackson, James Miles, Selene Perez, Evelyn Reyes, and Lance Rivers, alongside two contemporary Bay Area artists, Oliver Lee Jackson and John Moore. Addressing inequities in curatorial practices in the art world, Howard aims to open up a dialogue about artistic representation by presenting groupings of small-format works by artists with and without developmental disabilities, with an egalitarian vision and exceptional grace. Free. March 14 (Opening Reception 7:00–9:00 pm) through May 2. Creativity Explored, 3245 16th Street, San Francisco.
Algorithmic Art Assembly.
In presentations, performances, and workshops, this new two-day conference and music festival showcases a diverse range of artists who use algorithmic tools and processes in their works. From live coding visuals and music at algoraves, to virtual reality, gaming, augmented tooling, generative music composition, and knot tying, this event celebrates artists abusing algorithms for the aesthetics. Two-Day Assembly Pass: $75 (individual event tickets are also available). 12:00 pm March 22 to 11:00 pm March 23. Gray Area / Grand Theater, 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco.
Looking for more ideas? Check out the In/Visible Talks blog for reviews of design and arts events we’ve attended recently and to learn about upcoming opportunities.