A live soundtrack performance with Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS: The Clubfoot Modern Machine Orchestra Performs

•July 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment


For a summer jaunt out of SF this Saturday.
I am ecstatic to be joining this Clubfoot Orchestra incarnation with my Machine Philharmonic, which is made up of custom made sound machines.
The Clubfoot Modern Machine Orchestra Performs Fritz Lang’s Newly Restored METROPOLIS
At the Historic and epic Empress Theater In Vallejo California July 20, 2019.
Empress Theatre
330 Virginia St, Vallejo, California 94590
4-8 P.M.

Truly a stellar lineup:
With live music performing original scores by
Richard Marriott – Winds & Electronics, Alisa rose – Violin
Gino Robair – Percussion, Kymry ESainko – Piano & Keyboards
Matt Heckert – Machines, Kal Spelletich – Machines
Shannon O’Hare & Obtainium Works – Machines

Participating artists:
Adrian Regnier Chavez, Eija Temisevä, Ilaria Pezone, Lorenzo Papanti, Lydia Gyurina, Pierre Ajavon, Joanne Alvis, Crystel Egal, Yoon Suokwon, Anabela Costa, Andrew McDonald, Tony Buchen & Jeralyn Goodwin, Ann Grim, Gala Mirissa, Vanja Karas, India Roper-Evans, John Longenbaugh, Karolyn Schwab, Katherine Sweetman, Veronica Shimanovskaya, Marc Dixon & Dennis Gaines, Matteo Campulla, Mladen Stropnik, Natalia Jezova, Robert Ladislas Derr, Sandrine Deumier, Susana Sanroman, Tina Sulc, and Laura Cohen.

AND IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH, make it a 2fer in Vtown for my commrade Marshall Elliot’s art show there as well.
At Brittany,
Saturday at 10 AM – 2 PM
801 Sacramento St., Vallejo Ca.
New Work by Marshall Elliott

Perceived measurement
Artists leaving town
New towns
Shipbuilding legacies
Cost of living



Solo Exhibit at St. Mary’s University

•July 14, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Kal Spelletich: Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots


Kal Spelletich has an upcoming exhibit at Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art in Moraga, California from July until December 2019 titled Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots. It is his first solo museum exhibit in his 38 years of art making. The exhibit will consist of several praying robots and photos from the exhibit Intention Machines at the Catherine Clark Gallery.

The exhibit will also consist of several new pieces created specifically for the exhibit.
-A breathing pillow triggered by the audiences heartbeat.
-A solar powered perpetual motion prayer wheel in the entryway courtyard.
-A collaborative student, faculty, staff and interdepartmental (priests/brothers, engineering, physics, astronomy and writing departments) folio of prints done in collaboration with the University print shop to be exhibited via Andrew Mount.
-Kal curates a small exhibit from the museum collection that parallels with the themes of my exhibit. The themes being Can Technology perform spiritual acts? and personalizing robots. How science and religion are alike, the supernatural, a suspension of beliefs. Riffing on landscape and the William Keith Northern Ca. paintings. Via Strawberry Creek, Berkeley.

A series of events during the duration of the exhibit;
A poetry reading with faculty and ex faculty
Film night
Classes, workshops.
A conversation with St. Mary’s brothers, astronomers and artists.
A BB-Q with a robot.
A performance with the dance department.
Exhibition Dates: July 25 – December 8, 2019
Opening Reception Date: September 5
Artist Lecture Date: October 17
The exhibit closes in mid December 2019

In the exhibit are 8-10 sculptures and 3-4 prints.

There will be a talk at St. Mary’s on Thursday October 17.
A performance at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco on December Tuesday Dec. 10, 7:00 P.M.
At at the Catharine Clark Gallery on Dec. Dec. 18 (most likely).

I hope to see you out there!

A big thank you to Catharine Clark and the Catharine Clark Gallery.


In the exhibit is video documentation of the Strawberry Creek Harp, The original Painting of Strawberry Creek by William Keith and the harp the audience can activate and play.

