Exposure: Art + Tech + Policy Days

An Art & Technology Festival organized by The Grid from September 10–13, 2020.

Event Details

Location

Online Event

Date

September 10–13, 2020 8am–5pm PDT

Cost

Free, but registration is required.

Born out of a global crisis, “The Grid: Exposure – Art + Tech + Policy Days” explores innovative ways to reconnect the world in our current state of isolation.

Exposure is The Grid’s new annual festival format, an art + tech expo in San Francisco. It showcases the vast creative potential of Silicon Valley, exposing the global community to its ideas. Technologies are not mere artifacts, but dynamic systems entwined with culture and policy. Mobilizing artists, technologists, and policy makers from around the world, Exposure reimagines interdisciplinary and international collaboration to overcome deadlock and siloed thinking. Exposure extends the conversation to leading global policy makers tasked with regulating technology. Through art, panels, performances, talks, and workshops, Exposure works towards shaping technological development for the benefit of all.

We partnered with The Grid to announce two Swiss contributions to the festival lineup: Mélodie Mousset, VR Artist and Founder of Hana Hana VR, and Sandino Scheidegger, Founder of Social Income.

About The Grid

The Grid is a global platform connecting artists and technologists. It was launched in Silicon Valley by European representatives and has since transformed into a multi-stakeholder platform of international art organizations, for-profit technology companies, representatives of civil society, academic and research institutions, local and international government offices, start-ups and beyond. The Grid incorporates art-thinking practices into the development of new technologies and jump-starts a conversation between artists, technologists, and policy makers from around the world. swissnex San Francisco is one of the 5 founding partner organizations.

Program

Saturday, September 12
San Francisco
12:00pm — Radical Stimulation: Artistic Practice through Virtual Spaces and Worldbuilding featuring VR Artist Mélodie Mousset, Founder of Hana Hana VR

Switzerland
09:00pm — Radical Stimulation: Artistic Practice through Virtual Spaces and Worldbuilding featuring VR Artist Mélodie Mousset, Founder of Hana Hana VR

Sunday, September 13
San Francisco
11:00am — Universal Basic Income (UBI) for the Arts (Nodes Art + Tech Encounters Edition #3) featuring Sandino Scheidegger, Founder of Social Income

Switzerland
08:00pm — Universal Basic Income (UBI) for the Arts (Nodes Art + Tech Encounters Edition #3) featuring Sandino Scheidegger, Founder of Social Income

Please visit The Grid’s website for the full program and information on Festival partner organizations: https://www.getonthegrid.org/exposure

Bios

Mélodie Mousset
Mélodie Mousset is a French artist based in Zurich, Switzerland. A pioneer in the field of art and new media, her practice extend across a number of mediums, including installation, performance, photography, sculpture and virtual reality. In Melodie’s whimsical and absurd composition or decomposition pieces, the body becomes a site for physical and spiritual exchanges with technology. Chris Kraus, renown writer and award-winning author of the best seller “I Love Dick”,  writes about Mousset’s work in the March 2019 issue of ArtReview: “I don’t think of Mousset as part of a lineage, unless it’s one of exceptionally original, anomalous artists who have the courage to pursue an idea as far as it will go. So, maybe Carolee Schneemann, Werner Herzog, Béla Tarr, Paul Thek, Bas Jan Ader, Jay DeFeo.” She studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France; Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, Switzerland; Royal College of Arts, London, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, USA. Her work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries worldwide, including MOCA (Museum Of Contemporary Arts), Los Angeles; Kunst Museum Stuttgart; Bund Museum Shanghai; Zabludowicz Collection, London, The Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut, and SALTS, Basel. Mousset is a public speaker, and a visiting professor.

Sandino Scheidegger
Sandino Scheidegger founded Social Income, a non-profit organization that pays basic income to artists and people in need in West Africa. He holds an M.A. in Art History (New York) and Master of Laws (Zurich) and divides his time between Paris and Zurich. Since 2008 he leads the Random Institute, which is known for breaking the rules of how exhibitions are made. As a non-profit art institution, Random Institute has launched over 150 initiatives over the past ten years.

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