SOURCE: City of San Jose, California

March 25, 2008 15:53 ET

San Jose to Welcome World to 2nd Biennial 01SJ Arts Festival, June 4-8

"Global Festival of Art on the Edge" Largest Gathering of Its Kind in North America

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - San Jose will again host the biennial 01SJ, a Global Festival of Art on the Edge, June 4-8.

Sponsored in part by Cisco Systems, Adobe and the City of San Jose, 01SJ is North America's largest festival of digital arts and will showcase more the 100 projects.

To feature new works from an international roster of artists and performers at the cross-section of contemporary art, technology, and culture, the five-day Festival will incorporate exhibitions, films, concerts, performances, happenings, and nightlife occurring throughout downtown San Jose's parks, public streets, museums, theaters, and clubs.

In its second biennial manifestation, the 01SJ Festival is becoming a signature event for San Jose and all of Silicon Valley as an international gathering for the arts and culture that embraces cutting edge innovation, technology and expression.

According to San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, "01SJ demonstrates to the world the magic that can happen when art and technology intersect," said Reed. "Throughout history, strong, vital cities have developed a sense of place through creativity. 01SJ highlights the creativity and innovation that are the hallmark of our city and region."

ZER01, the organization producing the 01SJ festival, and its partners and sponsors see Silicon Valley's largest city as the natural venue for this Global Festival of Art on the Edge.

"As the creators of 01SJ, ZER01 is pleased the Festival continues to evolve as an international event," said Andy Cunningham, founder of ZER01. "When art is combined with technology, it magnifies the creativity of both sides -- creating a window into the future of what's possible with both art and technology. Because San Jose is the epicenter for digital technology, it is the perfect place to have this festival and is now a key stop on the global cultural circuit," said Cunningham.

Fresh from a successful run at the Tribeca Film Festival, Paul D. Miller, AKA DJ Spooky, the New York-based hip-hop recording and multi-media artist, will present his next major work, "Terra Nova: The Antarctic Suite," an acoustic portrait of a rapidly changing continent. It transforms Miller's encounter with the harsh, dynamic landscape into multimedia portraits with music composed from the different geographies that make up the land mass.

World-renowned Australian artist Craig Walsh has been commissioned to create the third "City Hall Rotunda lighting" for 01SJ. At the first Biennial 01SJ festival, Akira Hasegawa presented the first Rotunda lighting, Digital Kakejiku. Camille Utterback's interactive Abundance project was presented in September 2007.

Other artists whose works will be showcased include: Cory Arcangel, Jim Campbell, Bruce Charlesworth, Daryl Cloran, Paul DeMarinis, DJ Spooky AKA Paul D. Miller, Anita Doron, Toni Dove, R. Luke DuBois, Kota Ezawa, Daniel Faust, Free Soil (Amy Franceschini, Corrine Matesich, Nis Romer, Stijn Schiffeleers, Adam Wight), Jason Freeman, Genevieve Grieves, Mateo Guez, David Haines, Joyce Hinterding, Shih Chieh Huang, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jane Marsching, Jennifer + Kevin McCoy, Mongrel (Graham Harwood, Richard Wright, Matsuko Yokokoji), Adam Nash, Ed Osborn, Qiu Zhijie, Red 76 (Sam Gould), Favianna Rodriguez, Rova, Eddo Stern, Lían Amaris Sifuentes, Piotr Szyhalski, Terreform (Mitchell Joachim), Rubén Ortiz Torres, Craig Walsh, Marina Zurkow.

For more information about 01SJ and the nearly 100 projects to be featured at the Festival, please visit, www.01sj.org.

Tickets

Tickets to the festival are available at www.01sj.org/tickets. Passes are $15; Early bird specials - 20% discount or 2fer ticket offers are available now through April 15.

About 01SJ A Global Festival of Art on the Edge

01SJ is North America's newest and largest festival of digital arts, and a great deal more. From a hip-hop, multi-media meditation on Antarctica to robot art, from conversations with artificial intelligence to operatic performances of Google headlines about the environment, from avant-garde cinema to new musical forms -- more than 100 projects will be featured at 01SJ. Festival organizers expect it to be a perspective-altering experience that entertains, enlightens, educates, and involves attendees in a new understanding of our changing world.

01SJ is made possible in large part through major sponsorships from two visionary companies: Adobe Systems and Cisco Systems, as well as the City of San Jose. Other leading sponsors include 1st ACT Silicon Valley, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, GlobalFluency, Hotel Montgomery, the James Irvine Foundation and Liquid Agency, as well as SAP Labs U.S., the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Morgan Family Foundation, Nancy Mueller and Robert Fox, Australian Visual Board, Salas O'Brien Engineers, DMNA, DLA Piper, Delgadillo & Associates Inc., Metro News, McKenzie Event Management, Fry's Electronics, and Theater Publications.

The Festival is produced by ZER01 and is affiliated with the City of San Jose, Montalvo Art Center - Artist Residency, San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose State University - CADRE Laboratory for New Media, the Tech Museum of Innovation, and Camera 12. More than 40 other organizations and institutions are involved in the Festival production.

Many of the works featured at the festival will be exhibited at museums and art galleries throughout the city's downtown area during the summer months of 2008.

ABOUT THE CITY OF SAN JOSE

From its founding in 1777 as California's first city, San Jose has been a leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. Today, San Jose stands as the largest city in Northern California and the Capital of Silicon Valley -- the world's leading center of innovation. The city, the 10th largest in the U.S., is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to do business, work, live, play and learn. For more information, visit, www.sanjoseca.gov.

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