Commissioned by ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, UCSC OpenLab, and Dean Yager’s Research Initiative Fund and Arts Dean’s Excellence Fund at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
ArtHERE (2012) is a new initiative and online platform for crowd-sourced urban revitalization through the matching of art and place. Seeking a test platform and catalyst for the program, the artist group behind ArtHERE and ZERO1 have collaboratively positioned the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial as the launch pad for the first region-specific platform - siliconvalley.arthere.org.
Focusing on the greater Silicon Valley region, with the Biennial’s hub in downtown San Jose at its center, ZERO1 worked with local businesses and arts organizations to make a total of 12 spaces (and micro-grants) available in San Jose and Palo Alto that range from storefront windows and building facades, to outdoor projections and parklets. Via two open-call campaigns, artists were invited to submit art proposals online that set out to temporarily animate the available spaces with site-specific installations reflecting the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial theme Seeking Silicon Valley. The creative challenge being to use the architecture of the region as a canvas for vibrant and interactive artworks that reflect the creativity and innovation the Silicon Valley is known for. The selected projects will be exhibited in their respective spaces for the duration of the Biennial from September 12 to December 8, 2012.
Nicole Aptekar, Transect Cascade at Liquid Agency
Lynn Cazabon and Neal McDonald, JUNKSPACE at S. 1st Billiards
Ana Teresa Fernandez, Mojada at MACLA’s Noche Electrica
Anne-Marie Gregg, Pixelation of Place at Pacific Art League, Palo Alto
Christopher Haas, Information Lost Highway at the ZERO1 Garage
Victoria Mara Heilweil & Phil Spitler, Reaching for the Top at Touchstone Climbing Studio
Kimberlee Koym-Murteira, The Fractured Weave at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Daniel Schwartz, Silicon Valley Karaoke at San Jose Stage Company
Pierce Warnecke, Used News at Metro Newspaper
Bill Washabaugh and Jeff Lieberman, The Sitting Wave at Caffe Frascati
Nanette Wylde, Diverse Paths at Palo Alto Art Center
Samson Young, Signal Path II: Sinister Resonance at the Downtown Yoga Shala
Jennifer Parker, Sam Bower, Mark Grothman, Lauren Sinreich and Jim Hovell
live and work in the Bay Area, CA
The inspiration for “ArtHERE” was developed by Jennifer Parker, Sam Bower, Mark Grothman, Lauren Sinreich and Jim Hovell at the 2011 GAFFTA Summer of Smart Hackathon with the desire to create an online tool enabling city communities and artists to activate empty and under-utilized urban spaces – therefore enabling local communities to curate and actively transform their own neighborhoods.