Public Art

Young-Whan Bae

The Sigh of Fukushima

Curated by Dooeun Choi for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial with support from the National Endownment for the Arts

The Sigh of Fukushima, 2012, Three-channel video with sound, 9 min 30 sec.

The Sigh of Fukushima documents the artist and a Japanese sociologist‘s visit to the site of the nuclear disaster in Japan. The video juxtaposes the beautiful seascape of the region with the ruins of the city seen through the eyes of the two observers, and the absolute devastation it depicts arouses feeling of empathy from the viewers in their stark contrast. The subtitle text which accompanies the two screens records a conversation between Bae and the scholar. The dialogue, which begins with the simple yet profound question “how are you?”, captures their sincere empathy for the pain of the victims. When considering the historical relationship between Korea and Japan, and the level of animosity between the two countries that still resides in our society today, the artist’s message of truce and compassion leaves even deeper emotional impact.

Project info: 

ZERO1 Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street
Screenings through December 8, 2012

Young-Whan Bae

lives and works in Seoul, Korea

Young-Whan Bae (b. 1967 Seoul, Korea) studied Oriental Painting at Hongik University. He is an artist who follows the style of Korean Minjung art of the early eighties from the realm of young people's underground culture. Bae was awarded the Young Artist of Korean Art Culture in 2004. Selected solo exhibitions are Nahmoo Gallery in Seoul (1997), Kumho Museum of Art in Seoul (1999), Iljoo Art House in Seoul (2002), and Art Space Pool in Seoul (2005).

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Through Dec 8, 2012

ZERO1 Urban Screen

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Kyounwon Moon & Joonho Jeon

News from Nowhere

Curated by Dooeun Choi for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial with support from the National Endownment for the Arts

News from Nowhere (2011) begins with contemplating the social function and role of art. Initially proposed by two artists, Kyungwon Moon & Joonho Jeon, the project aims to reflect upon the direction that contemporary art practices - and society as a whole - are taking, while also envisioning the future through collaborative projects with artists, designers, and architects. Furthermore, experts from other diverse fields - education, economics, politics, culture, and religion - will join this practical platform for an in-depth conversation that aims to examine art practices and suggest a better vision for the future.

Project info: 

ZERO1 Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street
Screenings through December 8, 2012

Kyungwon Moon & Joonho Jeon

live and work in Seoul, Korea

MOON received her M.F.A in Art from the California Institute of the Arts and M.F.A/B.F.A from Ewha Womans University. Some of MOON’s selected solo exhibitions include GreenHouse at Gallery HYUNDAI, Seoul (2010) and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka (2004). She has also participated in several group exhibitions including dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); A Silent Voice at Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo (2010); A Different Similarity at Bochum Museum, Bochum (2010); Central Istanbul, Istanbul (2009), and more.

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Through Dec 8, 2012

ZERO1 Urban Screen

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Danielle Siembieda

Healthy Art Program: An Energy Smart Exhibition

The Healthy Art Program, created by The Art Inspector, is an ongoing project with an art and curatorial focus. The purpose of the project is to assess the energy consumption, material use and environmental impact of art making and to educate artists about lowering their carbon footprints. Five Santa Clara County artists, Therese May, Shannon Amidon, Lori Krein, Genevieve Hastings and Christine Canepa, agreed to participate in an eco-makeover.

The five artists allowed The Art Inspector into their studios to conduct an audit of their art supplies as well as an energy assessment of their working spaces and use of power tools. Based on these assessments, The Art Inspector made some studio modifications and gave the artists tools to track their energy consumption.

Additionally, The Art Inspector supplied all of the artists with green art-making materials that have a low carbon footprint, lessening the environmental impact of their work. Some of these included replacing lighting with CFL bulbs, monitoring use of power tools, using natural mineral pigments and non-forest paper products. All of the artworks in The Energy Smart Exhibition feature the new green materials and reflect the transformation of thought, application and practice undergone by each artist. The transformation of the artists and their work can be tracked through the artists’ blog at https://artinspector.org/blog.

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Free and Open to the public 24/7
April - December 2012
San Jose Windows Gallery
4th Street between Santa Clara and San Fernando St in downtown San Jose, CA

Danielle Siembieda

lives in Oakland and works in San Jose, CA

The Art Inspector is a third party certification agent that examines the environmental impact of art process and practice. Art Inspector works with interested agents such as curators, artists, collectors, and others in order to pre-qualify artists who pass a standard of environmental stewardship.

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Public Art project. On display night and day.

Steve Durie and Bruce Gardner

San Carlos Lantern Project - Lumileds

The impetus for this project came out of the San Jose Dept. Public Works project funds for the San Carlos Streetscape upgrade and also a Donation of Leds from Phillips Lumileds Leds. Having been commissioned from the city to design a public art project that coincides with the San Carlos Streetscape upgrade, we have settled a specific design, that we have been presenting to both internal city bureau as well as various committee’s for public review. In the current design we are building a series of 8 vertical displays ~ 6 feet in height, each of which will be attached to street lamps. The displays and lamps will be installed on the south-side of San Carlos street from 4 th to Market.

