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ZERO1 Biennial: Seeking Silicon Valley

The Tech Museum is happy to be part of ZERO1, the biennial celebration of the creative fusion of contemporary art and technology.

This year's ZERO1 features a dynamic network of more than 100 exhibitions, performances, public art projects and panels that will spread from Silicon Valley throughout the Bay Area and beyond from September 12 through December 8. In partnership with the celebration, the museum will unveil a newly commissioned art installation which will become part of the permanent content in The Tech Silicon Innovation Gallery. The commissioned work, Resolution, is meant to illustrate how technology invites exploration, play and social interaction. Using dynamic light compositions from magnetic pixels, visitors will be encouraged to touch and manipulate the exhibit to create original arrangements.

The ZERO1 art street crawl will transform the city’s streets into an artsy street bazaar, overflowing with artists, dancers, engineers and art-aficionados. And The Tech Museum is one of the stops on the route.  For more information on ZERO1, click here

Past Events

 

Reception and Artists' Talk to celebrate the opening of

Resolution - New Art Installation at The Tech

Partially funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery

Limited number of tickets available. 
$10/$5 members
No host bar.
 
Join contemporary art duo Zigelbaum + Coelho for the opening of Resolution, their newly commissioned work at The Tech Museum. The artists will introduce this new highly interactive and social piece with a talk describing the state of the art in materials and practices in tangible media. Learn how emerging forms of "computational materials" will allow visitors to explore, play, and create dynamic light compositions from the piece's 200 magnetic, physical pixels.
 

Artists' Talk

Zigelbaum + Coelho "Computational Materials"

A new class of objects has emerged — viscerally interactive and embedded with computational tools. As computers permeate whole new ecologies of connected physical objects, the language of interaction now finds itself entirely intertwined with tangible things. 
 
In this presentation, polymath art duo Zigelbaum + Coelho will describe their approach to the physicality of computation. Discover how new modes of interaction are enabling the human body to become an integral part of the computation and communication process. Learn how materials with embedded computing are permeating human interaction — at micro and macro levels — and how this is reshaping the art, design, and technology trichotomy. 
 
From the Artists:
"In this world one can program computers to display patterns of light by using a series of tools to modify the electrical flow across doped silicon and one can program copper to display a green patina by applying acetic acid and a healthy dose of waiting around. Both of these programmatic behaviors have components that could be considered digital or analog. The polarized light seeping through the liquid crystal gateways enabling our ubiquitous display surfaces is as analog as any glimmer of sun off a car hood and the chemical mechanism of verdigris, some discrete changes of electron configuration across orbitals during oxidization, is as digital as the pits and valleys encoding music on the active surface of the 1986 compact disc pressing of Kraftwerk’s Computerwelt.
 

An Introduction to Resolution by Zigelbaum + Coelho

Part of (e)MERGE, The ZERO1 Street Festival

Friday September 14, 2012

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (introduction at 7:00 p.m.)

Upper Level of The Tech Museum

Free to the public
No ticket required
Funded in part by by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
 
 
Join contemporary art duo Zigelbaum + Coelho at The Tech Museum for a personal introduction to their newly commissioned work, Resolution. Learn how materials with embedded computing are permeating human interaction — at micro and macro levels — and how this is reshaping the art, design, and technology trichotomy. 
 
From the Artists:
"In this world one can program computers to display patterns of light by using a series of tools to modify the electrical flow across doped silicon and one can program copper to display a green patina by applying acetic acid and a healthy dose of waiting around. Both of these programmatic behaviors have components that could be considered digital or analog. The polarized light seeping through the liquid crystal gateways enabling our ubiquitous display surfaces is as analog as any glimmer of sun off a car hood and the chemical mechanism of verdigris, some discrete changes of electron configuration across orbitals during oxidization, is as digital as the pits and valleys encoding music on the active surface of the 1986 compact disc pressing of Kraftwerk’s Computerwelt.
 
Introduction by the artists at 7:00 p.m.
Experience Resolution at The Tech Museum from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. as part of Part of (e)MERGE, The ZERO1 Street Festival

 

Brunch time talk with Bruce Sterling and Biennial Curators

Saturday, September 15

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Tech Museum  

 
Come have a light brunch on us with the global network of curators and learn more about this amazing journey- the shaping and curation of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial. 
 
Reflecting the networked nature of Silicon Valley, this year’s Biennial exhibition structure experiments with a networked model of collaborative curation. By doing so, it offers a new way to approach an international biennial through the collaborative lens, allowing both breadth and uniformity under the common theme of Seeking Silicon Valley. The curator panel will feature the five 2012 ZERO1 Biennial exhibition curators—Jaime Austin, Dooeun Choi, Gisela Domschke, Michelle Kasprzak, and Regina Möeller—as they discuss the results of their collaboration. 
 
A special component will be a keynote talk by media critic Bruce Sterling. His theories provide additional context for the projects being commissioned and presented, not only for the greater art and technology community, but also among academic communities who are at the forefront of theory and criticism in the field. Bruce Sterling was a natural choice for this year’s keynote speech based on the influence his work has had on many of the artists and curators. It is especially poignant to invite Sterling, in context of this year’s thematic, Seeking Silicon Valley. His writing on The New Aesthetic—which is based on the notion of seeing virtual tropes and imagery realized in the real world—itself speaks to a form of seeking or imagining a world that exists more as an idea than a physical reality.