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August 2-8, 2006

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This is a list of all the exhibitions that are part of ZeroOne San Jose and the ISEA2006 Symposium. For a list of the exhibited artworks in each location, see the "People's Choice Award' page. For a description of the juried and invited projects see the "Artworks" section.

C4F3 the Café for the Interactive City
San Jose Museum of Art; see the "Featured Exhibits" page

Shu Lea Cheang, Baby Love
City Hall Rotunda

Container Culture: Auckland, Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, Vancouver
South Hall, see the "Featured Exhibits" page

Edge Conditions
San Jose Museum of Art, see the "Featured Exhibits" page

Peter D'Agostino, @Silicon_Valley

San Jose Repertory Theater Plaza

ex_XX :: post position: CADRE after 20 years
Works/San Jose

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, this year, Rhizome is a leading new media art organization, and an affiliate of the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

Frontera Electronica

Matt Gorbet, Susan Gorbet, Rob Gorbet, P2P: Power to the People
San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Akira Hasegawa, Digital Kakejiku San Jose
City Hall Rotunda

Rania Ho, Ho Fatso
The Theater on San Pedro Square

Ben Hooker, Shona Kitchen, DataNature
Plaza de Cesar E. Chavez

IDEO Prototypes the Future
Palo Alto Art Center

Igloo, Summerbranch
Hal Todd Theater, San Jose State University

Invisible Dynamics
Presented by the Exploratorium at South Hall

ISEA2006 Exhibition: Interactive City, Community Rim, Pacific Rim, Transvergence, and Edgy Products
South Hall

Brad Isdrab, Boris and Bianca
Anno Domini

Osman Khan, Omar Khan, SEEN
Circle of Palms

Steve Lambert, Simmer Down Sprinter
A biofeedback controlled video game. Anno Domini

Launch: Projects by PreNeo Press
Krause Center for Innovation Art Gallery at Foothill College

Angela Main, Caro McCaw, Animalia
Children's Discovery Museum

Jenny Marketou, Katie Salen, 99 Red Balloons
The Tech Museum of Innovation

Antonio Muntadas, On Translation: Social Networks
San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Neighborhood Public Radio
Camera 12

NextNew2006: Art and Technology
Institute for Contemporary Art San Jose

Ed Osborn and Nina Katchadourian
Catharine Clark Gallery

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University

Atoms, Cells and the Mystery of the Universe, Trudy Myrrh Reagan and Gurpran Rau
The Tech Museum of Innovation

Ben Rubin, San Jose Semaphore
Adobe, Inc.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Virginia Davis, Art About Art: Weavings
Alyce Santoro, Sonic Fabric
Julie John Upshaw, Insecurity: An Installation by Katherine Westerhout, After/Image


Adam Somlai-Fischer, Bengt Sjölén, Ping Genius Loci
Passeo San Antonio

Kal Spelletich, Kinetic Installations
the Lab

Jennifer Steinkamp
San Jose Museum of Art

Ashok Sukumaran, Park View Hotel
Plaza de Cesar E. Chavez

Thomson & Craighead, Unprepared Piano
Montgomery Hotel

Tiffany Sum and Jonathan Minard, Fingering
Camera 12

Luther Thie and Eyal Fried, Acclair: A Neurocapital service
City Hall Rotunda

Marc Tuters, Luke Moloney, Adrian Sinclair, Fête Mobile
San Jose State University at Passeo San Carlos

Cobi van Tonder, Skatesonic
Parkside Hall Courtyard


99 Red Balloons, 2006
Jenny Marketou (GR/US),
Katie Salen (US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: Tech Museum of Innovation; Caesar Chavez Plaza

99 Red Balloons is a live action multiplayer street game about flying perspectives inspired by "Midsummer Nights Dream" and the 1980s pop song "99 Red (Luft) Balloons" by Nena. Teams control 18 inflated red weather balloons, nine equipped with wireless cameras designed to record the game and broadcast to the lounge in the Tech Museum.

Play sessions:
Mon, Aug 7, 2-3 pm
Tue, Aug 8, 5:30-6:15 pm
Wed, Aug 9, 2-3 pm and 5-6 pm
Fri, August 11, 2-3pm & 4-5 pm
Saturday, August 12, 12-1 pm, 2-3 pm and 4-5 pm

Support from: On Net Surveillance Systems, Inc (OnSSI), AXIS Communications

@Silicon_Valley: SJC-MEX, 2006
Peter d'Agostino (US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: MACLA

@Silicon_Valley: SJC-MEX links people walking and talking in the former "garden cities" of San Jose and Mexico City. It is a model for interaction and communication across geo-borders and tech platforms and a forum for exploring paradoxes of natural, cultural, and virtual identities.

abstractmachine.v87D6, 2006
Douglas Edric Stanley (US/FRA)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: South Hall

abstractmachine.v87D6 consists of three different projects: Concrescence, a platform for algorithmic cinema; Hypertable, which allows the public to play with videos with their hands on a surface; and (^3), which repurposes the Rubiks Cube® into a DJ sequencing instrument.With support from the Consulate General of France,
San Francisco.

Acclair, 2006
Luther Thie (US) and
Eyal Fried (Israel)
Richard Shields, Movie Server Engineer and Mihoko Sekido, Acclair Attendant
Theme: Edgy Products
'Venue: City Hall Rotunda

Through Acclair, a company providing brain-testing services as part of an exclusive security clearance for air-travelers, we explore a situation wherein people freely accept a highly invasive, highly authoritative manipulation in return for financial, tangible rewards and an upgraded social status. We illustrate the financial and social benefits of such a system.

Altitude Zero, 2006
Hu Jie Ming (China)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture, South Hall
Curated by: Zhang Ga

Altitude Zero consists of 6 monitors camouflaged as cabin windows. The video images show ocean waters and drifting materials such as abandoned and polluted objects. The drifting materials remind us of the remnants of different cultures and times and symbolize detachment and alienation from mainstream cultural domains. Video images are activated according to audience movement.

Amy and Klara, 2006
Marc Böhlen
Theme: Edgy Products
Venue: South Hall

Amy and Klara are artificial agents capable of synthetic text to speech generation and automated speech recognition. Unfortunately, they do not get along. Maybe Klara's thick German accent bothers Amy. And neither of them particularly likes the color pink. And when they get agitated they fall into mutual accusations and rants. Yes, it can get ugly at times. Best then just to leave them be and to stay clear of the synthetic hissy fits.

Amy and Klara are supported in part by Fonix Speech, SVOX, and the ETH Zürich.

Animalia, 2005
Angela Main (NZ),
Caroline McCaw (NZ)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: Children's Discovery Museum

Animalia is part game, part installation designed for four people. A combination of readymade and environmental data constructs animal body parts, sounds and images, and a team of digital magicians have remixed and relocated them in local, oversized video contexts for participants to try on, literally as well as figuratively.

Support from Children's Discovery Museum SJ; HITLabNZ; Dunedin City Council; Otago Polytechnic

Apocrypha, 2006
Prion: Michelle Glaser (AUS), Victor Gentile (AUS), Patrizia Washer (AUS), Paul Watt (AUS), Stewart Washer (AUS)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: South Hall

Apocrypha is a satirical work that posits an ancient colony of archaebacteria as an oracle who respond in real time to cell phone messages by supplicants wishing to know more about the meaning of life. The stimuli provided by each question elicits a chemical response from the prehistoric archaebacteria. This response is "decoded" into sage advice that the gallery visitor or online user can interpret to illuminate their everyday existence.

PRION would like to acknowledge the assistance of ololo productions in the technical design and implementation of Apocrypha.

assemblage for
collective thought (act), 2006
Anna Munster (AUS),
Andrew Murphie (AUS)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: Parkside Hall
Wed, Aug 9, 5 — 6pm

This presentation will use a combination of dynamic software including wikis mapping tools and vj processing to explore how new concepts emerge transvergently from collective practice. Assembled texts and visualizations in this presentation construct open machines that nurture collaborative authoring, technozoosemiotic processes, technozoomorphic forms and transvergent networks.

Baby Love, 2005
Shu Lea Cheang (TW/US/FRA)
Invited Artwork
Venue: City Hall Rotunda
Baby Love is a participatory installation that consists of 6 autonomously mobile teacups with 6 clone babies. The teacups are modeled after spinning carnival rides, playing out loud love songs uploaded by public via the web at and transmitted to the babies via wireless network.
The love songs collected are coded as ME (memory and emotion) data for the clone babies. By taking a teacup ride with the babies, the ME data is retrieved, jumbled and eventually crashes. Baby Love situates human and baby clone riders in a perpetual spin of the familiar fairground with contemporary remix pop culture.

Baby Love is a National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts ( ) commission with support from Council for Culture Affairs, Taiwan in collaboration with SQV Design International, Tatung University, Mechanical Engineering department, eLife Techonology Innovation Center, Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris. US exhibition liaison: Taipei Cultural Center [TECO], New York

Teratological Prototypes in Collaboration with Tissue Culture & Art Project
Jennifer Willet (CAN),
Shawn Bailey (CAN)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: South Hall

BIOTEKNICA: Laboratory Remix is a complex installation, including functional laboratory equipment, a free standing tent, and a video work, all in support of a single tissue culture sculpture - a Teratological Prototype. Developed with Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, the prototype consists of a P4HB bioabsorbable polymer scaffold sculpted in the form of a teratoma, and seeded with mammalian cells - growing live in the gallery environment. This work mobilizes the notion of remixing the laboratory environment as a critical turn in creating an interface between non-specialists - and 'real' and mediated representations of the laboratory.

BlueStates, 2006
Exploring Relational Space
Mark Pesce (AUS), John Tonkin (AUS)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose / South Hall

BlueStates uses custom software, which run on mobile phones, PDAs and computers, to "listen" to the bluesphere--Bluetooth devices such as other cell phones set to "discoverable." Captured data is used to map views of the social life of the city's residents and visitors. BlueStates is an attempt to reverse the figure and ground of the city, creating a view of the city as purely a social space.

BodyDaemon, 2006
Carlos Castellanos (US)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: South Hall

BodyDaemon is a bio-responsive Internet server. Readings taken from a participant's physical states, as measured by custom biofeedback sensors, are used to power and configure a fully-functional Internet server. For example, more or fewer socket connections are made available based on heart rate, and muscle movements (EMG) can send data to the client.

Bounce // San Jose, 2006
Greg Niemeyer (CHE/US), Irene Chien (US), Ken Goldberg (NG), Jane McGonigal (US), Jeff Tang (US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: San Jose / South Hall

Bounce is a non-competitive conversation game in which two people separated by at least 20 years of age connect by phone and answer a series of AI-supported questions about life experiences that they have in common, such as, "What is something you BOTH think has changed for the better in the last 20 years?"

The Breadboard Band Comes Alive, 2006
Shosei Oishi (JPN), Masayuki Akamatsu (JPN), Kazuki Saita (JPN), Katsuhiko Harada (JPN)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: 1st Street SOFA

The Breadboard Band performs using breadboards, or circuit boards, made of freely constructed electronic circuits to play music. Based on improvisational interplay, elements such as beats, riffs noises, scratches, and videos blend together into one production.

Breeze, 2006
Jill Coffin (US/CH), John Taylor (US), Daniel Bauen (CH/US) and Joe Martin
Theme and Venue: C4F3 — the interactive café for the city

Breeze is an ambient robot inhabiting the body of a tree. Unlike humans, Breeze can visually sense and react through 360 degrees, allowing her to reach out to others wherever they are near. Breeze introduces issues concerning body and machine, anima and robot to the C4F3 environment.

Breeze's development is sponsored by a contribution from the Canton of Fribourg and the support of Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art.

C5 Quest for Success, 2006
Invited Artwork
Venue: San Jose / South Hall

C5 Quest for Success is curatorial selection as suburban Survivor meets American Idol, testing competitors' analysis, management, and cooperative decision making skills - traits needed for success in Silicon Valley. C5 Quest for Success is conducted in smart cars in which contestants interact with an on-board GPS driven audio narrative system to explore the streets and and learn the back stories San Jose landmarks. Over the course of three evenings contestants selected from an open call for participation compete to win an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a prestigious group of evaluators. The grand prize is a six to twelve week residency at the Montalvo Arts Center co-sponsored with C5 and a Silicon Valley corporate partner - a great opportunity for the right artist with the right project pitch.

Support from GoCars of San Francisco, Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo Arts Center

Call, 2006
Germaine Koh (MYS/CAN)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: C4F3

Call is a normal-looking telephone sitting on a table in C4F3 with a small LCD display that says "lift handset." When picked up, it randomly dials the number of a project participant. These volunteer participants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and communities. The ensuing interaction is not recorded or otherwise determined in any way.

Calling for Ba Ba
(Mrs. Ba), 2006
Nhan Duc Nguyen (VN)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: City Restaurant, 301 East Santa Clara St. (at 7th St.)

Calling for Ba Ba (Mrs. Ba) is a collection of anecdotes of Mrs. Ba from the Vietnamese diaspora in Vancouver and San Jose. Mrs. Ba is a woman who sells noodle soup at Bai Sau Beach in Qui Nhon, the artist's hometown in Vietnam. They are transcribed into one cohesive history (in Vietnamese and English) installed in San Jose Vietnamese noodle restaurants.

Producer, On Edge; Funding, Canada council for the Arts

San Jose, 2006
Steve Bull (US), Scot Gresham-Lancaster (US), Tim Perkis (US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: South Hall / your cell phone

Cellphonia: San Jose is cell phone karaoke opera. Using RSS feeds from local newspapers, callers hear or read a fragment of text on their cell phone and are cued to repeat it, karaoke-style. The results are recorded and mixed with other callers' phrasings to create a community sung chorus of local news items, which changes every 15 minutes and are publicly broadcast via a PA system.

Support from New York State Council or the Arts, Harvestworks and the Experimental Television Center.

Chit Chat Club, 2006
Karrie Karahalios (US), Judith Donath (US), Tony Bergstrom (US), Jeff Goldenson (US), Francis Lam (CHN/US), Aaron Zinman (US) & Christine Liu (US)
Theme and Venue: C4F3

Chit Chat Club is an installation consisting of three telematically inhabitable chairs. Each chair is placed at a table, and can be accessed by a remote visitor who, through the chair, participates in conversations with visitors seated in the C4F3. One chair is humanoid, and its facial expressions are determined by the remote user's voice and actions. Another employs expressive typography, using large scale to give this everyday medium dynamic presence. The third chair uses graphics and voice to enable a rich communicative experience.

Cloud Shape Classifier, 2006
Douglas Bagnall (NZ)
Theme:Pacific Rim
Venue: South Hall

A computer with a camera in Wellington, New Zealand watches the sky, saving people the time to search for interesting clouds. Viewers interact with the computer via the Internet, "scoring" the kinds of clouds they like. They return to the site to see clouds that have passed that would have been their favorites.

