South Bay

Streaming Museum

Artistic License in Silicon Valley

Commissioned by the Streaming Museum for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial

Artistic License in Silicon Valley is an exhibition for screens presenting unique perceptions of technology in global digital culture created by internationally known contemporary artists. This program will be presented at the ZERO1 Urban Screen.

Projects and Artists Included are:

The invisible city (2004) by Michael Najjar
Sensory fluid imagery of the megacities New York, Mexico City, São Paulo, Paris, Berlin, London, Shanghai, and Tokyo explores telematic space and the future development of global cities as the material embodiment of information density.

04302011 (2011) by Sophie Kahn 
Laser portraits that appear incomplete and fragmented as a result of disruptions caused by the models’ movement and breathing during the scanning process, suggest a metaphor of instability in our digitally mediated identities.

Emotion Forecast (2010) (Video Version) Maurice Benayoun 
This real-time data visualization artwork depicts the Internet as the nervous system of the world by measuring 48 emotions on websites related to current events in more than 3200 cities worldwide, revealing the results in a hyperactive map. 

Gen 244 (2011) by Scott Draves
Artificial intelligence and human designers come together in this generative, participatory “cloud art” work made with mathematics and Darwinian evolution by Draves’ Electric Sheep open source code. The essence of life is created in digital form in the artwork's cyborganic mind comprised of 450,000 computers and people who vote on their favorite designs which reproduce according to a genetic algorithm. 

HI, A Real Human Interface (2009) by Multi-touch Barcelona
This film imagines the concept of personal computer quite literally as possessing life-like qualities of human companions, by embedding a human being inside of one.

Facebook Re-enactments (2009) (Video Version) by Ursula Endlicher
The artist bridges the gap between the Internet, physical reality and performance, impersonating people who share the same name on Facebook.

#NewAestheticVideo (2012) by Mark Amerika
This mock trailer for a movie that was never made but lives on the Web as a distributed narrative, refers to an eponymous artist whose artistic presence and remixed persona is a mashup of mobile phone videos, animated gifs, Google Earth glitch imagery, and the corrupting presence of a literary voice summoned from the digital-beyond.

Project info: 

ZERO1 Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street
Premieres September 14 at 9:30pm
With additional screenings on September 15, 2012

Streaming Museum

produced and broadcast in New York City, USA

Streaming Museum presents contemporary-themed exhibitions of international fine arts, pop culture and interdisciplinary synergies to a global audience through a network of screens on 7 continents, its website and partnering cultural centers.

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Premieres September 14 at 9:30pm

ZERO1 Urban Screen

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Micha Cárdenas

Local Autonomy Networks / Autonets

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Local Autonomy Networks (Autonets) is an artivist project started by Micha Cárdenas focused on creating networks of communication to increase community autonomy and reduce violence against women, LGBTQI people, people of color and other groups who continue to survive violence on a daily basis. The networks will be both online and offline, including handmade wearable electronic fashion and face to face agreements between people. The networks are being established through a series of workshops, performances, presentations and discussions at art, activist and academic venues across the Americas.

Autonets includes a line of mesh networked electronic clothing with the goal of building autonomous local networks that don’t rely on corporate infrastructure to function, inspired by community based, anti-racist, prison abolitionist responses to gendered violence. The Autonets garments, when activated, will alert everyone in range of the local mesh network who is wearing another autonet garment that someone needs help and will indicate that person’s direction and distance.

These technologies are being developed through workshops and collective design processes, inspired by existing networks of horizontal knowledge production in queer, transgender, survivors of gender violence and diasporic communities. We are currently in collaboration with groups wanting to use Autonets to prevent disappearances in Bogotá, Colombia, help provide safety for sex workers in Toronto and facilitate queer youth of color to avoid violence in Detroit. Autonets is fashion hacking for social reorganization, recoding the meaning of fashion symbols such as hoodies that have associations ranging from Trayvon Martin to the Black Bloc, or femme fashion elements like dresses and bracelets, into symbols of connectivity and autonomy.

The performance will include will include Allison Wyper, Karen Anzoategui, and Bianca Molina.