Upon my first visit to the St. Mary’s University Museum realized that they had an extensive collection of the turn of the centuries naturalist painter William Keith. I looked into their collection and found a forested gem called Strawberry Creek Berkeley.
I pondered this work. Visited the creek and found that the majority of it had been buried underground except for a very short bit in a park that had been “daylighted”.
I decided to try and respond to his painting that had been done about 100 years ago. I fabricated a harp that would be played by the creek.
A pin econe is hung over the falling waters of the creek, when it moves it triggers the motor on the harp. The harp plays to the creek/the creek plays the harp.
An homage to William Keith.

–Molecular Vibrations of the Radiant Body Exhibition–

•April 29, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Molecular Vibrations of the Radiant Body: Reversed Engineering a Portrait of Human Energy into Light, Sound and Machine Movements

Kal Spelletich creates a series of machines that celebrate the scientific method and reference foundational discoveries by Newton and Galileo. Employing pendulums, telescopes, and sound and light waves, Spelletich creates works that require the participation of viewers, inspiring social engagement both inside the gallery and outside in the world.

-Light waves trigger sound waves A light sensor placed at each sound machine is triggered by a sweeping spotlight triggered by audience proximity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90WAHYdgj6A Friday, May 17, 2019, 5-8pm Saturday, May 18, 2019, 1-3pm
Additional Viewing Hours
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 5-7pm
Gallery walk-through with artists, 6:00pm at 401 Tunnel Ave.
503 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134
www.recology.com/air    art@recology.com




Time Elapse of the Exhibit

Art opening This Friday And A Fare Thee Well

•March 5, 2019 • Leave a Comment


Final Jules Exhibit 2
Hello All,

I am in a group show CELEBRATION This Friday, March 8, 2019 from 6-9 P.M. at the illustrious Jules Maeght Gallery, 149 Gough St. SF, Ca.

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I will be exhibiting a Robotic Heart that plays a Pipe Organ. Your heart (an organ) triggers the artificial heart (organ) powering a pipe organ. Organs Sound The Body.

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Also, I have a slab of marble with fossils in it etched by a laser cutter of a drawing by Charles Darwin.
Two prints done in Paris at the historic Maeght Atelier print shop.
Get them here!

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The prints are $250.00 each, 2 for $400.00

Annnd a print of a drawing of my Robotic heart!
Maybe some other things, I dunno.

This will be the last exhibit at their gallery as they are sadly heading back to France, but we gain a Paris outpost!

Come see the Jules Maeght All Stars one last time!
Until the Next Time.

I want to thank the amazing Stochastic Labs for supporting me with the development of my artificial organs project. We are well on the way to creating a quintet of organs playing organs. http://stochasticlabs.org/

AND of course the brilliant Jon Foote! http://www.rotormind.com/

There will be food and drinks and kisses on both cheeks and then some!
It has been such an honor and joy working with Amelie, Jules and Luc. If you haven’t been to one of their special openings let alone the gallery get on down there this Friday!

Warm embrace,

Can I build sensors that sense the human soul?
I aspire to go beyond utilitarian rationales of capitalist production into poetry, this is one of the most noble functions that biotechnological art can perform. I am reference science fiction and historic scientific experiments to champion science. These human organs are playful and a metaphor for survival, a meditation on our health care crisis, and a witness in the aging process. Building backup organs by someone who has never had health insurance brings a highly personal direction that is a new challenge.
What is it like to make your own functioning prosthetic organs? To print something that speaks directly to the implications of 3-D printing? What does it mean to print backup organs?
It is now possible to maintain life activity even after communicative life has stopped. It is possible to maintain a person alive but devoid of autonomy. The autonomy is granted by a machine. My proposal reverses this. Through audience interaction, human hearts, movement and breath feed the machines and grants them energy, and in a way, life.
What is it like to make your own functioning prosthetic organs? To print something that speaks directly to the implications of 3-D printing? What does it mean to print backup organs?
It is now possible to maintain life activity even after communicative life has stopped. It is possible to maintain a person alive but devoid of autonomy. The autonomy is granted by a machine. My proposal reverses this. Through audience interaction, human hearts, movement and breath feed the machines and grants them energy, and in a way, life.


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This art life. You travel the world and meet all types.

