South Bay

BIOS design collective

Colonia Techne

Commissioned by the San Jose Public Art Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 

The project is an interactive pavilion that will engage the public through sight and sound. The person experiencing the project will move through a “net” of sensors that interpret movement, sound and proximity and re-interpret that information as a display of light and sound. Colonia Techne will react to its environment and create a new environment through interpretation, thereby changing the paradigm of a typical structure from environmental control to environmental responsiveness. This project takes systemic cues from the cooperative nature of corral reefs. In corral reefs many individuals work in unison (coral polyps) to create the overall reef. Each individual responds to environmental factors that affect the final reef structure. Environmental factors include heat, light, food etc.

Colonia Techne is made using CNC (computer numerical control) milling, which provides for precision cutting allowing designers to explore new methods of and materials for building.

Project info: 

On view at 300 S. 1st Street
from September 12, 2012 - February 2013
Free and open to the public

BIOS Design Collective

live and work in San Francisco, CA

BIOS Design Collective is a working group of academic and professional designers--Jess Austin, Ripon DeLeon, and Charles Lee--exploring the application of biological patterns to architecture. Technology is a biological process; a prosthetic extension of the human condition. BIOS Design Collective sees the built environment as a living organism, dynamic and evolving in symbiosis with our own evolution.

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September 12, 2012 - February 2013

300 S. 1st Street

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Jean Dubois and Chloé Lefebvre

By Means Of A Sigh

Curated by Dooeun Choi for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial with support from the National Endownment for the Arts

By Means Of A Sigh (2008) is a video installation allowing the viewers to interact with giant sized video images projected in a public space. Two faces seen in profile are connected to one another other by a chewing gum bubble that they can both inflate and deflate. The viewer can call a phone number displayed on the screen and blow into his cell phone to animate the characters’ respiratory movement. This interaction will go on until the balance is broken and the bubble bursts on one side, separating the characters. Here, the viewer becomes accomplice to the characters, the work, and to other viewers. Thus, he is placed in an equivocal position where he can maintain or break the image equilibrium.

Project info: 

ZERO1 Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street
Premieres September 13 at 9pm
With additional screenings through December 8, 2012

Jean Dubois & Chloé Lefebvre

live and work in Montreal, Canada

Jean Dubois produces media installations that deal, in a poetic and critical way, with interpersonal relationships in order to produce the effects of encounters with characters and environments. He teaches at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of Université du Québec à Montréal, co-leads the Groupe de recherche et de création Interstices and serves on the board of directors of VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine.

Artist website: 
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Premieres September 13 at 9pm

ZERO1 Urban Screen

Public Art project. On display night and day.

ZERO1 Brunch Talk

Bruce Sterling & the Curators

Come have a light brunch on us with the global network of curators and learn more about this amazing journey—the shaping and curation of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial.

Reflecting the networked nature of Silicon Valley, this year’s Biennial exhibition structure experiments with a networked model of collaborative curation. By doing so, it offers a new way to approach an international biennial through the collaborative lens, allowing both breadth and uniformity under the common theme of Seeking Silicon Valley.

Where: The Tech Museum
When: Saturday September 15th 
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Free event-sign up now!

The curator panel, moderated by Richard Rinehart, will feature the five 2012 ZERO1 Biennial exhibition curators—Jaime Austin, Dooeun Choi, Gisela Domschke, Michelle Kasprzak, and Regina Möller—as they discuss the results of their collaboration. A special component will be a keynote talk by media critic Bruce Sterling. His theories provide additional context for the projects being commissioned and presented, not only for the greater art and technology community, but also among academic communities who are at the forefront of theory and criticism in the field. Bruce Sterling was a natural choice for this year’s keynote speech based on the influence his work has had on many of the artists and curators.

Sterling’s talk entitled "Aesthetics of Machine Vision" will cover novel forms of machine-generated imagery and what artists are doing with them, and what critics are saying about them: information visualization, satellite views, parametric architecture, surveillance cameras, digital image processing, data-mashed video frames, glitches and corruption artifacts, voxelated 3D pixels in real-world geometries, dazzle camou, augments, and other things "irrupting" on and off screens.

 

Project info: 

Saturday, September 15th
11:00am - 12:30pm
The Tech Museum

Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling, author, journalist, editor, and critic, was born in 1954. Best known for his ten science fiction novels, he also writes short stories, book reviews, design criticism, opinion columns, and introductions for books ranging from Ernst Juenger to Jules Verne. His nonfiction works include The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (1992), Tomorrow Now: Envisioning The Next Fifty Years (2003), and Shaping Things (2005).