 

Project info: 

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

Free workshop at MACLA
September 14th from 3:00pm-6:00pm
Performance at 7:30pm

photo by Allied Media Projects

Micha Cárdenas

lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Micha Cárdenas is an artist/theorist who works in performance, wearable electronics, hacktivism and critical gender studies. She is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) at University of Southern California and a member of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. Her book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realitieswas published by Atropos Press in 2012. Micha holds an MFA from University of California, San Diego, an MA in Communication from the European Graduate School.

 

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September 14, 2012

SoFA District

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eve Warnock, Tina Matthews, Colin McDonald

Denizen

Denizen is a performance, sound, and video projection based work that draws inspiration from local native mythology. It is a two-part piece that explores life and the therefore imminent approach of death; using the Coyote as a central character. The coyote is a native to the California area and has prospered through all the human developments. Even though its natural habitat is being reduced, its population has grown by assimilating to the human culture and living off human bi-products. In the time of the Ohlone people, native to the bay area, the coyote was a main figure of their mythology; portrayed as a character of wit and cunning and contributing to the creation of humankind. The coyote is an instigator, and an animal that has the ability to adapt, while remaining wild and uncontrolled. Through song and movement, an expression of origin and ancestry will be explored – illustrating successes, failures, and tactics of survival. Silicon Valley, on the leading edge of technology, modernity, and progress, gives context to Denizen, a piece questioning: Do we adapt our materials and knowledge to re-unite with our animal ancestry, or do we continue our current path, separating ourselves further and therefore creating an alien nation?

Project info: 

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

Credit: Ely Brothers, Photography, Lyle Troxell, Nick Bontrager

eve Warnock, Tina Matthews, Colin McDonald

live and work in Santa Cruz, CA

eve Warnock was born and raised in Ohio and graduated with distinction from the Ohio State University with a Bachelors degree in German and Art. She works in many different mediums, ranging from oil painting, to performance, to costume and set design, to digital medias. She is co-creator of Queen Mae and the Bells, a nationally touring performance group. eve is also creator of Doctor Sustain, a solo performance that experiments with character development, and shape shifting. She is currently in the UCSC Digital Arts & New Media MFA program.

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September 14, 2012

SoFA District

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Anselm Hook & Chacha Sikes

Lemonopoly

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation and presented in collaboration with SOMArts Cultural Center and the Come Out & Play Festival

Lemonopoly is a real-world lemon-sharing game where you can trade real lemons from real local lemon trees. We are proud to launch Lemonopoly at the ZERO1 Biennial for the City of San Jose, and then shortly thereafter in other cities in the Bay Area -- San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley to start.

At the ZERO1 Biennial, come visit our popup lemon orchard parklet, meet the park rangers, play new lemon games and be anointed as a savvy Lemonopolitan. The goal of Lemonopoly is to compete with neighborhoods and cities to become sustainable in lemons. Since lemons grow so well in the Bay Area, we should not have to buy lemons at the store. 

When you play Lemonopoly, you become part of the New Lemonocracy. We are the ruling class of our local and public fruit trees, and bear long titles to prove it. We grace the pages of the Lemon Times and watch closely to see that our efforts with our neighbors and friends surpass the other cities in our region. We seek the most exquisite title -- The Imperial City of Lemons. We are park rangers, lemonographers, humanitarian lemon-aid workers and lemon barons. We doctor sad and unproductive trees, glean fruits, and make reality videos about our hyper-artisanal local marmalades and other Lemoncraft. 

Through lemon challenges, we rebuild our local lemon economy. Challenges are part of various realms such as Society, Distribution, Agriculture and Adventure. Challenges range from embarrassingly easy to quite difficult. You can tell lemon stories, play games with lemons, or place a lemon tree on the map.  With a bit more effort, you can take care of a lemon tree, help gleaning efforts, or share lemons with neighbors. Elite Lemonopolitians get a local lemon supply for their corner store, create popup lemon stands at a farmer's market or host popup lemon orchard parklets to start a community lemon orchard. By playing the game, you will get to experience San Jose and the rest of the Bay Area in a new way, explore the fruit history which preceded the culture of technology, and develop a more vibrant connection with the Lemon. Lemonopoly is a slow game. It has seasonality. Its success is measured and visualized in lemons, trees, creativity, stories and interconnectedness.

