ZERO1 Garage

Marisa Olson

Star Trek TNG/TLG

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

In her work Marisa Olson often uses her own experience as a filter through which to explore the nuances of contemporary digital visual culture. Star Trek TNG/TLG (2011) is an enquiry into the performative aspects of the act of searching the internet and its relationship to the cultural values expressed in the popularity of science fiction phenomena, which also revolve around narratives of searching for intelligent life, or for answers to deeper questions about ourselves.

In the gallery, this piece manifests as a stack of floppy diskettes containing the search results of a performative effort to rewrite a negative memory. Despite its small scale, the data-totem is almost monolithic in its containment of symbolic data and signification of cultural and technological change. The data inside these shells is merely suggested, but not truly available to viewers who are only confronted with the residue of this memory.

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

Marisa Olson

lives and works in New York, NY

Marisa Olson (b. 1977 in Augsburg, Germany) is a new media artist, curator, critic, and media theorist. Olson’s work has recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Tate[s] Liverpool+Modern, FACT, Nam June Paik Art Center, the Whitney, New Museum, British Film Institute, Sundance Film Festival, EdithRuss-Haus fur Medienkunst, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst/Montevideo, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, PERFORMA, and PS122.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Nelly Ben Hayoun

International Space Orchestra

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 the Z33, House for Contemporary Arts in Hasselt; Montalvo Arts Center; and V2_

Blending space science, planet-poking and bluegrass-playing spacecraft operators, the world’s first orchestra composed of space scientists is coming together to broadcast into deep space. The International Space Orchestra is being assembled and directed by award-winning director and experience designer, Nelly Ben Hayoun.

The International Space Orchestra (ISO) will premiere at the ZERO1 Biennial on September 13th in San Jose with Ground Control: An Opera in Space, a staged concert created for the International Space Orchestra by Nelly Ben Hayoun with an all-star list of collaborators including Blur and Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn; singer Bobby Womack; Penguin Café’s founder and composer, Arthur Jeffes; Japanese performance artist Maywa Denki, and authors Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic. The International Space Orchestra’s conductor is Grammy-award winning composer and arranger, Evan Price.

The project’s mission is to draw attention to space science at the most monumental time in its history. An exciting new era of private space travel and exploration is underway, fuelled by commercial space companies such as Virgin Galactic, Space X and Google, and projects such as near-earth asteroid mining and sending humans to Mars orbit are being discussed as realities for the 2030s. The International Space Orchestra is currently rehearsing with Nelly Ben Hayoun and Evan Price in Silicon Valley, California. After the concert, Ben Hayoun will be working with scientists to beam a recording of the orchestra beyond the horizon and into deep space...

More on: www.groundcontrol-opera.com

Special Performance Thursday Sept 13, 2012 
Live performance by the International Space Orchestra, directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun, the orchestra is comprised of individuals from NASA ARC, SETI, Singularity University and the International Space University and the Opening of the ZERO1 Urban Screen. 7:00pm-9:00pm at the ZERO1 Urban Screen at 300 S. 1st Street, San Jose. More details!

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 by Baikonur Cosmodrome lift-off area

Nelly Ben Hayoun

lives and works in London, UK

Nelly Ben Hayoun has been called the “Willy Wonka of design and science” and she is on a mission to bring chaos, subversion and disorder into the design and the scientific world. An award-winning director, performer, and experience designer from France, she works with leading scientists and engineers to devise subversive events and performances. Her projects include collaborating with cosmonaut Jean Pierre Haignere on the Soyuz Chair, a modified armchair that enables those brave enough to try it to experience the three-stage launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács

Time and Again

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 financial support of the Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Gallery Akinci, Amsterdam

 

The work Time and Again (2011) is a contemporary vanitas-motif reflecting on the surface of our culture, seen as an elastic network of virtual realities in which decay and resurrection go hand in hand. In the video projection one sees a polygon model of a lily decaying and blooming at the same time. The lily, itself a symbol of eternal beauty and purity, appears as a white light on the wall. An arabesque that is not bound to time and space, fixed in an eternal now.