Each display is designed to illuminate various color combinations, and create pulsing, chase and syncing light patterns. Each display when installed would have a control system and series of sensors. One sensor would be a large ‘crosswalk-like’ button at the base of the street pole, which would encourage passersby to tap, rhythmic triggering of the light displays.

The control system for each LED strip would have a short loop memory of being able to play back each percussive sequence after a user is done playing. This would be analogous to creating a short rhythmic phrase that could be played over for about half a minute. The installation of this on the street, would create the spontaneous interaction of playing a light based instrument/game like the early electronic memory game called 'simon'.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_(game).

As a group, they will be visible down the street as a series of vertical lights. Each unit could be ‘played with’ by the public, as they make their way down the street. As multiple people get involved with them, there are various opportunities of play possible.

photo: Steve Durie

Steve Durie and Bruce Gardner

live and work in San Jose, CA

Steve Durie and Bruce Gardner had the great fortune to have previously collaborated for 10 years (1997-2007) in the art/business hybrid C5 Corporation, of which they are all founding members. They are now working on a variety of projects together and not looking back.

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Public Art project. On display night and day.

BIOS design collective

Colonia Techne

Commissioned by the San Jose Public Art Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 

The project is an interactive pavilion that will engage the public through sight and sound. The person experiencing the project will move through a “net” of sensors that interpret movement, sound and proximity and re-interpret that information as a display of light and sound. Colonia Techne will react to its environment and create a new environment through interpretation, thereby changing the paradigm of a typical structure from environmental control to environmental responsiveness. This project takes systemic cues from the cooperative nature of corral reefs. In corral reefs many individuals work in unison (coral polyps) to create the overall reef. Each individual responds to environmental factors that affect the final reef structure. Environmental factors include heat, light, food etc.

Colonia Techne is made using CNC (computer numerical control) milling, which provides for precision cutting allowing designers to explore new methods of and materials for building.

Project info: 

On view at 300 S. 1st Street
from September 12, 2012 - February 2013
Free and open to the public

BIOS Design Collective

live and work in San Francisco, CA

BIOS Design Collective is a working group of academic and professional designers--Jess Austin, Ripon DeLeon, and Charles Lee--exploring the application of biological patterns to architecture. Technology is a biological process; a prosthetic extension of the human condition. BIOS Design Collective sees the built environment as a living organism, dynamic and evolving in symbiosis with our own evolution.

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September 12, 2012 - February 2013

300 S. 1st Street

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Jean Dubois and Chloé Lefebvre

By Means Of A Sigh

Curated by Dooeun Choi for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial with support from the National Endownment for the Arts

By Means Of A Sigh (2008) is a video installation allowing the viewers to interact with giant sized video images projected in a public space. Two faces seen in profile are connected to one another other by a chewing gum bubble that they can both inflate and deflate. The viewer can call a phone number displayed on the screen and blow into his cell phone to animate the characters’ respiratory movement. This interaction will go on until the balance is broken and the bubble bursts on one side, separating the characters. Here, the viewer becomes accomplice to the characters, the work, and to other viewers. Thus, he is placed in an equivocal position where he can maintain or break the image equilibrium.

Project info: 

ZERO1 Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street
Premieres September 13 at 9pm
With additional screenings through December 8, 2012

Jean Dubois & Chloé Lefebvre

live and work in Montreal, Canada

Jean Dubois produces media installations that deal, in a poetic and critical way, with interpersonal relationships in order to produce the effects of encounters with characters and environments. He teaches at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of Université du Québec à Montréal, co-leads the Groupe de recherche et de création Interstices and serves on the board of directors of VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine.

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Premieres September 13 at 9pm

ZERO1 Urban Screen

Public Art project. On display night and day.

Sol Design Lab

Solar Phone Booth

Commissioned by ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program with support from National Endowment for the Arts and an in-kind donation from Armageddon Energy

According to the city’s official website, San Jose boasts an average of more than 300 sunny days per year. So why don’t we see more solar panels designed into our urban spaces? Sol Design Lab’s solar charging stations announce the arrival of practical renewable energy and rechargeable mobility for future green cities and campuses. Their Solar Pump Charging Station was a popular installation at the 2010 ZERO1 Biennial, so for this Biennial they used the same smart design to re-imagine urban space by converting an abandoned payphone into a shady resting place with a utilitarian purpose. Located in the newly redesigned Gore Park in downtown San Jose’s SoFA District, the Solar Phone Booth (2012) uses a hexagonal solar panel from local company Armageddon Energy to power outlets and phone chargers for the public to charge their mobile electronics. Sol Design Lab’s installation serves as an educational gathering place where people can charge their e-bicycles and cell phones while lounging in the shade of the solar roof on furniture made from up-cycled materials.

