Upcoming: San Jose’s Zero1 Techno-Arts Festival – The Future Is About What Matters… Not What’s Next

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This is an event well worth catching, it gets better each time: The 2010 01SJ festival is September 16-19.

Steve Dietz, the artistic director, and Jaime Austin, Assistant Curator, write:

The future is not just about what's next. It's also about what we can build to ensure that what's next matters.

How can we, as resourceful, innovative, and knowledgeable local and global citizens build and participate in a desirable future in the face of global climate change, economic meltdown, political instability, and cultural divisiveness?

The 2010 01SJ Biennial is predicated on the notion that as artists, designers, engineers, architects, marketers, corporations and citizens we have the tools to (re)build the world, conceptually and actually, virtually and physically, poorly and better, aesthetically and pragmatically, in both large and small ways. 01SJ is about how powerful ideas and innovative individuals from around the world can make a difference and come together to build a unique and distributed city-wide platform for creative solutions and public engagement.

Under the theme “Build Your Own World,” ZER01, in collaboration with dozens of partners, will present over the course of 4 days, from September 16-19, hundreds of artworks, performances, events, and artist talks, which not only imagine the future of the world) but begin to build it.

Here is an extract of my interview with Steve Dietz from the prior 01SJ:

The goal of the festival is to change people's perception of San Jose by establishing a festival that showcases digital arts and that will one day rank alongside Sundance and Austin's South by South West festivals. “Those festivals took 20 years and we're just starting,” said Steve Dietz, creative director of Zero One.

Tom Foremski
Tom Foremski is the Editor and Founder of the popular and top-ranked news site Silicon Valley Watcher, reporting on business and culture of innovation. He is a former journalist at the Financial Times and in 2004, became the first journalist from a leading newspaper to resign and become a full-time journalist blogger.

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