When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
Curated by MicroClimate Collective, which is Glenna Cole Allee and Victoria Mara Heilweil, the exhibition “A.D.D.” kicks off tonight with the first of five events that culminate in a “participatory, thematic dinner” on November 16. According to Allee and Heilweil, “A.D.D.” aims to “address the malleable nature of concentration and memory in the age of multitasking.” More often than not, technology demands and dilutes our attention; Facebook offers a rich online, virtual life. Phillip Maisel overlays the contents of entire Facebook albums, the cacophony of streaming data rendering each moment meaningless. TMI, indeed. Clint Imboden constructs a cylinder from more than 100 X-rays, a looping MP3 heartbeat pulsing at its center. He describes stepping inside as “partly an out-of-body experience,” the X-rays filtering out the rest of the space while physically separating the observer. The Red Green Brain “brainwave-controlled drawing robot” built by Santhi Elayaperumal, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at Stanford University, monitors brain activity, each shift in attention sending the mechanical arm jogging in another direction, plotting a “mind map” like the subway routes of some vast, scattered metropolis. “A.D.D.” turns the gallery into “a collage of visual and auditory experiences, as a comment on fractured attention,” causing the viewer to — what were we saying?
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 20. Continues through Nov. 16, 2012
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"