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September 15th at 11am

At the Tech Museum

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Nelly Ben Hayoun

Ground Control: an Opera in Space

Commissioned by ZERO1 Biennial with support from Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Montalvo Arts Center, the Science and Technology Corporation, Taksha University and V2_

When: Thursday, September 13th at 7pm

Where: ZERO1 Biennal Urban Screen, 300 S. 1st Street, San Jose

What: Ground Control: an Opera in Space inspired by our desire to understand the universe and rocket-propel our souls to further galaxies. 
Join the International Space Orchestra - an assembly of star-spangled space scientists from NASA AmesSingularity UniversityInternational Space University and the SETI Institute - as they perform the world premiere of: Ground Control: An Opera in Space - a unique drama of non-terrestrial communication and the techno-wonders of mission control rooms.

Afterwards: Come and party with the International Space Orchestra!
The concert is followed by the ZERO1 Biennial Opening Party, join the International Space Orchestra, artists and friends
9:00pm-11:00pm at the ZERO1 Garage
Free with RSVP (limited passes available) reserve via Eventbrite

RSVP for the International Space Orchestra after-party

The International Space Orchestra, directed and created by Nelly Ben Hayoun, is an experiential and hybrid research laboratory, where space scientists have been invited to implement, deconstruct, perform, sing, mix, modify, and design musical acts in a control room.

In this tangential reality, your Flight Controller conducts arias and the Payload Officer works a baritone sax, while the Capsule Communicator is on the triangle. 

Merging science, technology, design and opera - Ground-Control: An opera in Space aims to reach the final frontier.
Project info: 

September 13th, 7pm
ZERO1 Biennial Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street parking lot, San Jose
Free and open to the public

Nelly Ben Hayoun directing the International Space Orchestra

Created and directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, performed by space scientists. Featuring music written by Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn with Bobby Womack; Maywa Denki and Penguin Café's Arthur Jeffes. Lyrics by Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic. Musical director: two-time Grammy Award winner, Evan Price.

Artist website: 
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September 13, 2012

300 S. 1st street

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ZERO1 ARTIST TALKS

Relay Artist Talk Series

The Relay Artist Talk Series provides visitors with a chance to connect with artists from all over the world.

ARTIST TALK SCHEDULE:

Thursday 13th
12:00pm: Maurice Benayoun, Gambiologia (Fred Paulino, Lucas Mafra and Paulo Henrique Pessoa ‘The Goose’), and Jegan Vincent de Paul with curator Dooeun Choi

Friday 14th
12:00pm: Christopher Baker, Wendy Jacob, and Hojun Song with curator Regina Möller

Saturday 15th
2:00pm: Shu Lea Cheang, Stephanie Syjuco and Lucas Bambozzi with curator Gisela Domschke 

4:00pm: Nelly Ben Hayoun, Christopher Haas, MeatMedia (Wu Juehui), Karina Smigla-Bobinski with curator Michelle Kasprzak

Sunday 16th
2:00pm: Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukacs, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Stamen Design (Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso & Zach Watson) with curator Jaime Austin

Check out our Facebook event here!

Project info: 

Artist Talks will take place at the ZERO1 Garage
September 13, 12:00pm
September 14, 12:00pm
September 15, 2:00pm & 4:00pm
September 16, 2:00pm & 4:00pm

Relay Artist Talk Series


The Relay Artist Talk Series
provides visitors with a chance to connect with artists from all over the world. With the diverse range of artistic practices, technologies used, and research undertaken it’s important to share the processes and underpinnings of the artworks, many of which are complex and multifaceted. Based on the unique opportunity to showcase ZERO1’s new home—the ZERO1 Garage—the relay artist talk series will take place within the gallery walls as a succession of quick, fun, interactive talks.

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September 13-16, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Victoria Heilweil & Phil Spitler

Reaching for the top

Commissioned by Touchstone Climbing Studio, ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the San Jose Downtown Association

Reaching for the top (2012) is a site-specific LED installation that will be exhibited as part of the ArtHERE program at the Touchstone Climbing Studio from September 12-December 8, 2012.

