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Written by Steve Dietz   
Apr 01, 2006 at 09:27 PM

Ben Hooker and Shona Kitchen

Produced in residence at Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs, Montalvo Arts Center.

City-dwellers would never be able to get rid of their fellow urban inhabitants even if they wanted to, as anyone who has ever seen weeds push up through a crack in the tarmac will know.
--Herbert Girardet, The Gaia Atlas of Cities. New directions for sustainable urban living

Hooker + Kitchen, DataNature ticket mockup


Airports are awe-inspiring places: concentrated, tangible examples of the wider notion of "technology," the application of scientific knowledge for practical purpose; to travel from point A to point B. But while we are in awe of them, dumbstruck at the noise and spectacle of a jetliner taking off or the dizzying complexity of an air traffic radar screen, scratch beneath the surface of these massive man-made structures and you start to find a much more intimate, human-scale landscape. A family of burrowing owls, for instance, that live between parallel runways, unfazed by landing aircraft, or the weekly baggage handlers' barbeque--the grill positioned just out of sight of the trapped, air-conditioned passengers waiting in the departure lounges.

DataNature is a multi-site electronic artwork that reveals and celebrates the strange, secret beauty and interconnectedness of seemingly disparate natural and man-made aspects of Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and its environs.

Last Updated ( May 30, 2006 at 11:34 AM )
On Translation: Social Networks
Written by Michela Pilo   
May 16, 2006 at 02:56 PM

Antoni Muntadas

Produced in residence at Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs, Montalvo Arts Center.

On Translation: Social Networks is an examination of the complex networks of economic, cultural, technological and military systems operating throughout the social fabric of the present day. The vocabulary used by diverse organizations provide a reference point for how each of these organizations situate themselves within this context. The project will be realized by 'scraping' text from the websites of a broad range of organizations (everything from to Vocabulary usage will be analyzed, and associated with latitude and longitude data for a spatial reference to each organization. The four systems mentioned (economic, cultural, technological and military) form axes along which vocabulary usage data can be visualized.

Last Updated ( May 30, 2006 at 11:47 AM )
Karaoke Ice
Written by Steve Dietz   
Mar 05, 2006 at 12:08 AM

Nancy Nowacek, Katie Salen, Marina Zurkow

Karaoke Ice is a commissioned residency project by ZeroOne San Jose, San Jose State University, and the The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at the Montalvo Arts Center.

Karaoke Ice (day view), Nancy Nowacek, Katie Salen, Marina Zurkow

Karaoke Ice is a delicious pop culture mash-up, an ice cream truck-turned-mobilekaraoke-unit, deployed to unite people in a collective quest to transform the streets of San Jose into a space of community interaction. Participants karaoke for an audience while sitting in the transformed front cab of the vehicle, and use a customized karaoke engine to select, sing, and record a song for later broadcast, as the truck makes it way to a variety of festival locations. Free frozen treats lure prospective performers to participate, distributed by Remedios the Squirrel Cub, who drives the truck and choreographs enigmatic rituals of his own to the tunes emanating from the citizen performers. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Superstition. Heart of Glass. The streets of San Jose transformed through flavor and song.

Last Updated ( Jun 22, 2006 at 11:12 AM )
Park View Hotel
Written by Michela Pilo   
May 05, 2006 at 01:09 PM

(the sudden appearance of an embedded system), 2006

Ashok Sukumaran

Plaza de Cesar Chavez and the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose

Park View Hotel provides focused optical communications between the Park and the Fairmont Hotel, neighbors in downtown San Jose. Using devices mounted in the park, the audience can "light up" interior hotel spaces in their line-of-sight. In response, these interiors leak out their properties : onto the exterior of the building, onto other "properties" public and private, and into the park below.

This work was developed in collaboration with Sun Microsystems Inc., Menlo Park, using SunSPOT (tm) embedded technology, and is a residency project commissioned by ZeroOne San Jose and the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at the Montalvo Arts Center.

Last Updated ( Jul 23, 2006 at 09:46 PM )
Written by Steve Dietz   
Mar 30, 2006 at 09:48 PM

Cobi van Tonder

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Skatesonic is a commissioned residency project by ZeroOne San Jose, IDEO, and the The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at the Montalvo Arts Center.

The Lickr

This uniquely augmented skateboard called _the Lickr_ is a new musical controller instrument/toy. Equipped with a wireless microphone, battery pack, optical wheel rotation sensor, 2 proximity detectors, 3 gyro sensors and bluetooth transmission device, the system tracks the 3D-movement of the skateboard.

Movement is analyzed and turned into musical fantasy.

The Lickr has its ear close to the ground. It hears in audio and data. The real audio from skateboard on surface is an integral part of the music - a fundamental layer of the environment that enables a grounding. This centrality (a memory) from which to depart, compare through repetition, difference, layering, and erasure A morphing from organic to synthetic. A pre-meditated musical architecture is created to allow boundaries within which to control the musical outcome. The music becomes a game and skaters can jam like a band.

Last Updated ( Jul 15, 2008 at 05:14 PM )