South Bay

City of San Jose OCA

Building Networks to Catalyze Creative Urban Culture

Sponsored by the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, the California Arts Council, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and is presented in association with ZERO1, Center for Cultural Innovation, and other partners.

Platform: Building Networks to Catalyze Creative Urban Culture

The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs invites you to attend a two-part convening aimed at:
1. Building support for creative entrepreneurs and arts-rooted businesses by providing opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange, and
2. Providing a forum for participants to learn and engage in dialogue about creative placemaking.

Who should attend:
Artists of all disciplines, civic leaders, creative entrepreneurs, arts-rooted businesses, grantmakers, urbanists, local arts agencies and arts organizations. 
There is no fee for this event, and you are welcome to register for either or both sessions.

Platform A: Creative Entrepreneur Forum & Resource Fair 10:30 am -1:30 pm
Platform B: Creative Placemaking Forum 1:30 pm -6:00 pm

Project info: 

Friday, September 14, 2012
10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Platform A: Creative Entrepreneur Forum & Resource Fair 10:30 am -1:30 pm
Platform B: Creative Placemaking Forum 1:30 pm -6:00 pm

City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

The Office of Cultural Affairs is a unit of the City's Office of Economic Development. The OCA fosters cultural and economic development as related strategies for continuing to build San Jose as the cultural and economic heart of Silicon Valley. The OCA coordinates services for a large number of outdoor events and festivals, offers a variety of financial support opportunities for arts and culture providers, supports arts education, and leads the development of public art works throughout the city.

No

September 14

San Jose City Hall

no

Daniel Christopher, Aidan Seine, Ace Levenberg, and Levi Goldman

Project Socialites

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Project Socialites is an interactive, social art experience. It is a group adventure that leads participants through the Zero1 street fair to a central installation. Participants walk with glowing Orbs through the urban landscape of San Jose individually and collectively activating light and sound sculptures. While participants can experience aspects of the work individually, by maintaining proximity to other individuals with Orbs and visiting the sculptures together, participants can unlock light and sound sequences at a central installation.

Anyone can participate by gathering three mini-Orbs and bringing them to our distribution point. Mini-Orbs are randomly given to festival-goers, and individuals are encouraged to form groups by aggregating these smaller Orbs and trading them for larger, interactive ones. With a full-size Orb in possession, an individual or group ventures through the streets of San Jose in search of several sets of light sculptures. The object they carry triggers changes in emitted light and sound effects from networked sets of sculptures. Visiting and following these sculptures also effects the state of an Orb by changing color and pulse. After visiting all sites, an orb reaches a "fully charged" state and can stimulate the central installation. While participants can experience aspects of the work individually, only through collaboration with others can hidden media elements be unlocked.

Our project is open source, and we encourage other hobbyists and tinkerers to build their own Orb-like objects that can interact with our artwork. We will provide the source code and circuit schematics via our website.

Project info: 

September 15, 2012, 11am - 6pm
S. 1st Street (from San Carlos to Reed)
SoFA District, San Jose

Daniel Christopher, Aidan Seine, Ace Levenberg, and Levi Goldman

live and work in California, USA

Project Socialites is an interdisciplinary collaboration between recent UCSC Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) graduate Daniel Christopher, with computer science students Aidan Seine and Ace Levenberg, and expert mold-maker Levi Goldman (DANM ’11). The group has been working for one year to explore the potential for simple circuits to facilitate spontaneous, in-person social interactions.

Yes

September 15, 2012

SoFA District

no

Christian Cerrito

Chorus

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

"Chorus" consists of a series of grungy trash cans, casually placed on a curb as if awaiting pickup. Stuffed to the brim with assorted litter and refuse, these cans will appear, outwardly, to be everyday waste bins. People with a keen ear and eye, and a bit of patience, will discover that these are no ordinary trash cans. As visitors pass by this covert installation, the cans will respond in various fashions... quietly at first, but with increasingly bold actions and utterances. It is the artist's hope that the individual response of each receptacle will take some figuring out, encouraging viewers to communicate with one another in order to discover each cans' unique personality.

Project info: 

September 15, 2012, 11am - 6pm
S. 1st Street (from San Carlos to Reed)
SoFA District, San Jose

Christian Cerrito

lives and works in Berkeley, CA

Christian Cerrito is a Berkeley, CA based artists and educator interesting in fusing interactive technologies with traditional artistic practices. His recent work has focused around the ideas of "social" interactions between people and technology, art making collaborations between humans and robots, and in using simple systems to reimagine public spaces.

