ZERO1 Fellowship in partnership with Adobe

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS A ZERO1 FELLOWSHIP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ADOBE


Deadline July 27, 2012
FELLOWSHIP OVERVIEW
The centerpiece of the ZERO1 Garage is an interdisciplinary peer network / brain trust composed of innovation experts engaged in collaborative research and experimentation. ZERO1, in association with member partners, will define specific innovation challenges and commission artists, scientists, designers, architects, engineers, technologists, researchers, educators, and policymakers to push the boundaries of creativity to reveal innovation that frames new strategies, products, and markets. Fellows will pursue their research/projects in the context of this highly interdisciplinary, peer-to-peer network and community while having access to sponsor-provided technology, resources, and expertise.

The first class of ZERO1 Fellows will be inaugurated in 2012 with five sponsored collaborations. Fellowships range from cultural production and artistic experimentation to policy initiatives. The Fellowship Program is implemented in the context of ZERO1 public and artistic programming initiatives including exhibitions, creative studios, commissioned art projects, workshops, symposia and special events.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL/QUALIFICATIONS
We are currently seeking candidates to apply for a ZERO1 Fellowship in partnership with Adobe’s Creative Technologies Lab (CTL), a group of scientists and engineers with backgrounds in computer graphics, computer vision, audio, and human-computer interaction who invent and develop new technology targeting the full spectrum of Adobe’s products.

ZERO1 invites artists and interaction designers to apply for this unique opportunity. We are especially interested in candidates who have prior experience working with computer scientists and engineers to create new technology.

The main goal of the Fellowship is to develop an innovative new piece of technology that addresses key problems or enables creative opportunities for one or more of Adobe’s primary user populations: creative professionals, consumers and developers. Thus, a critical component of the application is a clear and convincing proposal that describes this technology (which could be a mobile application, web service, physical device, etc.) and its potential impact on Adobe customers and how it will change their lives. While we expect the Fellow to collaborate with other CTL members and leverage the significant technical expertise within the group, the ideal candidate will have the necessary vision, technical background, and hands-on skills to lead the effort from initial investigations to a working prototype over the course of the Fellowship. We also encourage the Fellow to contribute perspectives and ideas to the broad range of other active projects in CTL. The Fellow will be fully embedded in CTL (in Adobe’s San Francisco location) with access to the appropriate resources to support their activities. As part of the ZERO1 Fellowship program, the candidate will also have studio space at the ZERO1 Garage in San Jose and be expected to participate in ZERO1 Fellowship activities including workshops, public presentations, exhibitions, and publishing. The project duration is 1 year, and the candidate will receive a stipend award and be appointed as staff at Adobe with a commensurate salary of $100,000 supporting the Fellowship.

To apply, please submit the following materials by July 27, 2012 to sarahbeth@zero1.org
• Current professional vita • One-page summary of a proposed creative research focus • Link to current work or works in progress • Contact information for three references

Deadline July 27, 2012

BACKGROUND
Best known for producing our highly acclaimed ZERO1 Biennial, showcasing international work at the nexus of art and technology, the ZERO1 Garage represents the next step in ZERO1’s evolution.

Through the lens of art and technology, the ZERO1 Garage will inform strategies for research, development, and creativity by provoking challenges that address the complex world in which we live. The ZERO1 Garage is envisioned as a platform for creative risk-takers from the arts and culture, business, science and academic sectors to interact, engage, and spur innovative change.

About ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network ZERO1 is where art meets technology to shape the future. As a 21st century arts nonprofit, ZERO1 works with some of the world’s most fertile and creative minds from the fields of art, science, design, architecture, and technology to produce the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology. ZERO1 is also the force behind the ZERO1 Garage, where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real world innovation challenges. Part incubator, part research lab, part think tank, the ZERO1 Garage informs strategies for research, development, and creativity. To find out more about ZERO1, visit www.zero1.org.

About the ZERO1 Biennial The ZERO1 Biennial, distributed throughout Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, is North America’s most significant showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology. Through curated exhibitions, public art installations, performances, and speaker events the ZERO1 Biennial presents work by a global community of innovative artists who are reshaping contemporary culture. Established in 2006, the ZERO1 Biennial has presented the work of over 500 artists from 50+ countries; commissioned 80 original works of art (making ZERO1 one of the largest commissioning bodies in the United States); attracted over 100,000 visitors from around the world, and contributed $20 million in economic revenue to the region. For more information, visit www.zero1biennial.org.

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