a spatial history of computing / Nick Lally

a spatial history of computing is a guided bike tour of places and geographies in Silicon Valley which have and continue to influence the development of contemporary computing. The tour will be free to participants, beginning at the ZERO1 outdoor exhibition and proceeding through Silicon Valley by bike and Caltrain. Participants will receive a map containing descriptions of sites layered over a geographic map of the area, which will also allow self-guided tours. The tour will attempt to develop a critical spatial geography of computing which is often conceptualized as an immaterial practice. By experiencing the geography directly on a bicycle, participants will be able to conceptualize computing, software, and network technologies as a lived practice with a material base which produces particular kinds of spaces. Several tours will be held per day. During the interim, visitors to ZERO1 will be invited to peruse the maps of the tour and contribute to a collective mapping project which adds new spaces, descriptions, and critical insights.

Some of the kinds of spaces we will visit include:
Historic Sites: for example, the garage where Wozniak and Jobs assembled the first Apple computer.
Sites of Adjacency: communities, geographies, and materials which influenced computing in complex and unexpected ways.
Code/Spaces: spaces which are produced by code and whose spatialities are only made possible by the continuing function of software.
Immaterial Spaces: online spaces which shape and mediate our experiences on the tour.
Material Infrastructures: material bases essential to computing.

Friday, September 14th
Menlo Park Caltrain Station
1120 Merrill St., Menlo Park 94025

Saturday, September 15th
11:00am from installation sight at the ZERO1 Street Festival to SJ Diridon Station
Near South 1st Street and Williams Street

Nick Lally

lives and works in Oakland, CA

Artist website


Nick Lally is an artist and programmer whose work explores the ways informational technologies have affected people's everyday lives. His work spans a range of media and reflects his interest in digital media, collaboration, participation, radical political theory, education, space, and bicycles. He has an MFA in Digital Arts and New Media from UC Santa Cruz and teaches at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute.