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Smart Design Meets Art/Design at ZeroOne Festival

Smart Design Creates South Hall Exhibit Space for ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge & the Thirteenth International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA 2006)

Working with a minimal budget and maximum innovation, Smart Design's team lead by Margeigh Novotny, Director of Interaction Design, created a space with high visual impact but low environmental impact. The exhibit was constructed of ready-made systems that would be remodeled and repurposed after the event. Steve Dietz, curator of ZeroOne, commented, "Smart Design took a vast and 'placeless' space in the South Hall and created a dynamic and human experience for our attendees. It was a remarkable transformation."

ISEA2006 + ZeroOne San Joser in the blogs


SJ Mercury pix + podcasts

All San Jose Mercury News slide shows and podcasts of ZeroOne San Jose here.

ZeroOne: The Final Days

ISEA2006 Live

The ISEA2006 Symposium is being streamed live. Here is the link:

Higher bandwidth

In general, hours are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm PST with a break at noon, Friday, August 11, and Saturday, August 12.

Plenty: Pigeons Write A Smog Blog. You May Be Next.

by Emily Gertz

When Beatriz da Costa releases 20 pigeons into the smoggy skies of San Jose, California in August, the flock will be writing what might be the world’s first avian blog—one offering a bird’s-eye perspective on air pollution. Each pigeon will be equipped with a tiny backpack loaded with devices that will measure pollution data and transmit the information to the web, creating a real-time air pollution index. Da Costa, an assistant professor in the graduate arts, computation and engineering program at University of California-Irvine (UCI), plans to release the pigeons twice a day during the 9-day conference of the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, which begins August 5th. But the “Pigeonblog” is more than a cutting-edge art project—it also points to a more egalitarian future for environmental monitoring, when the ubiquity of communications networks and increasingly small and powerful personal electronic gear will let anyone assess the quality of the air they breathe.

NY Times: At ZeroOne, Paintings Are So Last Century

SAN JOSE, Calif.

ON Tuesday a small fleet of homing pigeons will be released from a plaza near the San Jose Museum of Art to fly back to their trainer about 10 miles away. But these are not your average birds. Each will be carrying, in a tiny nylon backpack, some very small equipment that gives their journey a larger purpose: a global positioning system unit for tracking their latitude, longitude and altitude; a pollution monitor for gauging carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides; and the fundamentals of a cellphone for sending this data to a Web site.

The artist-activist Beatriz da Costa calls the resulting Web site a “pigeon blog,” as though the birds themselves were keeping a travel diary obsessed with air quality issues. “A lot of countries have used pigeons for surveillance during war,” said Ms. da Costa, who teaches art and engineering at the University of California, Irvine. “We’re doing a form of surveillance too, only not for military purposes. Our goal is to track levels of pollution in the environment.”

WebWire: Fine Art Registry Protects Valuable Art and Collectibles

8/1/2006 12:07:29 PM

Fine Art Registry™, the developer of a high tech solution that enables artists and collectors to permanently register and protect their art and other collectables, has just announced that they will be working with the ”Hitchhikers in the Valley of Heart’s Delight Art Project.” Fine Art Registry ( has tagged and registered each of the five life-size sculptures that were created in the likeness of key Silicon Valley pioneers, each looking like they are hitchhiking rides. The goal of the project is to see if good Samaritans will pick up the sculptures and help them reach their final destination, the Inter-Society for the Electronics Arts (ISEA) ZeroOne Festival of Art on the Edge, a collaborative science, technology and art festival, that will take place from August 7 through 13 in San Jose, California. The progress of the hitchhikers can be followed on line at:

Rensselaer: Researcher Uses Video Game To Produce Public Art Exhibition

Using surveillance cameras and the popular video game The Sims 2™, Katherine Isbister, associate professor of language, literature, and communication at Rensselaer, will create a public art installation called SimVeillance: San Jose as part of The ZeroOne San Jose Festival, taking place Aug. 7-13.

