ZER01: The Art and Technology Network Presents the 3rd 01SJ Biennial


ZERo1: International array of recognized artists, designers, engineers, filmmakers, musicians, architects and others representing “digital culture” to converge in Silicon Valley September 16-19 2010

This upcoming September 16th–19th in California’s Silicon Valley, ZER01: The Art and Technology Network will launch the 3rd 01SJ Biennial. A medium-agnostic contemporary art festival, the 01SJ Biennial focuses on the nexus of art, technology and digital culture.

For the 2010 biennial, 01SJ’s curatorial team, lead by Steve Dietz former curator at the Walker Art Center where he started the New Media Initiatives department, and founder of one of the earliest, museum-based, independent new media programs at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 1992, has brought together a selection of artists and artwork that not only changes the way a city looks, but changes how it responds to the behavior of a city’s inhabitants.

Notes 01SJ Biennial Artistic Director, Dietz, “The 2010 01SJ Biennial will present commissions from some of the world’s most innovative contemporary artists, shaping a fascinating and revealing exploration of how we as individuals can chose to use technology in creative ways, as both producers and consumers. All of the 01SJ Biennial’s commissioned artworks utilize some form of technology, be it experimental, advanced or seemingly simple tools, and address—from a variety of vantage points—the ways and means with which we can build better worlds, including through the utilization of technologically-enhanced capabilities ranging from amorphic robotics, bio-music, locative storytelling, and interactive large-scale signage to more utilitarian tools used to develop an effective and inexpensive microscope or to create an indoor orchard, and even futuristic visions of life as imagined through a multimedia opera, a drive-in theater fashioned out of salvaged cars, and radically re-imagined and responsive architecture.”


Comprised of nationally and internationally recognized contemporary artists, designers, engineers, filmmakers, data miners, architects, non-profit organizations and corporations, the upcoming 01SJ Biennial will include approximately 50 new art commissions, exhibitions, public art installations, street celebrations, live music, film, performances, symposiums, panels, and parallel programs at partner institutions throughout the Bay Area.

In the art biennial tradition, the 01SJ Biennial, with “Build Your Own World” as the Biennial’s central 2010 curatorial theme, will take place in a variety of locations that extend beyond the classic gallery, museum, and cultural spaces, to public and private venues that permeate the landscapes of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.  The focal point of these activities will be housed in the San Jose Convention Center’s 80,000 sq. ft. South Hall and throughout downtown San Jose, turning the heart of Silicon Valley–technology’s creative capitol–into a contemporary art and technology playground.

01SJ Biennial programming is geared around the notion that artists can, and do, act as change-agents through the use of technologies in their work. Whether these technologies are natural resources, simple or advanced tools, they all have the capability to challenge the norm, raise public awareness, encourage curiosity, and influence societal actions and perceptions. At its core, the 01SJ Biennial is about what artists can do at the intersection of art, technology and digital culture to build a better world.  Ultimately the 01SJ Biennial reminds us that in a world increasingly dependent on technology it is a misperception to think of the creative influence of contemporary arts as only aesthetically appealing.

The 01SJ Biennial consists of 4 basic sections:

  1. Exhibitions: Features Out of the Garage Into the World, presented in San Jose Convention Center’s South Hall, an 80,000 square foot space serving as the 01SJ Biennial’s main exhibition venue. Out of the Garage Into the Worldincludes commissioned Biennial art projects and a series of public workshops; Future Films, featuring a drive-in theater of salvaged cars for daily screenings; plus 01SJ Biennial partner exhibitions and parallel programming in galleries and other cultural venues throughout Silicon Valley and San Francisco
  2. Interactive City: 01SJ Biennial projects are located in multiple places throughout the city, and in one manner or another all of the artworks interact with the environs within which the artists have installed them, including dramatic large-scale art commissions by Rockwell Group and by artist Ken Gregory at San Jose’s City Hall; Participatory Play, think gaming on a city-wide scale permeating the streets, and Biennial and City of San Jose commissioned Public Art Projects in both traditional and unexpected locations
  3. Events: Throughout the Biennial, programmed events will include music & performance, AbsoluteZER0 the Biennial’s DIY evening street festival, Green Prix a ZER01 curated eco-conscious transportation rally, as well as ticketed events
  4. Ideas Track: Featuring a keynote, symposium, artist talks, a collector’s panel, and lectures.


In summary the 01SJ Biennial will present:

  • Over 20 exhibitions, with works by more than 100 artists, including nearly 50 new art commissions by art, design and music luminaries Rockwell Group, Blast Theory, Natalie Jeremijenko, MTAA, Randall Packer, Rigo23, and many others, as well as the North American debut of Luke Jerram’s Play Meproject and Chico MacMurtrie’s Amorphic Robots
  • A virtual interactive city of more than 20 commissioned projects from cascading waterfalls and interactive city plazas, to outdoor “piano bars” and Still Life with Banquet an epicurean dinner and video memento mori (some events are ticketed)
  • Dozens of performances and events by nearly 100 artists, including Future Films in the DIY Empire Drive-In, a SoFAdistrict AbsoluteZER0 evening event, and an all-day eco-locomotion Green Prix with projects that include a mobile park and electric Porsche
  • Keynote speaker, a 2-day symposium, a digital arts collector’s panel, and dozens of artist talks in the Speak Hard lounge located in South Hall

For more detailed information on the 01SJ Biennial, including Biennial schedule, a list of participating artists, history, 01SJ partners, and more visit:  http://zero1.org/2010/press-release/2010-lead-release


Central to ZER01’s mission is the belief that the technological innovations emerging from Silicon Valley will not only expand our notions of the boundaries of art, but also illuminate how to become more socially and culturally responsible. Working with some of the most fertile and creative minds from the worlds of art, design, architecture and technology, the 01SJ Biennial provides a forum for transcending traditional boundaries and disciplines, provoking a critical understanding of contemporary culture, and inspiring new ways of looking at—even operating in—the world.

“ZER01 is a 21st century arts non-profit and a catalyst for global cultural relevancy for Silicon Valley,” states Joel Slayton, ZER01’s Executive Director. “ZER01 mirrors the region’s reputation as a world-class center for creativity and innovation, and is the platform in Silicon Valley for artistic experimentation that engages the world.”

Punctuated by the real and conceptual landscapes of San Jose and Silicon Valley—and the premium it puts on talent, creative thinking, intellectual risk taking and unbridled innovation—ZER01 and the Biennial are both humbled and proud to be part of a tradition capable of making such enormous contributions to the cause that is modernity.

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