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A peak into the platform prototype building

Understanding how to build a user-driven platform has stretched my non-geek brain to new areas. Thanks to my web guru and mentor Julie Thompson, a connection ZERO1 provided me with, I was able to direct my focus, during this first phase of platform-prototype building, to two major foundational areas of work: the platform-users’ needs and the platform’s search feature.    

But before I go any further, and for those who may be just joining in, my project is about building a platform that will become a hub for fostering art making in the social realm, and for promoting a healthy dialog and collaboration between this type of art practice and the sciences, the grant givers, the art institutions and the non-governmental agencies that operate with an integrative approach. The end goal of this platform is to foster a way to go about social change that integrates the creativity, the problem-stirring and the borderless experimenting capacity of socially engaged artists with disciplines that are normally bound by scientific procedures.

Design Thinking

To develop my innovation project, it has been really interesting to me  to go to through the design thinking process combined with the lean startup model. I have been using the design thinking process for many years now but every time I use the process in my work is different and presents its own particular challenges. One of the most fun challenges that I had throughout the process is to go through many iterations and being comfortable with ambiguity.  However, what helped me stay “focused” was my confidence in the process.

ZERO1 Public Art Projects selected for the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network 2013 Year in Review!

In just a few days Pittsburgh will host the 2013 Annual American for the Arts Convention. Each year American for the Arts brings together art leaders from around the nation to discuss innovative ways to use art to build communities and strategize how to better communicate the essential impact that the arts has to offer. Additionally during the Public Art Network Preconference 50 public art projects nationwide are selected for the American for the Arts Public Art Network 2013 Year in Review. We are excited to announce that two of ZERO1’s public art projects were selected for this honor; 2012 ZERO1 Biennial public art project Datagrove by Future Cities Lab and Solar Phone Booth by Sol Design Lab.

SEEKAGO during June's South First Fridays

A big THANK YOU to everyone that came to visit the ZERO1 Garage last Friday during the SubZERO Festival. The night was a great success; over 2300 visitors came through our space to experience Eve Warnock’s SEEKAGO, a one night performance.

Presented throughout the ZERO1 Garage, SEEKAGO was series of five experimental films, directed by Eve, that were created to incite specific emotions in the viewer. The story is about a man and woman, and their relationship from death to life. The films, titled Breathing, Asphalt, The Chicken and The Coyote, FEAST, and Flight, tell an aspect of human, animal and environmental ecology.

The films were accompanied by a live performance, lead by Eve, that captured the audience in the Garage. The project involved “Speakers”, a roving sound performance using textiles; “Bagged”, a sculptural set design; and “Denizen”, a performance based on local native mythology. Accompanied by the films, Eve’s performance integrated costumes, sounds and movements, embodying the raw emotions.

Nolan Bushnell at the ZERO1 Garage

It was just a few weeks ago we had the pleasure of having Nolan Bushnell in conversation with our Executive Director Joel Slayton at the ZERO1 Garage.  Check out this short video and get a glimpse of Bushnell's thoughts around art, creativity, experimentation, innovation, and more!

If you missed this event or would like to see the talk again, you can watch it and other Art/Tech: In Conversation events here.

ZERO1's Art/Tech: Talks featuring Nolan Bushnell from WMS media Inc.

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