When: Sat., Sept. 27, 7 p.m. 2014
San Francisco is quickly becoming a hub for a new artistic genre that utilizes digital and computerized elements to form interactive, multi-sensory experiences. These sorts of installations have been around since the 1990s, but have only recently been put into the hands of hobbyists who have the tech tools and talent readily available to experiment. These folks are the primary makeup of CODAME, an SF-based collective of artists focused on creativity in tech. A similar community is growing in Oakland, and B4BEL4B (184 10th St., Oakland) is partnering with CODAME to host a group exhibition and tech mixer that brings together appreciators and makers from both cities. The event is called Ephemeral Vessels because most of the installations will be made up of live interaction with the technological apparatuses. Artist Dat Phan will use an Xbox Kinect to project holograms of attendees across the gallery from where they stand, and do 3-D body scanning demonstrations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enter an artist’s studio via Oculus Rift (a virtual reality platform), and play with interactive projections and installations (such as a Tyvek origami sculpture housing motion-sensitive LED lights). In addition, there will be a long lineup of audiovisual performers, including Elia Vargas, who will project imagery onto water and mist while he plays.