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Announcing: Palomar5 comes to Gray Area!


The innovation program Palomar5 extends its activities to the US in 2010: Start of a 4-month pilot cooperation with Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Francisco. Former camp residents get another thrilling place to continue their projects….

Berlin / San Francisco: After the successful premiere of Palomar5’s 6-week Innovation Camp in Berlin in Fall of 2009, the non-profit organization and its extended network of participants, experts and partners, will proceed the exploration of creative spaces throughout 2010. While continuing operations at the newly renovated Berlin home base, Palomar5 is spreading its wings internationally to enlarge its network, continue working on existing projects, spark new ideas and boost discussions within the core topics springing from the network of young inventors, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs.

In the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA), Palomar5 has found an ideal partner to join in the effort to make the world a little more humane, sensible and interesting. From February 1st, Palomar5 will take a temporary place within GAFFTA’s San Francisco studio. In this “Hub”, members of the Palomar5 network will continue with projects that emerged from the Palomar5 Camp and involve themselves in activities with the GAFFTA team.

“This cooperation is based on a mutual belief in the benefits of open exchange, multidisciplinary surroundings and the will for change” explains Josette Melchor, Executive Director of GAFFTA. Mathias Holzmann, Co-founder of Palomar5, who just came back from his visit adds: “I expect that our Palomar5 projects will strongly benefit from GAFFTA’s inspiring environment and network – and vice versa.”

During the pilot cooperation, the following Palomar5 projects will be further elaborated in the GAFFTA Studio:

Strata Labs: A networking effort thinking about new tools to visualize and utilize data
A Human Right: A project to grant the world the human right of information by providing free access to broadband Internet.
Dada Technology: A Technology making the exchange of information between devices and people more haptic, humane and efficient
Display2000: Exploring and building large versatile neon-tube displays
Show Me Love Lab: An initiative aiming to make work more lovely
Startup4Startups: Founding a culture for startups to help each other to start up

Besides working on projects, Palomar5 is also going to host interactive workshops and other events in the GAFFTA studio to share experiences with the public and kick-off new ideas and discussions together.

About Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA). Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture. Guided by the principles of openness, collaboration, and resource sharing, our programs promote creativity at the intersection of art, design, sound, and technology. By making digital culture accessible, substantive and inspiring, we aim to help realize the greatest power of technology: to bring us closer, faster.

About Palomar5 e.V.: Palomar5 was founded 2009 as a non-profit initiative in Berlin with the aim to explore and construct ideal creative spaces while building a network to build and test these. Fall 2009, Palomar5 brought together 28 “Digital Natives” from all around the world in a six-week innovation-camp to discuss and prototype tangible solutions within the broad topic of “the future of work”. Thirteen main projects connecting technology, business and culture sprung from this camp – together with a culture of great trust, personal freedom and humane working methods that Palomar5 aims to share with the outside world. Palomar5’s main sponsor has been Deutsche Telekom AG, one of the world’s leading telecommunication companies.

Palomar5 “The Movie” – Trailer from Palomar5 on Vimeo.

Links to Palomar5 projects:


The Tenderloin Gets a Facelift With Gray Area (7x7sf Magazine)

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts (GAFFTA) is having its grand opening tomorrow, Thursday, October 1st, 2009!!!

We were recently featured in a wonderful blog post by 7x7SF Magazine and are on their front page!

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read the full article on their website at http://7×7.com

Watch out, SoMa and Union Square. You may soon be competing with a north of Market neighborhood as the epicenter of cutting-edge city art. That’s right—SF’s colorful Tenderloin district is about to get a much-needed facelift. Gray Area Foundation for the Arts [GAFFTA], a new nonprofit digital art and technology center, will officially open its doors on October 1. The state-of-the-art gallery space, studio facility and multimedia community center marks a milestone in the revitalization of this grungy area into a vibrant art district, while also providing a production and exhibition center for the Bay Area digital and progressive arts communities.


As a leader in technology and innovation, it was only a matter of time before the Bay Area filled a cultural void and opened a home for designers, engineers and creators to take on new projects via positive creative outlets. Gray Area has adopted the idea of “open to interpretation” as its mantra, embracing the notion that creativity lies in the space of what’s currently indefinable, resulting in a curious and thoughtful exploration that can lead to important innovation.

The inaugural exhibition “OPEN” (running 10/1 – 11/18) features the works of C.E.B. Reas, Camille Utterback and Stamen Design. 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. The show also introduces a series of public workshops that will offer intensive training in such mixed media technology as creative coding in the Processing environment and many more to come. Amateur or serious working artist, these sessions are designed to give participants hands-on exposure to a wide array of projects and skills that foster creative exploration and practical development.


GAFFTA shines as the light of promise and possibility in both a neighborhood and economy that needs a burst of hope. So, whether you drop some cash to raise funds for GAFFTA at the Galvanize Gala on October 1 (6:30 – 9 p.m.), sign up for a workshop or simply choose to peruse the gallery, make sure Gray Area is on your radar.

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, 55 Taylor St., 415-843-1GAF.

Show your support by becoming a fan of the organization on Facebook and check out this video of the foundation’s back story.

forward/slash: The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Story from GAFFTA on Vimeo.