OpenLab Projects

Exhibited and presented at conferences, festivals, galleries, and museum throughout the Bay Area, including Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz County.

Exhibitions  +   Presentations

The LAST festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. OpenLab helped organize and develop the first couple of festivals and has developed and sponsored projects each year.

Andrew Culp’s Dark Deleuze (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) offers a radical reinterpretation of the theorist Gilles Deleuze that challenges today’s world of compulsory happiness, decentralized control, and overexposure. Arranged in a series of contraries, Culp’s cataclysmic politics exhorts us to kill our idols and cultivate “hatred for this world.”

What are the possibilities and challenges of collaboration in the anthropocene? Justice in a More-Than-Human World is a series of events exploring various modes of humans working with nonhumans—animals, plants, ecosystems, and technologies. How can humans foster more collaborative (and less exploitative) projects with these nonhuman. 

OpenLab's Oceanic Scales is featured as part of MEDIATE's SoundWAVE festival - opening night at the California Academy of Sciences Night Life.

UCSC OpenLab has participated in several First Friday festivals over the years at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art, including Night of Magic and GLOW festival

Bloom Santa Cruz”, an evening of Art, Light, Sound, Performance & Community Lighthouse Point / the Abbot Lighthouse. This event highlights the relationships between fresh water and ocean ecosystems with an emphasis on sustainability, through a variety of Art & Science collaborations. 

With 1400 social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and investors gathering at Fort Mason this week for the acclaimed SOCAP(Social Capital Markets) conference, we were delighted to be invited to be part of their Oceans Innovation Showcase. With us were cutting-edge endeavors such as BlooSeeOlazul and Upwell.

Oceanic Scales at the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Celebration, May 17th on the end of the Santa Cruz wharf, just above the Sea Lions. 

UCSC OpenLab Spastic Robots and Frankenthings: Tear into consumer electronics and repurpose the parts for making with OpenLab Maker, Wes Modes. Create robots, kinetic art, and DIY toys from the cast-offs of consumer society. Spastic Robots are robot doodles, cyborg rejects, the workings of the mad-scientist who lives just below the landfill. We'll have VCRs and other things with motors and controllers for you to

Transflux  an interactive exhibition where the artists transform the Front Door Gallery into a living, breathing organism and symbiotic ecosystem. Developed by OpenLab affiliated artists Gene A. Felice II, Nathaniel Ober, and eve Warnock with coordinating artist Kate Spacek transform the Front Door Gallery into a living, breathing organism and symbiotic ecosystem. Through the exploration of the interconnectedness of our inner and outer world, the artists demonstrate the patterns and forms within life that shape who we are and where we come from.

"Seeding Innovation" event highlights the work of a UC Santa Cruz program called Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS). IDEASS was started by Tamara Ball, project scientist and program director under the supervision of Michael Isaacson, professor of electrical engineering and director of the Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems in the Baskin School of Engineering.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Writ Large is an Oakland-based exhibition and screening series and commissioning program for creative work at the intersection of literature, visual arts, and programming.

Seeking Symbiosis Exhibition linking Art & Science to challenge preconceptions and motivate action.

Black (W)hole is an immersive exhibition experience designed by The Einstein Collective that combines the arts, data visualization and sonification, and astrophysics. Entering the installation, viewers step into a darkened gallery where a laser star field projects onto their skin.

OpenLab at Bay Area Science Festival in San Francisco. The event showcases the intrigue and pure fun of science with a non-stop program of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows, all meant to entertain and inspire. 

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Pellham Johnston and eve Warnock help kick off NightLife LIVE this Thursday at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco with an exhibit in the garden for OpenLab! 

Critical Play, Mary Flanagan - Art, Games & History OpenLab co-sponsored event.

Professor Parker presents OpenLab at International Society of Electronic Art (ISEA 2012) New Mexico, USA


Balance-Unbalance is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.

Learn about the Blue Trail Project. The Blue Trail blends art, design, tech and science for a trailblazing new approach with a range of innovative, interdisciplinary programs and projects to raise awareness of the ocean crisis and engage the public in new and imaginative ways.

Writ Large Exhibition at UCSC. Featuring 10 UCSC artists each using an English phrase to query a corpus & presenting the results of a cross-disciplinary event representing Creative Writing, Digital Arts & New Media, Film & Digital Media, Computer Science, and Linguistics students.

Professor Parker has participated in LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous)  Talks, sharing the work of OpenLAB at Stanford, UCB, UCSC, San Francisco State University, and Kansas University. LASER Talks is Leonardo's international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. LASER Talks were founded in 2008 by Bay Area LASER Chair Piero Scaruffi and are in over 20 cities around the world. 

Fort Nights: Neon Robot Iceberg” kicks off a new era at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, one of community-focused events and exhibitions curated by FMCAC. This event, which is the first in the Fort Nights series, features more than 22 artists and musicians exploring site-specific multi-media art across the 55,000-square-foot Festival Pavilion and Firehouse

The OpenLab DANM Mechatronics & SonicSENSE Project team--led by Jennifer Parker with graduate student Sudhu Tewari--has produced HydroSONIC v.2.0 with the support of ZERO1 and the UCSC Arts Excellence Funds.

OpenLab's SonicPLACE Exhibit at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco.

OpenLab at California Academy of Sciences for the SoundWave ((4)) Festival 

ART + Astrophysics Exhibition. The exhibition feature four exhibit of astrophysical phenomena including Black Hole/Star Bowling Game; a Kepler App; a 3D Zoetrope of MoonSplat, and an interactive sculpture of Spectral Shifts in the Milky Way.

Performing Technologies: a panel discussion at UCSC exploring expressive interactions across: theory, science, art, & the public