Why Do We Climb These Mountains!?

•August 29, 2019 • Leave a Comment

1:30 seconds on ………. Why Do We Climb These Mountains!?

Published on Aug 28, 2019

Why do you create? Machine artist Kal Spelletich speaks to his process and interactive robots. “Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots” is on display from July 25 through December 8, 2019. Reception on Thursday, September 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An artist dialogue will be on October 10. For more information visit: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/museum.

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Why do you create? Machine artist Kal Spelletich speaks to his process and interactive robots. “Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots” is on display from July 25 through December 8, 2019. Reception on Thursday, September 5, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. An artist dialogue will be on October 10. For more information visit: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/museum.

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S.F, Austria, Italy, Berlin.

•August 23, 2019 • Leave a Comment

I am very happy to announce some upcoming events in late August/ September>

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Thursday, Aug. 29
The Faculty Exhibit at SFAI: More Than 700 Years
There will be a short discussion in the Theater I am included in.
Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM
Hosted by San Francisco Art Institute
Sfai—chestnut Street Campus
800 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, California 94133
https://www.facebook.com/events/2166557767008296/

I have a nice machine instrument in the exhibit you can operate.
A faculty exhibition, by its very nature, is a model of the teaching community of the institution that produces it and hosts it.
More Than 700 Years, the title of the SFAI 2019 Faculty Exhibition, springs from the summation of time invested by each participating faculty member; an amalgam of years of activity both in the studio and in the classroom.


My first solo museum exhibit!
at Saint Mary’s College Museum Of Art Moraga, Ca.
I hope you can make it, it only took 38 years! From Oakland it can only take 20 minutes to get there, shorter than crossing the bridge!
https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/kal-spelletich-significance-machines-and-purposeful-robots
Reception: Thursday, September 5 | members 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. | public 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots combines art and mysticism with the rigors of science and technology to explore the power of prayer and other meditative practices through an unlikely form, robots.

EUROPE SEPTEMBER 2019
I am in the 2019 Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria Exhibit!

2019 Ars Electronica Festival



I will also be doing  Research in Florence, Italy.
https://www.museogalileo.it/en/

Annnnd,
I will be working on a Project with Danielle Depiccioto and Alexander Hacke in Berlin, Germany in late Sept.
https://www.hackedepicciotto.de/

I hope you can make it to one of these great events & let me know if you are nearby!
Art conquers all.

All The Best,
Kal


https://kaltek.wordpress.com/
http://kaltek.org/

Panel Discussion on Thursday, August 8 from 6 – 8pm: “Closing the Circle,” on Art, Advocacy, and Homelessness

•August 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment

This panel is part of an ongoing gallery initiative to build dialogue around issues facing unhoused populations.

About this Event

 

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Catharine Clark Gallery hosts a panel discussion, “Closing the Circle,” on Thursday, August 8 from 6 – 8pm. Part of an ongoing gallery initiative to build dialogue around issues facing unhoused populations, the panelists will discuss the role of art and artists in building awareness around homelessness, while questioning why communities – San Francisco in particular – with highly visible unhoused populations resist art that addresses social justice as a means of building connection or understanding.

Confirmed panelists (as of July 31, 2019):

  • Jana Sophia Nolle, artist, creator of the project “Living Room” (featured in Don’t Touch My Circles): http://www.jana-sophia.com/

Presented in conjunction with Don’t Touch My Circles, on view at Catharine Clark Gallery through August 31; preview the exhibition here: https://cclarkgallery.com/exhibitions/group-exhibition-dont-touch-my-circles

For more information on the Coalition on Homelessness, click here: http://www.cohsf.org/

For more information on Lava Mae, click here: https://lavamae.org/

For more information on Street Sheet, click here: http://www.streetsheet.org/

 

 

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/closing-the-circle-panel-discussion-on-art-advocacy-and-homelessness-tickets-67288925989

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

•July 19, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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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.
METROPOLIS STARTS AT 6 P.M.

https://empresstheatre.org/events/2019-07-20-film-club-metropolis/
https://www.facebook.com/events/635376250259502/
Truly a stellar lineup:
2-PART MOVING IMAGE PROGRAM FEATURING:
SILENT VIDEO ART SHORTS ‘MOVING SILENTLY’
DIGITALLY REMASTERED ‘METROPOLIS’ BY FRITZ LANG
With live music performing original scores by
RICHARD MARRIOTT & ENSEMBLE
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.

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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
Radioactivity
Cost of living
Risk
Decay

https://empresstheatre.org/events/2019-07-20-film-club-metropolis/

Solo Exhibit at St. Mary’s University

•July 14, 2019 • Leave a Comment

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Kal Spelletich: Significance Machines and Purposeful Robots

https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/kal-spelletich-significane-machines-and-purposeful-robots-press-release

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!
Kal

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

https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/kal-spelletich-significance-machines-and-purposeful-robots

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.
Location
503 Tunnel Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134
Information
www.recology.com/air    art@recology.com
@recologyAIR

https://www.instagram.com/kalspelletich/

 

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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.

à la prochaine

https://www.julesmaeghtgallery.com/

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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https://www.julesmaeghtgallery.com/boutique/kal-spelletich-orion-nebula
https://www.julesmaeghtgallery.com/boutique/kal-spelletich-solis-and-lun
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,
Kal

Theory:
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.

https://kaltek.wordpress.com/functioning-artificial-organs/
https://kaltek.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/my-prints-and-a-drawing-machine-that-made-the-prints-is-still-on-display/

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