South Bay

Marcella del Signore & Mona El Khafif

iLounge instant / interim / interactive

Location

SoFA District, San Jose
400 S. 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 48.0576" N, 121° 53' 9.5028" W

Co-commissioned by Northern Lights.mn, ZERO1, and the San Jose Public Art Program, and presented with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. In collaboration with X-topia and CCA URBANlab

Public social space is all around us and permanently changing. iLounge offers a temporary social stage to create a temporary community for a minute, a hour or an evening. iLounge operates as a social catalyst and will be what the citizens of Minneapolis and San Jose want it to be. The user of iLounge is an active part of the spatial production. iLounge has the ambition of being an urban space that interacts with its inhabitants: a space that adapts to the needs of the citizens but also a space that stimulates citizens to look, listen, exchange, reflect, relax, and to gain something from the experience that they can take home. iLounge is instant, interim and interactive and predominately refers to “I” am. The configuration is intended to change the speed and the direction of its inhabitants, to get them to interact, slow down, look in different directions, and generate informal interactions to promote different types of urban life. The architectural modules offer a versatile surface that supports the occupation of the human body in multiple ways: lounging, standing, resting, socializing, exchanging, playing, observing, and being observed. As an interactive piece the modular nature of iLounge offers the opportunity to change the topography of the surface, to aggregate and rearrange its layout. The inhabitable social sculpture motivates the creation of a temporary community in flux. Live feed video cameras create a media echo of the spatial production. The media footage feeds into an incorporated projection station that will project the production of the interim social space onto surrounding urban surfaces and firewalls. The visitors are not passive spectators but become active participants in the production of art. QR codes spread through the city communicate the space far beyond its spatial dimensions. They encourage the creation of interim communities that live in material and digital space. Visitors are invited to reflect the concept of social space in flux and might also understand the importance social networks as a part of our everyday culture.

Fabrication Team: Matt Decotiis, Amir Afifi, Kevin Taylor, Cesar Lopez, Mona El Khafif, Marcella Del Signore
Media Team and Communication: David Gastaneta, Mark Campos, Cesar Lopez, Mona El Khafif, Marcella Del Signore
Design Research Team: Christopher Cox, Noah Conlay, Matthew Decotiis, Jill Godfrey, Daniel Kautz, Michael Keller, Will Rosenthal, David Merlin, Mona El Khafif, Marcella Del Signore
Artists in Residence ZERO1: David Gastaneta, Pia Jacqlyn, Cesar Lopez, Kevin Taylor, Mona El Khafif, Marcella Del Signore
Visiting Media Artists: Mark Campos, David Gastaneta

With additional support from: Tulane School of Architecture Dean's Funds for Excellence, Matarozzi & Pelsinger, and Regione Umbria.

Project info: 

The project will be presented as part of
the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial opening weekend
from September 13-16, 2012.
Free and open to the public

X-topia and CCA URBANlab / Marcella Del Signore and Mona El Khafif

live and work in San Francisco, CA and New Orleans, LA

Marcella Del Signore is an Assistant Professor at Tulane School of Architecture. She holds a Master in Architecture from University La Sapienza in Rome and a M.S in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She is the principal of X-Topia, a practice networked in USA and Europe that explores the intersections of design with digital processes, urban space and art.

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September 13-16, 2012

SoFA District

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Ars Virtua

V2V

Co-commissioned by ZERO1 and the Ural Industrial Biennial, Russia

Valley to Valley, is a collaboration of artists, art historians, and social scientists exploring the similarities and differences between the sister cities San José, California and Yekaterinburg, Russia. San Jose is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, which is world renown for innovation and technology. On the contrary, Titanium Valley is a technological area scheduled to break ground near Yekaterinburg.

Silicon Valley is located in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Formerly the Valley of Hearts Delight, which was known primarily for agriculture and orchards. The area originally supplied the majority of produce and fruit to the surrounding area. Now the Valley is a global hub for innovative and cutting-edge technology.

Titanium Valley is the prospective home for large-scale industry project funded by the Russian government. Located near Salda in the URAL Federal District of Russia, the impending project aims to build up the regions economy by creating globally competitive products based around the high concentration of titanium in the area.

