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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Recombinant Media Labs Teams up with Gray Area for Downtown Arts Corridor

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 11:07 AM

RML founder Naut Humon
  • RML founder Naut Humon
Last Spring, Recombinant Media Labs shuttered its Brannan St. location, but that doesn't mean the progressive sound recording / production / multi-media organization went under. RML announced today that it's starting a new chapter of development with "a more compact production annex under the stewardship of RML's associate director, Tana Sprague." This includes teaming up with Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, which is hard at work on a "Tenderloin based Taylor St. arts corridor." The RML's hub of the arts hive will be focused on supporting composers who create hypbrid sound-based arts, while giving them a place to display their creations to the public.

Although it sounds like this Tenderloin project is still in its infancy stages it's nonetheless exciting to think about a couple grassroots organizations --which support the more experimental side of the arts--teaming up to help one another grow and get people through the front door. This weekend RML and Gray Area Foundation For The Arts host their groundbreaking ceremony from 1 until 4 p.m., and then a party later in the evening (starting at 10 p.m. for DJ Nikola Baytala at Gray Area Gallery (55 Taylor St.)

Full announcement from RML after the jump.  

Hello from Recombinant Media Labs!

As some of you may or may not know, the Recombinant Media Labs facility

located south of Market on Brannan St. in San Francisco closed its

doors last spring.  No formal announcements were made at that time due

to legal complexities surrounding the closing. No  further remarks will

be made on this matter, but I think we can all agree that the RML Soma

facility will be greatly missed. For those who are curious about what

the future hold for Recombinant Media Labs please be on notice:  RML is

back in view.

After Asphodel, Ltd. gave birth and support to the worldwide

Recombinant Festivals of the nineties, and then to the artist residency

lab from 2005 thru 2007 the RML nomadic initiative re-emerged after

traveling in '08 between Europe and North America, seeking new nodes of

operation for performance, installation and exhibition. RML has moved

on with fresh partnerships and independent alliances to resurface in a

number of international configurations, which will be announced in the

seasons to come.

As the Bay Area has always been the home of Recombinant Media's source

formations at Naut Humon's Compound and with Rhythm and Noise decades

ago, we have decided to once again start a more compact production

annex under the stewardship of RML's associate director, Tana Sprague

who will now oversee the local and global interface for our SF node.   

The Grey Area Foundation for the Arts has generously invited RML to 

participate in their Tenderloin based Taylor St. arts corridor

initiative. We are confident that our newly formed partnership with

Grey Area Foundation for the Arts will provide exciting opportunities

for our community, both locally and globally.

The RML ANNEX at Grey Area Gallery will act as an extension of the 

expanded network that Recombinant has opened up in all of the last

years.  It shall reflect the tone of our changing times by integrating

a distinctly downtown attitude in cooperation with Grey Area, 23/Five,

and other adjacent arts organizations. Given the structural context,

location, and more community based framework, the RML Annex will serve

as a more minimized inwardly mobile incubator, while retaining much of

the flavor and style that characterized the visitors we invited for our

past programs.  And as you've come to expect, our primary objective

will be to provide a unique environment for producing, presenting, and

experiencing exemplary hybrid media and  sound based arts.

Please join us at 3 exciting upcoming Gray Area events, including the  

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Taylor St. Grey Area Gallery!

Saturday February 21st: Gray Area Groundbreaking Ceremony @ 55 Taylor.  

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