RECOMBINANT festival is a showcase of 360-degree spatial cinema and sound, and live audio-visual performances developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs over the last twenty years.

This historic 10-screen CineChamber apparatus at the Gray Area Grand Theater propels audiences into a 'VR mindset without the headset'; which extends the single viewer platform of virtual and augmented reality into a shared experience of immersive panorama.

After last years California re-launch and Return of Recombinant to the Bay Area after a full decade, RML is presenting two full programs of world premiere CineChamber works:

GONE, GONE BEYOND by People Like Us, MEMENTO STELLA by Makino Takashi, KUROSHIO by Philip Jeck, Michaela Grill, & Karl Lemieux, HYPNOSIS DISPLAY (version) by Grouper and Paul Clipson, and three new pieces by MASAKO TANAKA.

Also in a music weekend residency is MARTIN REV of SUICIDE who over three evenings will be featured with two different live sets and a show and tell interview on Sunday October 15th.

Opening for Rev will be DANIEL MENCHE and PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT plus special surprise guests TBA.

Installation for 4 people for 4 minutes by JEFF CAREY — “Precursor to Hypercube” — if you can find it you can go on it! (First come, first served — if you dare...)

Exhibition: MARK McCLOUD's “Blotter Barn Blizzards” from the Institute of Illegal Images.

Fall of Love Panel talks with ERIK DAVIS and conversations with V.VALE, MARK McCLOUD, NAUT HUMON and others TBA.

OTHER CINEMA with CRAIG BALDWIN presents Nth Dimension — plus SF CINEMATHEQUE film program TBA

"Death of Hippie” screening of the ’67 Haight Funeral from the Alan Willis Archives.

And for those who missed last years festival we have a RECOMBINANT RECAP 2016 hour with CineChamber Classics by Ryoichi Kurokawa, Biosphere and Egbert Mittelstadt, Christian Fennesz and Lillevan, Scott Arford, and Naut Humon.


All days:
Installation: “Precursor to Hypercube” by Jeff Carey.
Exhibition: “Blotter Barn Blizzards” from the Institute of Illegal Images / Mark McCloud.

Wed, Oct 11th & Thu, Oct 12th

18:30 – 19:30 CineChamber - Recombinant Recap 2016 (Tickets)
20:00 – 21:30 CineChamber - The Fall of Love (Tickets)

22:00 – 23:30 CineChamber - Paradise Tossed (Tickets)

Fri, Oct 13th & Sat, Oct 14th

18:30 – 20:00 CineChamber - The Fall of Love (Tickets)
20:30 – 22:00 CineChamber - Paradise Tossed (Tickets)
22:30 – 02:00 Live AV Sets:
FRI — Pedestrian Deposit, Special Guest TBA, Martin Rev Live Solo (Tickets)
SAT— Daniel Menche, Special Guest TBA, Martin Rev plays Suicide (Tickets)

Sun, Oct 15th 

17:30 – 18:30 CineChamber Artist Panel with Vicki Bennett, Makino Takashi, Jeff Carey (Tickets)
19:00 – 20:00 Erik Davis presentation Fall of Love / Weirdness of Being joined by V. Vale, Mark McCloud, Naut Humon (Tickets)
20:30 – 22:00 Show & Tell: Martin Rev talks Suicide moderated by Marcus Herring & Tom Fitzgerald (Tickets)
22:00 – 23:00 Film Screening: Suicide Live (Tickets)
23:00 – 00:00 Festival Reception; Always be Closing (Tickets)



Gray Area / Grand Theater
October 11th to 15th, 2017

Gray Area has retrofitted the historic Grand Theater with modern day sound, lighting and visual capabilities. Located in the vibrant Mission District of San Francisco, the renovation of this 1940s, 10,000 square foot theater brings back a historic cinema to the creative community at a critical time in the city's history.