Project info: 

On view in Gore Park, downtown San Jose
September 12 - December 8, 2012
Free and open to the public

Beth Ferguson & Dallas Swindle

live and work in San Francisco, CA

Beth Ferguson is an ecological designer, public artist, and founding director of Sol Design Lab. She has worked with industrial designer Dallas Swindle to help thousands experience the power of solar energy with their iconic solar charging stations on the streets of San Francisco, Austin, Chicago, and at SXSW, Coachella, and festivals across the U.S.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

Gore Park, San Jose

Public Art project. On display night and day.

ZERO1 Urban Screen

ZERO1 BIENNIAL URBAN SCREEN

Commissioned by ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1st ACT Silicon Valley and the San Jose Downtown Association 

Programming includes:

Ground Control:An Opera in Space, a live performance by the International Space Orchestra, directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun. The orchestra is comprised of individuals from NASA Ames Research Center, SETI, Singularity University, and the International Space University.

Artistic License in Silicon Valley is an exhibition organized by the Streaming Museum that presents unique perceptions of technology in global digital culture by internationally known contemporary artists Michael Najjar, Sophie Kahn, Maurice Benayoun, Scott Draves, Multi-touch Barcelona, Ursula Endlicher, and Mark Amerika.

The Sigh of Resonance
, curated by Dooeun Choi, is a program featuring Jean Dubois and Chloé Lefebvre’s By Means Of A Sigh, as well as video works by BAE Young Whan, Kyungwon Moon & Jeon Joonho.

ZERO1 Emerging Artist
video program, a strand of the Biennial that specifically highlights California-based new media talents.

The Myth of the Many in One
, by Irish artists Kennedy Browne and funded by The Arts Council, Ireland, with support from the Kadist Foundation.

ZERO1 Urban Screen Schedule
Seeking Silicon Valley screening program

Thursday, September 13, 2012, (7:00pm – 12:00am)
7:00pm–9:00pm: Ground Control:An Opera in Space a live performance by the International Space Orchestra, directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun
9:00pm-12:00am: By Means Of A Sigh by Jean Dubois and Chloe Lefebvre as part of video program The Sigh of Resonance curated by Dooeun Choi

Friday, September 14, 2012, (8:00pm – 12:00am)
8:00pm-8:30: The Living Map Project
8:30pm-9:00pm: (e)MERGE Video Shorts Program
9:00pm-9:30pm: Before Us is the Salesman’s HouseA networked projection with eBay, Inc.
9:30pm-10:15pm: Artistic License in Silicon ValleyPresented by Streaming Museum
10:15pm-10:45pm: Manifest.AR @ ZERO1
10:45pm-1:00pm: The Living Map Project
11:00pm–11:30pm: The Sigh of ResonanceVideo program includes By Means Of A Sigh curated by Dooeun Choi
11:30pm-12:00am: (e)MERGE Video Shorts Program

Project info: 

Opening Week Schedule
September 13th, 7:00pm-12:00am
September 14th, 8:30pm-12:00am
September 15th, 8:30pm-12:00am

The ZERO1 Urban Screen transforms a blank façade of 300 South First Street into a projection platform for cultural exchange and connecting communities. Screenings network San Jose to projects and locations from around the world, and range in format from popular films, to experimental video by emerging artists, to interactive projection projects, to live performance.

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September 13-15, 2012

300 S. 1st Street Parking Lot

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Christopher Haas & Rebar

Sky-Fi

Commissioned by ZERO1, the San Jose Public Art Program, and Applied Materials, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Sky-Fi (2012) is a suspended streetscape installation enveloping the core of downtown San Jose’s SoFA district. A collaborative project between architect Christopher Haas and San Francisco-based collective Rebar, Sky-Fi weaves together the artist’s placemaking expertise and design aesthetic to create an ethereal work that will activate the SoFA hub by day and night. The dynamic, site-specific reference to the information superhighway represents the Silicon Valley as a hub of connectivity—a series of metaphoric circuits emanating from greater Silicon Valley and materializing over the SoFA district, gaining intensity as they converge at the ZERO1 Garage.

Project info: 

On view above the streets of SoFA
S. 1st Street, from San Carlos to Reed Street
September 12 - December 8, 2012
Free and open to the public

Christopher Haas & Rebar

live and work in San Francisco, CA

Christopher Haas is a San Francisco-based architect who designed the Garage. He established his own practice in 2008, designing several award-winning projects.

Rebar is an interdisciplinary studio working at the intersection of art, design, and ecology. Their work is rooted in the belief that human interaction forms the basis of the good life. 

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September 12-December 8, 2012

SoFA District

Public Art project. On display night and day.

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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