Network and hosting support from CityLink

CNNplusplus, 2006
Heidi Kumao (US) and
Chipp Jansen (US)
Theme and Venue: C4F3

CNNplusplus is a tactical media project that alters a CNN newscast through subtle, automated media juxtaposition and replacement. The newscaster remains positioned in the right corner, while the News Enhancement Program selectively replaces the other two regions of the screen. Headlines from independent news sources replace the scroll and also trigger a keyword Google image search. Viewers can customize the news by submitting their own headlines and keywords at

Support from School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

DataNature, 2006
Ben Hooker (UK/US) and Shona Kitchen (SCT/ENG)
Commissioned Residency
Venue: Cesar Chavez Park and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport

Press a button on the DataNature "ticket machine" to receive a unique souvenir ticket. It has the superficial look and feel of a flight ticket/boarding card, but on closer inspection it features a montage of live and pre-collected data, images and stories from the San Jose International Airport and its environs.

In collaboration with the Don and Sally Lucas Artist Program, Montalvo Art Center, and the Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of San Jose with additional support from SAP, AT&T, Electricfox,, Land Cellular Corp., Mercado Tile & Stone, Mineta San Jose International Airport, The Tech Museum of Innovation, Tenhex, and the City of San Jose 's Department of Public Works and General Service Department.

MarkDavid Hosale (US) and John Thompson (US)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: South Hall

The DEFENDEX-ESPGX is an interactive art object that combines real-time audio and video synthesis processing with physical interaction. The DEFENDEX-ESPGX is designed to simulate the look and feel of 1950's technology. The content draws on nostalgic reference to bring about implied comparisons between the fearful culture of the Cold War and the culture of fear associated with the current War on Terror.

Support from IGERT, NSF Grant# DGE-0221713, and Media Arts and Technology, UCSB.

Desire Management, 2005
Noam Toran (US/ENG)
Theme: Edgy Products
Venue: South Hall

Desire Management addresses the use of objects as vehicles for dissident behavior. Domestic space is defined as the last private frontier where appliances provide unorthodox experiences for alienated people. Based on real testimonials, the film presents the inherent need for self-expression in the face of socially imposed conformity.

San Jose, 2006
Akira Hasegawa (JPN)
Invited Artwork
Venue: City Hall Rotunda
9:30pm to 1:30am every night

At a glance, Digital-Kakejiku San Jose seems to consist of abstract shapes in a static composition. However, close attention reveals that they are constantly shifting. This is a completely new art form, a continuous sensitizing instrument that is generated from discontinuous data. Without beginning, end, or narrative structure, it gives us an awareness of being in the "living present".

disCONNECTION, 2002-2003
Xing Danwen (CHN)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture,
South Hall
Curated by: Zhang Ga

disCONNECTION uncovers, through Xing Danwen's unforgiving eye, the story underneath mountains of electronic garbage. Xing traveled many times to southern China to photograph a population of over 100,000 living on the fringe of life, recycling thousands of tons of electronic waste dumped in China by the West.

DIY Urban Challenge, 2003- present
Jonah Brucker-Cohen (US) and Katherine Moriwaki (US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose

DIY Urban Challenge is a workshop in which participants "hack" the streets of San Jose, creating objects that interject themselves into the urban fabric, to stimulate new experiences of the city. Participants will traverse San Jose and use recycled and cast-off materials as well as wireless technologies to develop objects that can be installed within the cityscape.

Drift Bottles, 2006
Huang Shi (CHN)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture, South Hall
Curated by: Zhang Ga

Drift Bottles is Huang Shi's reinvention of a lost legacy when medieval sailors communicated by drifting bottles. Today, broadcast media, cell phones, and the Internet and have radically altered our patterns of communication and instantaneous connectivity is simple. Drift Bottles reintroduce the notions of surprise and chance in our daily interactions.

DriftNet, 2005
Norimichi Hirakawa (JPN)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture, South Hall
Curated by: Yukiko Shikata

In DriftNet, Hirakawa uses "information flotsam" from the worldwide web by surfing links with an information agent. The installation space is a "virtual surf," where websites surge constantly like waves. The texture of each wave is generated by a screen shot of a real website, and the magnitude of the wave is determined by the length of the download.

Drift Relay, 2006
D. Jean Hester (US), Brian House (US), Catherine D'Ignazio (US), Sarah Pace (US), Savic Rasovic (US), Christina Ray (US), Morgan Schwartz (US), Lee Walton (US), Jessica Thompson (CAN)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose / South Hall

Drift Relay is a 24+ hour exploration of San Jose, locating the joys and difficulties of documenting ephemeral urban experience. Participants will drift through city spaces with a Glowlab guide and a kit of recording tools. Project headquarters will continually broadcast the group's location and status. Data and artifacts will be returned to the headquarters for processing and display.

enCODe, 2006
Osman Khan (PAK/US),
John Houck (US) and
Ghosh (IN/US) 2006
Theme and Venue: C4F3

enCODe is a tabletop projection that uses machine vision to guide virtual fish around any objects on the table. The fish can also swim between tables, carrying a message, which has been uploaded by visitors to encØ The project is both a fun interaction that takes advantage of natural activity over tabletops, and a communal bulletin board recording thoughts and reflections.

Ethermapping, 2006
Zita Joyce (ENG/NZ)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: South Hall

Ethermapping explores the electromagnetic dimensions of the landscape - the flow of radio waves forming the "radio atmosphere" within which we live. Using an interactive map, Ethermapping also reveals the pervasiveness and ownership of intangible resources, suggesting the paths and patterns of the invisible radio landscape.

Fête Mobile, 2005-06
Marc Tuters (CAN), Luke Moloney (CAN), Adrian Sinclair (CAN)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose State University

Fête Mobile is an autonomous robotic blimp equipped with a camera and wireless capabilities that can sense the landscape from above, display text messages on an LED panel mounted on blimp, and interact with the people below. Participants use their laptop computers to connect to the blimp's "sneaker network" to control its flight and optics. An onboard wireless local-file server allows the public to exchange media files.

Support from Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and Department of Foreign Affiairs and International Trade (DFAIT)

Feral Robotic Dogs
Natalie Jeremijenko (US)
Theme: Edgy Products

Feral Robotic Dogs is an open source robotics project designed to enable distributed and co-located teams of lay participants to 'upgrade' low-end commercially available toys with chemical sensing equipment, additional microprocessor hardware to enable environmental data collection and coordinated flock (or pack) behavior. The adapted robots "sniff out" environmental toxins.

Filmmaking Robot, 2004
Douglas Bagnall (NZ)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: VTA (light rail), San Jose /
South Hall

The eyes of the robot are installed on a VTA light rail train. The body sits in South Hall. The eyes collect snippets of video, which are transmitted to the body when the train comes within range of an available wifi node. In South Hall is a projection of the robot's stream-of-consciousness transmissions, and on a separate screen are finished films, which it completes nightly.

Support from Valley Transportation Authoriy

Fingering, 2005
Tiffany Sum (CHN/US) and
Jonathan Minard (US)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Camera 12

Fingering is a reactive video installation in a public window space, which uses computer visualization to track the audience's movement and create a dynamically responding illusion inspired by the last sequence of Edwin A. Porter's The Great Train Robbery (1904) as well as contemporary Hong Kong action movies.

Support from Ball State University

Free Network Visible Network, 2005-06
Diego Diaz (ESP/SGP) and Clara Boj Tovar (ESP/SGP)
with Liu Wei (CHN/SGP), Duy Nguyen (VNM/SGP) and Adrian Cheok (AUS/SGP)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: South Hall

Free Network Visible Network combines different tools and processes to visualize the normally invisible interchanged information between users of a network. People are able to experience the flow of digital data as colorful virtual objects, which change shape, size and color in relation to the different characteristics of circulating information in the network.

