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Upgrade! SF at Asterisk San Francisco ~ Workshop with Los Angeles-based artist Sara Schnadt!!


Upgrade! SF is kicking off its 2013 season!

As many of you know, we received an Alternative Exposure Grant from Southern Exposure last year to produce a few workshops on new media art — these are led by artists are create work that is not just technical but also has strong conceptual underpinnings.

In this vein, we’re proud to present “Network Gestures”, a workshop led by Los Angeles-based artist, Sara Schnadt at Asterisk San Francisco (, which is an amazing magazine and art gallery in the Mission District, located at 3156 24th St.

The workshop is on the weekend of April 20th-21st and is $50.

Registration is here:

Please consider joining! And spread the word to those who also might be interested.

We’re also very likely having an Upgrade! SF talk by Sara on Thursday 4/18 (just confirming the venue, more info to follow). Mark your calendars!


Here is the full description of the workshop:

2-day workshop with Sara Schnadt & Upgrade! San Francisco
Join Los Angeles-based artist, Sara Schnadt, for this hands-on workshop and map invisible data and social networks with everyday materials. Participants will learn how to translate data visualization concepts into small-scale art installations. The finished projects will be displayed at Asterisk San Francisco Magazine.

About Sara Schnadt
Los Angeles-based artist Sara Schnadt explores technology in her work both as subject and media. Her installations and performances use found objects, interactivity, projection, and movement derived from common gestures. Much of her work involves representations or data that translate large quantities of socially resonant information into poetic forms, including data visualization. She often performs within accompanying sculptural environments, attempting to articulate the personal within virtual and technological innovation.
Workshop Schedule:

Day 1:
1pm – 5pm, research into personal and systemic networks (2hrs), performance workshop (2 hrs)

Day 2:
9am – 12pm, drafting/planning, develop projects
1pm – 5pm, complete projects and present.

“Network Gestures” is produced by Upgrade! San Francisco, a regular programming series with speakers and socializing designed to foster community around new media arts in San Francisco. Support for this workshop is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.

Best wishes,
Scott, Victoria and Tim

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, technology, race, and ethics. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. She received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Art in America, Ars Technica, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the Executive Director for the Processing Foundation.

One reply on “Upgrade! SF at Asterisk San Francisco ~ Workshop with Los Angeles-based artist Sara Schnadt!!”

For “Network Gestures” workshop by Los Angeles-based artist Sara Schnadt, $50 sounds great…PLUS getting your work(or play) published in San Francisco’s “Asterisk” Magazine. (Vinny will tell da bizness/technowogy hoominz.)

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