Posts Tagged ‘Biennial’

OMG, “Pi In The Sky” is Coming in September! Five Skywriting Planes Flying Over Your Favorite Tech Company

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

This isn’t for me, but maybe it’s for you.

Presenting “ZERO1 Biennial, Seeking Silicon Valley”

This’ll take place mostly in the San Hoser area, but they’ll have stuff up here in the 415 as well.

All the deets below and after the jump.

And here’s the highlight of the show:

San Francisco designer known as ISHKY is creating a spectacular public artwork called Pi in the Sky. Sending five synchronized skywriting planes on a two hour journey across the Bay Area – over a pantheon of mathematically inclined institutions: NASA Ames, Livermore Labs, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple – Pi in the Sky will fill the blue expanse with streams of numbers, 3.14159265… The planes, which will be released sometime during the opening weekend of the Biennial when the weather is optimal, will be equipped with dot-matrix skywriting technology that produces numbers nearly a quarter-mile tall. 

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders

ZERO1 Biennial
Seeking Silicon Valley
September 12 – December 8, 2012

August 2012, San Jose, CA – ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network is pleased to announce schedule highlights for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, one of the world’s only Biennials to focus on the convergence of contemporary art and technology, taking place in Silicon Valley, around the Bay Area, and beyond this September 12 to December 8.

Inviting more than 150 artists from over 13 countries, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial will present works at the forefront of media art – collaborating with local, regional, national and international cultural institutions and iconic Silicon Valley companies to showcase three months of exhibitions, events, and performances – in museums and galleries, in skywriting above San Francisco, in the streets and storefronts of Silicon Valley, on iPads and smartphones, and across the World Wide Web.

The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial theme and the core Biennial exhibition, Seeking Silicon Valley, was inspired by Silicon Valley’s globally renowned reputation as the hub of high-tech entrepreneurial innovation and networked creativity, as much as from the region’s conspicuous lack of publicly accessible features including borders, a defining architecture, a singular culture, and a cohesive sense of place. Biennial artists and the Biennial’s partnering organizations have been charged with articulating the2012 theme Seeking Silicon Valley in all of the showcased performances, exhibitions, events and panels.

For three months throughout the Bay Area the Biennial will feature installations, interactive media, sculptures, online works, videos and performances by artists who are utilizing technology to create contemporary art in original and provocative ways. The lineup of Biennial artists for 2012 include such notable art world figures as Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose new cinematic installationPresent Tense – examining the human effects of global water toxicity and including high definition videos of babies swimming under water – will debut as part of the Biennial’s main exhibition,Seeking Silicon Valley. Partnering with eBay Inc., Jer Thorp, the New York Times’ lauded Data Artist in Residence, and Columbia professor Mark Hansen have been commissioned to create a data-driven work. The public can view the piece  – which ties excerpts from classic literature to eBay listings and transactions – as it is projected on the Internet giant’s North Campus entrance starting September 12, 2012 when the Biennial launches.

Like all of the artworks in this uniquely collaborative Biennial – a dynamic network of shows and events involving an established and esteemed group of cultural partners, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University Institute for Creativity and the Arts,New York’s Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Russia’s Ural Industrial Biennial, and the South Korean biennial Media City Seoul – the eBay Inc. installation was inspired by the 2012 Biennial theme Seeking Silicon Valley.

“Silicon Valley is an idea as much as a place,” says Biennial Lead Curator and ZERO1’s Director of Programs Jaime Austin. “Renowned globally as a hub of entrepreneurship and innovation, Silicon Valley is notoriously difficult to experience. More than a specific location it is a network of freeways, technologies, companies, and relationships connected in a complex physical and virtual web. Modeling this networked nature, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial is a network of curators from different countries bringing a global perspective to the Biennial exhibition, a network of contemporary artists sharing and presenting work, as well as a network of Biennial partners presenting exhibitions, events and performances connecting Silicon Valley and beyond.”


Who Will You Nominate for the Bay Area MTC’s “Excellence in Motion” Awards?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Grab a ballot and get your nomination in soon for our Metropolitan Transportation Commission‘s Biennial Transportation Awards program.

What are the names of the individuals, projects and organizations that have displayed “Excellence in Motion,” and have had a positive impact on transportation in our nine-county bay area region?

Who will soon get a chance to accept this Wooden Wheelie and say, “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!”

Here are the deets:

MTC Seeks Nominations for Transportation Awards Program

April 30 Nomination Deadline

OAKLAND, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ — When it comes to transportation, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) wants to know: What moves you? Is your bus driver exceptionally friendly and helpful? Has an organization in your community worked hard to boost smart growth, reduce harmful carbon emissions or encourage climate-friendly behavior? Are you wowed by local efforts to improve public transit service and encourage alternatives to driving alone? Now is your chance to nominate them for an MTC award.

MTC is the regional transportation planning agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, and its “Excellence in Motion” awards program recognizes individuals, projects and organizations that have had a positive impact on transportation in the region. The deadline for all nominations is Friday, April 30, 2010. Winners will be selected by a jury representing MTC and the community. Visit the MTC Web page at to submit an application online.

Past winners include Fannie Mae Barnes, who broke through long-entrenched gender barriers to become the first female cable car grip for San Francisco Muni; Palo Alto’s Gunn High School, recognized for its GO-FAST program that took on teen car culture and created incentives for students to walk, bike, carpool or use public transit; and the team behind the MacArthur Maze “miracle,” in which the key interchange was rebuilt in just 26 days following the catastrophic explosion of a gasoline tanker truck. Recognition has also gone to volunteers, community leaders and government employees dedicated to improving transportation for Bay Area residents.

For more information about the 2010 MTC Awards, call the MTC Public Information Office at 510.817.5757. MTC is the transportation planning, funding and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

Source: Metropolitan Transportation Commission

These were the categories a couple years back:

  • Doris W. Kahn Accessible Transportation Award
    Honors a person or organization whose efforts have benefited the elderly or persons with disabilities
  • John F. Foran Legislative Award
    Honors a state or federal legislator whose work has had a positive effect on transportation
  • Greta Ericson Distinguished Service Award
    Recognizes quality leadership in the transportation profession
  • David Tannehill Special Employee Award
    Intended for a transportation employee who goes beyond the call of duty
  • Miriam Gholikely Award
    Celebrates accomplishments in the fields of community service, volunteerism, advocacy, leadership and minority affairs
  • A Huge Turnout for San Francisco’s Biennial Homeless Count 2009

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    Hundreds of volunteers reported to the Department of Public Health at 101 Grove for tonight’s Federally-required homeless count.

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    Read all about at the San Francisco Local Homeless Coordinating Board.

    Thanks to everyone who turned out, including Deavid Beall, who has a short report on his SF Street Angel Blog.