South Bay

Eduardo Kac

Aromapoetry

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Presented by ZERO1, originally commissioned by OpenLab, Paris and Enghien-les-Bains Art Center, Enghien-les-Bains, France.

Aromapoetry (2011) is a new kind of poetry in which the compositional unit (the poem) is made up of smells. The poet "writes" the smells by conceiving the poem as an olfactory experience and then employing multiple chemical procedures to achieve his poetic goals. It goes without saying that, as in any kind of poetry, the reader is an active participant that interprets and thus ascribes his or her own meanings to the poem beyond the writer's original motivations. In my book Aromapoetry, the first book ever written exclusively with smells, readers find twelve aromapoems that range widely in their material structure and semantic resonance. While I composed some of my aromapoems with only one or two molecules, most of them are composed of dozens of molecules each. In some cases, a single poem has distinct olfactory zones on the page—each comprised of dozens of molecules each. In other words, the level of molecular intricacy of the works in Aromapoetry varies from the very simple to the extremely complex. I composed the twelve poems in Aromapoetry so as to provide the reader with a broad field of aromatic experiences. The titles simultaneously delineate and open up the semantic sphere of each work. Each poem is a distinct and self-contained composition. At the same time, the book has a dynamic internal rhythm produced through the alternation of different or contrasting smells. Every poem in the book Aromapoetry employs nanotechnology by binding an extremely thin layer of porous glass (200 nanometers thick) to every page, trapping the odorants (i.e. the volatile molecules) and releasing them very slowly. Without this nanotechnology, the fragrances would quickly dissipate and the smells would no longer be experienced after a few days. To ensure even greater longevity, a set of small bottles is integrated into the book, allowing the reader to recharge every individual page. With an eye to the distant future, the book’s summary presents key molecules used in the production of each poem. Aromapoetry is a book to be read with the nose.

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the exhibition 
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage 
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

Photo credit: Mario Llorca (2010)

Eduardo Kac

lives and works in Chicago, IL

Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his telepresence and bio art. A pioneer of telecommunications art in the pre-Web '80s, Eduardo Kac (pronounced "Katz") emerged in the early '90s with his radical works combining telerobotics and living organisms. His visionary integration of robotics, biology and networking explores the fluidity of subject positions in the post-digital world.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Hojun Song

OSSI – the first launching

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Presented by ZERO1

Open Source Satellite Initiative – the first launching (2008 - present)
After 4 years of work, Hojun Song is launching his first satellite on August 31, 2012 as an individual – the first private satellite. By sharing his actions online in real time, he challenging issues of the individual vs. institution, art vs. technology, science vs. fantasy, and hope vs. politics. In the exhibition, Hojun Song's four year journey will be shared via screen. And every time the satellite passes over the exhibition site and the station successfully receives the signal, the contents of the satellite archive sync and react.

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the exhibition 
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage 
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

Hojun Song

lives and works in Seoul, S. Korea

Hojun Song's work is about making narratives and bringing questions by implementing absurd objects like radiation jewelry and the strongest weapon in the world. Currently he's working to launch his own small satellite. His satellite project encompasses hard core engineering to T shirts graphic designs. By showing a series of work, Hojun Song will like to question some of conventional thoughts on art, design and science and eventually, he shows how to link those to our daily issues.

Artist website: 
Artist twitter: 

@opensat

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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MeatMedia

Brain Station 2

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Commissioned by ZERO1, and presented with support from the Institute of Neural Engineering of Tsinghua University and TASML | Tsinghua University Art & Science Research Center Media Lab

The Brain Station series by MeatMedia creates an interface to enlighten the invisible data of our body. In the first Brain Station, the artists applied cutting-edge BCI (brain computer interface) technology to a wearable light bulb helmet that grew brighter and dimmer according to the participant’s emotion-related brainwaves. The technology amplified the brainwaves and translated them into visible light by transforming biological energy into photovoltaic energy. Simultaneously, the participant responded to the mood of the light. There was an endless feedback of the emotion between human and the machine and between organism and non-organism.

Brain Station 2 (2012) also allows participants to wear another BCI on their head, but this time with a light bulb hanging in front of their eyes. The brainwaves from the visual cortex, captured by the BCI, power the light. When one’s eyes are closed, the light turns on. When eyes open, the light turns off. Even with closed eyes, one can still see the light and sense the surroundings more vividly. Therefore, Brain Station is an artistic representation of the energy flow between human perception and the rest of the world.

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the exhibition 
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage 
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

MeatMedia

live and work in Hangzhou, China

MeatMedia is a media art organization, initiated by Wu Juehui and Shao Ding. In recent years, they have been operating within the potential interfaces between art and science, body and media, in collaboration with laboratories or institutes such as TASML (Tsinghua University Art & Science Media Lab), Institute of Neural Engineering (Tsinghua University), Media x Design Lab (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology | EPFL), Institute of Graphics and Image (Hangzhou Dianzi University).