V2V is a research-based project aiming to align the similarities and differences between Silicon Valley and the prospective Titanium Valley. The project was shown at Innoprom 2012 and will be shown at both Zero1 Biennial in San José, California and the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg, Russia. 

Design and Translation by Vera Fainshtein (http://www.kitschisnotfor.me/)

Project info: 

This project is part of the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial
September 13- October 22, 2012
Also on display at the TechShop San Jose
from Sept 12-16, 2012

Ars Virtua

lives and works in San Jose, CA

Ars Virtua is a self selecting collective of artists, educators, scientists, students and other interested parties. Ars Virtua was founded as an art space and new media center in the virtual environment of Second Life in late 2006. Ars Virtua has hosted and curated half a dozen exhibitions (physical and virtual), a conference, workshops and public presentations dealing with virtual spaces, art, democracy, resistance and the connection between digital and physical.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Ulitsa+Dobrolyubova,+19%D0%90,+Leninskiy+rayon,+Ekaterinburg,+Sverdlovskaya+oblast',+Russia,+620014&hl=en&ie=UTF8&sll=56.830926,60.604756&sspn=0.01174,0.042272&t=h&geocode=Fc4rYwMdVMGcAw&hnear=Ulitsa+Dobrolyubova,+19%D0%90,+Ekaterinburg,+Russia,+620014&z=15

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September 13 - October 22, 2012

2nd Ural Industrial Biennial
And TechShop San Jose

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Bay Area Glass Institute

Locations

United States
United States
37° 21' 11.3184" N, 121° 53' 30.2496" W
You Design It - We Make It
Project info: 

Sept 15, 2012
2-10pm
401 E Taylor St, San Jose, CA
Free Admission

September 15, 2012

Bay Area Glass Institute

The mission of the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) is to make the celebration of glass art accessible to all and provide continued artistic and educational growth to artists, patrons and the community.

Silicon Valley is known as a place for new and emergent technology. One thing that drives this development is the community’s overarching culture of exchange that bridges the gap between different ideas and disciplines. People don’t often recognize that there is an important connection between technology and art. They both require a high level of innovation, collaboration and experimentation. Advancements in technology continually open possibilities for creating exciting new art forms and vice versa. Today, it is becoming harder to separate where technology ends and where art begins. Glass blowing has been around for over two millennia. Although the techniques and tools have not changed much over the years, recent advancements in technology have significantly changed the face of glass.

Historically, glass was made exclusively in large factories by teams of glassblowers. With the development of smaller more efficient furnaces in the 1960‘s came the creation of private glassblowing studios and new possibilities for the individual artist to work with glass. This year we celebrate Fifty Years of the Studio Glass Movement and the advent of new technology. The Bay Area Glass Institute invites you to our studio to watch as innovation and experimentation come to life. Come watch as teams of glass artists collaborate, create and sculpt 2000 degree molten glass. We have lined up an All-Star cast of some of the best glass makers in the Bay Area to create your designs in glass. In this interactive program, local and internationally known glass artists will choose designs presented to them by the audience then collaborate to make them in glass. Audience participation is not only encouraged but is essential to the spirit of innovation and exploration. Along with the glass blowing, we will have fusing and flame working demonstrations happening throughout the day. Finished pieces will be on display throughout the ZERO1 Biennial in BAGI's Gallery.

Date: September 15, 2012

You Design It – We Make It
September 15, 2012

Presented by Bay Area Glass Institute

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San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Locations

United States
United States
37° 19' 38.712" N, 121° 53' 2.6736" W
2nd Int'l Techstyle Art Biennial (ITAB)

Lively Motion of the Earth, 2012, by Emiko Nakano

Project info: 

August 7 – October 14, 2012

August 7 – October 14, 2012

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles promotes the history and appreciation of the international art of quilts and textiles. Textile art transcends cultural, ethnic, age and gender boundaries and encompasses traditional as well as contemporary forms. The museum provides a serious venue for all artists working with textiles, filling a void left by larger institutions with a narrower view of what defines artistic expression. Its exhibits and programs promote the appreciation of quilts and textiles as art and provide an understanding of their role in the lives of their makers, in cultural traditions, and as historical documents.

