3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Joel Slayton, Executive Director

Joel took the helm of ZER01 in June of 2008 after serving as a both a board member for the organization and chairperson of ISEA2006, which was held in conjunction with the inaugural 01SJ biennial. An artist, writer and researcher, Slayton is a full tenured professor at San Jose State University where he is Director of the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, an interdisciplinary academic program in the School of Art and Design dedicated to the development of experimental applications involving information technology and art. Established in 1984 CADRE is one of the oldest and most prestigious media art centers in the United States. To fulfill his role with ZER01, Slayton is taking professional leave from SJSU.

Slayton also serves on the Board of Directors of Leonardo/ISAST (International Society for Art, Science and Technology), and was Editor and Chief of the Leonardo-MIT Press Book Series from 1999-2005. His research explores social software, cooperation models and network ontology. Papers include Social Software; Entailment Mesh, The Re= Purpose of Information, and The Ontology of Organization as System.
As an artist, Slayton’s works have been featured in over one hundred exhibitions internationally. He has presented at the Singapore Art Museum and was a keynote speaker at the ACE Conference on Advances in Computing Entertainment Technology in Los Angeles and at the Urban Games and Mobile Computing conference hosted by the Nabi Art Center in Seoul. He has been selected as the first recipient of the Pick-Laudati Award by the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University. Considered a pioneer in the field of art and technology Joel Slayton’s artworks engage with a wide range of media technology including information mapping, networks and interactive visualization. He was an original member of the Visible Language Workshop at MIT in the mid 1970’s, has received a National Endowment for the Arts award, and was selected for the Xerox Parc Pair Artists in Residence Program. Joel Slayton’s robotic tele-present works have been exhibited at the Krannert Museum of Art and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was selected for participation in Alternating Currents: American Art in the Age of Technology co-curated by San Jose Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

From 1998-2007 Slayton was President and founder of C5 Corporation. C5 is a hybrid form of authorship intersecting research, corporate culture and artistic enterprise. C5 research explores issues of visualization involving large data sets and social networks. Begun in 1996, C5 projects have been featured at SF Camerawork, Museo de BelleArtes, II International Bienale Buenos-Aires, Walker Art Center, the Cantor Center for the Arts, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, The New Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, ASU Center for Creative Inquiry and at AUT in New Zealand.