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.

The Beauty and the Horror:




-Light waves trigger sound waves A light sensor placed at each sound machine is triggered by a sweeping spotlight triggered by audience proximity. 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



Time Elapse of the Exhibit


Art opening This Friday And A Fare Thee Well

•March 5, 2019 • Leave a Comment


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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.

AND of course the brilliant Jon Foote!

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.…/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.…

Danielle and Alex are truly a rare couple, living and traveling constantly to uplift the planet. 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 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.

I am in a NEW Book!

•October 13, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas

Dear Kal,

Greetings. I hope you are well.

I am writing to inform you of the long-awaited publication of my book, WHAT’s NEXT? Eco Materialism & Contemporary Art. The book will officially launch later this week. Can you please send me your mailing address? I am happy to send you a complimentary copy to express my appreciation for your cooperation.

I hope you will help promote this innovative text to your colleagues and acquaintances. You might tell them that, in addition to assembling remarkable artists like yourself, Eco Materialism introduces a timely new cultural/philosophical context for this work. Furthermore, the book is distinguished by the publisher’s willingness to digress from conventional publishing protocols in order to adopt ‘eco materialist’ principles in its manufacture and distribution:
–  All paper copies are print-on-demand in order to avoid transportation costs and waste.
–  The book is also available as an e-book.
–  Readers can either purchase the entire book or they can select individual chapters. This is both expedient and resourceful.
–  PDFs of the book are available to colleges for printing on campus. This eliminates all transportation costs – financial and environmental.

Ordering will soon be available:
The University of Chicago Press website
The Intellect Books website,id=5303/
Amazon Books website

Another pending development is the inclusion of this book on my website:

Finally, please send me your media contacts and suggested sales opportunities, and I will pass this information on to the publicity and marketing departments at Intellect Books.

Your comments are welcome. I look forward to staying in touch with you.

Linda Weintraub


ATA Sept. 29, 2018.

•September 26, 2018 • Leave a Comment


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ATA Sept. 29, 2018.

Thus, this Saturday at the venerable Artists Television Access.
992 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-3890

A screening of 2-3 short films about my work, and a small NOISE MACHINE you will be able to operate before the screenings, during the break and after! A never ending social practices experiment.
And a full spectrum of other film screenings.
If you have never been to ATA or Other Cinema you are missing one of the oldest stalwart venues in the Bay Area. Truly a national treasure, as is Craig Baldwin, the proprietor and host of decades of events there!
Here is what Craig wrote.

Thought you’d like to know how to help a SF live-work hero, Kal Spelletich, just pushed out of his Dogpatch studio:

Here’s a chance to support a true Frisco stalwart, Kal Spelletich, brave anchor of the Seemen project, and a veritable pillar of our arts community, evicted from his long running tenure at his Dogpatch studio by the relentless forces of gentrification. A percentage of monies from the door and bar (so drink up!) goes towards Kal’s daunting moving/storage expenses. Screening are a daring duo of his robot docs, his noise-machine piece, and a life-raft of science-fantasy reels, to kick off a Trash Film thread that runs through this season’s schedule (also on Optron2 and Archive1).

Peppering the party is the climax of the classic kaiju “Gamera the Invincible”, the last scene from “Colossus: The Forbin Project”, pick hits from “Journey to the 7th Planet” (double-projected), “Earth vs. Flying Saucers” (all the prior four in 16mm!), “The Great Martian War”, and of course Unarius’ lesson on “The Extraterrestrials”.

ALSO Jon Reiss’ “Bitter Message” (an SRL machine battle) Allison De Fern’s “Fembot in Red”, Peter Lichter’s “George’s Poem”, and David King’s (in person) “Every Red Death”. Come early for Wilhelm Reich’s Cloud-Buster, the anomalous “Number Stations”, and sci-fi highballs! Doors open for reception at 8; Admission $7-$20



Marx-athon: 200 Years of Karl Marx
Saturday October 13, 2018
3:30pm – 9:00pm

Stochastic Labs Exhibition
November 2018

December 7
Illegal Art Exhibit catalog release event with Special Guests.
At the Luggage Store Gallery
Featuring essays by Genevieve Quick, Mark Van Proyen and Matt Gonzalez.