Presented by the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB) is an exhibition of contemporary artists that are merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes: as a medium of artistic expression and/or in the content of their work. Jurors Janet Koplos, Barbara Layne, and Christine Tarkowski selected work that showcases the myriad possibilities of textile and technology and explores this provocative new direction in artistic evolution. Work includes digitally printed fabrics and quilts, digital jacquard weaving, digital imaging, inkjet printing, laser engraving, 3D software, heat-press lamination, and fabrication using new man made-materials and recycled elements from the wellspring of waste from the computer industry. Emerging artists and well-established practitioners are a part of this 2nd ITAB Biennial that connects with the larger ZERO1 exhibitions and festival.

2nd Int'l Techstyle Art Biennial (ITAB)
Group Exhibition
August 7 – October 14, 2012

Presented by San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

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Seeking Silicon Valley

Locations

United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W
Biennial Exhibition at the ZERO1 Garage
Project info: 

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday 11am-4pm

September 12-December 8, 2012

Opening Events Sept 12-16
Extended Hours

ZERO1 is where art meets technology to shape the future. Working with some of the most fertile and creative minds from the worlds of art, science, design, architecture, and technology, ZERO1 produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology and the ZERO1 Garage where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real world innovation challenges.

Under the thematic Seeking Silicon Valley, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial proposes that contemporary art practice can re-imagine the idea, the place, and the experience of Silicon Valley. However, the ZERO1 Biennial is not only about the geographical region of Silicon Valley; it’s about investigating how the process of seeking can create a platform for creativity and experimentation centered in Silicon Valley while inviting contributions from around the world.

 

ZERO1’s Biennial exhibition, also titled Seeking Silicon Valley, will remain on display at the ZERO1 Garage from September 12 - December 8, 2012 and will serve as the network hub for all Biennial programming. The exhibition features the work of 24 artists representing 11 different countires.

 

Reflecting the networked nature of Silicon Valley, the exhibition structure experiments with a networked model of collaborative curation. The curatorial team includes Jaime Austin (ZERO1’s Curator and Director of Programs) as Lead Curator, and exhibition co-curators Dooeun Choi (South Korea), Gisela Domschke (Brazil), Michelle Kasprzak (Canada/the Netherlands), and Regina Möller (Germany).

Seeking Silicon Valley Artist List: 
Christopher Baker - Murmur Study (2009)

Lucas Bambozzi Mobile Crash v2 [obsolescence trimmer] (2012)
Aram Bartholl 
Dead Drops (2010 - present)

Nelly Ben Hayoun - International Space Orchestra (2012)
Maurice Benayoun 
Tunnels Around the World (2012)
Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács 
Time and Again (2011)
Shu Lea Cheang 
Baby Work (2012)
Frederik De Wilde 
Scan, Hostage prototype 1.0, V01D-1 (2010/2012)
Gambiologia
 - Gambiological Armor (2008/2012)
Christopher Haas 
Discovery - the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial exhibition design
Lynn Hershman Leeson 
Present Tense (2012)
Wendy Jacob 
Squeeze Chair (Blueprint) (2012)
Eduardo Kac
 - Aromapoetry (2011)
Pe Lang 
Moving objects | nº 692 - 803 (2012) and Falling objects | positioning systems (2009-2012)
Jae Rhim Lee 
Decomp Me (2012)
MeatMedia 
Brain Station 2 (2012)
Michael Najjar 
nasdaq_80-09 (2008-2010)
Marisa Olson 
Star Trek TNG/TLG (2011)
Karina Smigla-Bobinski 
ADA (2010)
Hojun Song 
Open Source Satellite Initiative – the first launching (2008 - present)
Stamen Design 
The City from The Valley (2012)
Stephanie Syjuco 
FREE TEXT: The Open Source Reading Room (2012)
Thomas Thwaites
 - The Toaster Project (2010)
Jegan Vincent de Paul 
Compare+Contrast:Codes of Conduct (2012)
   
