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A magazine a little something I wrote is in:


Hello All,

This summer I am teaching workshops/classes in which I will help you research and or build just about anything you may be interested in the below class description. I have lots of machines and robots for people to test, operate and play with.

The classes are $25.00 and hour. I can also give advice on exhibiting in Europe and the U.S. and survival as an artist.

All the best


We can explore: welding, carpentry, remote control systems, home-brewing, gorilla gardening, electric wiring, robotics, fire making, fixing things, plumbing, pnu-matics, pumps, building installations, water purification, high voltage electricity, video surveillance, electronic interfaces,  scavenging for materials, cooking alternatives, Solar power, lighting, remote control systems, survivalist contemporary art history, promoting and exhibiting your art.

We can talk about the history of this kind of art.

Have you ever wanted to build a robot? Ever wanted to know how to make that sculpture move? Make a painting spin? Build a walking machine? Learn how to make inanimate stuff come alive, move and become ANIMATE! Don’t know anything about this field but want to start at the very beginning?

Then this is your class.

All levels will be accommodated.

As late as the early 1980’s lots of young, smart, idealistic people went to work in factories and warehouses and “the trades”. Knowing they could earn a decent living and learn skills they can apply across many fields throughout their lives. Some went on to apply this skill-set to their art practices.

It is harder to do that now without factories and trades jobs. But it’s still possible and this workforce through skill sharing is coming back. As the world economy continues to collapse these skills are even more valuable and critical. It used to be you could fix a lamp or a broken door. This class will help the next crusaders in this field work in factories, gardens, special effects, meat packing plants and construction jobs before and during their start to poetically express themselves and make a living.

This is where I have taught and lectured:



+Watch for events for the next 5 weeks, see the calendar+

Opening This Friday, May18, 2012

until June 23, 2012.

Opening Night is May 18th
Time: 7-11pm
featuring dance performance in the streets by Brontez Purnell & Amara Tabor Smith
Performances by LoveWarz and Sean O’Dell
Music by Strawberry Smog + Moira Scar
Free Cafe, Public Art and more…





My Class/Student show tomorrow/Thursday May 10, 2012.



San Francisco State University Exhibit


I am in an exhibit at San Francisco State University honoring the late great Artist, writer, educator and all around amazing man Stephen Wilson.
I will be exhibiting my Handshaking Machine.


By Kal Spelletich

1. Place Your Hand Inside Robot Hand And Grip It.

2. Shake Hands With Robot.

3. Open your hand to try and get robot to let go.

Robotic Hand Senses A Human And Extends An Open Hand. Upon contact, It Decides According To Your Heartbeat And Touch Which Of Three Grip Strengths To Use. It Decides When And How Often To Shake Hands And When To Let Go.


See Video Here


Something from the SF State Student Paper The Golden Gate Xpress



It opens Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
4:00pm – 6:00pm

A new exhibition at San Francisco State University’s Fine Arts Gallery. Works by Jim Campbell, Maggie Orth, Alan Rath and Gail Wight are highlighted Feb. 21 – March 15 in “SmARTspace at the Intersection of Art and Technology,” a show conceived by the late SF State Professor and Leonardo Board Member Stephen Wilson, a prolific artist in the field and among the first to chronicle those who successfully bridged art, science and technology.
For more than 30 years, Professor Stephen Wilson was widely respected at SF State and beyond for his innovative drive and intellectual curiosity, as it pertained to art and technology. To pay homage to his work and legacy, the Fine Arts Gallery presents an exhibit that builds on Professor Wilson’s ideas and writings and includes diverse works by several well-known West Coast artists. This interactive exhibit includes motion-activated sculpture, walk-through “environments,” performance events, a panel discussion and more.

The NEW hand!

Feb. 21-March 15, 2012
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11am-4pm
Admission: Free

“SmARTspace” features work by four pre-eminent West Coast artists who work at the interface of art and technology: Jim Campbell, Maggie Orth, Alan Rath and Gail Wight.

