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Gray Area Grand Theater: Jono Brandel — The Transcode Series Benefiting Gray Area

July 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for Jono Brandel’s Artist Talk and exclusive artwork launch benefiting Gray Area.

Thursday July 2nd, 6 – 7pm PST
Jono Brandel Artist Talk & Artwork Launch on Sedition

Wednesday July 1st, Exclusive 24 Hour VIP Preview on Sedition

Thursday July 2, Transcode Series Public Launch

RSVP to support: grayarea.org/event/jono-transcode-series/

On July 2, Gray Area presents an online lecture by multimedia artist Jono Brandel to launch his new Transcode Series debuting on Sedition, a digital curated platform. This project offers new ways to view and understand pervasive cultural artifacts, whether at the forefront of our attention or lurking in our collective subconscious.

In this artist talk, Brandel will illuminate his process in creating the Transcode Series, with a focus on Harm to Ongoing Matter, a video artwork juxtaposing elements of the Mueller Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election. The artwork originated from Gray Area’s curation of a live audiovisual performance by visual artist Jono Brandel and electronic musician Christina Chatfield at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, during the city’s famed Nuit Blanche on October 5, 2019.

On July 1, Jono Brandel will now debut the Transcode Series on Sedition’s online Curated Platform sales to benefit Gray Area.

The Transcode Series comprises three works that explore technology’s ability to connect and art’s capacity to question. These pieces are realized through the gesture of juxtaposition. In the first piece, Lost Treasures Found, the forgotten escapades of gladiator turned academic Encolpius juxtapose Latin and Emojis in Petronius’ Satyricon. In des Objets Reconnus the computer’s perception is presented as a side by side comparison of image and text in hundreds of famous oil paintings throughout history. And in Harm to Ongoing Matter, the “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” is attached to the club ambiance of Paris’ Nuit Blanche curated by Gray Area through novel visual jockeying (VJ) in a live audiovisual performance. These projects offer new ways to look at and understand pervasive cultural artifacts that live with us everyday, whether at the forefront of our attention or lurking in our collective subconscious.

Jono Brandel
Jono Brandel is an Emmy award winning graphic designer and computer programmer. He comes from mixed heritage, an American of Filipino and Polish descent. As such Jono pairs distinct subjects to frame his creative process. These combinations range from latin and emojis through typography and animation to lithography and pixel sorting. While pairings vary, there is always a consistent and accessible tenor to the digital and physical objects he produces. This attention to detail allows people to access complex subject matters including positivism, the collision of black holes, and music composition. Jono’s work offers considered respite from the fatigue of the attention economy.

Sedition is transforming how people enjoy art. Working with the world’s leading contemporary artists, Sedition offers limited edition art in digital format and makes art collecting instant, easy, accessible and enjoyable. Sedition sells artworks by leading contemporary artists in digital format. Sedition artworks are created for screens and connected devices.

Gray Area
At Gray Area we apply creative action for good. We serve over 100,000 community members, artists, designers, technologists and students each year, and are recognized as the nation’s leading organization dedicated to furthering the use and advancement of creative technology for positive change. This session will introduce three of our artists in our Incubator and teaching artists who use creative technologies within their practice to develop meaningful work.


July 2
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Gray Area Grand Theater
2665 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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