(e)MERGE

Building Imagination Initiative

PLAY, the Building Imagination Alternate Reality Game

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

PLAY, the Building Imagination Alternate Reality Game is an alternate reality game aimed changing the world for the public good.

YOU can play the game by signing up online and creating a superhero identity. Then learn about a mission and perform a small, real-world change using one of your own real-world super powers, such as Teamwork, Creativity, Vision, Environmentalism, and Local Knowledge. Post some photos of that small change.

Then go on to play the mini-arcade game for the mission, and imagine what other large scale changes could be possible. Along the way you can friend other heroes, send gifts, comment on other mission solutions and ideas, unlock hidden stories, earn awards and gold, and level up. During the ZERO1 Biennial, participants can come to The Garage and have their Superhero Trading Card created, wearing one of our disguises of course!

The game is free to play, open to anyone, and for ages 13 and up. Round II starts in September. In this iteration of the game, our Silicon Valley heroes use their hometown successes in education, crime, employment, transportation, housing, healthcare, leisure, and the arts to lead the way for the nation and the rest of the world in improving their own quality of life.

The goal of this social network game is to help empower people all over the world, and especially people in the Silicon and Central Valley, to come up with creative solutions to their most urgent social problems.

Project info: 

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

Jessica Gomula

lives and works in Modesto, CA

Jessica Gomula is the Director of The Building Imagination Center in Modesto, and professor of Video and Time Based Media at California State University Stanislaus. She holds an MFA from Illinois State University and a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art. She is a 2012 recipient of an ArtPlace grant, and a Creative Work Fund Grant. She is a member of DOUBLE VISION.

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Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no

Dennis Rosenfeld

this is it, forever

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Taking as a starting point the cliché phrase, “I wish this moment could last forever,” this project attempts to extend the fleeting into the infinite. A never-ending, non-linear sequence of figures begins to cross the frame of the camera, heading out to some unspecified, neverarriving event. The longer the viewer watches the screen, the denser and livelier the crowd becomes. Figures move across one screen and then into another, all moving purposefully in the same direction. However, when the screen is left unwatched, the crowds slowly thin out and dwindle away down to an empty street. The video then presents the sense of an almostnever- quite-arriving event – a perfect moment and a glimpse of eternity that holds together only as long as the viewer cares to keep watching.

While at first glance, this is it, forever, appears to be a standard, linear video piece, it actually works in quite a different fashion. First, it is a non-looping video of infinite duration – a custom built computer program is continuously jumping and blending between cuts to create something that has no recognizable beginning or end, and is slightly different every time it is viewed. Second, the video is aware of and reacts to the viewer’s presence. In fact, the content of the video is dependent on the presence of the viewer, and when the viewing space is empty, the video becomes a static shot of an empty street.

Project info: 

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

Dennis Rosenfeld

lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver, BC Canada

Dennis Rosenfeld is a Canadian artist and technology specialist currently living in Los Angeles. His work spans a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, electronics, and software. He is currently a graduate student at the UCLA Design/Media Arts program. He has been involved in new media projects for galleries, institutions and festivals including recently co-produced new media experiences for the Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2010 Cultural Olympiad, and CAM Raleigh (North Carolina).

Artist website: 
Yes

September 14, 2012

SoFA District

no

Michele Guieu

The Map

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

This short video is about a boy describing a piece of circuit board like it is the map of Sunnyvale, where he has just moved. Then the boy flips the circuit board and describes the other side: an underworld full of traps and bad guys.

‘The Map’ is part of a series of short experimental documentaries Guieu have made about childhood: Boxes (2012), about kids geocaching in Silicon Valley; Under My Bed (2011), about kids talking about the monsters hidden under their beds at night; The Fort (2011), about kids constructing a fort for the fairies with twigs and pine cones; Tell me Something you Remember (2010), about the making of a drawing.