Wilson proposed “SmARTspace” based on artists featured in his books “Art and Science Now” (Thames and Hudson, 2010) and “Information Arts: Intersections of Art, Science and Technology” (The MIT Press, 2003). Conceived by Wilson, the exhibit is organized by Paula Levine, Mark Johnson and Sharon Bliss with the assistance of students from San Francisco State University’s Art Department. The exhibition celebrates the legacy of Steve Wilson’s work as a teacher, artist, writer and thinker while commemorating the one-year anniversary of his death.

Admission is free to the exhibit and all related events. As part of the opening, Pamela Z will perform solo works for voice, electronics and video Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall. A robotic hand by SF State Lecturer Kal Spelletich will greet visitors to the opening reception. Related exhibitions will take place at The Lab and Root Division galleries (both in San Francisco).
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Fine Arts Gallery
Fine Arts Gallery


SFMOMA December, 7, 2011

Space Lime Light Modulatoror



Praha, Czech Republic Exhibit

An Exhibit I am currently in,

in Praha, Czech Republic

The Prague Contemporary Art Festival



The Berkeley Center For New Media talk and Exhibit.

I am thrilled and honored to be invited and presenting at The Berkeley Center For New Media.

here is a funny article on the talk:


I am going to be ATTEMPTING to test my new handshaking machine, showing video of past work and having a discussion about it all.


ATC Lecture: Kal Spelletich, “Fear and Fun: Performing the Human-Machine Interface”
Monday, 10 October 2011, 19:30 to 21:00
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
Admission is free and open to the public


Sight School Gallery

I have a piece I collaborated on with my friend Ajit Chauhan. This exhibit opens tomorrow, Sat. Oct. 8, 2011.



Sight School
5651 San Pablo Ave.
Oakland, CA 94608

“Don’t Be Upset—I’m Only Crying in English””
October 8 – November 8, 2011

Opening: Saturday, October 8, 7-10pm

For its final exhibition, Sight School is pleased to present a new installation by San Francisco-based artists Kevin Killian and Ajit Chauhan. Long time admirers of each other’s work, the artists have collaborated on an elaborate call and response project in connection with the work of the late US poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911—1979). In her lifetime, Bishop was the awardee of every honor, including the 1957 Pulitzer Prize, but since her death a general consensus has placed her at the very top of Olympus, perhaps the preeminent postwar American poet. A writer of mystery as well as of ordinary things, a poet of landscape who traveled widely and deeply, she could also let divine poetic accidents into her highly stylized workshop; during her lifetime she published only a handful of books, 101 poems in total. Often thought of as a Boston poet, or a Key West poet, or as an American poet in exile in Brazil, where she spent most of her 40s and 50s, but she lived in San Francisco for two tumultuous years, during the “youthquake” of 1968-1970, in a quiet apartment on Pacific near Polk.

The exhibition takes its name from an anecdote that typified her grace, humor, and practical mind. James Merrill visited her at Casa Mariana, in Brazil & she was glad to be able to speak English with someone as it had been weeks. It brought out a recent sorrow & she was in tears. A young Brazilian painter & guest stumbled upon them & stopped dead in his tracks. Elizabeth immediately wanted to console him & said switching to Portuguese “Don’t be upset, I’m only crying in English.” Through collage, photography, sculptural deskilling, through music, poetry, electronica and voice, Killian and Chauhan bring to life a forgotten chapter in Bay Area history, the time when Elizabeth Bishop lived among us on the other side of the Bay.

Ajit Chauhan (b. 1981) is a Kansas-born, San Francisco-based artist. Kevin Killian (b.1952) is a poet, novelist, playwright, critic, and editor whose next book, Tagged, will be a collection of his own photographs.

AND, please remember to OCCUPY EVERYTHING and support your local occupiers.




Pics from show;



Saturday, September, 3, 2011
8:00PM until Midnight
1043 Marin St.,
S.F., Ca. 94124
cross street Illinois St.

