ART+TECH Festival [2018]
Presenting our Annual CODAME ART+TECH Festival, a four-day conference with workshops, talks and nightlife event with Immersive, engaging, out of the ordinary experiences. Featuring gallery installations, screenings, and performances @ The Midway, San Francisco, June 4-7, 2018.

This year’s ART+TECH Festival, codenamed #ARTOBOTS, examines the sphere of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence. Through art, discussion, play and performance, CODAME probes these potentials.


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.


Day 1: Mon, June 4th - Workshops
Day 2: Tue, June 5th - Workshops 
Day 3: Weds, June 6th - Talks +  Nightlife (opening night)
Day 4: Thur, June 7th - Talks + Nightlife (closing night)

Bringing 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. Get your ticket today!

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

Day 1: Monday, June 4th @ 6:30

Day 2: Tuesday, June 5th @ 6:30

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Salon style conversations, 20 mins talk + 10 mins Q&A, and panels, with top speakers in the art, robotics and human robotics interaction industry. 

Day 3: Wednesday, June 6th from 9:30am to 5pm

  • Start the day with some Yoga, taught by the dynamic VaZa. Bring your own mat.
  • Ken Goldberg, artist and professor UC Berkeley, and a pioneer in internet-based robotic telepresence and Cloud-Based Robotics
  • Jordan Gray & Cindy Clark presenting Matchy, a chatbot bringing the connect & collaborate ethos of CODAME to a global scale.
  • 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, performer, choreographer, technologist, TED Resident and Research Technician (RAD Lab)
  • 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.
  • Praba Pilar, diasporic Colombian artist and scholar
  • 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
  • Evo Heyning, founder and executive producer of new game, interactive, live, VR & 360 experiences at Light Lodges
  • Scot Gresham-Lancaster, musician, designer and research scientist
  • James Morgan, artist, educator, and researcher, director at Ars Virtua

Day 4: Thusday, June 7th from 9:30am to 5pm

  • Bring your own mat (BYOM) to start the day with some Qigong techniques to bring balance and equilibrium to our bodies with Jordan Gray
  • Laura Sydell, award-winning journalist and Digital Culture correspondent for NPR
  • Yiying Lu, award-winning artist, designer, and entrepreneur
  • M Eifler, aka BlinkPopShift, artist and leader in XR design
  • Anina.Net, international model, innovator and fashion technologist
  • Laetitia Sonami, groundbreaking composer, sound artist and technologist
  • Eryk Salvaggio, artist and researcher at swissnex San Francisco, discussing "Mental Work"
  • Deanna Hood, electrical engineer whose work focuses on humanitarian applications of engineering and robotics
  • Piero Scaruffi, cultural historian with several published books on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science.
  • Alex Reben, artist and roboticist, exploring humanity through the lens of art and technology
  • John Campbell, prize-winning professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley with interests in psychology, psychiatry and social robots 
  • Meredith Tromble, artist and writer mixing drawing, performance, and installation.
  • Joe Andolina, software engineer and mad scientist 
  • Bruno FonziJordan Gray and Vanessa Chang, a fireside chat with the people @ CODAME making this happen! 

...More to be announced...

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Immersive, engaging, out of the ordinary experiences. Featuring gallery installations, screenings, and performances. 

Day 3-4: Wednesday, June 6th and Thurday, June 7th, from 6pm to 11pm

  • 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
  • The Happy Valley Band, pop music as heard by a computer algorithm. Once Bay Area composer and performer David Kant translates machine learning analyses of pop songs into music notation, Happy Valley Band performs these transcriptions live
  • 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
  • LuminAI, by Dr. Brian Magerko and Duri Long, is a shadow-theater style installation in which participants can engage in collaborative movement improvisation with artifically intelligent virtual dance partners
  • Activations, by Nolan Lem, activates hundreds of light switches en masse in a cryptic communicative interplay
  • 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 Touch Data Body X, an interactive installation, by VJ Um Amel, Laila Shereen Sakr, use glitch aesthetics to examine the materiality of power relations and infrastructure in much of the Arab-speaking world
  • Degenerative Cultures, by Cesar & Lois, creates a bio-digital environment that documents the human impulse to dominate nature
  • Automatic for the Road, a film by Lewis Rapkin that chronicles the journey of technologist Ross Goodwin and his literary artificial intelligence as they set out to write the longest novel in the English language
  • 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
  • Bloom, an interactive work by Xiaohan Zhang, simulates the birth, growth, bloom, and finally, death, of a generative 3D plant that only blooms once an hour
  • Non Viral Series, a robotic performer by Pierluigi Dalla Rosa, light paints patterns inspired by nature 
  • Side, a short film by Snow Yunxue Fu, explores the interstices of physical and digital space
  • Dolores, a short film by Noa Kaplan, ranges cyborg consciousness, constructions of femininity, agency, and empowerment
  • Live screenprinting by Remixed Ink, with whom you can assemble work from their palette of screens and print your own clothing

...more to be announced...

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


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 !!!

* Thank you Myles Thompson for the striking poster design!

Codame Code of Conduct for all event attendees.  

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