Artup 4: #reengineering Venture Culture


We are pleased to announce a very special Artup 4, focused on a discussion of the emerging trend of cultural incubators as a model of art support and production. Taking inspiration from tech startup incubators and co-working spaces, cultural incubators blur the lines between culture and commerce, providing a platform for interdisciplinary work spanning art, design, technology innovation, and entrepreneurship. How can we create spaces that support new modes of interdisciplinary cultural production using art and technology, and how do their models interact with existing platforms for the arts?

This conversation builds on the lively ongoing discussion developing in the Re-Engineering Facebook group and the Op-Ed series on Art Practical. Re-Engineering is a public forum for solutions, working towards a sustainable cultural ecosystem in the Bay Area, where art and tech can find common ground and flourish. Any attempt to address the relationship of money and art is fraught with strong opinions, and we have invited two insightful speakers to present perspectives and lead an open discussion with the audience on the topic.

juliakaganskiy_1329017115_41Julia Kaganskiy (@juliaxgulia) is the Director of NEW INC, the newly announced cultural incubator led by the New Museum. Previously she was global editor of The Creators Project, and is also the founder of New York Timesacclaimed #ArtsTech meetup, a monthly event series exploring the intersection of art and technology. In 2011, Julia was named one of Fast Company‘s Most Influential Women in Technology and a finalist for the World Technology Network award in the Arts.

Jaime Selfie HoundstoothJaime Cortez is a writer, visual artist, and longtime student of comic books. His art has been exhibited across the Bay Area at venues that include the Berkeley Art Museum, Oakland Museum of California, Intersection for the Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Galería de la Raza. His short stories, often focused on humor, sexuality, and the perspectives of those on the sociocultural margins, have been published in over a dozen anthologies.

We are extremely grateful to have the support of Gallery 16 as hosts of this event.

When: Doors 6pm, Discussion 7pm. Tuesday, March 25th, 2014.

Where: Gallery 16, 501 3rd St. San Francisco.

$$$: Free

Social Tag: #reenginnering

Artup is a platform for discussion and tangible engagement focused on issues of cultural economics, modes of production, and the confluence of technology and art. It was founded in 2013 by Mat Dryhurst (@matdryhurst) and Barry Threw (@barrythrew). In addition to its meetups, it issues a periodic grant towards projects addressing or using art and technology, funded by the Artup Trustees. Artup is fiscally sponsored by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (@gaffta). Artup operates in a generous partnership with Art Practical (@artpractical). Special thanks to Particia Maloney and Marcella Faustini for their invaluable help in co-organizing this event.

Artup 3.5: Musictech Edition

Artup 3.5: Musictech Edition

For our 3.5 event, we’re focusing on sonic technology. The evening’s performances and presentations will address topics such as artistic practice as process, tool production as a creative act, open source software and hardware, ethical manufacturing, artist empowerment through learning to code, diy solutions and the inherent beauty of blank-slate devices.

We’d like this event to revolve around Q & A, dialog and interaction among everyone, so bring challenging questions for our presenters and a desire to engage with your community. It’s what we’re all about.


Brian Crabtree and Kelli Cain – Monome – Brian and Kelli are artists creating open source devices of undetermined use. Their new device, Aleph, is a powerful audio processor, synthesizer, noise machine and rapidly modifiable instrument – a platform for experimental practice and organic discovery. Brian and Kelli will perform with the Aleph and discuss concepts informing its design and purpose.

Peter Nyboer – Livid Instruments – Peter is a partner and the primary programmer at Livid Instruments, crafting custom controllers, DIY products and commercially available control surfaces. Their latest device, the Guitar Wing, is a wireless controller for guitar and bass complete with its own SDK. Peter will speak about the general challenge of designing blank-slate controllers versus one-to-one integrated devices, and what it takes to make something truly useful for musical and other creative endeavors.

Carr Wilkerson – CCRMA – Carr is a System Administrator at the Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), a multi-disciplinary facility where composers and researchers work together using computer-based technology both as an artistic medium and as a research tool. Specializing in Linux and Mac OS systems, Carr is a controller and software system builder, performer, instructor and researcher. Carr will present an overview of CCRMA’s culture, current research initiatives, and the many technical resources available to the ArtUP community.


Tuesday, March 4, 02014 Doors open at 7pm Performances and presentations begin at 7:30pm Obscura Digital – 729 Tennessee Street (near 18th at 3rd, in the heart of SF’s Dogpatch) San Francisco, CA 94107 Admission is all ages and free Meetup Facebook event

Artup & Art Practical Present: Re-Engineering Art & Tech

A community conversation focused on cultural collaboration between Arts and Technology in the Bay Area, hosted at Ratio 3, 2831A Mission St, San Francisco. Join the Facebook event.

Artup, Art Practical and Ratio 3 are pleased to announce the third in Artup’s series of quarterly gatherings that incubate an environment of sharing, debate and collaboration between the Bay Area Art and Technology communities. Come hear insights and provocations presented by leaders of art+tech initiatives, and participate in discussions on how to create more opportunities for the communities to work together.

The event will include discussion of the two-part op-ed article in Art Practical written by Artup founder and Gray Area Foundation Director of Programming Mat Dryhurst and artist Brian Rogers, in addition to brief presentations by Anthony Discenza, Olof Mathé, Josette Melchor, Jon Dick and Sahana Ullagaddi.

The evening will begin with refreshments and a screening of OM Rider, the animated video by Takeshi Murata currently on view at the gallery. Artup’s mission is focused on socially lubricating the culture and innovation sectors of our community, two groups which are massive stakeholders in every aspect of our lives here, but often don’t connect in real-world situations.

Bay Area artists are increasingly finding the economic climate difficult to survive in, and tech workers similarly want outlets to participate as culture producers. Interface between these groups is vital in a city that should be the epicenter of advanced medium art works in the world.

Art Practical enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and exhibitions. The online magazine is emblematic of the collective and collaborative spirit of the wide-ranging Bay Area visual arts culture, which combines international perspectives with a long local history of incubating experimentation and innovation. For more information, contact Theo Elliott at or 1 (415) 821-3371.

Artup II

We are excited to announce Artup II! This will take place as a meetup/hangout at a gorgeous art space near 16th Street Mission BART, and our guest presenter is Ellen Cushing (East Bay Express) leading a discussion on her powerful article “The Bacon Wrapped Economy” – which asks about how tech and money has changed culture in the Bay area.

Read the article and come prepared with questions and ideas! Music for the evening will be provided by artist and academic Brian Rogers, who will be playing records from his bottomless collection throughout the evening!

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