ART+TECH Festival [2018]

Presenting our Annual CODAME ART+TECH Festival, a four-day conference with workshops, talks and nightlife @ The Midway, San Francisco, June 4-7, 2018.

This year’s CODAME ART+TECH Festival, codenamed #ARTOBOTS, examines the ever expanding and ever more tangible sphere of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence. 

Automatons orchestrate much of our lives, from the artificial intelligences that translate our global conversations to the industrial robots that give us our digital toys. For many of us, this activity hums as background noise to our existence. Yet these processes in robotics, automation and artificial intelligence are already intimately entwined with our bodies and minds.

In the daily movements we make, the messages we send, and the sensations we experience, we already collaborate with these entities in increasingly varied, tactile and tangible ways. Bots mediate our relationships with ourselves, each other and our environments. While many of these interactions are familiar to us, there are a myriad of ways to move, think, sense and feel with our lively machines.

Through art, discussion, play and performance, CODAME ART+TECH probes these potentials.


Workshops, Talks and Nightlife Installations and Performances.

This wide-ranging conference will bring artists, inventors, dancers, creative technologists, and other thought leaders together in conversation and exploration. By day, an interdisciplinary gathering of innovators will give workshops and lectures on the field's urgent questions and latest developments. By night, we will wander the imaginative terrain of interactive installations and performance. We will showcase ambitious explorations in the field of ART+TECH, from work imagining future machines to intelligent automations crafting masterpieces before your eyes.

  • Day 1 & 2: June 4-5th - Workshops
  • Day 3 & 4: June 6-7th - Workshops, Conference (Lectures/Talks/Panels) + Nightlife event featuring gallery installations and performances.


Salon style conversations, lectures and panels, with top speakers in the art, robotics and human robotics interaction industry.

  • Ken Goldberg, artist and professor UC Berkeley. A pioneer in internet-based robotic telepresence and Cloud-Based Robotics /Automation presenting "Beyond the Uncanny Valley of the Dolls"
  • Alex Reben, artist and roboticist, exploring humanity through the lens of art and technology
  • Piero Scaruffi, cultural historian who has lectured in three continents and published several books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science.
  • Meredith Tromble, artist and writer who has worked in "in-between" spaces throughout her career: mixing drawing, performance, and installation.
  • M Eifler, aka BlinkPopShift, artist and leader in XR design, working in the ecotones of art & technology to create new tools, and forms of research, sculpture, video and virtual, AR technology, discussing performance wth machine learning masks 
  • John Campbell, prize-winning professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley with interests in psychology, psychiatry and social robots 
  • Amy LaViers, assistant professor in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and director of the Robotics, Automatic, and Dance (RAD) Lab, & Catie Cuan, artist, performer and technologist, presenting "On Simultaneous Art & Experiment," an ongoing exploration of how art and performance may inform expressive robotic systems
  • Jordan Gray & Cindy Clark presenting Matchy, a chatbot bringing the connect & collaborate ethos of CODAME to a global scale.
  • Liat Berdugo and Elia Vargas , co-founders and curators of 'Living Room Light Exchange'
  • Brian Christian, award-winning poet, author (The Most Human Human; Algorithms to Live By) and journalist
  • Tanya Gayer, curator and writer, whose work examines the state of the archive in mobile and web-based media, algorithmic manipulation of culture and identity, and performance-based new media
  • Danielle Siembieda, ecoartist and Managing Director of Leonardo: The International Society for Arts, Sciences, and Technology
  • Raphael Arar, award-winning artist, designer and researcher at IBM Research, whose work traces the trajectories of interpersonal and intrapersonal interaction in light of progress
  • Evo Heyning, founder and executive producer of new game, interactive, live, VR & 360 experiences at Light Lodges
  • Deanna Hood, electrical engineer whose work focuses on humanitarian applications of engineering and robotics, with projects spanning accessibility, education and healthcare
  • Bruno FonziJordan Gray and Vanessa Chang, a fireside chat with the people @ CODAME making this happen! 

