Outdoor Projection: Emerging Artist Network

May 11th, 2012 by 11pm PST
Dates of Participation: 
Sept. 14-15, 2012
South First Street, San Jose, CA (between San Carlos and Reed Street)

Budget/Stipend: Multiple grants are available for $1000 
(micro-grant must cover all costs such as materials, travel, lodging, install and de-install).

These Micro-Grants are made possible by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.

Location specs: WiFi and power available

Guidelines & Restrictions

The ZERO1 Emerging Artist Network Outdoor Exhibition is seeking innovative proposals from California-based, emerging artists working at the crossroads of art, science and technology. We are seeking proposals for projection mapping, or other projection projects, to be exhibited on selected buildings during the weekend-long outdoor exhibition that will launch with the ZERO1 Biennial's Friday night street festival. This exhibition will inaugurate the new ZERO1 Emerging Artist Network, and the artists chosen to receive micro-grants will be invited to participate in a weekend of events dedicated to the development of this new organization.

The exhibition will be held outdoors, so it is important that projection projects can be presented in an outdoor environment. Further, as the outdoor exhibition will premier during the ZERO1 Biennial Friday night street festival, we welcome projects that can be shown both night and day. Proposals should be adaptable, so they may be projected on assigned buildings located throughout the three blocks of South First Street, reaching from San Carlos to Reed Streets.

Additional Resources

ZERO1 will provide the following for selected projects:

  • Production advice and basic power/data infrastructure
  • Permitting and insurance as reasonable, appropriate and possible
  • Marketing and promotion

About ZERO1 Emerging Artist Network

The ZERO1 Emerging Artist Network will launch this September during the opening weekend of the ZERO1 2012 Biennial Seeking Silicon Valley. Exhibiting artists will be invited to participate in a weekend program of talks, workshops and events that will launch with the presentation of their work during the Friday night street festival. The outdoor exhibition will cover three city blocks of the SoFA District along South First Street between San Carlos and Reed Streets in downtown San Jose, and selected works will remain throughout the following day.

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 coming here to join in this efflorescence of fertile spaces dedicated to new artistic possibilities. Through ZERO1's experience working with emerging artists, many who are enrolled in or recent graduates of MFA programs, we identified a need for presenting and networking opportunities.

The ZERO1 Emerging Artist Network exhibition is a new platform for showcasing the work of emerging artists. Realizing the importance of the student and garage-inventor to the phenomenon of Silicon Valley, ZERO1 is committed to increase support for emerging talent. Micro-grants will be juried by a high profile group of Bay Area based curators from partner institutions.

Jury & Selection Process

A minimum of 2 proposals will be chosen for exhibition, and the call will be juried by a panel of Bay Area curators, gallerists, and critics.

While none of the following are requirements, the jury will be asked to select projects that have successfully addressed the following:

  • Content: The Emerging Artist Network street exhibition will respond to the Biennial thematic Seeking Silicon Valley through a focus on projections involved in the conceptualization and formation of community and place. Whether existing or new work, the proposal should engage these concepts.
  • Medium: ZERO1 is focused specifically on art at the intersection of technology.
  • Presentation Feasibility: the proposal should take into account the given budget and exhibition duration, as well as the feasibility for successful presentation within these constraints

Proposals should include

  • A written proposal (max. of 3 pages) including sketches, images, site diagrams, or technical specifications as appropriate.
  • Bio (max. 1 page)
  • Examples of past work with title, medium, date, credits, and description. Please provide links to no more than 10 images and 1 video of past, preferably related work.
  • Budget (max. 1 page)

Key Dates

The application deadline for this call is May 11, 2012 at 11pm PST. Selected artists will be notified on/before June 1, 2012. Installation is scheduled for September 14th, 2012. Artists are responsible for de-install on/after 6:00 on September 15th, 2012. Exhibiting Artists will also be expected to take part in the short program of EAN talks, workshops, and mixers that will follow the exhibition on Saturday evening and through Sunday.

For any questions please contact opencalls@zero1.org