•January 6, 2019 • Leave a Comment

This art life. You travel the world and meet all types. Grifters to geniuses. Hardworking to indifferent. Sincere to cynical. Innovators to copy-cats. This art-life can be such a struggle. And it can be incredibly rewarding.


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If you stay in the mix you meet folks who inspired you just as you were starting out 38 years ago. It gets even better when you get to work with them. Historic, innovative sincere innovators. http://thequietus.com/…/17948-einsturzende-neubauten-histor…

This Jan 18 & 19 I will be performing with Danielle Picciotto and Alexander Hacke at the wonderfully intimate Lost Church Theater in San Francisco. They sell out venues all over the world, so what a gift to see and perform in a show in such an intimate venue. https://thelostchurch.secure.force.com/ticket/…

Danielle and Alex are truly a rare couple, living and traveling constantly to uplift the planet. https://www.hackedepicciotto.de/ They do it socially, culturally and spiritually spreading joy nonstop during these tough times. They are also giving a talk at the Goethe Institute in SF about those early radical times in Berlin. A very special treat!


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The Lost Church is incredibly intimate, like seeing a show in a living room. You won’t ever experience anything quite like this again.

Oh! I am the opening act. I will have my Group Play Machines. An interactive sound quintet, (with 2 now sound machines) for you to operate and some new approaches to sound scores. They are fun, confusing and difficult.
The show will be quiet yet noisy, fun, innovative and even relaxing.

Thanks for being there,



•November 15, 2018 • Leave a Comment

What is at stake for the human animal in this critical moment in our evolution? Will we survive this “technological adolescence”? How can we reclaim optimism in the face of future technology?

Artificial Lungs
On Saturday, 11/17/18 from 1:00-5 P.M. a group of creative thinkers and makers will assemble to consider these questions in a radical new conversation format. Unfiltered. Unmoderated. At the Cowell Theater at the Fort Mason Center.
There will be artworks created at Stochastic Labs during their amazing artist residency. I will have my artificial lungs that are attached to a pipe organ at your service.

This looks to be just smashing! Come hang with some very interesting people and a couple geniuses ->
A Long Conversation is a relay of two-person dialogues for a set period of time, unified by a common prompt.
Each speaker brings one idea to the stage about how to reclaim optimism in the face of future technology—a trend, an artwork, an innovation, a breakthrough, a movement.
Paulo alone is worth the price of admission! Paolo Cirio is best known for having exposed over 200,000 Cayman Islands offshore firms with the work Loophole for All in 2013; the hacking of Facebook through publishing 1 million users on a dating website with Face to Facebook in 2011; the theft of 60000 financial news articles with Daily Paywall in 2014 and of e-books from Amazon.com with Amazon Noir in 2006; defrauding Google with GWEI in 2005; and the obfuscation of 15 million U.S. criminal records with Obscurity in 2016. His early works include his cyber attacks against NATO and reporting on its military operations since 2001.

Brought to you by Stochastic Labs
Dorkbot SF
The Long Now Foundation
San Francisco Art Institute
The Internet Archive
Center for Humane Technology


Saturday Night October 13, 2018

•October 13, 2018 • Leave a Comment


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Goethe Institute

530 Bush St. #204, San Francisco, CA 94108

Sat: 3:30pm till 9pm.
I go on at 5 and 7:30


“The bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles until their dying day.”
— Marx to Engels, 1867


I create experiences that explore the
human desire for transcendence because
ultimately humanity will prevail over technology.

My work invites audiences to take an active role in order to complete each work.

These experiences focus on the somatic and psychological aspects of being human.

They are optimistic alternatives that subvert technology’s intended functional use and break the barrier of exclusive access that promote passive consumption.

Seeking poetic juxtapositions found in the collision of hand-built machines, high-tech hardware and biological systems

I operate from a distinct sense of activist engagement.

The Surplus Value Generator Machine Quartet
(A participatory robotic band re-skilling and uniting labor)

Marx still haunts capitalism two hundred years on.
We all know this system isn’t working,
this piece is a workaround an an example of you seeing your labor in action and it getting exploited by a middleman (LED Lights).

Look at your beautiful muscles! So much better when I take your labor!
to contribute to the liberation of the modern proletariat.