(e)MERGE, The ZERO1 Street Festival

(e)MERGE, The ZERO1 Street Festival

Mark your calenders September 14th 6:00pm - 12:00am!

We know it has been two years since ZERO1 has filled the streets for an all night street festival, but you have to wait no longer. The ZERO1 Biennial Street Festival is back by popular demand. Mark you calendars for (e)MERGE, a street festival focused specifically on showcasing work by emerging artists! We are filling streets the three city blocks of the SoFA District along South 1st Street between San Carlos and Reed Streets in downtown San Jose, and selected works will remain throughout the weekend. 

It will be a night of excitment, artistic talent, great music, and of course tons food and drinks. We will have more details as it gets closer, but here is a taste of some of the amazing projects and artists you will get to interact with

(e)MERGE will feature a selection of artists from 9 different California university programs, with wildly imaginative pieces such as UC San Diego's Prof. Amy Alexander and collaborator Prof. Annina Ruest's Discotrope, an audiovisual performance and dance party held under a solar disco ball projecting video across the dance floor, and San Jose State/CADRE's Prof. James Morgan and John Bruneau's fanciful Cooperative Gaming Co-op, a recreation of an old-world arcade filled with a careful selection of games both old and new. 

(e)MERGE will also feature 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 re-imagining place and community in connection with the larger 2012 biennial theme Seeking Silicon Valley.  Interactive projections, large immersive installations, and kinetic sculpture will combine with audience focused AR games, programmed performances, and street interventions.  Friday night highlights include Mike Lai's thirty person street performance, Sonic Battle, enacted through the recreation of the sounds of a cinematic battle scene, and Daniel Christopher's, Journey Through Light, a participatory adventure through the streets of the festival in order to discover a series of magnificent, interactive light sculptures, eventually ending in the unlocking of a central light installation.

The following artists and collaborative groups will be on view:

Karen Anzoategui, Micha Cardenas & Allison Wyper, Find Each Other: Local Autonomy Networks
Nathan Blaz & Elia Vargas, Until Every Shape Has Found its City
California College of the Arts/URBANlab, led by Prof. Mona El-Khafif, programming for iLounge
Cal State Stanislaus, led by Prof. Jessica Gomula, Building Imagination ARG
Christian Cerrito, Chorus
Daniel Christopher, Journey Through Light
Jacob Garbe, Stillness
Michele Guieu, The MAP
Allison Leigh Holt, Experiments Series
Mike Lai, Sonic Battle
Ellen Lake, Crossing
Nick Lally, A Spatial History of Computing
Dennis Rosenfeld, this is it, forever
San Jose State/CADRE, led by Prof. Steve Durie, LED Wall
San Jose State/CADRE, led by Prof. James Morgan & Prof. John Bruneau, Cooperative Gaming Coop
Sara Thacher, Slow Mail
Stanford University's CCRMA with Prof. Chris Chafe, John Granzow & Denton Fredrickson
Three Bodies/Greg Laughlin, Prof. Ted Warburton, Lyes Belocine, Drew Detweiler & Karlton E. Hester, Three Bodies
UC Berkeley's Ashley Ferro-Murray & Erin Johnson funded in part by the UCB Center for New Media, Bobbinetting
UCLA Design/Media Arts represented by Chris Reilly, Mediation Wall
UC Santa Cruz's Digital Arts and New Media (DANM)Mechatronics Project team led by Prof. Jennifer Parker with Sudhu Tewari and funded in part by UCSC DANM, Sonic Movement
UC San Diego/Syracuse University, led by Prof. Amy Alexander & Prof. Annina Ruest, Discotrope: The Secret Nightlife of Solar Cells-Dance Party
UC Santa Barbara/Media, Arts and Technology program, Yuan-Yi Fan & F. Myles Sciotto, Harmonious
Upstream/Justin Cihi, Andrew MacIver & John Thompson, MAKE THIS/BREAK THIS: An Art Engine
Eve Warnock, The Chicken and the Coyote
Kathryn Williamson, Looping Control Composition: An Interactive Sculptural Sound Performance
Vanessa Woods, Urban Collage Film 2: San Jose
Imin Yeh, Greetings from Silicon Valley


Stay tuned many more details to come!