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Platform: A Full Day at City Hall by Content Magazine

We wanted to share a great article by Flora Moreno de Thompson at Content Magazine on the Platform: Building Networks to Catalyze Creative Urban Culture symposium that was part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial. Check out the original article along with some great photos at and see many event images taken by JP Costanzo

This is what Kerry Adams-Hapner, Director of City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, wanted everyone to know at the convening on creative placemaking at City Hall last Friday. The event, titled Platform: Building Networks to Catalyze Creative Urban Culture, brought together artists and arts-rooted businesses to talk more about creative urban culture and placemaking.

Art Ambassador Ken Yuzuriha

Ken Yuzuriha is a man of very few words. At first, he may seem shy but a keen observer and listener. He is strategic and a hard worker who knows how to fulfill his tasks. Although bashfulness, he communicates with the public through music. Loudly banging on his Taiko drums, Ken is a 4th year member in his ensemble at Stanford.

Support Lynn Hershman Leeson's Killer App

ZERO1 Biennial artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has a new project she is working on called Killer AppKiller App is a film and art installation informed by Nobel scientists about critical evolutionary shifts in our age of genetic mutation. We wanted to give you a sneak peek into what she is working on and ask for your help in supporting in funding it.

Only 4 days remaining to raise the funds!

San Jose Taiko's Rhythm Spirit, This Weekend!


Art, culture and community. These are a few of the driving principles behind San Jose Taiko's entire operation. An eager returning partner of the ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose Taiko will be putting on their annual Rhythm Spirit Concert this weekend with a new twist, making the entire concert an exploration of how Taiko and technology can work together to create a completely unique experience.


For those unfamiliar with taiko I will provide some background. Taiko is the Japanese word for drum and often, refers specifically to Japanese drums made from animal hide and wood. In North America the word commonly describes the art of Japanese Ensemble drumming. Through teamwork and a lot of energy, performers create a song by playing these large drums in a way that is both visually and aurally stimulating. Today, there are over 200 groups in North America alone. Of those, San Jose Taiko has the distinction of being the third, founded in 1973. The art form is relatively young and constantly being pushed in new directions.


How I spent day FOUR of the Biennial's opening weekend!

Saturday was nice and relaxing.  Though quieter than the previous night’s festivities, many (e)MERGE artists stayed in the streets for the second day of celebration for these emerging artistic talents.  Here are some of the things I saw: