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Camille Utterback, 2009 MacArthur Fellow

Camille Utterback, one of the artists that will be showcased in GAFFTA’s inaugural show “OPEN”, was recently announced a recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant.

Camille Utterback’s distinctive work showcases the rich potential of technology to create immersive environments; her installations combine interactivity with a visual experience that transforms the surrounding space. Most often her work showcases the audience’s interaction, as layers of information react to people’s movements and engages them in the creation of the imagery of her pieces.

Her work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums internationally including The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The American Museum of the Moving Image, New York; The NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo; The Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Netherlands Institute for Media Art; The Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art; The Center for Contemporary Art, Kiev, Ukraine; and the Ars Electronica Center, Austria. Utterback’s work is in private and public collections including The La Caixa Foundation in Barcelona, Spain.

Camille Utterback’s interactive video piece “Liquid Time” will be showcased at GAFFTA on October 1st. It will be the first featured work in the Tendorama Window Gallery Project, a series of rotating bi-monthly installations in the gallery’s prominent 15’ x 8’ front display windows facing Taylor Street. Utterback’s exploration is a series of pieces filmed in the surrounding neighborhood and projected back in the gallery window where the imagery of time, as well as space, is disrupted by the motions of passer-bys. This vibrant, site-specific window installation will feature video filmed in locations throughout the Tenderloin and will be viewable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by residents and visitors of the Tenderloin.

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Gray Area Foundation for the Arts to open in SF Oct 1st!


Gray Area Foundation for the Arts [GAFFTA] is a new non-profit media art organization set to open a 4,000 ft digital art and technology center in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District on October 1st, 2009. GAFFTA’s successful transformation of an abandoned adult theater into a state-of-the-art gallery space, studio facility and multimedia community center marks a milestone in the revitalization of the Tenderloin neighborhood into a vibrant art district, while also providing a much needed production and exhibition center for the Bay Area digital and progressive arts communities.

The Gallery’s inaugural public exhibition “OPEN” presents pioneering work in new media arts, design and technology. “OPEN” features the work of artists C.E.B Reas, Camille Utterback and Stamen Design. The multidisciplinary pieces highlighted in the groundbreaking exhibit range from prints and sculptures to interactive video, generative processes and cartography. Each work uniquely reflects GAFFTA’s core values of utilizing innovative technologies to promote collaboration, public interaction, resource-sharing and openness.

In tandem with our Grand Opening, artist C.E.B Reas will be here to introduce our first public workshop, which will be a two day immersion in creative coding using the Processing environment. This is a unique opportunity to learn the Processing environment with its co-creator on hand to give insight. Processing is a free open-source platform that has been instrumental in building a new creative community of coders and designers by providing a professional production tool facilitating the creation of dynamic projects. Capacity is extremely limited, offered on a first come, first serve basis. To register for this unique workshop please visit or e-mail

For more information on GAFFTA and to see our full schedule of opening events please visit:

GAFFTA is a non-profit organization who’s mission grows in momentum and thrives through community support. To learn more about how you can support the organization please visit For general inquires please e-mail