Support from Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre (IERC), Nanyang Technological University, NTU Singapore

Glance, 2006
Guillermo Galindo (MEX/US),
Gustavo Vazquez (MEX/US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: South Hall

Filmmaker Gustavo Vazquez and composer Guillermo Galindo have collaborated to create an impromptu symphony incorporating shared audio and visual material. The sounds (composed and recorded) and video interviews reflect the ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the South Bay. The project will be presented as a one-day performance installation featuring computer activated sensors and mechanical devices.

Commissioned by ZeroOne San Jose with support from HP.

Global Collaborative Visual Mapping Archive, 2006
George Legrady HUN/US),
Angus Forbes (US),
Nicole Starosielski (US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: South Hall

Global Collaborative Visual Mapping Archive consists of a dynamically growing archive of cell phone images with metadata transmitted from anywhere within the reach of cellular reception. The project highlights individual to community participation in the absence of spatial-geographical boundaries; the current iteration visualizes emergent characteristics of the ISEA exhibition community.

Support from National Science Foundation IGERT Summer Stipend, a Research Across Disciplines award, Office of Research, UC Santa Barbara, and the Canada Council for the Arts Media Arts Award

Ho Fatso, 2005
Rania Ho (US/CHN)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: The Thaeater on San Pedro Square

Ho Fatso is an interactive installation consisting of inflatable fat suits and a wrestling ring controlled by motion sensors. Made of rip-stop nylon, powerful leaf blowers and motion detectors, audience members are encouraged to don the fat suits, enter the ring and wrestle each other.

Support from the Graduate School of Culture Technology at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Homes, 2006
Taraneh Hemami (IRN/US), Mohsen Emami-Nouri (IRN/AU))
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: South Hall

The Homes project enters the private world of Iranian families living in the Bay Area to create an installation that narrate stories of their everyday lives through portraits of spaces, objects, and people. Audiences' interaction with the digital videoarchives interconnects the stories of four individual homes.

Homes is a project of CrossConnections, a residency project at the Center for Art and Public Life at California College of the Arts.

How Stuff Is Made IB, 2005-ongoing
Natalie Jeremijenko (US), Chris Dierks (US), Jesse Arnold (US), Robert Twomey (US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: South Hall

How Stuff Is Made is a visual encyclopedia that documents the manufacturing processes, labor conditions and environmental impacts involved in the production of contemporary products. It is a free, independent, academic resource published by engineering and design students, who research and produce summative photoessays describing these conditions of creation.

I-5 Passing, 2001-06
Christiane Robbins (US), with Christian Niles (US),
Katherine Lambert (US),
Laurie Schmidt (US)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: San Jose Museum of Art

I- 5 Passing is a journey of aesthetic inquiry across disciplines and across the mythos of California itself. It exploits the material trace of our own mechanized mobile presence and their causal environmental factors. One aspect of I-5_Passing consists of multiple pollutant transmission stations located throughout the San Joaquin Valley along the I-5. A topography of chance is created by the level factor of pollutants such as Carbon Dioxide, NOX, Sulfur Dioxide, Pm2.5 and Pm10. on a n hourly basis. The levels create a data stream which generate visual/audio response.

Support from Leon + Latino Issues Forum; Professor Deborah Estrin; David Lighthall + Relational Culture; Professor Kris Pistor; Stanford University EMA; San Joaquin Valley; Erica Swinney + Green Action. This installation, in part, was made possible through the generous sponsorship of the CompUSA, San Jose-Blossom Hill Store.

Interrogating the Invisible, 2006
Ian Clothier (NZ)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: South Hall

Interrogating the invisible is a District of Leistavia project that gathers statistics on the ways people connect to their cultural identity. An online survey form is used as a context for gathering data, which is visualized as still and moving image. All information is confidential. The online form url is:

Support from: Syntax Solutions Limited

IN[ ]EX, 2006
Kate Armstrong (CAN), Bobbi Kozinuk (CAN) M. Simon Levin (CAN), Laurie Long (CAN), Leonard J. Paul (CAN), Manuel Pina (CAN), Jean Routhier (CAN)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture,
South Hall
Curated by: Alice Ming Wai Jim

IN[ ]EX, an interactive, city-wide collaborative audio sculpture involving a shipping container and thousand of smaller modules, which distributed through an array of interventions that reference early models of instruction based participatory works. As the blocks circulate throughout the city, they transmit data which is processed to create a constantly remixed sound environment in the shipping container.

Karaoke Ice, 2006
Nancy Nowacek, (US) Katie Salen (US), Marina Zurkow (US). Music produced and arranged by Lem Jay Ignacio.
Commissioned artist residency
Venue: San Jose

Karaoke Ice is an ice cream truck-turned-mobile karaoke-unit. Participants karaoke for an audience using a customized karaoke engine as the truck makes its way to a variety of festival locations. Free frozen treats are distributed by Remedios the Squirrel Cub to lure prospective performers to participate.

Commissioned by ZeroOne San Jose, CADRE, San Jose State University, and the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs, Montalvo Art Center, and produced in collaboration with students and graduates of CADRE. Support from Alamance Foods, Inc., Blik, Cool Neon, ColorKinetics, Eovia, Bob Grimm , Hanger 18, NYU Courant / Movement Group, Technologies, Inc.

Landstream, 2006
Olga Kisseleva (RUS/FRA)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: South Hall

Landstream is an in-city fresco made by artists, scientists, and local "graffers" of the density and the quality of site specific electromagnetic fields. It is an experimental program that transforms hertzian landscapes into static visual information.

With support from Academy of Sciences, Paris, France; Quang Gallery, Paris, France; MACLA, San Jose, CA; and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Consulate General of France in San Francisco

Light Bead Curtain, 2006
Amichi Wolf (ISR/US) and Jin-Yo Mok (KOR/US)
Theme and Venue: C4F3

Light Bead Curtain is a visceral interactive installation of light, sound and beads, which aims to amuse and affect visitors' senses of play and wonder. Each bead illuminates when touched, while adding a unique tone to an ever-evolving soundscape.

The Light Bead Curtain was conceived by Amichi Wolf and Jin-Yo Mok, Designed and Engineered by Amichi Wolf, Sound Design by Dan Overholt. Support for realization of this project has come from the New York State Council on the Arts and Harvestworks Media Arts Center.

Light from Tomorrow, 2006
Thomson & Craighead (UK)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: San Jose Museum of Art

Light From Tomorrow is a continuous feed of tomorrow's outdoor light readings, from the Kingdom of Tonga, across the international dateline, to a light panel installed in one of today's gallery spaces at the San Jose Museum of Art.

LiveForm:Telekinetics, 2004
Jeff Mann (CAN/GER) and
Michelle Teran (CAN/GER)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose / South Hall

Nomadic groups pack mobile feasts of sensors, antennas, robotics, food, and music, and head out on the town. Networked telepresence picnic parties unfold in vacant lots, roadsides, cafés, alleyways, bars, and hotel lobbies - wherever bandwidth is plentiful and security guards scarce.

Loca: Set To Discoverable,
John Evans (UK/FIN), Theo Humphries (UK), Mika Raento (FIN) and Drew Hemment (UK)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose / South Hall / C4F3

"We are currently experiencing difficulties monitoring your position: please wave your network device in the air." Pervasive surveillance has the potential to be both sinister and positive at the same time. Loca deploys a cluster innocuously installed and interconnected Bluetooth nodes within urban environments, which can track any Bluetooth device, such as a cell phone, set to "visible." Loca attempts to empower people to deal with the ambiguity of surveillance and convenience and to draw their own conclusions.

Love Virus, 2004
Joon Kim (South Korea),
Woosuk Jang (South Korea)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture, South Hall
Curated by: Soh Yeong Roh

The online project Love Virus was started in August 2004 with 8 artists from various artistic disciplines such as photography, moving image, interactive art, performance, and painting. Love Virus is run not only as a popular art blog site, but as an organization for young artists and their fans to meet through various fun-filled offline events. Their focus is to make unique human relations through media and art. Among the 21 original participating artists in Love Virus, Kim Joon and Jang Woosuk will perform the art project "Delivery."

