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ZERO1 Fellowship/x

Just over a year ago, we gathered at the ZERO1 Garage to meet the first class of ZERO1 Fellows. They dove headfirst into their innovation challenges - researching, inventing, experimenting, prototyping - and now the moment has arrived. On January 22, 2014, come discover the ZERO1 Fellows' unique responses to their respective innovation challenges and engage in a rare opportunity to learn about the inaugural class of ZERO1 Fellows' experiences over the past year. From a cooperative urban experience and a new messaging app, to a web platform facilitating social practice art and an unveiled presence of public network connections, ZERO1 is proud to present the results of these Fellows' year-long journeys. 

C'mon Give a Sh_t! - Lava Mae brings toilets to the streets.

How attached are you to your toilet? San Francisco-based Lava Mae, a mobile shower and toilet service for the homeless is definitely attached to theirs and making good use out of it. Lava Mae, the brainchild of Doniece Sandoval, one of ZERO1’s Board Trustees, recently found out about ‘World Toilet Day’ and decided to mount a public art installation entitled C’mon Give a Sh_t!. The installation, is comprised of six “decorated” toilets, that will grace Market Street tomorrow near 10th from 7:00am to 7:00pm. Passersby are invited to take their picture with the toilets and upload them to Lava Mae’s Pinterest page.

Patent Pending at ZERO1

Written by Sieglinde Van Damme. Originally posted on Content Magazine here. 

Never failing to position itself as a discussion platform, the ZERO1 Garage is currently hosting the exhibit Patent Pending. Participating artists have either obtained or are in the process of obtaining a patent for the artwork they created. The exhibit is an invitation to contemplate the link between creative ownership, entrepreneurship, and the potential of the artistic process to drive innovation far beyond art gallery walls.

Patent Pending Opening Soon!

As summer draws to a close, Patent Pending our 2013 Fall exhibition is right around the corner! Here at the ZERO1 Garage we’re gearing up for the opening on September 28th, 2013. The space is currently being transformed to be an inspiring backdrop for the seven artists who will be featured in the exhibition. Like the entrepreneurs and inventors who have defined Silicon Valley, many artists have applied for patents with broad uses beyond their artistic practice. Join us for the opening reception and explore the connection between artists, invention, and ownership. This event will include opening remarks from artist and researcher Michael Naimark, who is listed as an inventor on more than a dozen patents and has a personal connection with each artist in the show.

Through the eyes of the Cloud Machine

We had the pleasure of working with artist Karolina Sobecka at South First Fridays this month when she showcased Cloud Machines. The ZERO1 Garage was transformed into the Cloud Lab where the public examined the Cloud Machine and the Cloud Collector weather balloons, as well as learn more about cloud formation and geo-engineering. Over 500 people came through the ZERO1 Garage that night and not only got to see the physical components of Sobecka’s Cloud Machine, Cloud Collector, as well as video documentation of them in action, but many visitors were able to engage directly with Sobecka. The following morning, many of us gathered at Pentencia Creek Park for the official launch of the Cloud Machine. Originally Sobecka had planned on launching both the Cloud Machine and the Cloud Collector, but it was a gorgeous day in San Jose with not a cloud in the sky, so the Cloud Collector was sadly grounded.