Joel Slayton, Executive Director
He took the helm of ZERO1 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ Biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, Joel is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University where he served as Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media from 1988 to 2008. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious centers in the United States dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art.
Joel has also served on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology) from 1999 to 2008, and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book. Most recently, he served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Selected as the first recipient of the Pick-Laudati Award by the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University, Joel is considered a pioneer in the field of art and technology. As an artist, Joel’s artworks, which engage with a wide range of media technology, including information mapping, networks and interactive visualization, have been featured in over one hundred exhibitions internationally. An original member of the Visible Language Workshop at MIT in the mid 1970s, Joel has received a National Endowment for the Arts award for his public art spectacles, and was selected for the Xerox Parc Pair Artists in Residence Program. His research explores social software, cooperation models and network visualization. His published academic papers include Social Software; Entailment Mesh, The Re= Purpose of Information, and The Ontology of Organization as System.
In addition to his artistic practice, from 1998 to 2007, Joel was president and founder of C5 Corporation. C5 is a hybrid form of authorship intersecting research, corporate culture and artistic enterprise. C5 research explores issues of visualization involving large data sets and social networks. Begun in 1996, C5 projects have been featured at SF Camerawork, Museo de Belle Artes, II International Bienale Buenos-Aires, Walker Art Center, Cantor Center for the Arts, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, The New Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, ASU Center for Creative Inquiry, and AUT in New Zealand. Joel’s robotic tele-present works have been exhibited at the Krannert Museum of Art and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was selected for participation in Alternating Currents: American Art in the Age of Technology co-curated by San Jose Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
In 2011, Joel was the keynote speaker at the Creative Cities/Global Economy conference in Tokyo and was invited to participate in the Aspen Institute World Art Summit in Muscat, Oman. He has presented at the Singapore Art Museum and was a keynote speaker at the ACE Conference on Advances in Computing Entertainment Technology in Los Angeles and at the Urban Games and Mobile Computing conference hosted by the Nabi Art Center in Seoul.
Most recently, Joel was been invited to present his work involving ZERO1 at the Swissnex in conjunction with the San Francisco Art Institute Artists in Labs exhibition.
He lives in San Jose, California with his wife and daughter.