Mission Eternity, 2006
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose Repertory Theater Plaza

MISSION ETERNITY is an information technology driven cult of the dead.

etoy digitally sends TEST PILOTS across the ultimate boundary to investigate the afterlife, the most virtual of all worlds. The short-term plan (2006-2016) is to install an interactive city of the living and the dead that reconfigures the way information society deals with memory (conservation/loss), time (future/presence/past) and death.

Under the protection of thousands of MISSION ETERNITY ANGELS (the living who provide a few mega bytes of their digital storage capacity) the MISSION ETERNITY PILOTS (pioneers of the information age who contribute their personal data and mortal remains) travel space and time forever.

5 etoy.AGENTS come to Silicon Valley to inaugurate the MISSION ETERNITY SARCOPHAGUS, a white 20 foot cargo container that hosts an immersive screen made of 17,000 LED lights and the ashes of the first TEST PILOTS. The SARCOPHAGUS is the physical link to the ARCANUM CAPSULES, the digital vehicle that enables the PILOTS to travel.

Moveable Types and Instant Spaces, 2006
Taeyoon Choi (South Korea), Tellef Tellefson (USA/South Korea), Cheon Pyo Lee (South Korea)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture,
Almaden Walkway
Curator: Soh Yeong Roh

Moveable Types and Instant Spaces explores how temporary types of architecture, "pod types," can define an experience, and alternatively how social or personal actions and objects can change the perception of a space. Working off the idea of wearable architecture, these pod types strive to create personal space in the public realm.

Mr Jones Watches, 2004
Crispin Jones (ENG)
Theme: Edgy Products
Venue: South Hall

Mr Jones Watches is a series of seven wristwatches, which seek to question the social currency of the watch and also propose some alternatives to the conventional representation of time. They were all produced as one-off working timepieces.

[murmur] in San Jose, 2003-present
Shawn Micallef (CAN), Gabe Sawhney (CAN), Ana Serrano (CAN)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: Cesar Chavez Plaza / South Hall

[murmur] collects and makes accessible people's stories — personal histories and anecdotes — about the places in their neighborhoods that are important to them. At each spot in the city at which stories are available is denoted with a green [murmur] sign, featuring a telephone number and unique location code. By using a mobile phone and dialing the number, pedestrians are able to listen to stories of the very place they're standing, while still engaging physically with the place. Some stories suggest that the listener walk around, following a certain path, while others allow a person to wander with both their feet and their gaze. Visit for a list of story locations in San Jose.

Support from the Canadian Film Centre's Habitat New Media Lab

Neighborhood Public Radio, 2006
Jon Brumit, (US) Lee Montgomery (US), Michael Trigilio (US), Linda Arnejo (US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: Camera 12

Neighborhood Public Radio is the community radio station for ISEA2006 and ZeroOne San Jose. Using a remote broadcast unit and a broadcast booth at the Camera 12 cinema at 2nd Street and Paseo San Antonio, NPR will broadcast symposia and debates, as well as live events, in order to represent the neighborhood within and surrounding the Symposium.

Commissioned by ZeroOne San Jose with support from HP.

Networked Rockers, 2006
Michael Schneider (US),
Kenneth Haller (US),
Riyako Horimizu (JPN/US) and Kentaro Okuda (US)
Theme and Venue: C4F3

Networked Rockers consists of two pairs of rocking chairs, each located in a different part of the C4F3. The chairs each emit a different part of a sonic score according to how they are rocked. People sitting next to one another are able to create harmonies and rhythms together, encouraging communication and play. Each of the of chairs has a partner chair in the other location. When a person sits down and starts rocking, a tone is emitted both locally and from the partner chair. This way, people can communicate remotely, both through movement and by creating songs with one another.

The New West, 2006
Ludica (US)
Theme: Communiy Domain
Venue: South Hall

The New West is a large-scale projection of a virtual art park within the online world Second Life, controlled by visitors at individual computer stations. Solicited proposals for "site-specific" installations, performances, interventions and game programs will be displayed within the art park.

Nocturne, 2006
Colin Ives (CAN/US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: South Hall

Nocturne is an interactive installation about urban wildlife. Night-vision video was taken of opossums, mice and endangered kit foxes that live successfully within sub/urban landscapes. In the gallery video playback responds to the movement of viewers, creating a mediated exchange between co-inhabitants of urban environments.

Support from The Endangered Species Recovery Program, Bakersfield California Research Team, Directed by Brian L. Cypher, Ph.D., The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley

Obsession, 2005
Pia Tikka (FIN),
Rasmus Vuori (FIN), and
Joonas Juutilainen (FIN)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: South Hall

Obsession introduces a novel kind of interactive cinema genre, which is described as enactive cinema: How the narrative unfolds, and how rhythm and soundscape emerge, depend on how the spectator experiences the emotional dynamics between the characters. Instead of the spectator directly manipulating the narrative, its unfolding is affected by the spectator's emotional participation as monitored by bio-sensors.

On Translation:
Social Networks,
Antoni Muntadas (SPN/US)
Commissioned Residency Artwork
Venue: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

On Translation "scrapes" text from the websites of a broad range of organizations, analyzes vocabulary, and associates the sites with latitude and longitude data. A world map functions as both a sculptural installation and substrate for a dynamic, color-coded, subtly animated digital projection. The data is constantly updated, engaging with vocabulary usage as it emerges.

other[wize], 2005
Jenny Fraser (AUS)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: South Hall

Through the use of still images, video, animation, audio, and text - including Yugambeh language, using the software Linker designed by the artist group Mongrel, other[wize] investigates 1800s colonial Australia and explores the prickly issues of Native Policing, Dispossession, Displacement, Massacres and Survival. The stories are based on the Mununjali Ancestors of the artist's family.

Support from Mongrel, Kummara, Arts Queensland , The Australia Council for the Arts

P2P: Power to the People, 2002/2006
Gorbet Design, Inc. Matt Gorbet (CAN), Susan Gorbet (CAN), Rob Gorbet (CAN)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

P2P is a 30-foot interactive marquee that hangs on the façade of a building. 125 light bulbs that comprise the marquee can be turned on or off with125 corresponding switches across the street. By engaging in the everyday almost unconscious activity of flipping a light switch, passers-by can express themselves, forming any patterns they choose in the hanging web of lights.

Support from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, The Canada Council for the Arts, Research In Motion

Pacific Washup, 2003-04
Rachael Rakena (NZ),
Fez Fa'anana (AUS),
Brian Fuata (AUS)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture,
South Hall
Curator: Deborah Lawler-Dormer

Pacific Washup is a video of a performance carried out during Australia's repressive legislative response to refugees and the inflamed political debates that ensued. The work reflects the artists' continuing interest in migration and immigration. Substantial Maori and Pacific Island communities in Sydney face cultural dislocation. Dynamic issues of migrant identity politics are reflected in video footage of performers encased in cheap bags being gently washed to shore.

Palabras, 2005-06
Sharon Daniel (US) with project development team: Michael Dale (US), David Merino (US), and James Khazar (US), in California and Michael Dale (US), Carlos Trilnick (Argentina), and Cecilia Velasquez Traut (Argentina) in Buenos Aires and participants from El Envion at Villa Tranquilas and Fundacion Crear Vale la Pena in Buenos Aires, Community Works West, Children of Incarcerated Parents Project, San Francisco, CA
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: South Hall

Palabras employs the tactics of DIY technology and the philosophy of participatory culture by adapting and developing media and information technologies as tools for collective self-representation for a variety of communities. Participants used digital video cameras to document their daily lives. Viewers can access the videos that participants created through a database interface.

