ZERO1 Garage

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.

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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.

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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.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Lynn Hershman Leeson

Present Tense

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

Present Tense (2012) is a cinematic installation featuring babies who swim innocently in water that is charted through a near invisible lens to reveal cumulatively increasing levels of global water toxicity. This new work is currently being created by
Project team includes Jessica Howard, Colin Klingman, Hiro Narita, and Gian Pablo Villamil.

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: Ethan Kaplan

Lynn Hershman Leeson

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Over the last three decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her pioneering use of new technologies and her investigations of issues that are now recognized as key to the working of our society: identity in a time of consumerism, privacy in a era of surveillance, interfacing of humans and machines, and the relationship between real and virtual worlds. A major exhibition of her work will be presented in 2012 at Kunsthalle Bremen.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Stamen Design

The City from The Valley

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 the support of the James Irvine Foundation

Silicon Valley is a place of dynamism and change, consumption and destruction. Its modern history is a continuous series of disruptions, from Gold Rush to hi-speed wi-fi Google bus. The Eye of Sauron is turning from Stanford to The City. Fundamental shifts are underway in the relationship between city and valley. Stamen Design will investigate the flows of people to, from, and within this transient, attractive place.

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

Stamen Design

founded and operates in San Francisco, CA

Stamen is a design and technology studio based in San Francisco's Mission District. We design and build technically sophisticated and visually arresting projects for commercial clients, non- profits, open-source bodies and museums. We work for companies like MTV, the FCC, MoMA, National Geographic and Twitter.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Frederik De Wilde

Scan, Hostage prototype 1.0, V01D-1

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, with the support of the Flemish Ministry Of Culture, Rice University, and NASA

“As the atomic clock is a reference for Time, so is this Nano Black a new reference for contemporary Black.”
-Frederik De Wilde

Nano art is a new discipline located at the art, science, and technology intersections and plays on the aesthetic paradox of exposing ideas, concepts, and artworks that cannot be seen. Hostage prototype 1.0 (2010), Scan (2010), and V01D-1 (2012) are entirely nano-engineered. The artworks are “grown” from atomic-sized particles, their surfaces consisting of carbon nanotubes that almost completely absorb light and transform it into heat, making them the darkest artworks in the world.

This work is the result of a close collaboration between scientists and De Wilde. This kind of collaboration between artist and scientist has many precedents, for example, the collaboration of French artist Yves Klein with chemists to create his IKB Blue (International Klein Blue) in the 1950s and 1960s. Even a cursory glance at art his- tory reveals numerous artists who focused on color and particularly on black: Kazimir Malevich, Ad Reinhardt, Pierre Soulages and his “outre-noir” (beyond black). Within science, these works enter the physicist’s mystical quest for the absolute black, or “hyperblack.” Like the trailblazers of Silicon Valley, Belgian artist Frederik De Wilde pursues a goal which is extreme in order to provoke thoughts on the limits of our perceptual abilities and ideas on what constitutes innovation. The ultra-contemporary nanoblack created by De Wilde is made up of a vertical alignment of nanotubes of carbon. These nanotubes are akin to the carbon that one finds in charcoal pens or pencils, linking De Wilde’s contemporary proposition of color with the most ancient and fundamental acts of mark-making. From the time of cave paintings to the present day, the evocative power of this color and of mark-making remains. Ultimately, what we think of as “black” is a constant reinvention.

 

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

Frederik De Wilde

lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Frederik De Wilde studied fine arts at St.-Lukas Brussels (MA - painting), The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (BA - sculpture) and St.-Lukas Brussels (MA - experimental & audio-visual arts). Frederik followed a pre-education in architecture, studied one year of philosophy (VUB) and concluded his studies with a post-graduate degree in new media, arts and design (Transmedia).

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Christopher Baker

Murmur Study

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. Created by Christopher Baker with assistance from Márton András Juhász

Murmur Study (2009) is an art installation that examines the rise of micro-messaging technologies such as Twitter and Facebook’s status updates. One might describe these messages as a type of digital small talk. But unlike face to face conversations, these fleeting thoughts are accumulated, archived and digitally indexed by corporations, governments and research institutions. While the long-term impact of these archives remains to be seen, the sheer volume of publicly accessible, personal, and often emotional expressions should give us pause. Murmur Study is comprised of a variable number of thermal receipt printers that continuously monitor Twitter for new messages containing variations on common emotional utterances. Messages containing hundreds of variations on words such as argh, meh, grrrr, oooo, ewww, and hmph are printed on an endless waterfall of receipt paper that accumulates in tangled piles on the floor. The monumental form of the sculpture is intended to physically represent the otherwise invisible deluge of digital small talk flowing from Twitter. The current iteration of Murmur Study is built with Epson TM-T20 printers connected to USB 2.0 hubs via Serial to USB Converters. A single computer running drives the printers via USB and runs the Murmur Study control software. The Murmur Study control software was written in Java and takes advantage of Processing for simple serial and Internet connectivity. The control software accesses the Twitter Search API using the search terms defined for each printer. Each individual printer prints the search results for variations on a single word (e.g. argh OR arrgh OR arrrgh OR arrrrgh) on BPA-free thermal receipt paper. During normal operation, the printing is speed-limited to conserve paper. After exhibition, the resulting paper piles are recycled or reused in future exhibitions.

