Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm | PAI

Panel Discussion 1

4.3% of venture-funded companies are run by women;
55% of women-owned high firms are home based
vs. 35% of male owned firms; 8.5% of Silicon Valley companies have a female board director.
~SF, Dec. 2011


The Performance Art Institute of San Francisco proudly presents:

Women, Art, and Technology: An Uneasy Access?

Curated and organized by Hanna Regev
Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m.
75 Boardman Place, San Francisco

“The Future Imagined: What’s Next?” curated and organized by Hanna Regev.

The production is part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial “Seeking Silicon Valley, ”

According to Jaime Austin, curator and director of programs, The ZERO1 Biennial is not about the geographical region of Silicon Valley; it’s about investigating how the process of seeking can create a platform for creativity and experimentation centered in Silicon Valley while inviting contributions from around the world. It’s about using the arts as a lens to define and re-architect place in the hope of contributing to a culture of innovation that can and will change the world…


Act Three: Women, Art and Technology: An Uneasy Access?

A panel discussion organized by Hanna Regev and moderated by JD Beltran Thursday, December 13 at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

“Women, Art, and Technology: An Uneasy Alliance?” is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Future Imagined: What Next?” part of the ZERO1 2012 Biennial. “The Future Imagined” highlights the interplay between artists, technologists and scientists as they converge to test the artistic limits of the possible in a technologically driven world. This complementary public forum brings together a diverse set of practitioners who are forging the creative edges of art, science, and technology. The focus will be on the triumphs and challenges of being a woman working in a technology-based art practice. The women on our panel will recount the contributions they make as innovators and entrepreneurs and will share their perspectives on how to prosper in a technological environment in which men predominate. The forum also seeks to find answers to underlying questions, such as: “Is the presence of successful women in the current digital boom causing a power shift?” “Are successful women breaking gender and cultural barriers and advancing an agenda that will benefit women as a whole?”
Renowned artist JD Beltran will lead this provocative discussion of opportunities and challenges facing women working in the field of art and technology.
 The panel discussion will be preceded by a walk-through with participating artists Philip Alden Benn and Peter Belkin and a talk about the use of LEDs lights in installation art, specifically their piece “The Garden of Forking Paths.”
About the Moderator:

JD Beltran

JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The M.H. de Young Museum, The Getty Center, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Kitchen in New York, the MIT Media Lab, Cité des Ondes Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montreal, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in both the 2006 and 2008 ZeroOne San Jose New Media Biennials. She has been commissioned for public art projects in San Francisco, San Jose, Cleveland, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Russia.  Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, as well as in Art in America, ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, and Art Papers. She writes columns on art and culture for both and the Huffington Post, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Beltran is the President of the San Francisco Arts Commission and is also faculty in the Film, New Genres, and Design & Technology Programs of the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also directs the school’s City Studio arts education program for under-served youth.


The panelists:
Penny Nii

Penny Nii is a researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, working together with Harold Cohen. She is one of the pioneers in building expert systems – “intelligent” programs that contain knowledge acquired from human experts – having designed and programmed many expert systems in scientific and engineering fields. She was also one of the founders of Teknowledge, a company that builds expert systems for industrial firms.




Michal Gavish

Dr. Michal Gavish is a San Francisco-based multimedia artist. Her previous career as a scientist is a major aspect of her practice. In her imagery she touches on issues of scientific perception such as measurement, order and disorder, and uses them as a special lens for creating her work. Gavish has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and was working as a professional scientist in academic and in pharmaceutical research until she decided to concentrate on her art. She received her MFA from SFAI in 2008. Her work is represented by Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco and was shown in California and internationally.


Carla Riggi

Carla Riggi is currently the Director of Product Development at TravelKnowledge Inc., an innovative mobile startup in the concierge services industry.  She is also the founder and recent CEO of CosmiCube Inc., a provider of mobile application design and development services to clients in the business, education, community and gaming spaces.  She is the chief architect of CosmiCube's REACH Platform which provides a unique technology solution for gamifying a variety of real-world activities in mobile applications, while leveraging the power of a mobile content management system for easy client-controlled editing.  After the successful launch of SF Heroes for SFDEM, this platform has gained interest from government organizations, educational institutions, corporations and non-profits as an innovative and effective means of leveraging social incentives and game mechanics for real-world results.    Carla is also the founder of BandGenie Inc. where she is designing and developing a mobile live local music discovery tool that will change the way artists reach their fans in the mobile age.  Carla has 10 years of combined experience across the fields of graphic design, user experience design, web development, application design, product management and mobile application development.


Penelope Finnie

co- founder and owner of Bittersweet, the Chocolate Café with 2 locations in Oakland.

She was one of the co founders of Ask Jeeves, and their Chief Creative Officer. She was involved in all aspects of developing the brand, from product development, marketing, business development, community outreach, and overall strategies for the sites and company.  Prior to this, she was a painter, a teacher of art, art history, and visual thinking. She attended Princeton University for her A.B. and Columbia University for her MFA.


About the venue

The Performance Art Institute (PAI) is multifaceted art space dedicated to performance art and issues that matter in our society and culture. At the core of PAI is the artist-in-residence program, which is one of the first and only of its kind. In housing and showcasing new genre artists connected to performance, film, video, sound and avant-garde music, the artist-in-residence program focuses on the development and presentation of new work created in the freethinking and accessible atmosphere of PAI and San Francisco. Through creative alliances with local museums and nine bay area schools, artists from around the world are presented with the opportunity to meld their residency into the maximum creative environment to ideate, compose, perform and document fresh work.

About Zero1

ZERO1 Biennial founded in 2006 is a contemporary art event showcasing innovative artists who are working at the convergence of art and technology to reshape contemporary culture. The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial features an expanded program of exhibitions, public art installations, performances, and events including work by more than one hundred artists who challenge our notions of place and identity as they investigate the role Silicon Valley has played in changing the ways we work, live, and communicate globally.


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