Surveillance cameras focused on the Fairmont Plaza in downtown San Jose will capture images of passersby. Isbister will then use The Sims 2 — a game that allows users to create simulated worlds and fill them with cyber-citizens — to create a virtual version of the plaza, and fill it with avatars (human representations in a shared virtual world) of the people passing through the plaza who’ve been caught on camera. The virtual population will grow throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Mercury News: ZeroOne San Jose
High-tech Indigenous artist headed to US

Arts Hub Australia
Monday, July 31, 2006

Jenny Fraser's screen-based project other[wize] has been selected for exhibition at the 13th International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA2006), to be held in San Jose, California August 7-13th, 2006 in conjunction with the first ever ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge.

The biennial festival will showcase over 150 of the world's most innovative contemporary artists through exhibits, live cinema, performances, workshops, and youth activities


SAN JOSE, CA.- Marking a significant step forward in its 26-year history, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) will move to its new permanent home at 560 South First Street in August 2006. Setting the pace for a fast-track renovation and innovative expansion of programming, the ICA will open its first exhibition in the new location on August 8. On view through September 16 in the first of three renovated gallery spaces planned for the ICA’s new location, NextNew2006: Art and Technology focuses on the work of 10 artists working in electronic media. The exhibition is being presented in conjunction with the international symposium of the Inter-Society for Electronic Art (ISEA) and the ZeroOne San Jose Global Festival of Art on the Edge.

Digit News: the ZeroOne Festival

Adobe's Design Achievement Awards have been announced, honouring students from around the world. Finalists included two students from London's Royal College of Art - Adam Simpson was included in the Digital Illustration category, and Michael Murdoch featured in the Live Action category.

Finalists received a trip to Toronto to participate in the event and to attend a series of studio tours, while category winners bagged $5,000 and a stash of Adobe products. Students are also offered internships and opportunities to showcase their work at events such as Sundance and the ZeroOne Festival.

Tech and Textiles

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles warms up for ZeroOne with two intriguing exhibits about paranoia and process

By Michael S. Gant

BY NOW, the ritual of security clearance at the airport has become second nature. The traveler passes through an electronic portal to the limbo of the departure lounge. In an edgy installation called Insecurity at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, Julie John Upshaw ups the anxiety level of that common experience.

Visitors enter the museum's central gallery through one of those ubiquitous metal-detectors, setting off overhead lights. But it is quickly apparent that no one is minding the machine. Metal conduit extends in long tracery patterns from a power outlet on the gate. The pipes snake across the floor and up the walls like jungle vines seeking sunlight. But ultimately, they trail off into nothingness; they don't lead to any central databanks where every visitor is profiled...
Fast Forward Light Levels

July 28, 2006

Light From Tomorrow, a new work by British artists Thomson & Craighead that will be presented at ISEA 2006, comes to viewers courtesy of the future. A light sensor cradled in a waterproof container near the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa sends data across the dateline. This information represents the light levels in Tonga, which are then interpreted by a specially-constructed light box in a gallery in San Jose. The data is sent in nearly real-time, and the luminosity of the light box reflects changes in light levels. The telematic reach of the internet permits gallery visitors in California to experience the intensity of light that is to exist tomorrow. This glowing rectangle of light, affixed to a gallery wall, offers an elegant representation of information, made poetic by the reversal of time. Better than any meteorologist, superior to a crystal ball, the Light From Tomorrow project permits viewers the magical experience of feeling that they are able to leap through ti! me, thanks to a digital intervention by two intrepid artists. Follow the daily progress of the project by reading the Thomson & Craighead's expedition diary online.
Michelle Kasprzak

Light From Tomorrow

ISEA @ Siggraph

All members of the Electronic Arts Community are invited to an ISEA gathering at SIGGRAPH

Our meeting will be at the Boston Convention Center. Looking forward to see you there! Bring your own lunch or snack. The meeting will be informal.

Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) Open Forum Monday, 31 July
11:30 am - 1 pm
International Center

ISEA is an international non-profit organisation fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organisations and individuals working with art, science, and emerging technologies. This discussion includes information about the organization and the upcoming ISEA Symposium to be held in San Jose, California, 5-13 August 2006 and plans for the future of ISEA. All interested members of the electronic arts community are welcome to attend, to learn about future symposia and share ideas for potential organizational collaborations.

