ZERO1 Garage

Jegan Vincent de Paul

Compare+Contrast:Codes of Conduct

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 National Endowment for the Arts

To seek Silicon Valley is a daunting task. A difficulty arises in any attempts to get a clear picture of the exact nature of this space and its relationship to the rest of American society. Silicon Valley can be better understood by comparison to a space that is arguably its ideological antitheses - that of Washington, DC. Compare and Contrast:Codes of Conduct is a project that compares and contrasts the codes of conduct of Washington with that of Silicon Valley for 99 days prior to the US Presidential Elections and the 2012 ZER01 Biennial. The project takes as a hypothesis that the technologies and technologists of Silicon Valley might be increasingly more impactful in the production of future-oriented change within the United States than the policies and politicians of Washington. Using the language of U.S mass media - as both image and text - together with the thoughts of key personal interviewees the project will attempt to reveal the underlying ?body of code? that markedly distinguishes Silicon Valley from Washington DC. For the exhibition a special projection and seating object is designed. A two-channel video projection juxtaposes media representations (collected over 99 days) of Silicon Valley on one screen and those of Washington on the other. The video is composed of fast moving text and images drawn from articles, highlighting certain key words, headlines and photographs. The video is accompanied by the voices / statements of the interviewees. A hard-copy version of the media juxtapositions and full transcriptions of the interviews is available in a binder displayed within the installation.

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

Jegan Vincent de Paul

lives and works in Cambridge, MA

Jegan Vincent de Paul was born in Sri Lanka in 1978. His family migrated to India in 1986, during the civil war in Sri Lanka, and then settled in Canada a year later. He currently lives and works in the United States. Studying western art and architecture at the University of Toronto, Jegan received a B.A. in 2003. He is trained as an architect at the University of Toronto, where he received an MArch in 2007.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Jae Rhim Lee

Infinity Burial Project: Decomp Me

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 National Endowment for the Arts

The Infinity Burial Project's Decomp Me (2012) is an iPad app and an intervention (a Decompivention) that invites technocrats, Singularitans, and the general public to turn away from death denial and postmortem body preservation and to face and accept death and decomposition. Decomp Me is an interactive, digital visualization of a user's face/body decomposing and transforming into clusters of Infinity Mushrooms. The app will guide the user to take a photo of the user's face, allow the user to 'spore' the image, and display an interactive, animated video of the user's face decomposing and transforming into mushrooms.

After undergoing visualization, Decomp Me users will be invited to become a Decompinaut, a member of the Decompiculture Society, a group which promotes intimacy with and acceptance of the physical realities of decomposition as vehicles toward death acceptance. The Society seeks to advance knowledge and awareness of postmortem options through research, education, and decompiculture: the cultivation of organisms that assist in metabolic decay. Small capsules containing dilute "corpse scent" will be delivered after each visualization.

Decomp Me will be accompanied by a small installation of mushroom cultures representing Infinity Burial Project director Jae Rhim Lee's growing and training Infinity Mushrooms to eat her discarded body tissue.

Collaborators/team members:  Eric Kaltman, Greg Niemeyer, Takehito Etani, Ed Allen

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

Jae Rhim Lee

lives and works in Oakland, CA

Jae Rhim Lee is a visual artist and designer whose living units, furniture, wearables, and recycling systems propose unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment. She has exhibited internationally and has given numerous lectures, talks, and demonstrations, including at MIT, the TEDGlobal Conference, Harvard Medical School, and Kampnagel Hamburg.

Artist website: 
Artist twitter: 

http://twitter.com/#!/jaerhimlee

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Gambiologia

Gambiological Armor

Location

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

Additional pieces commissioned by ZERO1 for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, original work commisioned by arte.mov (2008)

Gambiological Armor (2008/2012), a series of pieces commissioned by arte.mov in 2008, including “Bag”, “Belt”, “Glasses”, “Helmet”, “Iphone” and “Shoephone” are presented alongside two new pieces specifically commissioned by ZER01 for the exhibition Seeking Silicon Valley. Gambiological Armor is the first work of Gambiologia which defined the basis of this movement. It is (non-)interactive clothing built from old parts, which are inspired on the aesthetics of ‘gambiarra’, Brazilian’s DIY culture. The armor is a work of building electronics with an anthropophagic accent that ends up looking like contemporary Steampunk. By using recycled gear, it brings a new meaning to the technological context assuming an attitude of creative re-contextualization of materials commonly understood as trash. The creation of artifacts in an improvised manner portrays the metropolis’ spontaneity of everyday life, while also offering an analysis of the perishability and reinvention of technology. In a context in which the excess of discarded objects accumulating over the surface of the globe is a crucial issue, the armor also proposes a parody on the excess of gadgets carried by the contemporary citizen.

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: Alessandra Nohvais

Gambiologia

live and work in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

‘Gambiarra’ is the Brazilian practice of makeshifts, the art of resorting to quirky and smart improvisation in order to repair what doesn’t work or to create what is needed with what is at disposal. Gambiologia is the ‘science of gambiarra’ that studies this form of creative improvisation and celebrates it by combining it with electronic-digital techniques.

Artist twitter: 
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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

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Aram Bartholl

Dead Drops

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

Dead Drops (2010 - present) is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. Dead Drops  is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city or neighborhood, follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures on the website: http://deaddrops.com/

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

Aram Bartholl

lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Aram Bartholl has been working in Berlin since 1995. He studied architecture at the University of the Arts UdK Berlin and graduated there in 2001. Bartholl worked as a freelancer for DMC, MVRDV, IEB Berlin and Fraunhofer Institut FOCUS among others. His installations and performances have been shown at numerous festivals, museum and gallery shows worldwide. Often he is invited to give workshops and to present his work at conferences and universities/art schools. He is a member of the NYC based ‘Free, Art & Technology Lab’ a.k.a. ‘F.A.T.

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September 12-December 8, 2012

ZERO1 Garage

Public Art project. On display night and day.