ZERO1 Fellowship/x

ZERO1 Fellowship/x 
Hours: Wednesdays 1:00-4:00pm
Thursdays 1:00-4:00pm
South First Fridays 7:00pm-10:00pm

Opening Events January 22, 2014

Tapping a new source for disruption and recognizing the inherent innovative power of the artistic process, ZERO1 launched its Fellowship Program in January of 2013.  This first class of Fellows was presented with an individual innovation challenge, formulated by ZERO1 in collaboration with an external sponsor.  They developed a line of creative research before formulating a response to the challenge and building the prototypes on view today - all in continuous conversation with both ZERO1 as well as the sponsor.  From a cooperative urban experience, to a new messaging app; a web platform facilitating social practice art, and an unveiled presence of public network connections, ZERO1 is proud to present the results of these Fellow’s year-long journey.
Join us for the opening events on Wed. January 22nd! RSVP Here.

Paula Levine, supported by Google Inc.
Daniela Steinsapir, supported by Adobe’s Creative Technologies Lab
Cecilia Galiena, supported by The Christensen Fund
Simon Geilfus (AntiVJ), supported by the City of San Jose Public Art Program and additional support by KDDI Group and residency support from the Montalvo Arts Center.


Simon Geilfus [ANTIVJ], a visual label
Imagine strolling around downtown San Jose after regular business hours. As the sun goes down, the empty walls of the city slowly lighten up. Mysterious life forms glide along the surface of the wall across the street. Around the corner, another bare building surface, and another intriguing display of light ...ANTIVJ is a group of European artists who could easily be considered the artistic rock stars in the world of large-scale projections that combine light and sound to transform urban architecture. Adding to their line of numerous international projects, ranging from South Korea to Mexico, from Tokyo to Montreal, and most recently the Centre Pompidou in Metz (France), lead artist Simon Geilfus and ANTIVJ producer Nicolas Boritch have currently descended upon San Jose.

Simon’s project proposes an illuminated navigation system that would take shape as a city-wide web of large-scale projections on downtown building facades that lure the commuter, the pedestrian, the random flaneur, through San Jose’s city streets. The projections themselves are conceived as a collaborative urban game, with an invitation to the audience to participate in the creation of the ever-evolving visuals through their mobile device. San Jose’s downtown urban environment is being repositioned as a place of open exchange and community building between those already familiar and those about to become familiar with the city’s inner core. This project is the way-finding component of the Illuminating Downtown Project from the San Jose Public Art Program. It is additionally support from KDDI Group and residency support from the Montalvo Arts Center.


Paula Levine
Have you ever wondered about the trajectory of your data stream when you e-mail, browse a website or carry out an other on-line activity? That’s part of what Canadian-American artist Paula Levine researched over the past year. With a focus on the more widely available open public wireless systems, Paula’s project City-to-City visualizes network traffic in the form of a topographic map, illustrating in color and sound the real-time trajectory of an individual’s internet inquiry from the point of entry to its final destination, from city to city en route.

Questions arise around the value and necessity of empathy as a common good in our current interconnected world. At the core, however, are challenges and opportunities to imagine new platforms for community building based on ideas of global citizenship in which the individual recognizes his and her role as an inherent element of the bridge between local and global, and the responsibilities suggested by this notion.


Daniela Steinsapir
Daniela is an artist from Chile currently based in San Francisco. During the past year she immersed herself at the Adobe Creative Technology’s Lab and developed a new messaging app, SparkChat. Her research brought to light that young people desire a new creative communication tool because the current standard texting and social media formats are not personal enough; whereas teens are eager for a more personal, customizable, creative and emotional experience to stand out and stay connected. SparkChat addresses this need.

With the user as its central component, SparkChat uses custom technology to extract relevant data input from the fragmented stories of our lives - as already stored on our personal phones, social networking sites, cloud applications etc. - to spark the quality and emotional value of our existing daily conversations. Through topic detection, mood detection and message carts, the new app suggests message feeds based on social context, preferences and emotional timbre. The personal is re-introduced to interpersonal interaction, for example, by replacing standard emoticons with ones own facial expressions to serve in the exact same function. Another example is the pop up of content-relevant, popular and/or trending imagery to potentially illustrate shared experiences from the past, instantly creating increased connection in the present. The result is a new way of messaging communication and a patent application is underway.


Cecilia Galiena
Originally from Italy, Cecilia Galiena is a San Francisco-based artist with a background in psychology and journalism whose projects combine traditional knowledge, creative thinking, and on-the-ground problem solving in order to advance social change. Her newly developed web platform Adaptnet connects social practice artists, scholars, social justice NGOs, cultural institutions, and arts and social justice funders. Detailed information on the aforementioned people and agencies along with easy cross-referencing is combined in an elaborate multi-tiered database to bring about relevant opportunities for collaboration.

Social practice artists remain at the center of this on-line community, while the platform functions as a bridge between diverse intellectual environments, traditional knowledge and disruptive thinking. Combine the means of financial support and a network of additional expertise within the same realms, and the platform would equally serve as a tool for assessing the value of social projects, producing valid arguments to undertake the project and facilitate buy-in from stakeholders as well as additional funding. 


January 22, 2014 to January 22, 2015