So the multimedia installation Automatica -- based originally on the idea of automatic, or spontaneous, writing -- promises to be many things, featuring "sound, moving image, creative movement and dance, sculptural aspects and video projection," including the use of interactive cameras that track movement in real time. "We expanded on the idea, using it as it pertains to the automatic nature of technology," McCoin notes. It's heady stuff, not to mention mind-blowing and fun; get right in the middle of it beginning at 8 p.m. at the Merc, 2199 California Street. Admission is $5 at the door, and food is available for an additional $5. Go to www.mercurycafe.com.
Wed., May 2, 8 p.m., 2012