Cal Poly Science Cafe welcomes GAFFTA, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a “diverse community of coders, artists, entrepreneurs, innovators, and civic leaders that believe in the potential for creatively applied digital art and technology to transform society.”
At this event, meet Josette Melchor, the Founder and Executive Director of GAFFTA and George Zisiadis, an artist who recently installed the interactive “Pulse of the City” in Boston. Together they will talk about GAFFTA’s urban prototyping model and how open urban prototyping can lead to pilots and pilots to products. They will also discuss Pulse of the City, which was recently installed in Boston:
Josette Melchor — An early social entrepreneur, Josette started her first art gallery and studio program at the age of 19 by self-funding creative projects through her work in the technology industry.
As a community organizer, Josette led the launch of Seaquence.org, a product of Gray Area Research, an artist-in-research program for creative technologies. She also ran City Centered, a program that connected cities with data artists for public good.
As a curator, Josette has worked with notable designers and interdisciplinary research centers including: MiT Senseable City Lab, Institute of Computer Sound and Technology, Stamen Design; artists C.E.B Reas, Robert Hodgin, Aaron Koblin, Camille Utterback, and many more.
Photo from Pulse of the City, by George Zisiadis
George Zisiadis — I’m a San Francisco based interactive artist whose projects draw out the curiosity and endless fun that lie within us all. My work playfully re-imagines people’s relationships to their environments and to themselves. I collaborate with major brands like Nestle and institutions like the City of Boston to create engaging, interactive experiences for thousands in public settings.
His work has been featured in Wired, FastCompany, The New Yorker and Laughing Squid. He has a BA in Sociology from Harvard University.