...More to be announced...

#Installations and Performances

Immersive, engaging, out of the ordinary experiences.

  • Robot Love Robot Hate, by Mark Klink, is a meditation on our hopes and fears about robots and other artificial beings, as reflected in popular media. 
  • Deep Dream Vision Quest, a psychedelic journey experience inside a neural network by Gary Boodhoo
  • The Soft Machine by the pseudonymous artist Norma Jeane, is an installation built on the absent presence of ShyBot
  • Illy: Primitive Intelligence is a semi-intelligent system powered by Web Audio API and WebGL created by Yagiz Mungan
  • Musical performance by Laetitia Sonami, groundbreaking composer, sound artist and technologist, known for developing new and experimental instruments such as the Lady's Glove and Spring Spyre
  • Time to Compile, a dance performance by Amy LaViers and Catie Cuan that explores the intimacies of humans and robotics
  • Aquarium, a large-scale, immersive, interactive, physics-enabled generative creature universe that makes music and becomes its own audio-visual show, by Marpi
  • Yoti: The Algorithmic Portrait Artist, an installation by Jean-Philippe Côté, uses salvaged 1980s pen plotters to draw, on actual paper, the likeness of participants using algorithmically generated squiggly lines
  • Janus, a volumetric film and VR experience by Marta di Francesco that explores the duality of time, the meaning of one's identity in times of transformation, and the interaction of viewer and virtuality
  • Looking Glass, an installation by Yagmur Uyanik and Joey Verbeke, explores the idea of self through the interaction between a robotic parabolic mirror and a viewer
  • The Butterfly Room, by Cynthia X. Hua, is an interactive projection installation where hand-drawn butterflies are brought to life using computer vision and AI
  • The Masking Machine, a performance by M Eifler, aka BlinkPopShift, uses recursive landmark detection to apply layer upon layer of digital make-up, building eerie distorted masks of their own face
  • Glitch Resistance on Metal, a series of prints and an interactive installation, by VJ Um Amel, Laila Shereen Sakr
  • 2.0, an installation by daevron, immerses audiences in an environment where music, as a universal auditory stimuli, has spatial coordinates we can sail to by way of a synaptic map and the winds of our senses

...more to be announced...


Building and exploring new media boundaries with artists, coders, designers, performers, musicians and other curious people like you.

...more to be announced...

#Call for proposals

Our call for artists is still open… 

Submit relevant artworks and talks for consideration. All mediums and formats accepted.


CODAME runs not for profit events as members of Intersection for the Arts a 501(c)(3) and all proceeds will be split with the participating artists.

There are many ways to support us:

  • Get your tickets for the workshops, conference talks or nightlife event, see you @ The Midway in June!
  • Invite your friends or your teammates
  • Join us a volunteer, we always need one more hand
  • Support ART+TECH and become a sponsor. Contact us.

Thank you for your support for ART ♥️ TECH !!!


As our ART+TECH Festival historically sells out, we encourage you to save your spot today!

Codame Code of Conduct for all event attendees.  

* Thank you Myles Thompson for the striking poster design!


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On Simultaneous Art and Experiment

Deep Dream Vision Quest

Spring Spyre

Time to Compile

Robot Love Robot Hate

The Soft Machine


The Butterfly Room

The Masking Machine

Yöti: The Algorithmic Portrait Artist

Beyond the Uncanny Valley of the Dolls (Talk)


Ken Goldberg

Gary Boodhoo

Norma Jeane

Bruno Fonzi

Joey Verbeke

Alex Reben

Donald Hanson

Myles Thompson

Tanya Gayer


VJ Um Amel

John Campbell

Laetitia Sonami

Marta di Francesco

Amy LaViers

Catie Cuan

Deanna Hood

Yagiz Mungan

Yagmur Uyanik

Mark Klink

Elia Vargas


Cynthia X. Hua

Jean-Philippe Côté

Meredith Tromble


Cindy Clark

Brian Christian

Vanessa Chang

Piero Scaruffi

Liat Berdugo