Park View Hotel, 2006
Ashok Sukumaran (IND)
Commissioned Residency
Venue: Cesar Chavez Plaza, Fairmont Hotel
Daily Mon.-Sun at dusk

Park View Hotel is an installation that provides focused optical communication between Cesar Chavez Plaza and the Fairmont hotel, neighbors in downtown San Jose. Using devices mounted in the park, the audience can "light up" interior hotel spaces in their line-of-sight. In response, these interiors "leak out" their properties--onto the exterior of the building, onto other public and private properties, and into the park below.

This work was developed in collaboration with Sun Microsystems Inc., Menlo Park, using SunSPOT (tm) embedded technology, and is a residency project commissioned by ZeroOne San Jose and the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at the Montalvo Arts Center.

Parking Spaces, 2005
Mobile Performance Group
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose

In Parking Spaces the Mobile Performance Group will move through the city looking for empty parking lots from which they will record and collect both audio and visual materials. In the evening, they find a space to park and create an improvised performance using custom real-time audio video software.

Particles of Interest: Tales from the
Matter Markets, 2006
Diane Ludin (US) and
Ricardo Dominguez (US)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: South Hall

Particles of Interest is a 3 stage event: an online Open Particle Patenting System, a Particle Tale installation to be constructed in San Jose, California, and a Trans_patent campaign in collaboration with an invited artist, artists groups, scientist, activist and stock traders around the planet.

Paper Cup Telephone Network, 2006
Matthew Biederman (US),
Adam Hyde (NZ) and
Lotte Meijer (NLD)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: South Hall, C4F3

Paper Cup Telephone Network is a free communication system that allows group communication between all points on the network at once. It is a complex technology reduced to a globally understood form. On one level the network is transparent and visible, because the paper cup telephone is something that most of us have made ourselves. At the same time, it hides a complex underlay of communication technologies that few have used or understand.

Pasts and Presents, 2006
Judith Donath (US),
Martin Wattenberg (US) and Orkan Telhan (GER/US)
Theme and Venue: C4F3

Pasts and Presents is a wall projection that visualizes activity in the C4F3, both currently and in the past. The abstract elements of the projection are animated by the actions of café patrons. Pasts and Presents operates in much the same way as ripples on a pond, making visible the activity on and near the surface of the water.

Phenakistoscape, 2006
Annie On Ni Wan (Hong Kong/Canada)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture,
South Hall
Curator: Ellen Pau

Phenakistoscape adopts the idea of intertextuality in movies, creating a montage with running scenes and camera movements, be they pan shots or tilt shots or zoom shots or track shots. The camera movements of the movie clips take control of a custom-made robotic video projector, specially constructed for the project. The robotic projector pans left when there is a pan-to-right shot, and tilts up when there is a title-down shot. Apart from the pan and tilt action, the robotic projector walks around the container space, which facilities the zoom shots of the moving images. Ultrasonic sensors are placed around it to sense obstacles, including viewers.

PigeonBlog, 2006
Beatriz da Costa (GER/US) with Cina Hazegh (US) and Kevin Ponto (US)
Invited Artwork
Venue: San Jose / South Hall
PigeonBlog provides an alternative way to participate in environmental air pollution data gathering. The project equips urban homing pigeons with GPS enabled electronic air pollution sensing devices capable of sending real-time location based air pollution and image data to an online mapping/blogging environment.

Fabian Winkler (GER/US)
Theme: Edgy Products
Venue: South Hall

PI (personal interpreters) is a set of small robotic devices, which deconstruct TV broadcasts' audio signals. The robots interpret the regular audio signal as control code and translate it into abstract rhythmic sounds using the actual TV set as resonant body. The audience is challenged to watch well-known TV content in novel ways.

Pimp My Heart, 2006
Takehito Etani
Theme: Edgy Products
Venue: South Hall

Pimp My Heart uses a device called a HeartBeat Bass Booster that monitors a driver's heartbeat by sensors. It amplifies it through the car's audio system and controls the speed of the music.

Ping Genius Loci,
Adam Somlai-Fischer (HUN),
Bengt Sjölén (SWE),
Anita Pozna(HUN) and associates
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: Paseo de San Antonio

Ping Genius Loci is built up from 100 radio-networked, solar- powered, self-sustainable intelligent analogue pixels that are placed on a 10 by 10 meters grid. These pixels function in the bright sunshine, and respond to pedestrians in the grid.

Support from the Hungarian Ministry of Informatics and Communication, the Ministry of Culture Heritage, the National Cultural Fund, a residency at Mains d'Oeuvres in Paris within the pixelache festival, and the Institut Hongrois de Paris

Pioneers Hitchhiking
in the Valley of
Heart's Delight, 2006
Julie Newdoll (US), Jim Pallas US) and Michael Mosher (US), Mario Wolczko (ENG/US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: United States / San Jose

Pioneers Hitchhiking in the Valley of Heart's Delight consists of five life-size cutout portraits of people that were responsible for advancing the technology of Silicon Valley. These cutouts will be implanted with GPS devices and then abandoned in public places, two of them across the U.S. and three in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a request for passers-by to deliver them to a prescribed location in San Jose. Real-time information about them and their whereabouts will be presented in South Hall.

Support from YLEM and Brush with Science

PlaceSite, 2006
Sean Savage (US), Parker Thompson (US), and Damon McCormick (US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: South Hall

PlaceSite is a new way of using wireless networks to create digital community services by, for and about people who are together in the same place. It lets people share information locally, apart from the global Internet. PlaceSite is an open platform for a new breed of Web service, tied intimately to physical places.

Playas: Homeland Mirage, 2005-06
Jack Stenner (US),
Yauger Williams (US)
and Andruid Kerne (US)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: South Hall

Playas is a game which allows players to discover and explore traces of Playas, New Mexico's previous lives, all the while, avoiding those who might present harm. Viewers of the installation are unable to avoid contribution to the scenario as they instigate the spawning of in-game characters, some innocent, and some malevolent.

Support from Interface Ecology Lab at Texas A&M University

Public Mood Ring, 2006
Will Pappenheimer (US)
Theme and Venue: C4F3

Public Mood Ring is a light installation that displays the emotional condition of public news stories as a color hue. The artwork responds to a computational distillation of information from news stories posted online, and recalibrates the color of the light it casts in C4F3 every 15 minutes on that basis.

Rerehiko, 2003
Rachael Rakena (NZ/Aotearoa)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture, South Hall
Curator: Deborah Lawler-Dormer

Rerehiko presents complex references to community debated through email and contemporary kapa haka (traditional Maori dance). The work expresses the identities of KTW, an urban tribal group from Dunedin (Te Whanau o Kai Tahu ki Araiteuru), active in a fluid cyberspace where relationships are virtual rather than geophysical and where contemporary technologies can nurture communities imbued with cosmological and genealogical narratives. The medium of sea/water is a metaphor both for an amniotic space, anticipating birth, and for contemporary and historic oceanic migrations and journeys.

Support from Te Waka Toi and Screen Innovation Production Funding, Creative New Zealand, the Arts Council of New Zealand, and New Zealand Film Commission.

RPM's Remixed, 2005
Josephine Dorado (US), Vedat Emre Balik (TR), Laura Escude (US), Elizabeth Haselwood (US), and Rachel Bishop (US)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: Theater in San Pedro Square
Thu, Aug 9, 6-7pm

RPM's Remixed is a telematic, transdisciplinary performance based on remixing Alvin Lucier's "RPM's" score — integrating dance, video and sound improvisation between artists in New York, Tampa, and San Jose.