Silicon Valley embodies entrepreneurship, drive, motivation and innovation. Reaching for the Top utilizes the metaphor of climbing to symbolize the history and driving force behind Silicon Valley. A digitally created landscape of circuit board mountains, blue skies and a single tree will fill the windows of the ticket booth. Within this landscape are silhouettes of individual climbers scaling the mountains to reach the top. This landscape reflects the past, present and future of Silicon Valley and is a conceptual narrative of technology helping people climb to great heights. The single tree symbolizes growth, and the blossoming spirit of entrepreneurship. 

LED lights within the ticket booth will illuminate the landscape giving it a glow. The silhouettes of climbers scaling the mountains will be lit with colored LED lights, which cycle through different hues to bring emphasis and attention to the climbers. Climbers from the gym were photographed to create individual and realistic silhouettes, and to create a connection between the artwork outside and the business within.

Project info: 

This project will be exhibited as 
part of the ArtHERE program at the 
Touchstone Climbing Studio (396 S. 1st Street)
from September 12-December 8, 2012
Free and open to the public

Victoria Heilweil & Phil Spitler

live and work in San Francisco, CA

Victoria Mara Heilweil is a nationally exhibited photographic artist. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 1995. Her work has been included at exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure, RayKo Photo Center and Root Division in the Bay Area, BC Space Gallery and the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California, the Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA, the Midwest Photo Center in Wichita Kansas and the Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

Touchstone Climbing Studio

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Ana Teresa Fernandez

Mojada

Commissioned by MACLA, ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the San Jose Downtown Association.

Mojada (2012) is a site-specific film series that will be exhibited as part of the ArtHERE program at MACLA's Noche Electria outdoor projector (510 S. 1st Street) from September 12-December 8, 2012.

Siren’s SongFont-Wet-BackIce QueenBorrando la Frontera, and Trono de Oro will make the video series of Mojada.

Mojada is a performance based film series about borders, bodies and buoyancy. Mojada will show 5 videos back to back, all actually in or based around water, and through different states of water. The site specific performance work addresses issues of immigration, feminism and class differences. 

When asked to think about Silicon Valley intersecting with Art and Technology my brain tends to go to the human element behind the machine. I think about the chemical build up of Silicon Valley, specifically San Jose, and cannot imagine it would exist without its massive immigrant population. Somewhere behind all the flashiness and news of social media, technology and branding the people get obscured. Mojada will use technology but to undress the layers that hide this forgotten population and project them widely at the center of the map. Mojada addresses political and social conflicts in an abstract form that ignites questioning rather than giving answers. Technology is a valuable tool of communication. Fernandez's work and specifically Mojada, provides a broader range of communication that doesn’t require a language, but instead uses symbols, actions, and the body.

Project info: 

This project will be exhibited as 
part of the ArtHERE program at MACLA's
Noche Electrica Outdoor Projector (510 S. 1st Street) 
from September 12-December 8, 2012. 
Free and open to the public

Ana Teresa Fernandez

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Ana Teresa Fernandez was born and raised in Tampico, Mexico. She received her MFA in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute. Ana Teresa’s work has also been exhibited in galleries and museums in San Francisco, LA, Chicago and New York within the US, as well as in Haiti, Costa Rica, South Africa and Mexico. Fernandez was the Tournasol awardee at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2007, as well as being selected to be part of the Triennial, Bay Area Now 5, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

MACLA's Noche Electrica

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Nicole Aptekar

Transect Cascade

Commissioned by Liquid Agency, ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Transect Cascade (2012) is a site-specific installation that will be exhibited as part of the ArtHERE program at Liquid Agency (448 S. 1st Street) from September 12-December 8, 2012.

Transect Cascade is a sinewy volume of scattered intersecting black surfaces, frozen in time, held unnaturally in space by a grid of stainless steel aircraft cable. A single, contrasting shape is transected through this volume, revealing itself fully only when the piece is viewed from a specific angle. Cutting edge CAD and digital fabrication techniques allow for complexity to emerge from simple shapes, movement and grace to reveal themselves in the chaos, computational ideals manifest in tangible reality. 

The sculpture is composed of black square pixel-like mount board elements on a tightly strung grid of stainless steel cables. The ‘pixels’ take on a physical form, but defy the ordinary laws of physics and gravity, hovering mid-air and intersecting each other chaotically to form sinewy, graceful shapes spanning the length of the seventeen foot window. The sculpture will activate the space through complex tensions of multi-dimensional geometry, teasing and engaging the eye with apparent chaos, until ultimately revealing bold order as a simple X-shape resolves itself from the negative space of the cascade. 