 

Project info: 

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

Anselm Hook and Chacha Sikes

Chach Sikes is a technologist, community organizer & experience designer based in the Bay Area. She helps open-source technology amplify our efforts to improve our regional food systems. She was a Code for America fellow 2011 & co-founded the Iconathon and OpenFood; prior to that, she was a science museum exhibit designer and programmer for biology-related projects for many years.

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September 14, 2012

SoFA District

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Zigelbaum + Coelho

Reception and Artist's Talk: Computational Materials

Presented by The Tech Museum

A new class of objects has emerged  viscerally interactive and embedded with computational tools. As computers permeate whole new ecologies of connected physical objects, the language of interaction now finds itself entirely intertwined with tangible things. 

In this presentation, polymath art duo Zigelbaum + Coelho will describe their approach to the physicality of computation. Discover how new modes of interaction are enabling the human body to become an integral part of the computation and communication process. Learn how materials with embedded computing are permeating human interaction — at micro and macro levels  and how this is reshaping the art, design, and technology trichotomy. 
 
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Project info: 

The Tech Museum
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery
Limited number of tickets available.
Tickets:  $10/$5 members
No host bar.

Zigelbaum + Coelho

live and work in Cambridge, MA

"In this world one can program computers to display patterns of light by using a series of tools to modify the electrical flow across doped silicon and one can program copper to display a green patina by applying acetic acid and a healthy dose of waiting around. Both of these programmatic behaviors have components that could be considered digital or analog.

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September 12, 2012

The Tech Museum

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UCSC's Digital Arts and New Media Mechatronics & SonicSENSE Project team

HydroSONIC v.2.0

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation and funded by UC Santa Cruz Department for Digital Arts and New Media

HydroSONIC v.2.0 by UCSC Digital Arts New Media Mechtronics Research Group & OpenLabis the most recent iteration of the sonicSENSE platform originally created by Barney Haynes and Jennifer Parker in 2010. Viewers walk through the reflective mylar corridors triggering audioscapes of algorithmic compositions created with hydro soundscapes and data from the Santa Clara Water district. Webcams collect movement of the participants through the mylar to create a visual gestalt of projected images. These images are collected and re-projected on to the video screens continuously, layering present images with past images, building a visual record of all the movement in the space over time.

 

Project info: 

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

UCSC's Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Mechatronics & SonicSENSE Project team

live and work in Santa Cruz, CA

Professor Jennifer Parker
Sudhu Tewari
Leslie Thompson
Jasen Levoy
Andre Marquetti
SonicSENSE

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September 15, 2012

SoFA District

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Amy Alexander and Annina Rüst

Discotrope: The Secret Nightlife of Solar Cells

Discotrope: The Secret Nightlife of Solar Cells is an audiovisual performance that resembles a cinematic nightclub light show. Dance party performances invoke both alternative energy and the curious history of dance in cinema – from backlots to backyards - from Thomas Edison to YouTube.

At the heart of Discotrope is an unconventional projection system: a disco ball that has been modified to use solar cells as mirrors and reflect video instead of colored lights. The ball rotates slower or faster according to how much light reaches the solar cells and creates kaleidoscopic, rotating circular projection on surrounding buildings, trees, and people.

The concept springs from the genre of YouTube clips of people dancing directly in front of cameras. With the advent of social media, this type of video has become a phenomenon, with countless people recording themselves dancing and sharing the results online. Discotrope performances trace this type of dance video back throughout film history: The sense of intimacy between performer and audience that characterizes the YouTube performances was popular in early silent films and Hollywood musicals, where models for performance were drawn more from vaudeville than from theatrical narrative. Yet YouTube dancers direct themselves - so they call the shots.

During the show, we project this historic trajectory onto the Discotrope disco ball. We perform the ball live using custom software, layering and mixing videos to create visually rhythmic stream-of-consciousness juxtapositions. Accompanying the performance is an algorithmic sound design by composer Cristyn Magnus. Sound is generated and mixed in real-time from the audio tracks of the projected videos, creating an evolving, danceable remix. Audience members can "dance with the stars" on our night vision audience-cam - or just chill out and enjoy an evening of solar cinema.

