Build Your Own World

Organized by ZERO1, the 01SJ Biennial takes over San Jose, California, from September 16-19, when hundreds of artworks, performances, events, and discussions probe and imagine the future and how to build it. Artistic director Steve Dietz and assistant curator Jaime Austin guide the third edition of the Biennial, which brings digital artists from around the world together under the theme “Build Your Own World.” The citywide event highlights creative solutions and public engagement.

In the festival’s South Hall exhibition, Out of the Garage, Into the World, projects include I-Weather as Deep Space Public Lighting, from Swiss team fabric | ch. I-Weather builds on NASA’s Deep Space Internet idea with a public light source to keep humans in sync with circadian rhythms whether in a spacecraft or on a distant planet. A similar system actually installed by NASA in San Jose, Chile, is currently providing a crew of trapped miners with an artificial day/night rhythm.

Also in the South Hall is Tomato Quintet from artists Chris Chafe, Greg Niemeyer, Sasha Leitman, and Curtis Tamm, which makes music from ripening tomatoes. And at nearby San Jose Museum of Art, extended hours during the festival allow spectators to view the Retro-Tech exhibition, featuring Swiss artist Camille Scherrer and her augmented reality book, Le Monde des Montages.

Watch videos of the artists describing their work as well as a sneak peek of the exhibit’s South Hall projects during construction.