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100 Years of Robot Art and Science in the Bay Area

100 Years of Robot Art and Science in the Bay Area

de Young Museum, San Francisco
Free music, cash bar, kids welcome.
6:30-9pm, Friday, 20 Nov, 2015

CITRIS-People-and-Robots-iconCo-Sponsored by the CITRIS “People and Robots” Initiative:


Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art happenings that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art in the Kimball Education Gallery, and take part in conversations about the creative process. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the Hamon Tower observation level is open
until 8 pm.

This event, in conjunction with the 100 year anniversary of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, is being organized by Kevin Chen from the de Young in collaboration with Ken Goldberg from UC Berkeley and Alexander Rose from The Long Now Foundation.

The evening will feature in the Theater a series of 10-minute conversations between local artists, researchers, writers, and curators, with artist Jenny Odell as “visual jockey” providing live images:

Introduction – Ken Goldberg
Zander Rose & John Markoff
John Markoff & Terry Winograd
Terry Winograd & Josette Melchor
Josette Melchor & David Pescovitz
David Pescovitz & Karen Marcelo
Karen Marcelo & Kal Spelletich
Kal Spelletich & Catharine Clark
Catharine Clark & Tim Roseborough
Tim Roseborough & Dorothy Santos
Dorothy Santos & Pieter Abbeel
Pieter Abbeel & Zander Rose

Discussing robots, art, and science from historical and contemporary perspectives. The full exhibition reassembles more than 200 works by major American and European artists, most of which were on display at this defining event (http://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/jewel-city-art-panama-pacific-international-exposition). The 1915 Pan Pacific International Expo was the San Francisco world’s fair that celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal and the city’s reconstruction following the great earthquake of 1906. The grand exposition covered 76 city blocks and boasted national and international pavilions showcasing innovation, industry, and the arts. Taking inspiration from the themes of innovation, technology, and futurism at the fair, we are embracing the idea of robots, art, and science from historical and contemporary perspectives.