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

Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukacs

live and work in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Paris, France

Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukacs work in a wide variety of media–most notably video, animation and graphics- producing a myriad of works that reflect on the ornamental nature of today's society. With intricate layers of depersonalization, imagination and re-mediation they animate the collective myths that characterize contemporary culture. Their work is shown in filmfestivals, museums and galleries and broadcasted on TV worldwide.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Wendy Jacob

Squeeze Chair (Blueprint)

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

Wendy Jacob’s projects operate at the interface between art, design and technology. Her artistic strategies invoke the body in the engineered environment. Squeeze Chair (Blueprint) is her contribution to this year’s ZER01 Biennial. “The development of this project has its origin in 1993, in meetings with the autistic engineer and animal scientist, Temple Grandin, who created a device – based on the design of a cattle squeeze chute - to apply an even pressure to her own body. In my reimagining, the device is crafted as a piece of living room furniture. The hug, separated from the complications of human contact, is distilled to pressure, delivered by a second person via the pulse of a foot-operated pump.” (Wendy Jacob)

The current installation shows two newly created chairs together with shipping boxes that display information about their history and construction. At the digital velocity of Silicon Valley, the body itself risks receding to a vanishing point. Jacob’s work repositions the person at the midpoint of a relationship with humanized machines (see image). From garage to living room, Squeeze Chair (Blueprint) documents the evolution of an idea and proposes its future course.

Note: in 2008 Wendy Jacob founded Autism Studio as a component of The Future of Body research cluster in the ACT program of MIT.

Project team includes Theodossios Demetrios Issaias.

Special thanks to C. Badger, Clementine Cummer, Samuel Ray Jacobson, Elizabeth Shepherd, and Martin Seymour.

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

Wendy Jacob

lives and works in Cambridge, MA

Artist Wendy Jacobʼs work bridges traditions of sculpture, invention, and design, and explores relationships between architecture and the body. Her projects include walls and ceilings that breathe, tightropes rigged through living rooms and floors that vibrate with sub-audible sound. Jacobʼs work has been shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Kunsthaus Graz, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In 2011, Jacob was awarded the Maud Morgan Prize by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Maurice Benayoun

Tunnels Around the World

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 and Media City Seoul. Created in collaboration with composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière and presented in partnership with City University Hong Kong School of Creative Media.

Long time no dig… Seventeen years after the first virtual tunnel: The Tunnel under the Atlantic (1995), linking the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, and fifteen years after the Paris New Delhi Tunnel, now is the moment when it is technically possible to think about creating the whole project as it was conceived and imagined by its author Maurice Benayoun. Tunnels Around the World will telematically connect San Jose, CA with Seoul, Korea and numerous other sites around the world. Low Tech, high level Tunnels When the original projects were using, for each end of the tunnel, tens of highly powerful and expensive pieces of vintage electronics, sharing video, virtual reality and specialized interactive and generative sound and music, through a pathetically indigent single ISDN pipe, it is now possible to make it simple and accessible to anybody connected to the Net. New Tunnels, New Digging The Tunnel Around the World doesn't mimic the original "digging" tool. It remains a spectacular way to dig into a cultural material. The matter will be made of pictures from the Reunion des Musées Nationaux database that we expect to extend with any partner's database made of pictures of past culture (paintings, photos, sculptures, video, films, photos etc.). The Digging effect In the original Tunnels, the pictures use to become like blocks of marble and digging holes and galleries helped to see details from the original image, like digging inside memory, creating sometime big caves were all the kaleidoscopic fragments whisper syllables from our cultural past.

Meeting through Tunnels The original Tunnels constituted ways to meet people after reducing the cultural obstacle made of pictures. The video image of the other, located at the other end of the Tunnel, was floating, at its place in the virtual space like a video avatar. This was the best way to see who we are meeting, and start another level of dialogue (after the specialized sound dialogue that helped in finding the direction to dig in order to meet). Slices of cultural matter In the new version, we will be digging into images we can face. No distortion. Coming closer we see the next one and the previous one has been dug with a circular hole. We can change the direction like changing content, and eventually we meet people from elsewhere saying "Hi" or more… Cultural Diversity Each location hosting the art installation version can provide a specific database possibly made of photos from public collections (with all the legal rights to do so). Interactive Generative Music Digging into image is a physical experience. It cannot reach the best intensity without sound interaction. A first version will be made together with the music composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière, who collaborated on many of MB installations and did specifically the Paris New Delhi Tunnel sound work. An online art-game Tunnels Around the World will run on the Internet so thousands of people can participate. A Biennial and Museum connected art installation Some privileged locations will use the same tool in broadband high definition, large scale. A special kit with software and all technical requirements will allow all motivated places to participate in Tunnels Around the World with specific installations in addition to the installations at the ZERO1 Biennial and Media City Seoul.

