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The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, A Successful Run

The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial has officially come to an end, and here at ZERO1. We wrapped up the Biennial this past weekend with over 250 people visiting the exhibition one last time on Friday night and then on Saturday, hosting two amazing panels with SPUR, Stamen Design and Institute for the Future, followed by our closing reception to celebrate the conclusion of the Biennial with partners, artists, and friends. 

By all accounts, this year's Biennial was a huge success. Centered in San Jose, the ZERO1 Biennial represented a significant place-making opportunity that galvanized community engagement through collaboration and partnerships not otherwise possible.  It allowed for the presentation of groundbreaking work by local and international artists and provided access to innovative, world-class art for an audience interested in the sandbox where art and technology meet. Attendees of the Biennial experienced public art, interactive digital media, performances, and much more!

Women, Art & Technology:an uneasy access?

“Women, Art, and Technology: An Uneasy Access?” is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Future Imagined: What Next?” which was part of the ZERO1 2012 Biennial. Don’t miss this exciting panel discussion with Michal Gavish, Penelope Finnie, Penny Nii, and Carla Riggi. The exhibition highlights the interplay between artists, technologists and scientists as they converge to test the artistic limits of the possible in a technologically driven world. This complementary public forum brings together a diverse set of practitioners who are forging the creative edges of art, science, and technology. The focus will be on the triumphs and challenges of being a woman working in a technology-based art practice. The women on our panel will recount the contributions they make as innovators and entrepreneurs and will share their perspectives on how to prosper in a technological environment in which men predominate.

ADA in flight to Moscow

The beautiful and rather large analog interactive kinetic sculpture that we have come to know and love as ADA will be soon moving from the ZERO1 Garage to the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture based in Moscow.

Body Envelope by Nina Waisman

ZERO1 will wrapping up our 2012 ZERO1 Biennial 9 Evenings performance series this Thursday with California-based artist Nina Waisman as she presents Body Envelope at the Montalvo Arts CenterNina Waisman is a visual and media artist who works with technologically driven forms of control and communication, exploring their impact on the body’s actions in space and the mind’s perceptions of time. As a former dancer, she takes a special interested in the role movement plays in forming our thoughts: such “physical thinking” has been posited by neurologists and cognitive scientists to be the pre-conscious scaffolding for all human logic. Body Envelope is an interactive sound installation and evening of performances developed in collaboration with New York-based choreographer Mariah Maloney, and Los Angeles-based choreographers, dancers and artists Natalie Metzger and Flora Wiegmann. 

Frequency and Volume Now Open at SFMOMA

Over the weekend San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) opened their 2012 ZERO1 Biennial exhibition  by international media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Mexican-born, Montreal-based artist, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, explores the intersection of architecture, public space, media, and performance within his work. His interactive video and sound installation uses radio equipment to allow participants to tune into any radio frequency between 150 kHz and 1.5 GHz by using their own bodies. According to the artist, he originally developed the piece in response to the Mexican Government shutting down informal or "pirate" radio stations in indigenous communities in the states of Chiapas and Guerrero. Organized by SFMOMA's Curator of Media Arts, Rudolf Frieling, Frequency and Volume, raises questions about who has access to public space, who controls public communication and is designed to visibly communicate the museum’s role as both a receiver and producer of frequencies in a larger network of Bay Area culture.