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Lucas Bambozzi

Mobile Crash v2

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Commissioned by ZERO1.

Mobile Crash v2 [obsolescence trimmer] (2012) is a newer version of the interactive installation Mobile Crash (2010) -- initially conceived as an immersive audiovisual system,  which is now being updated to employ new ways of reading data and measuring signals in a given environment. 

Mobile Crash v2 [obsolescence trimmer]  (2012) shows communication devices and equipment in states of obsolescence being continuously smashed by hammers. A computer algorithm picks the video sequences among hundreds of short clips available. The rhythmic rate of the clips varies according to sensors measuring electromagnetic fields in the environment, such as from mobile phone calls or from other signals operating at certain frequencies in the same range. Such invisible signals would be the sources for leading the inputs, triggering the system to progressively display the sound and visual sequences in a mash-up style, which the audience can experience in real time. The installation aims to produce an ironic comment about obsolescence issues and technological trends. The more we consume and use technology, the more it renders it obsolete.
 
Project team includes Radames Ajna and Paloma Oliveira.

 

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the exhibition
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

Lucas Bambozzi

lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil

Lucas Bambozzi is a multimedia artist producing works in a variety of formats such as installations, single channel videos and interactive projects.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Karina Smigla-Bobinski

ADA

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Presented by ZERO1

ADA (2010) is a post-industrial "creature", visitor animated, creatively acting artist-sculpture, self-forming artwork, resembling a molecular hybrid, such as a one from nanobiotechnology. She develops the same rotating silicon-carbon-hybrids, midget tools, miniature machines able to generate simple structures. Filled up with helium, floating freely in room, a transparent, membrane-like globe, spiked with charcoals that leave marks on the walls, ceilings and floors - marks which ADA produces quite autonomously, although moved by a visitor. The globe obtains aura of liveliness and its black coal traces, the appearance of being a drawing. The globe in action fabricates a composition of lines and points, which remains incalculable in their intensity, expression and form. However hard the visitor tries to control, to drive, to domesticate her, whatever he tries out, he will very soon notice that ADA is an independent performer, studding the originally white walls with drawings and signs. A more and more complicated fabric structure arises. ADA up rose in nowadays spirit of biotechnology. She is a vital performance-machine, and her patterns of lines and points, get more and more complex as the number of the audience playing-in increases. The title is a tribute to Ada Lovelace.

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the exhibition 
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage 
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

Karina Smigla-Bobinski

lives and works in Munich, Germany

Karina Smigla-Bobinski lives and works as a freelance artist in Munich and Berlin in Germany. She studied painting and visual communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland and Munich, Germany. She works as an intermedia artist with analogue and digital media.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Jegan Vincent de Paul

Compare+Contrast:Codes of Conduct

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Commissioned by ZERO1 and presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

To seek Silicon Valley is a daunting task. A difficulty arises in any attempts to get a clear picture of the exact nature of this space and its relationship to the rest of American society. Silicon Valley can be better understood by comparison to a space that is arguably its ideological antitheses - that of Washington, DC. Compare and Contrast:Codes of Conduct is a project that compares and contrasts the codes of conduct of Washington with that of Silicon Valley for 99 days prior to the US Presidential Elections and the 2012 ZER01 Biennial. The project takes as a hypothesis that the technologies and technologists of Silicon Valley might be increasingly more impactful in the production of future-oriented change within the United States than the policies and politicians of Washington. Using the language of U.S mass media - as both image and text - together with the thoughts of key personal interviewees the project will attempt to reveal the underlying ?body of code? that markedly distinguishes Silicon Valley from Washington DC. For the exhibition a special projection and seating object is designed. A two-channel video projection juxtaposes media representations (collected over 99 days) of Silicon Valley on one screen and those of Washington on the other. The video is composed of fast moving text and images drawn from articles, highlighting certain key words, headlines and photographs. The video is accompanied by the voices / statements of the interviewees. A hard-copy version of the media juxtapositions and full transcriptions of the interviews is available in a binder displayed within the installation.

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the exhibition 
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage 
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

Jegan Vincent de Paul

lives and works in Cambridge, MA

Jegan Vincent de Paul was born in Sri Lanka in 1978. His family migrated to India in 1986, during the civil war in Sri Lanka, and then settled in Canada a year later. He currently lives and works in the United States. Studying western art and architecture at the University of Toronto, Jegan received a B.A. in 2003. He is trained as an architect at the University of Toronto, where he received an MArch in 2007.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Jae Rhim Lee

Infinity Burial Project: Decomp Me

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Commissioned by ZERO1 and presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Infinity Burial Project's Decomp Me (2012) is an iPad app and an intervention (a Decompivention) that invites technocrats, Singularitans, and the general public to turn away from death denial and postmortem body preservation and to face and accept death and decomposition. Decomp Me is an interactive, digital visualization of a user's face/body decomposing and transforming into clusters of Infinity Mushrooms. The app will guide the user to take a photo of the user's face, allow the user to 'spore' the image, and display an interactive, animated video of the user's face decomposing and transforming into mushrooms.

