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01SJ Biennial: Build Your Own World

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This past weekend marked the third 01SJ Biennial, held in San Jose, California. "The Silicon Valley is such a capitol of innovation, technology, and people thinking creatively that we wanted to create a festival highlighting that intersection of art and technology," says Jaime Austin, the festival's assistant curator. Exhibits, sculptures, and performances took over venues across the city but the center of it all was in the San Jose Convention Center's South Hall. This year's theme, Build Your Own World, lead to the naming of the hall's title: Out of the Garage, Into the World. "We tried to make the world's largest garage," Austin says "because so many Silicon Valley companies started in garages." Over 30 artists moved into the space on September 4, preparing their creations (fully while on view to the public) before the biennial began on September 16. "The goal is to have people engage with the projects," Austin says.

Nancy Nowacek, a former Metropolis art director, set up shop creating her Office for Movement Advancement and Research.…
The "Flinestonification of the office," as Nowacek calls it, requires "crawling, scrambling, kneeling, and…
All Raise This Barn, West, a project by MTAA, proposes how to build a community when a quintessential…
TechShop, Inc built a temporary workspace in the center of the South Hall to provide artists the tools needed to build…
Mexican artist collective DreamAddictive, founded by Leslie Garcia and Carmen Gonzalez, created OpenSolarCircuits for…
The project encourages "social interactions," Garcia says, "because you have to control the piece in a group."
Examining the ways in which art and technology intersect, Victoria Scott and Scott Kildall created the Gift Horse: a…
Visitors were encouraged to create models of computer viruses such as the ILOVEYOU virus or Koobface Facebook virus, as…
In Name Your Price, artists from the University of California, Santa Cruz' Digital Arts and New Media program asked…
At the far end of South Hall, Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark created the Empire Drive-In. The duo built a functioning…
In 2006, Monica Haller created the War Veteran's Book Workshop to help those affected by the Iraq War share their…
During the main weekend, Haller opened the pages of the books and the process of making a War Veteran's Book in a small…
Artist Nova Jiang created Archipelago, a series of "mobile desert islands" (they can all be ridden around by the hidden…
For solarCircus, Tiffany Holmes invited attendees to participate in workshops in which they were encouraged to hack…
During the weekend parade, Holmes carted around the mini solar city on a wagon, letting the little creations whiz and…
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