I am Getting Evicted….and Robots Are Heavy->

•July 10, 2018 • Leave a Comment


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Thanks Everyone!
What an amazing response to my fundraiser. I am almost there, now is when you go OH! I forgot to kick Kal a few bucks OR you close this message. But WAIT, look farther down this message if you already gave or cannot.

When this is all said and done and the lawyers are done with their lawyering, I will have kept making art no matter what. I spent my summer breaking down the Kalpalace, so much for a holiday, camping, taking a break or even working on projects that were due, sorry Danielle and Alexander! I did spend two days a week at Stochastic Labs building a pair of artificial lungs that trigger a pipe organ, organs running organs shall we say.  It is already weird not having my workspace, let alone never having it ever again. I do have a great temporary workspace.

I pretty much have everything moved, even sold some art, threw away a bunch of very heavy, dangerous and unwieldy old pieces and socked away into deep storage what I thought would be fitting for my retrospective in 2048!

Not my worn out old truck breaking down in the middle of it all, my ragged worn out hands nor my knee that went out on me climbing scaffolding and lugging tons of gear could stop this. Working 7 days a week for 4 months 10-14 hours a day is, when you are old, a challenge. I am happy to be not running an artspace anymore, home and community center for so many people (it’s like I am a single artist again!) after 25 years, though it was all beyond rewarding.

Mad props and thanks to Matt Heckert, Charles Gadeken, Deidre and Marty, Jay Brommel, Devin, Devo/Devin, Walter, Marylee, Big Daddy and John Law for your extra special helps.

I got several articles in the media about this epic eviction/move:
PBS is doing something but it won’t be out for a while.

Meanwhile, I’m not letting up. I’m stoked about these:
On September 29, 2018
I will have some video documentaries on me at Other Cinema/ATA Gallery in S.F. videos of my works, maybe a noise machine, plus monster movies and sci-fi cocktails will be on offer. Full blurb up in Sept. at:

On October 13, 2018
I am exhibiting at Geothe Institute ART-Lounge
530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
This is going to be a lot of fun!
Honoring Karl Marx’s 200th birthday complete with a GIANT birthday cake in Conjunction with Litquake and City Lights Bookstore. There are readings, a film, a discussion and my robotic band you can operate, what can possibly go wrong?
Did you ever wonder why Karl Marx’s theories remain relevant, today? This year Marx would turn 200. The Goethe-Institut uses this occasion to commemorate the impact of his theories upon the German and U.S. society today.

This Fall I am in the exhibit in conjunction with my mini summer residency at Stochastic Labs
I will show one or two of my recent Artificial Organs Series! Human organs triggering a pipe organ. The date is yet to be determined but it will be chock-a-block full of great art and technology pieces.

This is funny, I have a Wikipedia page! There is so much to add! Any suggestions?

My buddy and old roommate at the warehouse made this piece on current nazi’s in the good ‘ole US of A, it is horrific and yet heroic. AC Thompson is a fearless warrior. We all need to know what these lunatics are doing here.
Watch his Frontline documentary

My OTHER old studio mate, Trevor Paglen, is now a genius, according to the MacArthur Foundation. Don’t forget us normals Trevor! Looky here:

AND, some fanmail, a surprise and makes it ALLLLL worth it…….

Don’t know if you remember me, Kal, but I wrote an article about you for a Denver art rag in 2000. Sad to hear you are having rent trouble, it’s people like you who made me come to the BayArea and find a home.

Kal took me in when I was homeless and let me live on the shelf above the bathroom. He still calls me “Shelf-Girl”. Throw $100 bucks his way or whatever amount you can, if you still love the kind of San Francisco he helped to blaze. We love you Kal!

Good on ya Kal. I have been obsessing over SRL and your work since I was just a wee Cyberpunk in the 90’s. We need your creative mayhem now more than ever. Happy to support.