Project info: 

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

Michele Guieu

lives and works in Sunnyvale, CA

Originally from southern France, Michele Guieu spent her teenage years in Senegal (Africa), travelled and moved often. She is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (MA Graphic Design and Multimedia), Paris, France. She has been a graphic designer for many years when she lived in Paris, where she worked for non-profit organizations and museums. She also exhibited her work in Paris and Copenhagen, before moving to the US in 2000.

Artist website: 
Yes

September 15, 2012

SoFA District

no

Allison Leigh Holt

Experiments 1 & 2

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Experiment 1a and Experiment 2: These live-mixed analog video experiments were made at the Experimental Television Center (ETC) in upstate New York, with footage from a modified surveillance camera. Shot in Indonesia; Boston; Manhattan; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, CA, it was processed using multiple feedback loops, voltage controls, a waveform monitor, and The Wobbulator, a custom device built for the ETC by Nam June Paik and Shuya Abe. These pieces were made immediately after I began ongoing field research in Indonesia, focusing on traditional methods of navigation between the natural and supernatural worlds.

Experiments 1 & 2 will be shown on the ZERO1 Urban Screen. 

Project info: 

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

Allison Holt

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Allison Leigh Holt is an artist and researcher who has exhibited at venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Boston Cyberarts Festival; cellsBUTTON (the Yogyakarta Int’l New Media Festival, House Of Natural Fiber), Video Vortex (Indonesia); and has held solo exhibitions at Axiom Gallery for New and Experimental Media, the Olympia Film Festival, and Cemeti Art House (Indonesia) where she was also a resident artist.

Artist website: 
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Yes

September 15

SoFA District

no

Elia Vargas and Nathan Blaz

Until Every Shape Has Found its City

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Until Every Shape Has Found Its City is a live adaptive media experience. Until Every Shape is a live video and audio performance relying on sensors and situational audience participation to alter a video narrative so that it plays out differently each time an audience views it. Most importantly, it plays out differently depending on the actions of the viewers present and the particular ambience and environmental factors of the performance location. Until Every Shape is the story of a young woman who desires to build a bench and carry it to different public locations, then observe the consequences of introducing the new object into these different environments. Each video shoot in different locations is a mixture of staged scenes and documentation of real events in which the bench is brought into the new location. For each performance, the environment design/installation plays a primary role in the audience’s interaction with the performance. The first performances occurred at Liminal Space in Oakland, CA on June 8th and 9th, 2012.

Project info: 

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

Elia Vargas

Elia Vargas and Nathan Blaz

live and work in Oakland, CA

Elia Vargas is filmmaker and adaptive media artist. His work aims to bridge the gap between immersive interactivity and video. He has worked with artists including: Bjork, Vincent Moon, and Scott Snibbe. Currently, he is an instructor and graduate student in Conceptual Information Arts at San Francisco State University.

Artist website: 
Yes

SoFA District

no

Ellen Lake

Crossing

"Crossing" is a short video exploring the evolution of technology and the fluid nature of time and space. This new video is an extension of a work-in-progress, “Film at 11,” a multi-platform project combining vintage home movies with digital media today to explore relationships between past/present and the perception of time/memory. For a brief period (1939-1942) the diacetate Kodachrome film produced lush color that appears today perfectly preserved, as opposed to triacetate film (post 1942) that does not hold up nearly as well. I’ve been mining 16mm films from that picture-perfect era to use in new work that explores time and technology. This series involves staged interventions that combine contemporary elements with old films and film stills to create digital prints and short animations. For “Crossing,” I’m taking two figures, holding hands and crossing a road (filmed in 1939) and shooting site-specific footage in San Jose and combining those elements for the urban screen.

Project info: 

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

Ellen Lake

lives and works in Oakland, CA

Ellen Lake is an artist working with old and new media. Thinking about the rapid evolution in technology, how often something is lost to make way for something new, her projects connect obsolete technology and the ever-widening range of technological media available today. Ellen received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2002. She is a recipient of a 2012 Experimental Media Arts Lab residency at Stanford University, 2009 Sarah Jacobson Film Grant and 2005/2006 Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Award.

