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Gray Area Showcase Spring 2022 - Main Room

Within the World Titled Gray Area Showcase Spring 2022
Credited to Gray Area
Opening date March 2nd, 2022
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Statement:

The Gray Area 2022 Spring Showcase is our biannual exhibition of artwork fostered within our Artist Incubator and Creative Code Immersive education programs.

Using tools like deep-fakes, lidar, 3D animations, and physical computing, the showcase artists create sensory spaces that engage our embodied selves in relation to the new paradigms of Web3.

The works delve into inquiries befitting our modern paradigm: digital meditation and stillness, the humor and discomfort of surveillance technology, and Eastern European artist activism in the face of oppression.
This collection is in conversation with our emergence from our separate metaverses into a collective dialogue about what it means to exist in a mid/post pandemic state.

Curated by Niki Selken - Creative Development Director

Virtual exhibition design by Victoire Poumadere

Soundtrack by Adam Widener

Artworks in this space:

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AXIS MUNDI: 狐仙

Artist name Helen Shewolfe Tseng
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take some time to take a breath. axis mundi, referring to the connection between the physical and spiritual realms, is a soothing sensory digital space designed in response to the overwhelming, dissociative pace of our current networked lives. informed by the artist's ancestral traditions and cosmologies, a many-tailed spirit guides and grounds viewers through a calming audiovisual loop, bringing awareness to the ebb and flow of breath, and inviting presence, pause, and self-regulation.

Go to: AXIS MUNDI: 狐仙
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The Spectacle of Society

Artist name Santiago Grau Torredemer
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The Spectacle of Society explores the relationship between the observed and the observer. How certain can we be of being one or the other? How easily do we become part of a system by the mere fact of observing it?

Go to: The Spectacle of Society
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This Person Exists

Artist name Dan Tasse
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On sites like ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com, neural networks are creating hyper-realistic images of people who don't exist. But you exist. What would you look like if a neural network tried to create you? And what does it feel like to meet your synthetic self?

Go to: This Person Exists
This Person Exists
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Flood Pavilion

Artist name Delta_Ark
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This pavilion was built by agents. See link.

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Change not Guaranteed

Artist name Dan Rummel
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Change not Guaranteed is a momentary tether between the physical world and the digital world. It tempts the audience to step into their power and become a digital artist in the perplexing world of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). Nothing comes without sacrifice. Here at an alter of crypto-chain-memetopia, they are invited to engage by adding their block to the potential future presented by this technology and culture. Through their offering of physical change, they manifest a Non-Fungible Change (NFC) token into existence. Upon claiming this token into their ownership, it immediately goes up for auction. They become forever entangled with the question everyone is asking about this movement, what does it all mean? After being thrust across the mystical threshold from observer to participant, will they awaken in this new dimension with the answer? Or, are they only left with more questions?

Go to: Change not Guaranteed
Change not Guaranteed
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The Spectacle of Society

Artist name Santiago Grau Torredemer
Artwork Description:

The Spectacle of Society explores the relationship between the observed and the observer. How certain can we be of being one or the other? How easily do we become part of a system by the mere fact of observing it?

Go to: The Spectacle of Society
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ALTER_VERSE

Artist name Samantha Alexa
Artwork Description:

ALTER_VERSE is a contemporary altar to the universe and its expansion into digital dimensions. A space to help us transition from the physical into the digital with intention. To reflect upon the metaverse’s significance within our evolutionary journey. A participatory one-on-one experience where performance must be earned. This is a creative documentation and digital interpretation of the live performance experience that took place on March 2nd & 3rd at Gray Area’s 2022 Spring Artist Showcase. Through video art, video mapping, and data entry this work explores our transition into the metaverse through journey, ritual, story, and offering. Audience participants were required to move through trials that tested their willingness to engage with the performing artist. Upon failure of said trials, the participant was asked to leave. Upon completion of all trials, the participant experienced a spoken word poem written and performed by the artist. The experience concluded with audience members sharing a verbal offering in response to the question “What will you let escape from your reality, what will you release?”. Their response was numerically recorded via pen and paper. They then received someone else’s response by choosing a number associated with the previous offerings given. In this digital documentation, there is an offerings portal where you too can receive an offering. By following the link attached to the portal there is a drawn threshold with words flashing within it. These words are the same response offerings given during the live performance. Press your spacebar to receive someone’s real response at random.

Portal to ALTER_VERSE
ALTER_VERSE
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Agent Factory

Artist name Delta_Ark
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Ash City

Artist name Delta_Ark
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Buttress for the Invisible

Artist name Delta_Ark
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Flower Colliseum

Artist name Delta_Ark
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Spire

Artist name Delta_Ark
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Whale Skeleton

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Ghost Pavilion

Artist name Delta_Ark
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THE GHOST PAVILIONS The Ghost Pavilions are explorations of virtual architecture for co-mingling between AI (agents) & VR-Avatars; in short, these are spaces for virtual beings (of various kinds) and virtual humans. The full process of design iteration is represented here: http://delta.center/20102020-ar-platform#/sketchbookz/ You can see the development from Sketchup to Rhino to Grasshopper to Zebra (zebra is an agent based parametric modeller -- the flood pavilion was actually built by agents). COMPUTATIONAL/VIRTUAL ARCHITECTURE COMMUNITY If you are interested in computational/virtual architecture, please be in touch. Delta_Ark is currently launching a weekly critique group in the subject, for Bay Area Residents. Here is a link to the meetup: https://www.meetup.com/bay-area-computational-virtual-architecture-critique-group/

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Portal to "Neglection" by Liliya Kvatsabaya

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ambientLoop

Artist name Adam Widener
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ALTER_VERSE

Artist name Samantha Alexa
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ALTER_VERSE

Artist name Samantha Alexa
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