August 2, 2019
Rebooting the Future: Multimedia & Performance Arts Festival
Friday, August 16–Saturday, August 17, 7:00–10:30pm
SOMArts, 934 Brannan St.
Doors open at 7:00pm
Performances start at 7:30-10:30pm
Rebooting the Future: Multimedia & Performance Arts Festival, is a free, all ages two day festival curated by Sian Morson and Kolmel W. Love. As part of SOMArt’s 40th-anniversary program, the festival brings together Bay Area artists who leverage technology and new media in order to access the imagination, Futurity, and the Divine.
Rebooting the Future kicks off with a total space activation and visual arts opening reception on Friday, August 16 with performances by Imani Sims, Stephanie Hewett with Ainsley Tharp, Tina Kashiwagi and Jeffrey Yip, R.L. Muas as 4orplay, and Sharmi Basu and Titania Kumeh. The Bay Gallery features interactive works by Anum Awan and Robin Birdd, Camila Magrane, James Proctor, Kristina Williams, and Gel Pen Collective.
Beloved queen Per Sia will host an evening of queer performance with ASTROSAGAS, Eddie and the Heartbeats, J.A.D.E. Kevin Seaman, OLOKUN, and Tobias Butler on Saturday, August 17.
Through interactive media works and performance, audience members will be placed in direct dialogue with curators, artists, and the creative community at large. As Love affirms, “I hope both robots and luddites walk away with a sense of curiosity, encouraged to imagine what the future might hold and what technological tools we might use, discard or redesign to get there.”
REBOOTING THE FUTURE
Anum Awan and Robin Birdd
Gel Pen Collective
Kristina Ashley Williams
Sharmi Basu and Titania Kumeh
EXHIBITING & PERFORMING ARTISTS, FRIDAY
Stephanie Hewett and Ainsley Tharp
R.L. Muas as 4orplay
PERFORMING ARTISTS, SATURDAY
Eddie and the Heartbeats
Kolmel W. Love
Image credit: Per Sia, image courtesy of the artist