Kal, you inspired so many of us to get up out of our comfort zones and go out to the desert to see wood burn or spin fire up on a rooftop or lay naked in a huge huddled mass on a filthy street under a bridge or on a bridge and I will be forever grateful to you for that. While the scene. Was organizing in nyc before 2000, I think your machine art show in Chelsea really lit a fire under all our collective arses. Thank you for continuing to inspire!!  K.R.

YES!! What a swell clip! I’ve met Kal personally (some time ago back in the Bay Area): I’ll attest to his ingenuity, integrity, insanity, creativity, empathy, passion… I was very fortunate to have had a few chances to kinda tag along, hang out, behold The Epic Art Process, lend a hand, share, even participate in his fun-loving Vision. I recall (during a performance at his Space in SF) nervously standing still – bolt-upright, at attention – Battling My Worst Fears whilst enclosed within the exhilarating ‘Fire Shower’ he’d built. Trying not to freak out; I was totally scared! Still, there I was: grinning wildly like some crazed maniac, the acrid smell of burnt hair hanging sickly in the air, twerking my nostrils… Hey! Just how cool was that then, right? WAY COOL! Thanks Kal, my ol’ pal! Keep on keeping on n’ on that path you’re on, Funk-Soul-Brother! K.B.

I just wanted to send you a quick note and say *thank you* for introducing me to Stacey (and also for bringing me into the warehouse more than six years ago since that’s where a lot of this started).
And, I think I already told you this but I was totally delighted a few weeks ago when I went to your show and got to play with the interactive seagull-sound piece. All of this is just to say that I feel lucky to have people like you all to look to as sources of inspiration and to stretch my imagination.

I am overwhelmed by the support you are giving me! THANK YOU I’m really looking forward to creating something new with all of you. With a warm heart,  Kal

And don’t forget to keep your booty shakin:

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I’m getting evicted from my warehouse studio. I urgently need your help to raise $10K to relocate in the next month. I’ve hand built hundreds of robots, fire machines, and held jaw dropping events in the past 25 years in the warehouse. This is where I built the first ever flamethrowers and robots used at Burning Man in the ’90’s. I hosted music, noise and art events with the likes of the Bicycle Rodeo, Mitch Altman, Matt Heckert of Survival Research Laboratories, Heather Dewey-Hagborg to name a few and exhibitions with and for many many other artists and art groups.

In 2019 his work will be shown in a solo museum exhibit at St. Mary’s College of Art Museum in Orinda, CA, and a concurrent solo exhibit at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA as well as other shows.


I ran my studio as an experimental art/live space that housed and supported over 100 other artists and activists. All with NO grants, no outside support, no gallery sales and no renting to tech businesses. In 1995 when I moved in the street was dirt and littered with abandoned cars and homeless everywhere, prostitution rings and  crack-heads lurking to rob you.
It was the project that should have never worked: an artist supporting artists by sharing below market rent.
Yet the 25 year run of people, events, exhibits are a testament to art over commerce.
Now, like virtually all other artists in San Francisco, I’m getting evicted.
I will keep making art. I will keep supporting others who make art and are active for change.
Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart for any support you can offer.
It has been a gift to share my space with so many amazing people. I’m looking ahead to how I can keep doing this for the next 25 years.

Artificial Organs

•June 18, 2018 • Leave a Comment

HARD AT WORK ON MY KIDNEY. And Lungs, heart and Liver. Symptoms of kidney failure are due to the build-up of waste products and excess fluid in the body that may cause weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy, swelling, and confusion. Inability to remove potassium from the bloodstream may lead to abnormal heart rhythms and sudden death. Initially kidney failure may cause no symptoms.
Addendum: Hello everyone, I am healthy and fine. One day, I won’t be. So this is a preemptive health care art project. Maybe you all will need some backup organs as well, I am your DIY organ guy!!! I have never had health care so this is how we roll in the 3rd world U.S./San Francisco. The output of the four organs will trigger customKidney_small_neg 2 instruments, possibly pipe organs.


Thanks to Jone Foote


and Stochastic Labs for getting this started!