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

Maurice Benayoun

lives and works in Paris, France

Maurice Benayoun (AKA MoBen) is a pioneering new-media artist whose work has been seen, and honored, around the globe. Born in Mascara, Algeria, in 1957, Benayoun is based in Paris, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His work employs various media — including (and often combining) video, virtual reality, the Web, wireless technology, performance, public-space large-scale art installations and interactive exhibitions.

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Artist twitter: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Eduardo Kac

Aromapoetry

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, originally commissioned by OpenLab, Paris and Enghien-les-Bains Art Center, Enghien-les-Bains, France.

Aromapoetry (2011) is a new kind of poetry in which the compositional unit (the poem) is made up of smells. The poet "writes" the smells by conceiving the poem as an olfactory experience and then employing multiple chemical procedures to achieve his poetic goals. It goes without saying that, as in any kind of poetry, the reader is an active participant that interprets and thus ascribes his or her own meanings to the poem beyond the writer's original motivations. In my book Aromapoetry, the first book ever written exclusively with smells, readers find twelve aromapoems that range widely in their material structure and semantic resonance. While I composed some of my aromapoems with only one or two molecules, most of them are composed of dozens of molecules each. In some cases, a single poem has distinct olfactory zones on the page—each comprised of dozens of molecules each. In other words, the level of molecular intricacy of the works in Aromapoetry varies from the very simple to the extremely complex. I composed the twelve poems in Aromapoetry so as to provide the reader with a broad field of aromatic experiences. The titles simultaneously delineate and open up the semantic sphere of each work. Each poem is a distinct and self-contained composition. At the same time, the book has a dynamic internal rhythm produced through the alternation of different or contrasting smells. Every poem in the book Aromapoetry employs nanotechnology by binding an extremely thin layer of porous glass (200 nanometers thick) to every page, trapping the odorants (i.e. the volatile molecules) and releasing them very slowly. Without this nanotechnology, the fragrances would quickly dissipate and the smells would no longer be experienced after a few days. To ensure even greater longevity, a set of small bottles is integrated into the book, allowing the reader to recharge every individual page. With an eye to the distant future, the book’s summary presents key molecules used in the production of each poem. Aromapoetry is a book to be read with the nose.

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: Mario Llorca (2010)

Eduardo Kac

lives and works in Chicago, IL

Eduardo Kac is internationally recognized for his telepresence and bio art. A pioneer of telecommunications art in the pre-Web '80s, Eduardo Kac (pronounced "Katz") emerged in the early '90s with his radical works combining telerobotics and living organisms. His visionary integration of robotics, biology and networking explores the fluidity of subject positions in the post-digital world.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Hojun Song

OSSI – the first launching

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

Open Source Satellite Initiative – the first launching (2008 - present)
After 4 years of work, Hojun Song is launching his first satellite on August 31, 2012 as an individual – the first private satellite. By sharing his actions online in real time, he challenging issues of the individual vs. institution, art vs. technology, science vs. fantasy, and hope vs. politics. In the exhibition, Hojun Song's four year journey will be shared via screen. And every time the satellite passes over the exhibition site and the station successfully receives the signal, the contents of the satellite archive sync and react.

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

Hojun Song

lives and works in Seoul, S. Korea

Hojun Song's work is about making narratives and bringing questions by implementing absurd objects like radiation jewelry and the strongest weapon in the world. Currently he's working to launch his own small satellite. His satellite project encompasses hard core engineering to T shirts graphic designs. By showing a series of work, Hojun Song will like to question some of conventional thoughts on art, design and science and eventually, he shows how to link those to our daily issues.

