Posted by Tom Foremski - September 15, 2010
San Jose's fabulous Zero1 (SJ01) Biennial festival starts on Thursday running for four days. The organization's theme is "Build your own world" with a focus on "The future is what matters, not what's next."
There are hundreds of artworks, films, outdoor exhibits, parades, performances and a host of interactive arts projects. I visited the preview for some of the projects in the cavernous South Hall (above).
The future is not just about what's next. It's also about what we can build to ensure that what's next matters. How can we, as resourceful, innovative, and knowledgeable local and global citizens build and participate in a desirable future in the face of global climate change, economic meltdown, political instability, and cultural divisiveness?
ZER01 invites public participation in the Green Prix Parade. The Green Prix parade will be an eclectic, artistic eco-motion procession beginning in the South Hall (San Jose Convention Center) parking lot and proceeding down South 1st Street through the SoFA district. A parade of human-powered, electric, solar and many other sustainable locomotive projects will cascade down the street displaying an array of artistic mobility.
Green Prix Festival
Following the Parade, there will be an all day festival on South 1st Street where parade entries will be on display and available for visitors to interact with and possibly even test out. The Festival will be filled with "green" creations, parade projects, family oriented do-it-yourself workshops, demonstrations, local galleries and music performances.
- Survival Research Labs will be at the festival with its signature fire spewing robots.
- Retro Tech
San Jose Museum of Art
Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Extended hours on September 16, 2010
The artists represented in this exhibition grapple with the potential of technology as they "build their own world." They re-purpose and manipulate technologies of the past and present in ways that range from playful to ironic to analytical. As these artists explore the 'craft' of technology, they often investigate the very notion of obsolescence. Here, with the benefit of our 21st-century hindsight, the historical course of technology becomes a vehicle for understanding both our present context and our visions for an augmented future.
If you're headed to the 01SJ Biennial, and I know you are, you MUST participate in Blast Theory's A Machine To See With, a work for pedestrians and their mobile phones placing participants inside a movie as they walk through the city streets of downtown San Jose.
Internationally renowned artists who brought Ulrike and Eamon Compliant to the 53rd Venice Biennale are here in San Jose mixing documentary material and stolen thriller cliches inviting you to become someone else in this once in a lifetime cinematic experience.
MISSION ETERNITY is a metaphysical adventure: an arcane network of computers, mortal remains, emotions, cargo containers, scientists, artists and hackers - a technical as well as a legal, an organizational and an economic night mare. MISSION ETERNITY is as much about loss than it is about conservation of information. MISSION ETERNITY is hybrid art. read more »»
- The Empire Drive-In. Watch movies sitting inside junked cars.
- Artist talks:
Sunday, 9/19/10, 2:30-3:30pm:
See you there...