Yes

September 15, 2012

SoFA District

no

The Litewall Group

The Lite Wall or The Great (Temporary) Wall of Silicon Valley

The Lite Wall is a collaborative project by the students and alumni of the Digital Media Department (CADRE) at San Jose State University, where participants who help make the large LED display, also make the content for it. Intentionally self-referencing, the project was designed to be a bigger-than-life-size LED display, as well as a record of those who built it. From the individuals who built the structure and assembled its electronic parts, to the complex network of companies near and far who provide the design and fabrication of electronics, the people and many networks who were involved in its construction, are represented in each individual LED cube or 'pixel' with a likeness of them – a unique ‘pixel’ corresponding to each participant involved. The ability for each person who works on the wall to share in the outcome and eventual completion of the project, celebrates the idea of the 'do it together' movement, perhaps in contrast to the more familiar gap between the unknown makers of electronics and the consumers who use them.

Process: Each participant is given the 'privilege' of building their own 7" square pixel, adding it to the wall. From soldering PC boards, to gluing boxes and wiring; one can have their brief stint at role playing the far off assembly-line worker, who makes our modern day gadgets. Using the computer station beside the larger LED wall, each person's 'pixel' can be called up, and their 'tweet-like' text statement will crawl across the wall, sending their message up in lights. During its installation, there will be several workstations for people to build more cubes, inviting more to join in and adding to the growing wall, as more contributors are made visible.

 

 

Project info: 

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

The Litewall Group

lives and works in San Jose, CA

The Lite Wall started out as a class project, spring of 2012 and since evolved in a collaboration by the students and alumni of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State University. The group’s focus has been on research into designers and manufactures of high-tech materials, and the role of consumers versus makers of electronic devices in their art works. A prototype version of Lite Wall  has been shown at the 2012 Maker Faire in San Mateo. 

Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no

ZERO1 Urban Screen

ZERO1 BIENNIAL URBAN SCREEN

Commissioned by ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1st ACT Silicon Valley and the San Jose Downtown Association 

Programming includes:

Ground Control:An Opera in Space, a live performance by the International Space Orchestra, directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun. The orchestra is comprised of individuals from NASA Ames Research Center, SETI, Singularity University, and the International Space University.

Artistic License in Silicon Valley is an exhibition organized by the Streaming Museum that presents unique perceptions of technology in global digital culture by internationally known contemporary artists Michael Najjar, Sophie Kahn, Maurice Benayoun, Scott Draves, Multi-touch Barcelona, Ursula Endlicher, and Mark Amerika.

The Sigh of Resonance
, curated by Dooeun Choi, is a program featuring Jean Dubois and Chloé Lefebvre’s By Means Of A Sigh, as well as video works by BAE Young Whan, Kyungwon Moon & Jeon Joonho.

ZERO1 Emerging Artist
video program, a strand of the Biennial that specifically highlights California-based new media talents.

The Myth of the Many in One
, by Irish artists Kennedy Browne and funded by The Arts Council, Ireland, with support from the Kadist Foundation.

ZERO1 Urban Screen Schedule
Seeking Silicon Valley screening program

Thursday, September 13, 2012, (7:00pm – 12:00am)
7:00pm–9:00pm: Ground Control:An Opera in Space a live performance by the International Space Orchestra, directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun
9:00pm-12:00am: By Means Of A Sigh by Jean Dubois and Chloe Lefebvre as part of video program The Sigh of Resonance curated by Dooeun Choi

Friday, September 14, 2012, (8:00pm – 12:00am)
8:00pm-8:30: The Living Map Project
8:30pm-9:00pm: (e)MERGE Video Shorts Program
9:00pm-9:30pm: Before Us is the Salesman’s HouseA networked projection with eBay, Inc.
9:30pm-10:15pm: Artistic License in Silicon ValleyPresented by Streaming Museum
10:15pm-10:45pm: Manifest.AR @ ZERO1
10:45pm-1:00pm: The Living Map Project
11:00pm–11:30pm: The Sigh of ResonanceVideo program includes By Means Of A Sigh curated by Dooeun Choi
11:30pm-12:00am: (e)MERGE Video Shorts Program

Project info: 

Opening Week Schedule
September 13th, 7:00pm-12:00am
September 14th, 8:30pm-12:00am
September 15th, 8:30pm-12:00am

The ZERO1 Urban Screen transforms a blank façade of 300 South First Street into a projection platform for cultural exchange and connecting communities. Screenings network San Jose to projects and locations from around the world, and range in format from popular films, to experimental video by emerging artists, to interactive projection projects, to live performance.