   

ZERO1 Exhibition Design, concept image, courtesy of Christopher Haas

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Rene Yung

City Beneath the City: An Installation by Rene Yung

Location

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
560 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 39.9324" N, 121° 53' 2.832" W

Presented by San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Silicon Valley stands as an emblem of the future, the site of revolutionary technology that will change our lives. Yet, the story of the city at its center remains firmly rooted in the past. City Beneath the City unearths one alternative history of Silicon Valley in an attempt to complicate the dominant narratives of this renowned geography. At the height of its existence, the Market Street Chinatown, located at the intersections of Market and San Fernando Streets in downtown San José (a ten minute walk from the ICA), was the largest Chinese community anywhere in the U.S. outside of San Francisco. It flourished both economically and culturally from the 1860s until it was burned in an arson fire in 1887. Nearly a century later, the site of Market Street Chinatown was redeveloped to build the Fairmont Hotel and the Silicon Valley Financial Center. Archeologists unearthed what was left at the location only to discover one of the most important excavation sites of Overseas Chinese materials in the United States at the time. City Beneath the City exhibits a collection of artifacts from the original excavation of the Market Street Chinatown site. Ceramic bowls, glass wares and and broken objects. Each object is presented with equal importance; yet as a whole, the repeated and varied textures, patterns and fragments will render a physical and tactile field. This visual experience seeks to elicit an emotional response, drawing on the viewers’ memories and assumptions of what these domestic, broken and antique objects may represent in the context of a contemporary art space. Through supporting materials including maps, photography, and wall labels, a surprising narrative of a once thriving Chinatown in downtown San Jose, where these object were once from, will unfold for the viewer. By presenting the installation in a contemporary art space and within the context of the ZERO1 Biennial’s thematic Seeking Silicon Valley, we hope to charge the objects with visual and emotional resonance in order to ignite dialogue on issues ranging from immigration policies, labor, minority struggles, land and urban development.


Project info: 

May 26 - September 16, 2012
Open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open Sunday, September 16th

Rene Yung

Rene Yung is an internationally exhibiting artist, designer, writer and thinker, whose poetic and incisive works fluidly cross disciplines to address social and cultural issues in the globalized environment. She develops innovative forms of civic engagement that connect people, history, and place, to reveal overlooked patterns and articulate hidden narratives. Her work has been exhibited at international venues including TransCulture, part of the 46th Venice Biennale; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, Texas; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.

Artist website: 
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May 26 - September 16, 2012

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

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Mark Hansen and Jer Thorp

Before Us is the Salesman’s House

Location

eBay, Building 17
2211 North First Street San Jose, CA 95131
United States
37° 22' 38.136" N, 121° 55' 23.2536" W

Pop-Up Installation commissioned by eBay Inc. for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial

Before Us is the Salesman’s House (2012) is a large-scale projection on the entry façade of eBay Inc.’s north campus. The generative, live software system is, in the artist’s own words, “an investigation of eBay as a cultural artifact” that ties together texts, objects, and transactions pulled directly from visualizations of data from both the eBay and PayPal branches of the company to create stories that reveal societal trends. The open-ended work is framed around an exploration of geographic and temporal patterns within the eBay ecosystem, and anchored on excerpts of text from classic literature for sale on the site. The title references an excerpt from the first act of Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman.

This work will also be presented at the ZERO1 Urban Screen as a means of networking the eBay campus to the Biennial hub in downtown San Jose.

Project info: 

September 12 - October 12, 2012
This project will be open to the
public at eBay's North Campus
Open Hours: Coming soon
Admission is free

Mark Hansen and Jer Thorp

live and work in New York, NY

Mark Hansen and Jer Thorp have collaborated on data-focused projects in various media since 2010. Their projects are typically exploratory and open-ended, offering to the viewer both serendipity and continued opportunities for dialog. Collectively, their participatory and data-focused work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, at, The Whitney Museum of American Art, in the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, and in the London Science Museum.