Project info: 

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

Amy Alexander and Annina Rüst

live and work in San Diego/Los Angeles, CA and Syracuse, NY

Amy Alexander is an audiovisual and new media artist who performs and exhibits in festivals, museums, clubs, on the net and on the street. Her work has appeared at venues ranging from the Whitney Museum and Ars Electronica to Minneapolis’s First Avenue nightclub. She has written and lectured on software culture and audiovisual performance and has been a reviewer for new media art and computer music events. She is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego.

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September 14

SoFA District

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Yuan-Yi Fan & F.Myles Sciotto

Harmonious - Architectural Structure and BioBeauty

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation and funded by UCSB Media Arts and Technology

Harmonious is a project conceived around the nature of translating signals and their inherent nature of existing in 2d into a world of 3d. This process of adding a spatial dimension as extension will undergo a process of both temporal and spatial analysis. The topic of mapping is of significant interest to us and how this process can be utilized for more rigorous and specific understanding of the source data. Going beyond the initial notion of visualization and sonification to one of more physical dimension, we call it objectification. The process of turning the data into a physical object able to be understood by existing in space and stimulating the tactile and haptic nature of existence. We believe objectifying will help in expanding beyond in creating new and novel ways to experience the data, just as experience is what created the data in the first place. Harmonious is a synergy of signal and harmonics, of architecture and proportion. Building worlds in the analysis of our visceral resonance.

Project info: 

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

Yuan-Yi Fan & F.Myles Sciotto

live and work in Los Angeles, CA

Yuan-Yi Fan is interested in resonance phenomenon within hemodynamics and he looks for methodologies to manufacture artistic representation that inherits and preserves its discourse. F.Myles Sciotto is interested in the role of harmonics within the biological process of the brain to inform the design of spatial interfaces and new architectures. Both Yuan-Yi and F.Myles are fascinated with natural patterns in the body and the processes of translating them to inform the external world.

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September 14, 2012

SoFA District

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Vanessa Woods

Urban Collage Film 1

Urban Collage Film uses regular 35mm film, which has been cut and collaged back onto to 35mm leader. A shadow navigates the urban landscape, while sounds and images barrage the viewer.

Project info: 

September 14, 2012, 6:00pm - 12:00am
September 15, 2012, 11am - 6pm
S. 1st Street (from San Carlos to Reed)
SoFA District, San Jose

Vanessa Woods

lives and works in Pacifica, CA

Vanessa Woods graduated with an MFA in film, with honors, from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork and films have been exhibited internationally and she has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship for Film from the SF Arts Commission, a Film Arts Foundation Personal Works Grant, and the San Francisco Art Institute's MFA Film Fellowship.

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September 14-15

SoFA District

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Sara Thacher

Slow Mail (Pilot Ride)

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

'Slow Mail' combines the dual frontiers of California: the romantic western pre-railroad era and the pioneering early days of the internet (ARPANET). Pack trains relays composed of amateur and professional horsepacking enthusiasts convey and deliver physical letters between Menlo Park and Los Angeles, the points between which the first message was sent over ARPANET. The riders form a relay along the coast with each group riding for two to four days before handing off their mail bags; this mirrors the digital relay that computers use to get emails to their destination.

Before the railroad united the ranches and Missions of what was then known as Alta California, it was indeed a wild and woolly place in a constant stage of self-definition. Similarly, inventions in the late 1960s that allowed different computers to communicate with each other over great distances created a new virtual territory to be settled. Each Slow Mail rider, letter writer, and recipient join the pioneers of ARPAnet to tell the evolving story of our mediated communication and the future of letter writing through participation in a physical journey along the back trails of California.

For the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, Slow Mail v0.2 will cover the first leg of this journey, delivering letters between Menlo Park and San Jose. In the month leading up to the event, participants will be able to submit letters addressed to anyone in San Jose (or Biennial attendees) through the project website sslow.net. These letters will be printed and carried horseback from Menlo Park to downtown San Jose on Saturday the 15th. The letters will be distributed through a Mail Call event.

Project info: 

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

Sara Thacher

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Sara Thacher designs and produces interactive experiences that bleed between physical and digital media. Recent projects include ‘The Jejune Institute’ created as part of the collective Nonchalance. This narrative game of real world exploration encouraged participants to explore their neighborhood and in doing so, unravel the threads of a mystery right under their noses. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts.

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September 15

SoFA District

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