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Join us for the 5th edition of San Francisco's premier annual festival advancing culture and common good through the lens of art and technology.

Powered by our Experiential Space Research Lab, the Gray Area Festival 2019 plots the future of world building through AR, VR, XR, installation, and immersion with four days of art, technology, music, and culture.

The Gray Area Festival will redefine the conversation around experience design, starting with the United States debut of two international, sensory enveloping art experiences: the immersive exhibition ISM Hexadome & robotic exoskeleton performance Inferno.

Then, international thought leaders in immersive design, experiential technology, spatial computing, and culture converge for two full days of discussion around the history, impact, and trends in the growing fields of analog and digital world building.

United States Premiere of Inferno Performances

Gray Area Festival 2019 will debut the US premiere of interactive robotic performance Inferno by artists Louis-Philippe Demers and Bill Vorn.

The immersive performance features 12 machine-powered exoskeletons which will be installed on the bodies of participating audience members. The computer-activated robotic exoskeletons will mobilize audience members into performers, giving a radical instance of immersive and participatory experiences. Shifting the command from artist to computer and role of audience to performer, Inferno questions the nature of control and agency in the landscape of technology and performance today.

Expanding on Gray Area’s current focus on immersive design, Inferno invites the public to become an active part of our performance program.

Learn More About the Interactive Performances

North American Premiere of ISM Hexadome

We are proud to announce the Gray Area Festival Exhibition presenting the North American Premiere of the ISM Hexadome in partnership with the Institute for Sound & Music (ISM) and the Goethe Institute.

The ISM Hexadome Exhibition is a 360° audiovisual experience featuring the US debut of nine immersive installations by the following exhibiting artists:
Ben Frost & MFO
CAO & Michael Tan
Frank Bretschneider & Pierce Warnecke
Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst
Lara Sarkissian & Jemma Woolmore
Peter Van Hoesen & Heleen Blanken
René Löwe & Pfadfinderei
Suzanne Ciani & AudeRrose
Thom Yorke & Tarik Barri

Gray Area Festival will debut the world premiere of Suzanne Ciani’s Under the Electric Sea, in a live concert performance together with French visual artist AudeRrose on Friday July 26.

Learn More About the Immersive Exhibition

Workshop Instructors

On Sunday July 28, join us for a selection of Creative Code workshops taught by talented instructors, recognized for actively shaping their fields and practices.

Special Thanks to our Partners

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