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Yes

September 15, 2012

SoFA District

no

ZERO1 Emerging Artist Network

(e)MERGE* Program

Presented by ZERO1

(e)MERGE* will take place
Friday, September 14, 6pm-12am 
Saturday, September 15, 11am-6pm

Full details on our (e)MERGE* event page!

(e)MERGE* is the first exhibition of the ZERO1 Emerging Artist Network (EAN). Continuing the tradition of the ZERO1 Biennial's Friday Night Street Festival, (e)MERGE* takes this popular event, and develops it as a site to present the work of innovative California artists in the early stages of their artistic careers. On opening night, (e)MERGE*, the outdoor exhibition of this first iteration of EAN, will cover three city blocks of the SoFA District along South First Street between San Carlos and Reed Streets in downtown San Jose. Two distinct threads are brought together in the exhibition. (e)MERGE* features a selection of artists from California university programs emphasizing the work of collaborative research groups in the spirit of collective creativity that is characteristic of the digital and new media arts, as well as a juried selection of emerging California artists from both in and out of the academic sphere whose innovative and experimental works engage with a range of radical new technologies available to artists, while engaging in re-imagining place and community in connection with the larger 2012 biennial theme Seeking Silicon Valley.

In putting together this exhibition, we hoped to highlight the variety of artistic forms that have come to characterize the pioneering efforts of a new generation of artists working in these interdisciplinary gray areas. Interactive projection, performance, large-scale installation, and wearable technologies are joined together in a variety of intriguing forms. In the sprit of audience engagement, artists explore biennial themes through several thought-provoking social practice pieces, games, and Augmented Reality applications. Finally, a strong emphasis on sound sculpture and video, shows the continued relevance of earlier forms of media art.

*Not to be confused with or in association with the (e)merge Art Fair


Artist List:

Karen Anzoategui
Micha Cardenas & Allison Wyper
Nathan Blaz & Elia Vargas
California College of the Arts/URBANlab, led by Prof. Mona El-Khafif
Cal State Stanislaus, led by Prof. Jessica Gomula
Christian Cerrito
Daniel Christopher
Jacob Garbe
Michele Guieu
Allison Leigh Holt
Mike Lai
Ellen Lake
Nick Lally
Dennis Rosenfeld
San Jose State/CADRE, led by Prof. Steve Durie
San Jose State/CADRE, led by John Brunneau & James Morgan
Sara Thacher
Stanford University's CCRMA with Prof. Chris Chafe
John Granzow & Denton Fredrickson
Three Bodies/Prof. Greg Laughlin
Prof. Ted Warburton
Lyes Belocine
Drew Detweiler & Karlton E. Hester
UC Berkeley's Ashley Ferro-Murray & Erin Johnson
UCLA Design/Media Arts represented by Chris Reilly
Kristen Neidlinger / SENSOREE
UC Santa Cruz's Digital Arts and New Media (DANM)Mechatronics & SonicSENSE Project team led by Prof. Jennifer Parker with Sudhu Tewari
UC San Diego/Syracuse University, led by Prof. Amy Alexander & Prof. Annina Ruest
UC Santa Barbara/Media, Arts and Technology progra: Yuan-Yi Fan & F. Myles Sciotto
Upstream: Justin Cihi, Andrew MacIver & John Thompson
Eve Warnock
Kathryn Williamson
Vanessa Woods
Imin Yeh 

Project info: 

Friday, September 14, 6pm-12am
Saturday, September 15, 10am-5pm

As California has become the locus for an increasing concentration of innovative art programs as well as independent artistic collectives that are rethinking creativity at the crossroads of art, science, and technology, young artists from across the world are joining in this efflorescence, contributing their unique perspectives to the growing number of creative spaces where the realm of artistic practice is being reimagined and revitalized.

Yes

September 14-15, 2012

SoFA District, San Jose

no