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International TECHstyle Art Biennial, Back and Better than Ever!

The other afternoon I spent in an art museum. But unlike any art museum I've been to, every piece exhibited related in some way to the craft of weaving, sewing, and embroidery. This is the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and being someone who never took up the loom or the needle extensively, I was eager to see the fantastic art pieces this medium could produce. Currently, the Museum is exhibiting their International TECHstyle Art Biennial. All pieces in this exhibit was chosen by jury for theme of Textiles and Technology somehow working together. Artists come from a range of locations including the U.S., Australia, and Korea.

Cooperative Gaming Co-op

 

Arcade Cabinet 2012, Installation Shot, Image Courtesy of Artist

 

Interview by David Kim, ZERO1 Intern

 

Send that special someone a piece of Slow Mail

During the second day of (e)MERGE, the ZERO1 Street Festival on Saturday, September 15th, artist Sara Thacher is working on a mapping/social practice piece entitled Slow Mail.  This involves the organization of what can be described as a journey resembling the Pony Express  that will retrace the physical route of the first email that was sent from Silicon Valley to Southern California.  The first leg of the journey will end at the exhibition in San Jose. 

We want you to be involved with this journey! Compose and submit a letter, which will then be printed and carried by horseback over several days from Menlo Park to San Jose. It will be presented to your desired recipient as part of the Mail Call performance at the biennial exhibition in San Jose on Saturday, September 15th at 2:30pm.

People Dancing at Cameras

Who doesn’t remember the “Single Ladies” craze? After the release of Beyoncé’s infectious song, numerous YouTube interpretations of the music video erupted on the social networking site. This is the age we live in – one in which dancing for your camera becomes a form of self-expression. As ZERO1 Biennial artist Amy Alexander observes, this tradition of “people dancing at cameras” isn’t merely a contemporary phenomenon. Rather, such a practice has roots in the history of cinema. Along with Syracuse University’s Annina Rüst, Alexander forms one half of the team that’s produced Discotrope: the Secret Nightlife of Solar Cells (2012), an audiovisual performance piece that asks us to reconsider how much risk-taking and idealism we infuse into Silicon Valley culture. Last week, I sat down with Alexander to chat about her project, which will be performed in its fourth iteration during (e)MERGE: the ZERO1 Street Festival.

Greetings from Silicon Valley

For many years travelers have sent postcards from the places they visit. Postcards usually depict a touristic landmark or a well known place that connects with the sender so much as to share it with someone else. What if Silicon Valley had its own postcard? San Francisco artist and ZERO1 Biennial veteran, Imin Yeh set out to create the authentic Silicon Valley souvenir. Greetings from Silicon Valley is an invitation for anyone to create an artistic memento, a postcard, that portrays the Silicon Valley from the people that know it best.

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