Art, technology and music. Three things San Francisco is known for collided in a two-day event at Fort Mason this weekend.
The Creators Project, which is a partnership between Intel and Vice, launched its 2012 global tour with the event that included world-famous artists and musicians.
It is the third year for the project, which, according to organizers, is a collaboration that aims to push the boundaries of what artists are doing for visual arts by connecting them with Intel, a company best known for its computer processors.
The Fort Mason event included five buildings that were used to exhibit artistic pieces, hold lectures and panels on the convergence of art and technology, and for musical acts to perform.
The most prominent of the art was the 40 foot by 40 foot cube that is called “Origin.” Originally built as the stage for the Coachella music festival, the digital installation by United Visual Artists is a light and sound experience that lighted the walls and sky as festival-goers entered into the event. (Scroll down to see video of "Origin.")
The inside of the main art exhibit hall was dominated by “The Treachery of Sanctuary,” an interactive piece by artist Chris Milk, who is well known for his work with Arcade Fire for their live performance at Coachella as well as their interactive music video for “Wilderness Downtown.”
Other artwork included pieces that created a digital painting by using an algorithm; a screen that allowed people to interact with live tweets and Instagram photos; and a multiplayer game in which virtual balls were rolled about by people on a ridged screen that made the computer consider the physical aspects of the monitor.
Participants lined up in the intermittent rain to view film screenings that included a documentary about LCD Soundsystem and a behind-the-scenes look at “Stop the Virgens,” the musical opera by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
A line also formed for “Life on Mars Revisited,” which is a remixed version of David Bowie’s song with footage by Mick Rock of the rock star performing. The creators of the piece said it was made to be an immersive experience, with the sound and pictures moving about the four walls.
The big draw of Saturday was the live music. Ten musical performers took to the stage, including HEALTH, The Antlers, Shabazz Palaces and Squarepusher. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs played the penultimate act, with the night finishing out with a DJ set that included James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.
The overall event was a mash-up of what San Francisco is known for, which is what Mayor Ed Lee told the crowd of hundreds before he introduced the musical act The Antlers.