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September 12-October 12, 2012

eBay Inc Headquarters

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Pe Lang

Falling Objects | positioning Systems

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 swissnex San Francisco

Moving objects | nº 692 - 803 (2012) is an installation consisting of 128 motors, 3,000 rings, and silicon wire.

Falling objects | positioning systems
(2009-2012) is a custom made machine that adds drops of water onto a special textured surface. Each drop forms into an almost perfect sphere through the surface tension of the water and the omniphopic Material. The electronically controlled pipette wanders through a square grid of 21 x 21 drops to form a micro-matrix and returns to the beginning. After approximately 300 minutes, and when the water drops have evaporated, the same process starts again.

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

Pe Lang

lives and works in Zurich and Berlin

Pe Lang was born in Sursee (Switzerland) in 1974. He lives and works in Berlin and Zurich.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Michael Najjar

“nasdaq_80-09” (High Altitude series)

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

nasdaq_80-09 (2008-2010)
In January 2009 Michael Najjar stood on the summit of Mount Aconcagua, at 6,962 meters the highest mountain in the world outside of the Himalayas. The photographic material gathered in the course of the three week trek forms the basis of the "High Altitude" work series, which visualizes the development of the leading global stock market indices over the past 20-30 years. The virtual data of the stock market charts are resublimated in the craggy materiality of the Argentinean mountainscape. Just like the indices, mountains too have their timeline, their own biography. The rock formations soaring skywards like so many layered folds of a palimpsest bear witness to the life history of the mountain – stone storehouses of deep time unmeasureable on any human scale. The immediate reality of nature thus becomes a virtual experience. Such experience of virtuality is strikingly exemplified by the global economic and financial system. If the focus used to be on the exchange of goods and commodities, it is now securely on the exchange of immaterial information. The information society has brought about a tectonic shift in our understanding of space and time. Humankind is confronted with a process of such dynamic complexity that the borderlines we seemingly identify at one moment are already sublimated in the next. In future the virtual value system could demand its proper reincarnation in the real world. The jagged rock formations of “high altitude” are emblematic of the thin edge separating reality and simulation.

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: Thomas Rusch (2012)

Michael Najjar

lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Michael Najjar´s work focuses on key components of a society driven and controlled by computer and information technology. His work reflects contemporary developments and create visions and utopias of future social structures emerging from the impact of new technologies. Hybrid photography, the fusion of realistic elements with fictitious realities is a recurrent hallmark of his photographic productions and video work, which are composed in thematically focused series.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Christopher Haas

ZERO1 Garage Exhibition Design

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 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

To “seek” Silicon Valley is to pursue a journey of discovery. More often than not, discovery is non-linear, and often unexpected. We do not always see the entirety of the land scape of our pursuits in front of us. Rather, our journey and its destination are revealed by smaller steps, unanticipated turns, backtracking, and glimpses of objects before us. These glimpses pique our curiosities and draw us deeper into investigation and a desire to discover what things lie ahead.

Discovery
(2012)—the exhibition design with the ZERO1 Garage—is an open framework featuring meandering walls and non-classical exhibition spaces that provide visitors with a sense of wonder, play, and discovery. The translucent, gossamer walls are woven of fine recyclable plastic thread and suspended from the beams above to carve out a variety of spaces—some are intimate and some are expansive, creating unexpected nooks and folds, broad vistas, and revealing sight lines of what lies beyond.

Discovery sets up a series of conceptual strategies to enable and realize a visionary exhibition space that, while playing off the larger idea of seeking, encapsulates the mission of the ZERO1 Biennial by being experimental and taking innovative risks, creating a hub for visitors to journey through and discover Seeking Silicon Valley.

 

Project info: 

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

Photo credit: Quinn Wharton

Christopher Haas

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Christopher Haas is a San Francisco based architect and former collaborator with world-renown Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, where he served as a project architect for the MH de Young Museum and led the design and management of one of their most ambitious projects to date, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Haas established his own practice in 2008 designing several notable projects, including the Fraenkel Gallery Annex, the 3990 Folsom Street residence, and the Infiniti Tree installation, commissioned by INFINITI and Cirque du Soleil.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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