Kal Spelletich presents "Interfacing humans and machines into hybrid systems via fear play and technology" as part of "BAASICS.2: The Future."
Kal scours junkyards and dumpsters for industrial items whose technology can be reapplied. Kal teaches, lectures, and exhibits all over the world. His latest work involves experimenting with bio-morphic inputs that trigger machines and robots to provide viewers with a direct real-life experience. He believes in the Frankenstein monster’s haunted words to its maker: “You are my creator, but I am your master.”
What comes to mind when you ponder “the future”? Do you imagine a day when flying cars will be commonplace, androids will perform household chores, and humanity will populate other planets? Or do you fret over imminent environmental catastrophe, the rise of a totalitarian mega-state, and the end of our species?
BAASICS.2: The Future brought together Bay Area artists, inventors, futurists, researchers, and musicians whose projects and musings provide us with some sense of what may lie just around the proverbial corner. This presentation features Kal Spelletich.
BAASICS (Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions) is a series of San Francisco-based evening programs that bring together local visual artists, musicians, choreographers, scientists, and interdisciplinary thinkers to present engaging, multi-media lectures and performances that explore a given theme.
In the United States, the contemporary fine arts and sciences are generally set apart from popular discourse, and despite much talk of commonality between artists and scientists, there is little substantive dialogue between the disciplines. By bringing together working artists, scientists, and other creative individuals to present diverse ideas and projects organized around one theme, we aim to foment not only interdisciplinary exchange but a new genre of experimentation that will move beyond what one of these disciplines can achieve on its own. More importantly, because these lectures and performances are free and open to the public, we hope to make the fine arts and sciences less esoteric for a general audience, thereby inspiring guests to think about how art and science relate to one another and to society at large.
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