Saint Joe, 2006
John Klima (US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: VTA light rail trains, San Jose
Call 617.712.3061

Saint Joe participants can board the train and use their mobile phone to hear a dynamic audio history that references a variety of landmarks along the way of their specific route. The landmarks however, are not your standard tourist fare. San Jose history is elaborated as an audio and visual construction while the viewer travels from station to station.

Support from Plum voice portals

San Jose Voices, 2005-06
Daniel Jolliffe (CAN)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: San Jose

San Jose Voices is a mobile sculpture that collects anonymous one-minute speeches from callers in the 408 area code, and then broadcasts these speeches at street level through a 200 watt speaker. To particpate, call 408-916-1033.

Screens Exposing Employed Narratives (SEEN), 2006
Osman Khan (PAK/US)
and Omar Khan (PAK/US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: Circle of Palms, Fairmont Plaza

SEEN asks "what is the fruit of your labor?" to three communities sharing San Jose's labor needs: tech savvy workers of Silicon Valley, undocumented workers engaged in menial tasks, and the virtual community of outsourced tech workers in India. An LED screen publicly displays their responses, visible only through the digital capture devices used by the audience.

Secrets, 2003-06
JD Beltran (US)
Theme and Venue: C4F3

For several years, JD Beltran has been soliciting secrets, asking "What is a secret that defines you?" Beltran sets these secrets to her own video footage, resulting in a series of intriguing and revealing short films. In C4F3, these secrets are revealed on tiny LCD screens hidden in unexpected places. Participants can submit their secrets without revealing even their e-mail addresses at

Support from Haines Gallery

Semaphore, 2006
Ben Rubin (US)
Invited Artwork
Venue: Adobe Almaden Tower

Semaphore consists of four ten-foot wide illuminated circles that continually shift and turn to spell out an encoded message. A low-power AM radio broadcast provides a soundtrack that can be picked up within a radius of two or three blocks. Each wheel of the Semaphore can assume four distinct positions, giving it a vocabulary of 256 possible combinations to communicate its encrypted message. Only the artist knows its content. Cracking Semaphore's encryption technique and deciphering the message is posed as a challenge for the public.

San Jose, 2006
Katherine Isbister (US),
Rainey Straus (US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose Museum of Art

SimVeillance: San Jose re-presents urban passersby within a game environment that mirrors a "real-world" public space. The artists have recreated Fairmont Plaza outside the San Jose Museum of Art using the Sims 2, and used images captured by surveillance cameras trained on the Plaza, to populate the simulated square with replicas of "real" transients.

Support from ELECTRONIC ARTS, Redwood City, CA

Kazuhiro JO (JPN),
Daisuke ISHIDA (JPN),
Mizuki NOGUCHI (PJN) and
Ken Furudate (JPN)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: 1st St SOFA District

THE SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA is a participatory sound performance project in which each participant plays a sine wave. The public is invited to create a collective sound representation in the form of a sea of sine waves. In the performance, each participant can use any device that can produce a sine wave.

Situated Digital Archaeology, 2006
James Morgan (US), Mike Weisert (US), Ethan Miller (US), Aaron Siegel (US), Jonathan Brilliant (US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: San Jose / online

50 - 100 San Jose locals selected from 3 primary language-speaking groups (English, Spanish and Vietnamese), representing a cross section of their language group (age, gender, origin), are interviewed to collect and map points of cultural importance, including home, work, faith and social obligation.

Skatesonic, 2006
Cobi van Tonder (ZA)
Commissioned Residency Artwork
Venue: Parkside Hall Courtyard

Skatesonic is a project that involves a uniquely augmented skateboard called "the Lickr." The Lickr has its ear close to the ground and it hears in audio and data. Each move of the skateboard is analyzed and translated into musical parameters and its rider ends up skating through a landscape of music, which s/he has dynamically created.

Skatesonic is a commissioned residency project by ZeroOne San Jose, IDEO, and the The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs at the Montalvo Arts Center.

Social Memory Columns, 2006
Derek Lomas (US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: MLKJ Library, City Hall, St. James Park, Cesar Chavez Plaza

Four 7' high by 2'x2' square white wooden "Memory Columns" are placed throughout the metropolitan area. The columns provide permanent marker to induce dialogue from passers-by. A physical and virtual social interaction develops around each column, as thoughts and sentiments flowing by are deflected from their usual path and are projected onto the column.

Support from Vestal Design, UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, Cal IT(2), Wahoos Fish Tacos

Alyce Santoro (US)
Theme: Edgy Products
Venue: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
SONIC FABRIC is textile woven from recycled audiocassette tape that has been recorded with a collage of sounds collected from a wide range of sources, including music, ambient nature and urban noise, spoken word, etc. The material can actually be made audible by running a tape head over its surface.

Soundbike, 2005
Jessica Thompson (CAN)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose / South Hall

Soundbike is a portable sound piece that uses motion-based generators mounted to an ordinary bicycle. The sound of laughter is broadcast as the bike is pedaled through the urban environment. During ZeroOne San Jose, participants are invited to borrow a Soundbike to ride through the city.

Circuit design and technical assistance by Dave Kemp and Gordon Hicks.

SPECFLIC 2.0, 2004-08
Adriene Jenik (US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: MLK Library
Wed, Aug 9, 8:30pm — 11pm

SPECFILC 2.0 is distributed cinema; a "story-event" created by layering different media forms (including large projections on iconic public buildings, cell phone cameras & SMS, live performance and radio). It portrays characters in a future library in simultaneous story-layers that provoke the audience to consider the future of reading, writing, the book object and storytelling.

Support from CRCA (Center for Research in Computing and the Arts), Calit2 (California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology), Motorola, UCSD Division of the Academic Senate

Sticking Point, 2006
Shirley Soh (SGP), Margaret Tan (SGP), Frederic Sarkozy (France)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture, South Hall
Curator: Gunalan Nadarajan

Sticking Point deals with the Free Trade Agreement between Singapore and the USA, in which Singapore has had to give in to US demands to allow the importation of chewing gum, despite the Singapore government's ban imposed in the late '80s. The video installation consists of interviews with Singaporeans who are asked to express their views about the FTA, free trade and their notion of what US imports mean to them. Visitors are invited to partake of chewing gum and to add it to the collection inside the container.

SVEN, 2005
Amy Alexander (US), with Jesse Gilbert (US), Wojciech Kosma (PL),
Marilia Maschion (US), Vincent Rabaud (FR), Nikhil Rasiwasia (IN)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose

SVEN is the project that asks the question: If computer vision technology can be used to detect when you look like a terrorist or other "undesirable" - why not when you look like a rock star? The SVEN system is set up in public places where a surveillance system might be expected - like a van on the street. A custom computer vision application tracks pedestrians and detects their characteristics, looking for possible rock stars. A real-time video processing application receives this information and generates music video like visuals from the live camera feed. The resulting video and audio are displayed on a monitor in the van's window, interrupting the standard security camera-type display each time a potential rock star is detected.
Support from the Digital Research Unit at The Media Centre, Huddersfield, UK, UC Institute for Research in the Arts, Calit2, UCSD Center for the Humanities, UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), The Hellman Fellowship Program at UCSD and UCSD Academic Senate.

Tactical Sound Garden [TSG] Toolkit, 2006
Mark Shepard (US) with Fiona Murphy, Achint Thomas, Ajeya Krishnamurthy, John Waller, and Viral Modi
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: Cesar Chavez Plaza / South Hall

Tactical Sound Garden Toolkit is an open source software platform for cultivating public "sound gardens" within contemporary cities. It draws on the culture and ethic of urban community gardening to posit new forms of social interaction within contemporary public space.