General Admission: $10 or what u can pay…
Students and Seniors: $7

Live Audience Experiments with Machines and Robots

WITH! Dj Big Daddy, tip him!


This is a BYOB event, there will be no alcohol served, bring some if you want some, the nearest plaCe is 8 or so blocks away at Reno’s.

From the freeways
Cesar Chavez (Army St.) exit from 101 or I-280  North or South, take Cesar Chavez East, go about a mile from 101, 2 blocks from 280, go through intersection of 3rd St., immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.
Look for the red light, ya can’t miss it.

South on 3rd. Left on Cesar Chavez, immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.
Look for the red light, ya can’t miss it.

East on 16th street from Portrero St./the mission, take a right on 3rd., go south a couple of miles, Left on Cesar Chavez, immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.

Or, go East on Cesar Chavez FROM THE MISSION, go through intersection of 3rd St., take immediate right onto Illinois St., go one block, building is kitty corner, on your right.

Neither Kal Spelletich, KALTEK nor anyone associated with this event shall be held responsible or liable for any LOSS, DAMAGE, INJURY or DEATH arising from any activity organized, sponsored or promoted by Kal or the presenting organization anywhere in the universe, forever.


Jack Hanley Gallery




Machines, Robots, jetpacks, video and photographs.

Opening Saturday, July 9th 6-9PM

Closing FRIDAY August 12th, 2011 6-9 PM

Beer & BB-Q

Jack Hanley Gallery

136 Watts, N.Y., N.Y. 10013

646-918-682  http://www.jackhanley.com/

Go on Canal St. West, way west, 2 blocks past Hudson, left on Watts.

Neither Kal Spelletich, Jack Hanley Gallery nor anyone shall be held responsible or liable for any LOSS,

DAMAGE, INJURY or DEATH arising from any activity organized, sponsored or promoted by Kal or

Jack the presenting organization anywhere in the universe, forever.


Leonardo Art/Science Talk May 2011

Constructive Interference of the Arts and Sciences

I am giving a short talk This Monday, 9 May 2011



MEETFACTORY Prague, Czech Republic Solo Show

A drawing I bought, made in the 1950’s, right down the steet in Praha

Prague press release

Arbor Aeronautics & Telepresences

An Article on my show in Praha:


some videos here;


More here;


Kal Spelletich, visiting artist from San Francisco, Ca. will be exhibiting machines and robots built from trees at the MEETFACTORY.
The exhibit is about technology and its role in our lives and its role with the environment. There will be flying trees, machines you can operate and a wine pouring machine to serve you a glass of wine!
Opening Reception;Thursday March, 24, 2011 18:00 on.The Exhibit closes on April 15, 2011
I am doing 3 walk though’s with special, ahh, effects shall we say, in conjunction with other events at the MEETFACTORY, on 6.4 -18:00, 9.4 -14:00 and 14.4 -18:30.
http://meetfactory.cz/MeetFactory opsThe glassworks 3213/15, Prague 5 – Smíchov

Also in the exhibit will be the amazing work of Richard Loskot



I am attending a residency and exhibiting in Prague from Jan. 17 to April 18, 2011.


As well as a few probable other cities on the continent.

If you are around Prague or Europe then let me know.

If you know of anything going on or places i should go to or people to see-

lemme know!

I feel lucky that during my 50th revolution around the sun I get to still keep making art, all over this planet.

all the best


~ by kaltek on January 19, 2011.

3 Responses to “Daily Stuff”

  1. I’ve told many people about your performances. Any chance you’ll be returning to perform SF in the near future? Good luck in Praha!

  2. Hello Kal

    I wrote up some comments about your engaging presentation and demo on October 10, 2011 at the Art Technology Culture Colloquium at the Berkeley Center for New Media.

    It was the first time I ever shook hands with a robot…

    Here’s a link:

    Theo Armour

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