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

Christopher Baker

lives and works in Chicago, IL

Christopher Baker is an artist whose work engages the rich collection of social, technological and ideological networks present in the urban landscape. He creates artifacts and situations that reveal and generate relationships within and between these networks.

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Artist twitter: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Shu Lea Cheang

Baby Work

Location

ZERO1 Garage
439 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
United States
37° 19' 45.354" N, 121° 53' 9.1824" W

Co-commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the Taipei Cultural Council and Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice (ELMCIP), University of Edinburgh with residency support from APO33 in Nantes, France.

BABY WORK is the third installment of Cheang’s Locker Baby project (2001 – 2012). BABY WORK imagines a post-keyboard Etrashscape where defunct keyboards, keys scattered - A to Z, 0 and 1, letters and numbers, icons and symbols, broken words, forgotten memory. BABY WORK designates the public visiting the gallery as the (clone) babies who are entrusted to store and retrieve human ME (memory|emotion) data. By collecting and rearranging used keys and composing words into collective sonic expression, the public are situated as active participants in a post-crash scifi scenario. You are the baby. Work.

Project team includes Ming Long Chiang and Julian Ottavi.

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

Shu Lea Cheang

lives and works in Paris, France

Shu Lea Cheang is a media artist, conceptualist, networker and filmmaker. Her works traverse between hard/soft, sex/politics, fiction/reality, fantasia/earth-bound. She applies network-based technology for cross-disciplinary collaboration and public participatory installation/performance. Originally from Taiwan, she lived worked in New York for 20 years (1997-2007), and has since relocated to the eurozone to further pursue her art practices.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Stephanie Syjuco

FREE TEXT: The Open Source Reading Room

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 the support of the James Irvine Foundation

FREE TEXT: The Open Source Reading Room (2012) is an installation that functions as a physical archive, public reading room and actual production site for collected texts dealing with the thorny issues of digital copyright, open source culture, and the state of the intellectual commons in the 21st Century. Using only articles and texts found online, an on-site project librarian will download, print, and bind these works for public reading access, creating "re-printed" works from digital files. The texts are curated around the history of the open source movement, creative commons, remix culture, and challenges to copyright in the digital era, engaging the public in a lively dialogue of ownership and public access. File sharing and copyright infringement—of media, entertainment, creative works, and intellectual property—are hot political and cultural topics in a world increasingly seeking to commodify the production and dissemination of ideas and information. The internet has created a seemingly endless amount of ways in which information can be spread, much to the consternation of copyright holders. Surprisingly, not only music and media are illicitly shared online, but also texts, which are sometimes scanned directly out of books and traded within the academic community. A quick internet search can uncover an amazing amount of them, many ironically being themselves about open source culture and copyright. In a much larger context, the fight for access to cultural resources can also be linked to the fight for physical resources, such as in the field of agriculture and bioengineering, where corporations are claiming patents on genes of plants and animals. FREE TEXT: The Open Source Reading Room is a space devoted to an urgent and pressing topic that will shape how the future accesses and produces culture.

Stephanie Syjuco currently has an open exhibition at the Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco

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

Stephanie Syjuco

lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Stephanie Syjuco's recent work uses the tactics of bootlegging, reappropriation, and fictional fabrications to address issues of cultural biography, labor, and economic globalization. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, creating frictions between high ideals and everyday materials.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Thomas Thwaites

The Toaster Project

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

The Toaster Project (2010) chronicles Thomas Thwaites’ attempt to make an electric toaster from scratch - seeking iron, copper, mica, nickel and crude oil (for the plastic case) from disused mines and other sources around Britain, attempting to process these materials at home, and finally forming them into a version of a product that can be bought for only a few dollars. This nine-month process to make a simple toaster is absurd, but perhaps so too is the massive industrial activity we pursue to achieve additional small comforts at ever lower prices. The laboriousness of producing even the most basic material from the ground up exposes the fallacy in a return to some romantic ideal of a pre-industrialised time. But at a moment in time when the effects of industry on the environment are no longer trivial even on a global scale, the throwaway toasters of today seem absurd themselves.

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

 

Thomas Thwaites

lives and works in London, UK

Thomas Thwaites is a designer (of a more speculative sort), interested in technology, science and futures research, as well as communicating complex subjects in engaging ways. He graduated from the Royal College of Art Design Interactions MA in 2009, and has since undertaken a number of commissioned projects, including work on; social trends, futures forecasting, biotechnology, the history and philosophy of science and bicycles.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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