Previous 2012 ZERO1 Biennial pieces on display at the new Exploratorium

Previous 2012 ZERO1 Biennial pieces on display at the new Exploratorium

Two of ZERO1 most popular pieces commissioned for the 2012 Biennial are on display at the new Exploratorium on Pier 15 in San Francisco. Pe Lang’s hypnotic installation Moving Objects and Stamen Design’s map The City from the Valley. Both pieces were among the most popular ones during the 2012 Biennial last summer.  

Moving Objects is a large installation consisting of black rings traveling along silicon wire. Motors at each end on the wire creates a constant vibration allowing the rings to move. At first the rings seem to pass through each other to reach the other end of the wire, but they are actually bouncing off of one another to the opposite direction. This hypnotic piece was a favorite at the ZERO1 Garage during the 2012 Biennial and was presented with support from SwissNex San Francisco. Pe Lang’s pieces are hand-built and combine mechanized systems with new materials for a different approach to kinetic movement. His installations ingeniously assembles magnetic, electrical and mechanical devices that are visually appealing and that create complex patterns, managing a balance between order and chaos. In 2012 Pe Lang was an artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium.




The City from the Valley, a project by Stamen Design, maps the flow of tech workers to, from and within Silicon Valley and the extensive shuttle bus program these companies offer. It visualizes the growing phenomenon of private buses transporting workers between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Stamen is a design and technology studio based in San Francisco. The studio works with mapping and data visualization projects across multiple disciplines: science, real state, social network, open data, local government, public infrastructure, and publishing. Stamen Design was founded in 2001 by Eric Rodenbeck.



For the closing reception of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, a panel discussion, featuring Eric Rodenbeck and Zachary Watson of Stamen Design and Egon Terplan from SPUR, discussed the future of transportation in Silicon Valley. Watch ZERO1’s Art/Tech: In Conversation | The City from the Valley: What the Bay Area’s private bus network reveals about the way we work and live.

Here at ZERO1 we are pleased to have these great pieces shown at the spectacular new Exploratorium that recently opens its doors at Pier 15 in San Francisco. You can find Moving Objects in the Connector Gallery and The City from the Valley map in the Bay Observatory Gallery.