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Jun 07, 2006 at 03:24 PM

San Jose Museum of Art

Curated by Steve Dietz

Cutting edge. Bleeding edge. Leading edge. These are all familiar catch-phrases which suggest we are glimpsing the future of contemporary art, today. Edge Conditions, however, is most emphatically not about the “next new thing.” It presents works of art in a different context, at the intersection of creativity, choice, and what might be called “technology” but what is arguably the world we live in. Whether it is devices such as pencils and chisels, or ubiquitous aspects of modern life such as electricity, phones, or computers and the Internet, technology is simply a set of tools that are more or less familiar at any given time.

An edge is a boundary—a divide between this or that—but an “edge condition” is an intersection, not only of art and technology, but of physical and virtual, conceptual and actual, the future and the present, the familiar and the experimental, the real and imagined. It can be discomfiting and disorienting. “Are you human or are you machine?” “Is this place real?” An edge condition is like an estuary where the river meets the ocean—not quite either but teaming with evolved adaptations.

This emergent reality is in some sense the transformative condition we currently live in. The artworks in Edge Conditions explore and exploit this intersectional territory.

Edge Conditions is on view at the San Jose Museum of Art through November 26, 2006.


Peter Cook, Archigram, Instant City, Airship Visits a Sleeping Town, 1968
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C5 Corporation, The Analogous Landscape (Mt. Shasta, Mt. Fuji), 2005
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Jim Campbell, Wave Modulation and Variation, 2003
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Jim Campbell, Reconstruction #5, 2005
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Harold Cohen, Untitled, 1974

Harold Cohen, Untitled, 1977

Harold Cohen, Untitled, 1985

Harold Cohen, Untitled, 1986

Harold Cohen, #060640, 2006

Ken Goldberg, Karl Bohringer, flw, 1996
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Ingo Gunther, World Processor, 1988-2006
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Auriea Harvey, Michaël Samyn, The Endless Forest, 2005

Lynn Hershman, TV Legs, from the series, Phantom Limb, 1986

Lynn Hershman, Call Me, from the series, Phantom Limb, 1988

Lynn Hershman, Identity CyBorg, 1996

Lynn Hershman, Ruby’s Mood Swings, 2002

Lynn Hershman, DiNA, 2004 – present
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Katherine Isbister, Rainey Straus, SimVeillance, 2006

Takuji Kogo, A Song for the Silicon Valley, 2006
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Nam June Paik, 20th Century Man, 1996

Alan Rath, Hangwave, 1992

Sam Richardson, That’s a Small Island with Snow and Frozen Water, circa 1970-75
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Christiane Robbins, I-5 Passing, v.1.0, 2001-2006
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Ben Rubin, Mark Hansen, Listening Post, 2002-2006
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Shirley Shor, Core, 2005

Tamiko Thiel, The Travels of Mariko Horo, 2006
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Thomson & Craighead, Light from Tomorrow, 2006
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Gail Wight, Rodentia Chamber Music, 2004
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