No

September 13-15, 2012

300 S. 1st Street Parking Lot

no

Christopher Haas & Rebar

Sky-Fi

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

Sky-Fi (2012) is a suspended streetscape installation enveloping the core of downtown San Jose’s SoFA district. A collaborative project between architect Christopher Haas and San Francisco-based collective Rebar, Sky-Fi weaves together the artist’s placemaking expertise and design aesthetic to create an ethereal work that will activate the SoFA hub by day and night. The dynamic, site-specific reference to the information superhighway represents the Silicon Valley as a hub of connectivity—a series of metaphoric circuits emanating from greater Silicon Valley and materializing over the SoFA district, gaining intensity as they converge at the ZERO1 Garage.

Project info: 

On view above the streets of SoFA
S. 1st Street, from San Carlos to Reed Street
September 12 - December 8, 2012
Free and open to the public

Christopher Haas & Rebar

live and work in San Francisco, CA

Christopher Haas is a San Francisco-based architect who designed the Garage. He established his own practice in 2008, designing several award-winning projects.

Rebar is an interdisciplinary studio working at the intersection of art, design, and ecology. Their work is rooted in the belief that human interaction forms the basis of the good life. 

No

September 12-December 8, 2012

SoFA District

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Erin Colleen Johnson and Ashley Ferro-Murray

Tulle/Tool

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation and funded by UC Berkeley Center for New Media

Tulle/Tool is the contemporary appropriation of an anachronistic feminist device. In 1832 French ballerina Marie Taglioni dawned the first tutu to dance the ballet La Sylphide. The tutu is made of tulle, light fabric that consists of strong hexagonal stitching. The light and strong makeup of the dancing skirt allowed for Taglioni to move around the stage more freely and to jump as high as her male counterparts. Since the nineteenth century, however, the tutu and its characteristic tulle technology has become the iconographic symbol of the female ballerina as sexual object.

Tulle/Tool explores the way that technological prosthesis can simultaneously empower and objectify the body. What is technology and what does it do to our identity? This performance is a new media artwork for which tulle is a movement sensor. By way of stripping digital devices from the performance environment we focus on the physicality of the human body as it has always interacted with objects. During a time when new media devices are often staged as trendy fetish objects, we take away the devices to think metaphorically and historically about bodies, movement sensors, and prosthetics. Tulle/Tool is a prosthetic dance between tulle netting and human agent.

Project info: 

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

Erin Colleen Johnson

Erin Colleen Johnson and Ashley Ferro-Murray

live and work in Berkeley, CA

Ashley Ferro-Murray is a media-based choreographer. Her practice is a performative engagement of kinesthetic and somatic experiences with technological devices. She incorporates everyday technology such as the iPhone into her work only to disrupt the ordinary use value of the device. Instead of talking on a cell phone, the choreographer programs the phone’s movement sensors to illustrate the ways in which the device affects movement patterns and somatic attention.

Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no

Upstream

Make this or Break this

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Make This or Break This is an interactive music and light sculpture that evolves. It has many arms, and many people can use the sculpture at once.  It is like an organism. It needs your love.

Project info: 

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

UPSTREAM: Andrew MacIVER, Justin CIHI, John THOMPSON

live and work in Oakland, CA

We are a group that likes to make things and make noises. We each bring a different dish to the potluck, and they taste good. Mmm, mmm, art.

Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no

Chris Reilly

Meditation Wall

An outdoor installation using low-tech optics to create an interactive analog screen. Modular display boxes based on simple camera obscura design are arranged in a stacked grid pattern.

Project info: 

September 15, 2012, 11am - 6pm
S. 1st Street (from San Carlos to Reed)
SoFA District, San Jose

Chris Reilly

lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Chris Reilly is a Los Angeles-based artist, hacker and teacher. Chris received his BFA with a focus on New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Since 2003, he has shown work in solo and group art exhibitions in the US and Europe. Chris' artwork explores telepresence, mediated relationships, physical subjectivity and community building with media including games, augmented reality, kinetic sculpture, robots, and open-source hardware/software projects.

Artist website: 
Yes

September 15, 2012

SoFA District

no

Kathryn Williamson

Looping Control Composition: An Interactive Sculptural Sound Performance
Project info: 

September 15, 2012, 10am - 5pm
S. 1st Street (from San Carlos to Reed)
SoFA District, San Jose

Photographer: Jill Fannon

Kathryn Williamson

lives and works in San Francisco

Kathryn Williamson currently lives and works in San Francisco. She is interested in awkward conundrums that not only question her own position in the world but serve as a mirror for esoteric everyday situations.  Williamson will present Looping Control Composition: An Interactive Sculptural Sound Performance. In this piece she works with audio and sculptural loops combining old and new technologies through crocheting and live sound manipulation creating compositions that are open to audience participation.   

Artist website: 
Yes

September 15, 2012

SoFA District

no