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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.

Anna Anthropy at Works SJ Coop

If you are in the San Jose are and you are a video game aficionado then you should stop by the Cooperative Gaming Coop exhibition at Works/ San Jose Art and Performance Center. You can play dozens of games for free from new, up-and-coming game developers. Your options are endless from games made by children to games about the Occupy Oakland movement, drugs, religion and the very entertaining QWOP (a game in which you are a olympic runner).

ZERO1 Artist, Christopher Baker ~ Review of Murmur Study

Creating strategies around how to deal with technology can become tiresome and futile. Technology is constantly at our fingertips for the majority of our days and, sometimes, nights. When we go to bed and wake up, virtuality and the Internet remain ubiquitously present. We may as well have our mobile devices tucked safely underneath our pillows for fear of being disconnected. If alien life forms were to descend, they may wonder how we obtain and retain our information. How do you describe looking into a backlit rectangular screen for approximately eight hours a day as a way to intellectually and emotionally digest images and contextualize your environment?

Taiko & Technology a ZERO1 Biennial Performance

Every year San Jose Taiko self-produces their "Rhythm Spirit" concert series in the Fall.  On September 21st and 22nd this year the theme of "Taiko+Technology" presented work that was inspired by technologists/scientists/artists in a way that reflects the flavor of the Silicon Valley. It was part of the 9 Evenings Performance program in the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial. ZERO1 was excited to explore this partnership and see where their journey into technology took the Tiako performers.  During the summer they set up "playdate" sessions with various specialists in tech/scientific related fields where they learned and freely explored possibilities and then shared the playdate experiences through social media in a way that engages and challenges the audiences.

We sat down with Artistic Director of San Jose Taiko Franco Imperial and asked him a few questions about their experience this year and the relationship of San Jose Taiko within the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial.