2004 was a year populated with provocative, "of-the-moment" discussions sparked by ZeroOne and a range of co-hosts and collaborators. Dedicated to inspiring culture on the edge of art and technology, ZeroOne, kicked-off the year with the launch of a DVD created by Aspect Magazine, titled Artists of the West Coast, featuring the work of digital artist Anthony Discenze, Carole Kim, and Jesse Gilbert as well as Scott Snibbe, a ZeroOne advisory board member from Survival Research Laboratories, and filmmaker Brent Watanabe.ZeroOne HOTSPOTS

Through a nomadic series of discussions on hot topics in art & technology called ZeroOne HOTSPOTS, ZeroOne and its co-hosts, including SF Camerawork, The Computer History Museum, and Leonardo/ISATS tackled topics ranging from convergence of VJ and DEMO Culture to Burning Man Art.

HOTSPOT - ON THE FLY: The Convergence of VJ & DEMO Culture (3.18.04)

VJ/artists Mark Amerika, named a "Time Magazine 100 Innovator" and Matthew Biederman, whose audio and video installations have been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, explored VJ'ing as it relates to other media art genres while Shirley Shor, influential author and new media artist, and software entrepreneur Aviv Eyal surveyed 20 years of the hottest DEMO's, from game hacks to party pieces. The conversation was moderated by Marisa S. Olson ZeroOne's Adjunct Curator and Associate Director of SF Camerawork who has programmed at the ICA-London, the Getty, White Columns, and elsewhere.


This dynamic event featured a live, real-time hack with Cory Archangel, Brooklyn-based computer artists and musician as well as founding member of BEIGE, the programming crew/record label that produced the legendary record “8-Bit Construction Kit” and Alex Galloway, professor of Media Ecology at New York University and founding member of RSG, whose data surveillance system – Carnivore – was awarded a Golden Nica in the 2002 Prix Ars Electronica.

HOTSPOT - RED HOT: Burning Man Art (7.29.04)

Contributing to the night’s lively discussion ? about whether "Burning Man Art" is big-budget schlock, a political alternative to art market production, or the newest wave of surrealistic and social sculpture, a la Yves Tingley, Ant Farm, or Joseph Beuys, as some have posited ? was a panel of opinionated Burning Man veterans including artists Michael Christian, and Michael Light, San Jose Museum of Art senior curator JoAnne Northrup, and art critic and artist Mark Van Proyen. They discussed their work and the work of other BM artists in the spirit of establishing art historical precedents as well as inciting debate.


At this HOTSPOT, two of the most important pioneers of computer music, Max Mathews and John Chowning, who both stand at the epicenter of this musical revolution, discussed their work and the various elements continuing to drive the evolution of this vibrant art form.

Research led by Mathews at Bell Laboratories, beginning in the 1950s, created a series of programming languages that are the direct precursors of today's software synthesizers. His many contributions to interactive music systems, algorithmic composition, and psychoacoustics (with Jean-Claude Risset) are equally seminal. Stanford's legendary Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA, pronounced "karma") led by Chowning, has long been a hotbed of innovation. After groundbreaking research in sound spatialization, Chowning's invention of frequency modulation (FM) synthesis led to the most successful synthesizer of all time: the Yamaha DX7.

ZER01: 2005

Space Artists - The Cultural Frontiers of Space Travel

In February of 2005, ZeroOne looked beyond the boundaries of mother Earth to explore more than whether or not there was anyone out there. In a collaboration with the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)and other partners, a discussion about the work of space artists, space flight technologists and SETI scientists ensued. It proved to be an other-worldly experience.

Collaborators included: The Workshop On Space Artist's Residencies and Collaborations, Aerospace Education Research Operations Institute, California Space Grant Consortium, The Arts Catalyst, London, Center for Science Education @ Space Science Laboratory (CSE@SSL), UC Berkeley, Foundation For Space Exploration, The Leonardo Space Arts Work Group NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Zero Gravity Arts Consortium.

Individual participants included:

Lowry Burgess, dean and professor, School of Art, Carnegie Mellon University Distinguished Fellow, the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and Member for the Center For Arts and Society, Carnegie Mellon University; co-organizer, International Workshop on Space Artist's Residencies and Collaborations. Pittsburgh, PA.

Dan Goods , artist-in-residence, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; co-organizer, International Workshop on Space Artist's Residencies and Collaborations. Pasadena, CA.

Lorelei Lisowsky, performance artist, co-founder and co-assistant director, Zero Gravity Arts Consortium; founder and director, Zero G Arts Lab; co-organizer, International Workshop on Space Artist's Residencies and Collaborations. UK and USA.

Frank Pietronigro, interdisciplinary artist, San Francisco, CA, co-organizer, International Workshop on Space Artist's Residencies and Collaborations co-founder and project director, Zero Gravity Arts Consortium Associate Fellow, the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University. San Francisco, CA.

Anna Piva and Edward George, Flow Motion/Hallucinator

Jean-Luc Soret, Président, Space Art One, directeur artistique of the @rt Outsiders International Festival. Paris, France.