After undergoing visualization, Decomp Me users will be invited to become a Decompinaut, a member of the Decompiculture Society, a group which promotes intimacy with and acceptance of the physical realities of decomposition as vehicles toward death acceptance. The Society seeks to advance knowledge and awareness of postmortem options through research, education, and decompiculture: the cultivation of organisms that assist in metabolic decay. Small capsules containing dilute "corpse scent" will be delivered after each visualization.

Decomp Me will be accompanied by a small installation of mushroom cultures representing Infinity Burial Project director Jae Rhim Lee's growing and training Infinity Mushrooms to eat her discarded body tissue.

Collaborators/team members:  Eric Kaltman, Greg Niemeyer, Takehito Etani, Ed Allen

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the exhibition
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

Jae Rhim Lee

lives and works in Oakland, CA

Jae Rhim Lee is a visual artist and designer whose living units, furniture, wearables, and recycling systems propose unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment. She has exhibited internationally and has given numerous lectures, talks, and demonstrations, including at MIT, the TEDGlobal Conference, Harvard Medical School, and Kampnagel Hamburg.

Artist website: 
Artist twitter: 

http://twitter.com/#!/jaerhimlee

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Gambiologia

Gambiological Armor

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Additional pieces commissioned by ZERO1 for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, original work commisioned by arte.mov (2008)

Gambiological Armor (2008/2012), a series of pieces commissioned by arte.mov in 2008, including “Bag”, “Belt”, “Glasses”, “Helmet”, “Iphone” and “Shoephone” are presented alongside two new pieces specifically commissioned by ZER01 for the exhibition Seeking Silicon Valley. Gambiological Armor is the first work of Gambiologia which defined the basis of this movement. It is (non-)interactive clothing built from old parts, which are inspired on the aesthetics of ‘gambiarra’, Brazilian’s DIY culture. The armor is a work of building electronics with an anthropophagic accent that ends up looking like contemporary Steampunk. By using recycled gear, it brings a new meaning to the technological context assuming an attitude of creative re-contextualization of materials commonly understood as trash. The creation of artifacts in an improvised manner portrays the metropolis’ spontaneity of everyday life, while also offering an analysis of the perishability and reinvention of technology. In a context in which the excess of discarded objects accumulating over the surface of the globe is a crucial issue, the armor also proposes a parody on the excess of gadgets carried by the contemporary citizen.

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the exhibition 
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage 
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

Photo credit: Alessandra Nohvais

Gambiologia

live and work in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

‘Gambiarra’ is the Brazilian practice of makeshifts, the art of resorting to quirky and smart improvisation in order to repair what doesn’t work or to create what is needed with what is at disposal. Gambiologia is the ‘science of gambiarra’ that studies this form of creative improvisation and celebrates it by combining it with electronic-digital techniques.

Artist twitter: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Aram Bartholl

Dead Drops

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Presented by ZERO1

Dead Drops (2010 - present) is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. Dead Drops  is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city or neighborhood, follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures on the website: http://deaddrops.com/

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the exhibition 
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage 
September 12-December 8, 2012
Admission is free

Aram Bartholl

lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Aram Bartholl has been working in Berlin since 1995. He studied architecture at the University of the Arts UdK Berlin and graduated there in 2001. Bartholl worked as a freelancer for DMC, MVRDV, IEB Berlin and Fraunhofer Institut FOCUS among others. His installations and performances have been shown at numerous festivals, museum and gallery shows worldwide. Often he is invited to give workshops and to present his work at conferences and universities/art schools. He is a member of the NYC based ‘Free, Art & Technology Lab’ a.k.a. ‘F.A.T.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

Public Art project. On display night and day.

San Jose Taiko

Rhythm Spirit 2012: Taiko + Technology

Location

School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA
United States
37° 21' 9.9972" N, 121° 51' 18.504" W

Presented by San Jose Taiko

San Jose Taiko (SJT) presents its annual home season production at the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Three performances: Friday Sept 21 at 8pm, Saturday Sept 22 at 2pm & 8pm. For this year's production SJT partners with ZERO1 and other multidisciplinary collaborators to create a rhythmic and visual landscape using the taiko as a contemporary dynamic medium.

Project info: 

This project is presented as part of the ZERO1 Biennial 9 Evenings Performance Series
Performance dates: Friday Sept 21 at 8pm
Saturday Sept 22 at 2pm & 8pm

San Jose Taiko

based in San Jose, CA

San Jose Taiko has a long-term vision of establishing a Taiko Conservatory, the first of its kind in the United States, to serve as a national resource for this vibrant Asian American art form. Through the Taiko Conservatory, San Jose Taiko is committed to providing professional development opportunities, technical assistance, and a comprehensive array of support and information about North American Taiko to individuals and organizations around the world.

Artist website: 
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September 21-22, 2012

San Jose Taiko

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