Artist rendering of Design for Urban Observatory by the artist team: Michael Herrman, Bruce Gardner and Ethan Miller. The interactive, mediated, experiential art piece will be open every night of the festival starting at 9 pm until midnight.

Looking Forward to Zero1
By Julia Bradshaw

The second ZERO1 Arts and Technology festival starts next Wednesday with the opening ceremonies at the Circle of Palms at 7:30pm.

Walk around the city this weekend and you will see artists and their volunteer teams getting ready for the festival. Look on the ZERO1 website ( www.01sj.org) and you will be overwhelmed with information about events. The best suggestion I can give you for the four-day festival is to grab a program from the Metro next week and get out of your car and walk from one end of San José to another. You will stumble across surprising artworks and San José will feel alive – especially in the evenings. But if that suggestion is not concrete enough, I am offering a suggested itinerary for the 4 days of the arts festival – but walk between each location and you will see much, much more than I have listed here.

Wednesday
Attend the opening ceremonies on Wednesday 4th June. Starting at 7:30pm in the Circle of Palms; then moving to the Rotunda at 8:30pm for what is sure to be a highlight of the festival – the lighting of the Civic Hall Rotunda by Craig Walsh’s Incursion 37:20:15.71” N Р121: 53:09.51” W. See if you can spot the Grateful Dead connection.
Finish the evening by walking to the San José State University campus and viewing Eddo Stern’s projection of animated tunnels and flythrough’s – a commentary on the ubiquitous nature of the wormhole or portal in vdeo game culture. Best after dark but viewable until the end of September.

Thursday
Visit Superlight at the San José Museum of Art. This exhibition of artists who fuse technology and art was assembled by festival director, Steve Dietz. See this alongside the very fun Robots exhibition. The museum has extended hours until 9pm during the festival.
Listen to Bill Fontana’ Sonic Cascades at 4:30 p.m. Sonic Cascades will broadcast the live sounds of the bells of Trinity Cathedral and a minimalist composition by Bill Fontana amplified through a sequence of speakers and sonic delays along Second Street.
Have time for cerebral thinking, then listen to futurist Stewart Brand, Co-Founder and President, Long Now Foundation speak in the San José City Council Chambers from 6-7 p.m.
Attend Music in the Other Park in St. James’ Park. Three bands will be playing: From 4:30pm Bill Fontana, Sonic Cascades. From 5:30pm – 6:45pm Firme. From 7:15pm – 8:45pm Groundation
View J.D Beltran’s largescale projection Downtown Mirror [Airplanes] from 9pm every evening in Fountain Alley. Downtown Mirror is a stylized 16mm film of the ubiquitous airplanes that also inhabit the downtown area.

Friday
From 6pm on Friday evening, the place to be is South First Street. The musical and artistic equivalent of a huge block party, the artists selected for SubZero, will create an arts carnival atmosphere.
Also visit the galleries on South First Street: AnnoDomini, Space 47, The Museum of Quilts and Textiles and the San José Institute of Contemporary Art. All these galleries have assembled shows that bring together the arts and technology and will be open late on Friday night.

Saturday
Bring your family to the Family Day in the Park from 2pm – 10pm on Saturday 7th June with bands, interactive activities and arts classes.
Buy a ticket and attend Terra Nova: The Antarctic Suite by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid aka Paul D. Miller at the IMAX Theater, Tech Museum of Innovation 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. This is a largescale multimedia work connecting harsh geographies and acoustic sounds.
Run and visit Homouroboros in Discovery Meadow. A must-see installation involving a Zoetrope effect of spinning apes by Peter Hudson with Black Rock Arts Foundation. A crowd pleaser from Burning Man, it is best visited after 9pm and will be on the meadow until mid-June.

Sunday
Participate in Jon Brumit’s South Bay Talent Center. Open Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 12 pm to 6 pm; Fridays, 12 pm to 9 pm until mid-August Jon Brumit is exploring the range of talent within the South Bay – your participation is encouraged. Location: 1 San Fernando (the former Blue Monkey Bar adjacent to Gordon Biersch.
Listen to Speakers talk about Great Cities: Architect Bill Morrish will talk about “When Cities Tango: The Art of Global Public Space Design” in the San José City Council Chambers Sunday June 8, 2008, 4:00 p.m.

For more information on 01SJ.

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