3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

calls for artists

Climate Clock Global Initiative

California-based, emerging artist commissions:

  • Ethan Miller and Bruce Gardner, Urban Observatory: The Urban Observatory project is an exploration of the unstable relationships between physical environments and mediated environments. Essentially, the observatory will function as a kind of tourist kiosk, offering information about local sites and attractions. However, this simple premise becomes complicated by the treatment of the data, and its relationship to the environment surrounding it. While not about the technology itself, the observatory simultaneously employs networks, visualizations, and interactivity in innovative ways to engage multiple communities. Such communities include those that are defined by location, time, or shared interests, including tourists (who make up an important and constantly changing component of the urban population) and socially networked communities. The goal of the Urban Observatory is to facilitate an experience that transforms a visitor’s perception of the city, its identity, and the complex relationship between its representations and the ways in which it is experienced.
  • Sarah Lowe, ice age: ice age is a ephemeral monument and performative sculpture, to be built in downtown San Jose? during the week of the ZER01 festival and de- ployed in Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park on Saturday night, June 7 2008. It is a 25-foot-tall inflatable iceberg, to be fabricated from semitransparent plastic sheeting and inflated with high-CFM blowers, which will occupy the entire 960-square-foot stage and rise slightly above the treeline of the park, brightly lit and clearly visible to automobile and pedestrian traffic throughout the downtown area.