Renowned globally as a hub of entrepreneurship and innovation, Silicon Valley is notoriously difficult to experience. More than a specific location it is a network of freeways, technologies, companies, and relationships connected in a complex physical and virtual web. Modeling this networked nature, the hub of the Biennial is the ZERO1 Garage, with a series of nodes, networks, and access points connecting Silicon Valley and beyond.
The "ZERO1 Garage" is a new space being opened by ZERO1 located at 439 S. 1st Street in downtown San Jose's SoFA arts district that will include exhibition and event facilities, Biennial visitor's center, studio labs, lounge, and ZERO1 offices. The ZERO1 Garage will be formally launched in conjunction with the 2012 Biennial September 12, 2012.
From storefront installations and interactive LED projects to participatory games and large-scale projections, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial of public art projects seek to transform downtown San Jose's SoFA District into a location that reflects the creativity and technological innovation of Silicon Valley. This program will open September 12, 2012 during the ZERO1 Biennial opening weekend. 2012 ZERO1 Biennial public art projects are supported by the James Irvine Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Target.
A series of exhibitions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond are part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial program. Seeking Silicon Valley, ZERO1's Biennial exhibition will remain on display at the ZERO1 Garage from September 12-December 8 and will serve as the network hub for all Biennial programming.
In addition to the 9 Evenings performance program, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial features a rich collection of performances taking place throughout September 12 - December 8, 2012.
A growing list of artist talks, performances, symposia, and events planned in collaboration with arts organizations throughout Silicon Valley and beyond will take place from September 12 -- December 8, 2012. Please check back for a complete schedule.
(e)MERGE will feature a selection of artists from California university programs emphasizing the work of collaborative research groups in the spirit of collective creativity that is characteristic of the digital and new media arts. The second component of (e)MERGE is a juried selection of emerging California artists from both in and out of the academic sphere, whose innovative and experimental works engage with a range of radical new technologies available to artists, while engaging in re-imagining place and community in connection with the larger 2012 ZERO1 Biennial theme Seeking Silicon Valley. Check out all the (e)MERGE artists here!