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Aug 2

Water World: Artist Talks at Alter Space

Featuring exhibiting artists Jeff Ray, Mary Franck and Kadet Kuhne, Jean Tarantino and Gene A. Felice II 

Water World is an immersive multi-media exhibition at Alter Space Gallery that takes viewers on a journey through environments that posits our physical state of water and into our deep consciousness that reflect our relationships with water.

Artist Jeff Ray presents the thoughts and ideas behindArk and Surroundings, which envisions a post-apocalyptic world with boats and bridges as living structures with multi-media works and a 15-foot pipe organ-outfitted sail boat. Artists Mary Franck & Kadet Kuhne discuss the ideas, concepts and technology behind As Machines Shine, an interactive sound and projection-mapped archipelago or colony of cells that is a meditation on our macro-micro humanities. Artist Jean Tarantino explains the impetus for her long-term project ‘Imagination Water Change’ that showers viewers in a cascade of voices that explore our intimate notions about water; and artist Gene Felice II discusses the science behind ‘Oceanic Scales’ using LED-phytoplankton that react to changing temperatures, pH and elements of the Monterey Bay.


Jeff Ray is an artist, musician, filmmaker, short story writer, adjunct professor, curator, festival founder, and arts and food rights activist. Recently, he was a visiting professor at San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Department, Conceptual Information Arts. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival and introduced one of the first Bay Area multimedia performance series, Collision in 2004. Jeff has won numerous awards, including a Murphy and Cadogan Award from the SF Foundation, and was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. He has showcased his work at SFMOMA, Kulturhuset (Sweden), and Eleanor Harwood Gallery (San Francisco), among others. He has been on the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Programming Committee at The Lab and is currently serves on the Board of Directors of MEDIATE. Jeff received his MFA in New Media Arts from San Francisco State University. He is the lead curator and resident artist of Soundwave ((6)) Water.

Mary Franck_300Mary Franck’s video and programming-based practice moves between installation and performance to create intimate, visceral experiences that stir the non-rational aspects of the human mind. These works instantiate new symbols and metaphors for subtle emotion in the era of the rational, binary machine. They manifest the ambiguity and tension between technology as liberator and technology as oppressor to examine the emotional fallout of our culture’s blindly groping technological obsession. Franck holds a B.A. in Conceptual and Information Art from SFSU. Her work has been presented at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, The Lab, Climate Theater, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Artist Television Access, CounterPULSE, Z-Space, Joyce SoHo and other venues. She has participated in art collectives such as Million Fishes, Ardent Heavy Industries, and False Profit. She releases her own software tools, including Rouge, a TouchDesigner programming framework.

KadetKuhne_300Kadet Kuhne is a media artist whose work spans the audiovisual spectrum. With the goal of forming somatic experiences which can prompt visceral responses to sound and movement, Kadet openly exposes the use of technology in her practice by employing fragmented, jump-cut edits and amplifying evidence of sonic detritus. This glitch aesthetic, contrasted with layered ambient reflection, is intended to heighten tensions between motion and stasis: a balanced yet heightened “nervous system” to reflect our own. Trained in jazz guitar, Kadet became attached to the instinctive nature of improvisation which led her to the California Institute of the Arts where she studied Composition and Integrated Media. As an award-winning filmmaker she has numerous shorts that have screened worldwide, and she also creates video & sound installations that involve a combination of motion sensors, customized software and online virtual space exploring themes of communication and control.

Jean Tarantino_300Jean Tarantino is a multidisciplinary artist, living and working in San Francisco. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and studied at the California College of Art. She has performed at ArtPad Art Fair and Shoshana Wayne Gallery and has been included in exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts and Southern Exposure Gallery. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and at Intersection for the Arts. Her new works are electro-digital experiments that explore the role of humans in creating the world. In this age of participation and communication, she inquires into the ways that we form our ideas about life through the exchange of information and shared experience. Combining sound, performance, social practice, and installation, her works are participatory, situation-specific, and unfixed, occupying and activating the communicative process of vibrational space.

Gene A. Felice II currently splits his life into three directions:  art, design, and education.  In the art world, he is an interactive artist, examining relationships between himself and the outside world. His art is a lens through which he develops balance between himself and other living systems. Design is an outlet for sharpening his ability to communicate visually while constantly pounding his way through the walls of the latest technology available. This includes interactive web design, photo/video, 3D modeling and compositing. In education, he attempts to give to the greater good while simultaneously dipping into the well of fresh creativity.  As a graduate student in the Digital Arts and New Media Program at UC Santa Cruz, he balances being a student and teacher, an act that produces unique and fresh results. Digital arts and new media form a fluid nexus for his work, providing a point of intersection to evolve new hybrids of nature and technology. Through motors, sensors and microcontrollers such as the Arduino or Raspberry Pi, he is able to interact directly with the viewer. Video and animated imagery, viewed through projection mapping and alternative screens, give him the ability to transform 3D space and surface through the vehicle of light.Through 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and interactive installation design, he encompasses all these passions into one symbiotically creative system.