Stillness / Jacob Garbe

Commissioned by ZERO1 with support from the James Irvine Foundation

Before Santa Clara traded fruit for silicon, it was known as the Valley of Heart's Delight. Orchards littered the hillsides, and its fame was supported by the branches of apricot, peach, and nectarine trees. Now the orchards have given way to the energy and frenetic speed of computer innovation, and the fields that were once filled with trees have fallen fallow.

Stillnessis an interactive projection allowing visitors to re-visit this part of Silicon Valley's past through the movement and position of their bodies. It asks viewers to take time to still themselves, and become a participant in the past's depiction by transforming into a tree.

The use of Processing, projection, and Kinect sensors frames the installation in the language of hackerspaces and the cutting edge. Rather than a critique of modern life's hectic speed, it asks if we can contextualize our behavior using modern tools, and bring it into dialogue with the historical transformation of our surroundings.

September 14, 2012, 6:00pm - 12:00am
S. 1st Street (from San Carlos to Reed)
SoFA District, San Jose

Jacob Garbe

lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA

Artist website


Jacob Garbe is a new media artist and interactive narrative author working in the mediums of augmented reality, interactive projection, and alternate reality games. His works use cutting-edge technology to explore themes of memory, loss, embodiment, and surveillance