San Jose, on the Bleeding Edge
By Janos Gereben

"Just like that, San Jose is surging into the vanguard of cutting-edge contemporary music, with the conjuction of three major events this summer. The news is significant enough that San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales is holding a press conference Wednesday, with the participation of a dozen artists and festival organizers. Meanwhile, in advance of official declarations, here are some basic facts:"
Light from Tomorrow

We set off on Tuesday 18th July to the Kingdom of Tonga to set up for our new work, Light from Tomorrow.

Trace our progress at;

or visit the exhibition Edge Conditions at San Jose Museum of Art from 29th July...
Light from Tomorrow is part of Pacific Rim artworks at ISEA 2006, California.

Find out more about Edge Conditions and ISEA 2006 at;

We will also being showing our installation Unprepared Piano at ISEA 2006;

Maybe see you there!

Matt Gorbet

"Matt Gorbet really knows how to light up a room. And at the ZeroOne Festival, his company Gorbet Design, Inc. (made up of himself, his wife and his brother) will be lighting up a whole street corner. Using 125 switches that control 125 incandescent light bulbs, passersby will be able to declare their sentiments in lights!"

JD Beltran

"What's JD Beltran smiling about? It's a secret--she has lots of those. But they'll all be on display at the ZeroOne Festival August 9th... anonomously, of course."

Indie and Electronica Music Artists Converge for Bleeding Edge Festival

Indie and Electronica Music Artists Converge for Bleeding Edge Festival, August 13

SARATOGA, Calif. – Artistic expression goes beyond the cutting edge with the Bleeding Edge Festival at Montalvo Arts Center on Sunday, August 13 from noon to 10 PM. The festival represents a major music and sound component of the ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, a new, international caliber contemporary art festival featuring creativity at the intersection of art and technology, taking place in Downtown San Jose. The Bleeding Edge Festival features 20 bands performing on four stages throughout the Montalvo grounds. A free shuttle service will run on the hour from San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center starting at 11 a.m.

Invisible Dynamics

Invisible Dynamics
Common Systems of the Bay Area/Pacific Rim

From the Exploratorium

Invisible Dynamics, a new Exploratorium project, examines the contemporary world as a series of expanding information systems, engaging artists and scientists to explore the world at a detail and at scales never accomplished before. The focus is far beyond the walls of the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, harnessing the web and cutting edge tracking and imaging technology, to uncover, map, research and investigate the urban and natural systems and behaviors that give the San Francisco Bay Area its special character. The purpose of the work of each artist/scientist team is to reveal and layer systems – the constant and ephemeral, the unseen and idiosyncratic multi-phenomena – which are often hidden, but otherwise interlaced in our experience of the places where we live and work. Invisible Dynamics is also building a global view by comparing the ways in which the SF Bay region is a microcosm of the Pacific Rim.

ZeroOne - A Culture Boost for S.J.

Mercury News Editorial

The San Jose Grand Prix has been getting most of the publicity, including some it didn't want, as the blockbuster downtown event of the summer. But there'll be a new kid on city blocks next month that could make just as much noise, figuratively speaking, on behalf of the city's cultural profile.

ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge has the potential to brilliantly capture the emerging use of technology in art and make it a Silicon Valley trademark. It will involve digital art, GPS capability, floating wireless cameras, shipping container culture (aren't you anxious to find out what that is?) and lots of interactive displays.

GameArt: Zero One San Jose

by Matteo Bittanti

Zero One festival

"The ZeroOne San Jose Festival will transform San Jose into the North American epicenter for the intersection of art and digital culture by showcasing the world's most innovative contemporary artists. ZeroOne San Jose is artists making art and using technology as a tool to do so. It is not technology for technology's sake. ZeroOne San Jose is a multi-dimensional, startling and brilliant audience event - with exhibits, live cinema, performances, workshops, and youth activities. All are one-of-a-kind, many never-before, only-here experiences. Here are some details about what you will find at ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge."

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Listening Post on Spark, July 5

Listening Post by Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen will be featured on KQED's Spark arts program on July 5 at 7:30 PM PST.

Listening Post is part of the exhibition, Edge Conditions at the San Jose Museum of Art.

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Countdown to ZeroOne San Jose and ISEA2006
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