(e)MERGE

kristin neidlinger / SENSOREE

SENSOREE GER Play-formance

SENSOREE GER Play-formance is a vignette of games which inspire the participants to use their bodies as the joystick. With SENSOREEs GER - Galvanic Extimacy Responder - Mood Sensor designs, players learn to control their calm and excited states, communicate their moods through reflective feedback, and experiment with “effecting the affect of the other.”

A portion of the SENSOREE Gym will be installed. The SENSOREE Gym is sensory circuit training. A network of SENSOREE Apparatus provides a series of exercises that realigns the sensorium – the body’s ability to assimilate stimuli. This experience reboots the body and focuses the mind. http://sensoree.com/artifacts/sensoree-gym/

Some photos of work in progress: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sensoree/sets/72157630508177480/       

 

Project info: 

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

Inflatable SNS (2009), photo by Defne Beyce

Kristin Neidlinger / SENSOREE

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

kristin neidlinger —  future concepts design, sensoree founder — crafts phenomenal technology to enhance and expand physical embodiment. She is interested in how technology increases body awareness and to what extents. kristin has a past as a classically trained ballerina, Dance Medicine Specialist, and kinetic costume designer. She holds an MFA in Interactive Design from CCA, 2010, and has performed and exhibited works from Berlin to Belgium to Brazil.

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Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no

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.

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Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

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

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

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.

 

Artist website: 
Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no