Artist website: 
Artist twitter: 

@opensat

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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MeatMedia

Brain Station 2

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 the Institute of Neural Engineering of Tsinghua University and TASML | Tsinghua University Art & Science Research Center Media Lab

The Brain Station series by MeatMedia creates an interface to enlighten the invisible data of our body. In the first Brain Station, the artists applied cutting-edge BCI (brain computer interface) technology to a wearable light bulb helmet that grew brighter and dimmer according to the participant’s emotion-related brainwaves. The technology amplified the brainwaves and translated them into visible light by transforming biological energy into photovoltaic energy. Simultaneously, the participant responded to the mood of the light. There was an endless feedback of the emotion between human and the machine and between organism and non-organism.

Brain Station 2 (2012) also allows participants to wear another BCI on their head, but this time with a light bulb hanging in front of their eyes. The brainwaves from the visual cortex, captured by the BCI, power the light. When one’s eyes are closed, the light turns on. When eyes open, the light turns off. Even with closed eyes, one can still see the light and sense the surroundings more vividly. Therefore, Brain Station is an artistic representation of the energy flow between human perception and the rest of the world.

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

MeatMedia

live and work in Hangzhou, China

MeatMedia is a media art organization, initiated by Wu Juehui and Shao Ding. In recent years, they have been operating within the potential interfaces between art and science, body and media, in collaboration with laboratories or institutes such as TASML (Tsinghua University Art & Science Media Lab), Institute of Neural Engineering (Tsinghua University), Media x Design Lab (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology | EPFL), Institute of Graphics and Image (Hangzhou Dianzi University).

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Lucas Bambozzi

Mobile Crash v2

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.

Mobile Crash v2 [obsolescence trimmer] (2012) is a newer version of the interactive installation Mobile Crash (2010) -- initially conceived as an immersive audiovisual system,  which is now being updated to employ new ways of reading data and measuring signals in a given environment. 

Mobile Crash v2 [obsolescence trimmer]  (2012) shows communication devices and equipment in states of obsolescence being continuously smashed by hammers. A computer algorithm picks the video sequences among hundreds of short clips available. The rhythmic rate of the clips varies according to sensors measuring electromagnetic fields in the environment, such as from mobile phone calls or from other signals operating at certain frequencies in the same range. Such invisible signals would be the sources for leading the inputs, triggering the system to progressively display the sound and visual sequences in a mash-up style, which the audience can experience in real time. The installation aims to produce an ironic comment about obsolescence issues and technological trends. The more we consume and use technology, the more it renders it obsolete.
 
Project team includes Radames Ajna and Paloma Oliveira.

 

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

Lucas Bambozzi

lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil

Lucas Bambozzi is a multimedia artist producing works in a variety of formats such as installations, single channel videos and interactive projects.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Karina Smigla-Bobinski

ADA

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

ADA (2010) is a post-industrial "creature", visitor animated, creatively acting artist-sculpture, self-forming artwork, resembling a molecular hybrid, such as a one from nanobiotechnology. She develops the same rotating silicon-carbon-hybrids, midget tools, miniature machines able to generate simple structures. Filled up with helium, floating freely in room, a transparent, membrane-like globe, spiked with charcoals that leave marks on the walls, ceilings and floors - marks which ADA produces quite autonomously, although moved by a visitor. The globe obtains aura of liveliness and its black coal traces, the appearance of being a drawing. The globe in action fabricates a composition of lines and points, which remains incalculable in their intensity, expression and form. However hard the visitor tries to control, to drive, to domesticate her, whatever he tries out, he will very soon notice that ADA is an independent performer, studding the originally white walls with drawings and signs. A more and more complicated fabric structure arises. ADA up rose in nowadays spirit of biotechnology. She is a vital performance-machine, and her patterns of lines and points, get more and more complex as the number of the audience playing-in increases. The title is a tribute to Ada Lovelace.

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

Karina Smigla-Bobinski

lives and works in Munich, Germany

Karina Smigla-Bobinski lives and works as a freelance artist in Munich and Berlin in Germany. She studied painting and visual communication at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland and Munich, Germany. She works as an intermedia artist with analogue and digital media.

Artist website: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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