Art and science meet in a NASA hangar. Photo: jasonunbound, via Flickr.

Yuri + CDMSpace exploration has had a deep impact on the way a lot of us see the world and think about our art. So I can’t wait for this Saturday’s Yuri’s Night Bay Area, which will bring a convergence of bleeding-edge music, art, technology, science, and visualism to a 12 hour-long party on NASA’s airfield outside San Francisco. We’ll be bringing some of the best of this event to you all around the world. Read or subscribe to RSS for our special minisite to make sure you don’t miss a thing, wherever you are on the planet; updates will continue live through the event and in the couple of weeks afterward: Yuri + CDM + music + motion RSS feed

If you’re near the Bay Area, let us know if you’re coming to the event. We’d love help with photos, video, and coverage. And if you’re involved in a Yuri’s Night somewhere else in the world, let us know about that, too.

Here’s just a sample of the visualist angle at Yuri’s Bay Area:

  • Brazilian Tania Fraga’s Fluxions employs the Pulfrich Illusion in an interactive, Java3D-powered interactive video projection
  • A 360-degree video installation by Frank Pietronigro, dedicated to parabolic flight
  • Luis Maurette’s installation, which lets you walk through color space
  • A video installation that runs a mysterious countdown, by Peter Foucault and John Urquhart
  • Simulated video playback from Gene Shuman
  • A meditation on space with “computational cinema” from Michael Joaquin Grey and R. Luke DuBois
  • Our friend Tim Thompson is “finger painting with planets”, but it’s in the VIP area so … uh … someone let us know if you count as a VIP. (Even the press don’t, apparently.)
  • Space art from Don Davis … and, wow, the ESA is actually collaborating together with artists throughout Europe
  • An A/V installation involving something to do with the “energetic shift” that happens at the end of the Mayan calendar. It’s like a spiritual Mayan Y2K crisis, I suppose. Maybe artists Dwight Loop and Lynn Augstein can explain.

And we’re particularly excited about the Wiimote-powered, participatory superDrawathon, allowing people to waggle Wiis to run this Processing-powered visualization by Joshue Ott and Ezekiel Honig. (pictured below).

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