In our lives, replication is a powerful pattern. Increasingly, music, movies, and photos exist as digital copies of copies. The myriad applications that allow us to engage with this universe of content are themselves built from reused and repurposed blocks of computer code, replicated in hundreds of thousands of instances across the Internet. Similarly, the quotidian objects of our daily lives have themselves become replicas, perfect instances of a great whole. Platonic ideals as mass-produced products. 

I am fascinated by this phenomenon, and seek to embrace it to create beauty. Using a basic, repeated form of a square sheet of black mount board to communicate a large, spatially complex, and gesturally vivid composition, I am referencing this facet of our lives; How human-scale emotions and understanding can emerge from the repetition of simple elements.

Project team includes Laura Kogler, Arlen Abraham, Ian Baker, Mike Estee

Project info: 

This project will be exhibited as 
part of the ArtHERE program at
Liquid Agency (448 S. 1st Street) 
from September 12-December 8, 2012. 
Opening hours TBD

Photo credit: Audrey Penven

Nicole Aptekar

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Her work is focused on harnessing basic shapes from the digital world, and through careful composition and contemporary CNC fabrication techniques, realizing complex and graceful forms in our tangible reality. She is fascinated by the transitionary state humanity has found itself in, where the boundaries of digital and physical, virtual and real, having only just been established, are almost immediately washing away. Her work lives on this tenuous divide, confusing the notion of a render and a photo, handmade and computer-fabricated.

Artist twitter: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

Liquid Agency

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Sol Design Lab

Solar Phone Booth

Commissioned by ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program with support from National Endowment for the Arts and an in-kind donation from Armageddon Energy

According to the city’s official website, San Jose boasts an average of more than 300 sunny days per year. So why don’t we see more solar panels designed into our urban spaces? Sol Design Lab’s solar charging stations announce the arrival of practical renewable energy and rechargeable mobility for future green cities and campuses. Their Solar Pump Charging Station was a popular installation at the 2010 ZERO1 Biennial, so for this Biennial they used the same smart design to re-imagine urban space by converting an abandoned payphone into a shady resting place with a utilitarian purpose. Located in the newly redesigned Gore Park in downtown San Jose’s SoFA District, the Solar Phone Booth (2012) uses a hexagonal solar panel from local company Armageddon Energy to power outlets and phone chargers for the public to charge their mobile electronics. Sol Design Lab’s installation serves as an educational gathering place where people can charge their e-bicycles and cell phones while lounging in the shade of the solar roof on furniture made from up-cycled materials.

Project info: 

On view in Gore Park, downtown San Jose
September 12 - December 8, 2012
Free and open to the public

Beth Ferguson & Dallas Swindle

live and work in San Francisco, CA

Beth Ferguson is an ecological designer, public artist, and founding director of Sol Design Lab. She has worked with industrial designer Dallas Swindle to help thousands experience the power of solar energy with their iconic solar charging stations on the streets of San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, and at SXSW, Coachella, and festivals across the U.S.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

Gore Park, San Jose

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Mike Lai

Sonic Kung Fu 2

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Performed by Charming Hostess

For the festival, a live chorus will re-create fight scenes from the genre by using their vocal cords and body percussion.  The singers will accompany the physical performances of cinematic fighters with their own.  So, rather then throwing a punch, the performers will vocalize “swoosh” of their sleeves and slap their thigh to signify their punch landed.

This project is a continuation of my investigation of cinematic and performative strategies in Kung Fu genre films.  It began from a basic idea that most sounds we hear in a film are not the actual noise recorded from where the scene takes action.  Most of the time, they are noises produced by objects, or constructed through digital technology, added on after the film shoot. I am intrigue by how the contradiction of a realistic action juxtapose with an artificial sound can create such an authentic and believable experience in my mind. I intent to emphasize the importance of sound effects in filmic experience, while at the same time, noting how the experience is also fabricated. 

 

Project info: 

September 14, 2012, 6:00pm - 12:00am
S. 1st Street (from San Carlos to Reed)
SoFA District, San Jose

Mike Lai

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Mike Lai was born in Hong Kong in 1980, and came to the United States as a student in 1993. He received his BA from Davidson College, North Carolina and MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. His work has been exhibited nationally, including San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, GenArt San Francisco, Queen’s Nails Annex Gallery and Southern Exposure. He received an Individual Artist Commission from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2007. Mike Lai lives and works in San Francisco.

Artist website: 
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September 14, 2012

SoFA District

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