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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.

Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no

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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Yes

September 15, 2012

SoFA District

no

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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Yes

September 14

SoFA District

no

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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Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no

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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Yes

September 14-15

SoFA District

no

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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Yes

September 15

SoFA District

no

Jacob Garbe

Stillness

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Before Santa Clara traded fruit for silicon, it was known as the Valley of Heart's Delight. Orchards littered the hillsides, and its fame was supported by the branches of apricot, peach, and nectarine trees. Now the orchards have given way to the energy and frenetic speed of computer innovation, and the fields that were once filled with trees have fallen fallow.

Stillnessis an interactive projection allowing visitors to re-visit this part of Silicon Valley's past through the movement and position of their bodies. It asks viewers to take time to still themselves, and become a participant in the past's depiction by transforming into a tree.

The use of Processing, projection, and Kinect sensors frames the installation in the language of hackerspaces and the cutting edge. Rather than a critique of modern life's hectic speed, it asks if we can contextualize our behavior using modern tools, and bring it into dialogue with the historical transformation of our surroundings.

Project info: 

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

photo by Lyle Troxell

Jacob Garbe

lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA

Jacob Garbe is a new media artist and interactive narrative author working in the mediums of augmented reality, interactive projection, and alternate reality games. His works use cutting-edge technology to explore themes of memory, loss, embodiment, and surveillance

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Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no

Nick Lally

a spatial history of computing

a spatial history of computing is a guided bike tour of places and geographies in Silicon Valley which have and continue to influence the development of contemporary computing. The tour will be free to participants, beginning at the ZERO1 outdoor exhibition and proceeding through Silicon Valley by bike and Caltrain. Participants will receive a map containing descriptions of sites layered over a geographic map of the area, which will also allow self-guided tours. The tour will attempt to develop a critical spatial geography of computing which is often conceptualized as an immaterial practice. By experiencing the geography directly on a bicycle, participants will be able to conceptualize computing, software, and network technologies as a lived practice with a material base which produces particular kinds of spaces. Several tours will be held per day. During the interim, visitors to ZERO1 will be invited to peruse the maps of the tour and contribute to a collective mapping project which adds new spaces, descriptions, and critical insights.

Some of the kinds of spaces we will visit include:
Historic Sites: for example, the garage where Wozniak and Jobs assembled the first Apple computer.
Sites of Adjacency: communities, geographies, and materials which influenced computing in complex and unexpected ways.
Code/Spaces: spaces which are produced by code and whose spatialities are only made possible by the continuing function of software.
Immaterial Spaces: online spaces which shape and mediate our experiences on the tour.
Material Infrastructures: material bases essential to computing.

Project info: 

Friday, September 14th
12:00pm
Menlo Park Caltrain Station
1120 Merrill St., Menlo Park 94025

Saturday, September 15th
11:00am from installation sight at the ZERO1 Street Festival to SJ Diridon Station
Near South 1st Street and Williams Street

photo by Aaron Caley

Nick Lally

lives and works in Oakland, CA

Nick Lally is an artist and programmer whose work explores the ways informational technologies have affected people's everyday lives. His work spans a range of media and reflects his interest in digital media, collaboration, participation, radical political theory, education, space, and bicycles. He has an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC Santa Cruz and teaches at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute.

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Yes

September 14-15, 2012

SoFA District

no

John Granzow, Denton Fredrickson, and Chris Chafe

zombie taxa

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Ancient andean luthiers used ceramics to develop a rich organology of aerophones. Many of these ancient instruments retained the features of the prior shell trumpets. We see an analogy in the present tendency to replicate (and yet customize) known wind instruments with 3d printing. In both cases the skeumorph arises, reflecting past resonators as well as new possibilities. This sound park is a place where these analogies are made manifest in hybrid instruments that combine whistling vessels with printed components, found objects, a crank bellows and gas tanks.

Project info: 

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

John Granzow, Denton Fredrickson and Chris Chafe

live and work in Stanford, CA

We are artists interested in the application of new manufacturing techniques for research in acoustics and instrument design. John Granzow is an instrument builder and Ph.D. student at the Centre for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics working with faculty composer and scientist Chris Chafe at Stanford. Denton Fredrickson is a sound artist, sculptor and instructor at the University of Lethbridge.

Yes

September 15, 2012

SoFA District

no

Imin Yeh

Greetings from Silicon Valley

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Greetings from Silicon Valley is a series of postcards that capture an authentic experience of life in Silicon Valley. This will be accomplished by creating an “Open Call” or crowd sourcing from people who play a part in building Silicon Valley community targetting employees who work at the famed corporations that create this geographic/commercial boundary. Submissions must be 4” 6” images/drawings/photographs which answer the question, “What is your favorite way or place to get away when you are at work?”

www.GreetingsFromSiliconValley.com will host the submissions and showcase the top 10 finalists which will be narrowed to the top 5 winners via public, online voting. Those 5 winning images will be published into actual postcards and a postcard vending sculpture, which opperates on an Honesty Till style economy and will be available at major Zero1 Biennale exhibitions and events. The income from these donations will then donated to a local arts organization.

This project hopes to encourage a few minutes of creative randomness during the workday. Using digital and internet based social networking to spread the call, to solicite submissions, and to exhibit contributions, the ultimate manifestation of the project will be printed, physical postcards;a personal and analog way of comunication. It is also an opportunity to create an authentic souvenir of the Zero1 Biennale and of Silicon Valley, by finding honest snapshots into the day-to-day life of a Silicon Valley worker.

Project info: 

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

Imin Yeh

lives and works San Francisco, CA

Imin Yeh creates sculptures, installations, downloadable crafts, and participatory artist-led projects. Recent projects include a 2012 commission from the San Jose Museum of Art and a year-long parasitic contemporary art space called SpaceBi that takes place in the Asian Art Museum.

Yes

September 15

SoFA District

no