Support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Departments of Architecture and Media Study at the State University of New York at Buffalo

The Third Eye, 2004
Jin Jiangbo (CHN)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture, South Hall
Curator: Zhang Ga

The third eye perceives the earth. The third eye perceives the world. The third eye perceives you and me. The third eye perceives our mind. The opening of this third eye shall let the imagination hold free and fair dialogues, and through the channel, it shall inspire hope for the people from these two cities. The third eye crosses space and beyond.

Traffic Island Disks, 2004-06
The People Speak (ENG), Saul Albert (ENG), Michael Wienkove (ENG), Wojciech Kosma (Poland),
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: South Hall / History Park San Jose

Traffic Island Disks is a radio program that invites you to roam the streets of San Jose with us looking for people wearing headphones, stopping them, and interviewing them while recording whatever they are listening to. Then you can use the website to upload, download and mix the results into a musical tour of the city.

Support from the British Council.

Transcoded Nature: The Origin of Order, 2006
RASTER - Vladimir Todorovic (SER/SGP), Goran Andrejin (SER/SGP), Damien Lock (AUS/SGP)
Theme: Transvergence
Venue: South Hall

TRANSCODED NATURE is the first in a series of projects that observe movements and changes of transcodabilities in nature. The first project in this series analyzes the origin of the order by transcoding the signals from a semi-eco system, or an eco simulation, in which rodents live and play. In this environment, some data from the physical space are shared and exchanged with the data from a computer game and then transcoded into sound output.

Transcriptions, 2003
John Mallia (US)
Theme and Venue:C4F3

Transcriptions is an interactive installation that takes the form of a guest book and typewriters prepared with sensors and loudspeakers. Visitors may sign the guest book with a pencil amplified by means of an attached phono cartridge, making the physical recording of their signature audible to others in the immediate vicinity. Visitors are also invited to use the manual typewriters to fill out comment cards. A computer analyzes the rhythm of each user's typing and generates continuously varied audible responses, spatialized among an array of loudspeakers situated within the typewriter cases.

The Travels of Mariko Horo, 2006
Tamiko Thiel (US/GER)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: San Jose Museum of Art

The Travels of Mariko Horo is an interactive 3D installation. Participants are able to change the virtual environment as a result of their movements and actions. Mariko is a fictitious character from Japan time traveling between the 12th and 22nd century, and through her eyes participants can experience the exotic and mysterious Occident.

Support from the Japan Foundation, Kyoto Art Center, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bitmanagement Software GmbH

Tripwire, 2006
Tad Hirsch (US), Yang Ruan
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose

Tripwire is a site-specific installation responding to the unique relationship between the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and downtown San Jose. Custom-built sensors hung from trees at several public locations monitor noise produced by overflying aircraft. Detection of excessive aircraft noise triggers automated telephone calls to the airport's complaint line, on behalf of the city's residents and wildlife. Documentation of noise incidents is archived for future analysis.

Uncle Tasman:
The Trembling Current that Scars the Earth, 2006
Natalie Robertson (NZ)
Theme: Pacific Rim Venue: South Hall

Uncle Tasman is a 3-monitor video installation that offers the viewer images of the seismic environment of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Aotearoa, with hissing sulphuric yellow fumeroles from an active marine volcano, steaming hot pools, caves and warm streams in New Zealand. The soundtracks are from local Maori who describe the destruction of the eco-system and the desecration of sites of significance.

UnPrepared Piano, 2004
Thomson & Craighead (UK)
Invited Artwork
Venue: Montgomery Hotel

A computer is connected to a Yamaha disklavier grand piano, so that it can be fed a series of electronic musical scores that have been found on the world wide web. Unprepared Piano performs each score from beginning to end, randomly choosing the piece's orchestration.

Untitled, 2004
Shilpa Gupta (IN)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture, South Hall
Curator: Johann Pijnappel

A video of paradox: European architectural symbols of Western grandeur in the streets of Bombay, India. Actions become game-like and dangerously repetitive. In this endless loop sounds oscillate between intense suctions, through military parades where cheering become gunshots and turn into a drone of game sounds.

Untitled Media, 2006
Ian Gwilt (ENG/AUS), Elisa Lee (AUS), Shigeki Amitani, (JAP/AUS),
Adam Hinshaw (AUS)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: South Hall

Visitors complete a simple questionnaire as they enjoy the ISEA exhibitions. The questionnaire is based on a visual taxonomy for New Media Art (developed by the artists), which attempts to identify typical configurations for New Media Art pieces. Throughout the duration of the show the completed forms may also be displayed as an ongoing review of the artworks and an insight to the public perception of the event. This information is also fed into a database, which is dynamically visualized as the survey continues.

Support from Australian Government, Australian Council for the Arts, Australian CRC for Interaction Design, University of Technology, Sydney

URBANtells, 2006
James Rouvelle (US), Joe Reinsel (US), Steve Bradley (US)
Theme: Community Domain
Venue: San Jose / South Hall

URBANtells participants explore the neighborhood through sound art and verbal information using a diviner. The information addresses community-based histories of the urban experience, how these histories inform our concept of location, and how these understandings influence our behaviors. Upon returning the diviner, participants will receive an interactive Google map of their walk via email, containing the sounds and images of their walk.

Commissioned by ZeroOne San Jose with support from HP.

Vanishing Point, 2005
Mauricio Arango
Theme and Venue: C4F3

Vanishing Point is a reading and news area in which visitors can sit comfortably and read the day's papers. A map of the world is projected, which is connected to a database fed by news coming from several international newspapers. The relative visibility of each country on the map depends on how much media coverage each receives. Countries receiving little or no attention will disappear over time. Users can interact with the map and learn about the countries on it, while reading news stored over the last 50 days.

WIFI .ArtCache, 2002
Julian Bleecker (US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: C4F3

WiFi.ArtCache is a WiFi node containing digital art objects, which can be retrieved only from inside the C4F3.The behaviors of these interactive art objects are articulated based on the physical and virtual interactions of C4F3 patrons. Characteristics of the art objects, such as color, tempo, shapes and animations, change based on the type and level of social activity in and around the ArtCache.

Wildlife, 2006
Karolina Sobecka (POL/US)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose

Projections of wild animals are shone out of moving vehicles onto buildings in San Jose. The animal's movements are programmed to correspond to the speed of the car. Aggressive or passive driving is reflected in the behavior of the animal.

Yellow Chair San Jose, 2005-06
Anab Jain (IND/ENG), Tom Jenkins (ENG)
Theme: Interactive City
Venue: San Jose

Two households, on opposite ends of town, offer to share their wireless networks. Neighbors and strangers are sit in a yellow chair and enter personal networks, share music and movies, and shout across town about war and politics. Like cyber voyeurs, they enter unknown territories, grabbing and dropping files across the neighborhood and across the city.

Support from Enter06 and Watermans, London and the British Council

ZeroOne to the Globe--The World to San Jose, 2006
Jon Winet (US), Dale MacDonald (US), Scott Minneman (US), Craig Dietrich (US)
Invited artwork
Venue: South Hall

Using mobile phones, ISEA to the Globe--The World to San Jose will produce and distribute syndicated SMS and MMS messages to link participants and visitors to ISEA 2006 and to world events. Daily reports produced on site will link events in San Jose to subscribers worldwide.

Zhong Chen (Prophecy), 2006
Xu Bing (China/USA)
Theme: Pacific Rim
Venue: Container Culture, South Hall
Curator: Zhang Ga

Zhong Chen (Prophecy) faithfully presents a set of original accounting paperwork, bank records, receipts and other historical artifacts that document the business transactions of the British American Tobacco Company in China during its formative years, and the artist Xu Bing's personal financial transaction record with the Duke Foundation during the creation of The Tobacco Project in 2000.

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