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May 21, 2012

2012 ZERO1 Biennial official unveiling

Posted by Valerie Nahmad

By ZERO1 staff ZERO1 officially unveiled the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, Seeking Silicon Valley, early this month with two bi-coastal press launch events. Hosted by Boyd Level and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in New York City and San Francisco respectively, ZERO1 is happy to report that attendance was robust and filled with our media friends, journalists, bloggers, writers; artists, and partners.

Exploring the theme Seeking Silicon Valley, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, with over 40 new and returning partners, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum, UC Berkeley’s Center for New Media, San Jose Museum of Art and Stanford’s Center for Creativity and the Arts, will showcase the work of scores of contemporary artists at the forefront of new media, some collaborating with iconic Silicon Valley companies.

Bringing a global perspective to this fourth Biennial, Jaime Austin, Lead Curator and Director of Programs for ZERO1, tapped four prominent international women curators to collaborate with her in shaping the Biennial exhibition: Dooeun Choi, the former creative director of the Art Center Nabi in Seoul, South Korea; Brazilian artist-curator Gisela Domschke; the Canadian-born, Amsterdam-based writer and curator Michelle Kasprzak; and German artist and writer Regina Möller.

Austin also gave a sneak peek preview of 2012 artists, such as digital artists Jer Thorp and Mark Hansen, multimedia installation artists Lynn Hershman Leeson, Shu Lea Cheang and Stephanie Syjuco, British director and “experience designer” Nelly Ben Hayoun, German photographer Michael Najjar, the international artists’ collective Manifest.AR, Mexican-born media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, among others.

The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial covers a significantly expanded footprint this year, with a dynamic network of more than 100 artists, exhibitions, performances, public art installations and panels that will permeate from Silicon Valley throughout the Bay Area and beyond from September 12 through December 8. The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial is quickly shaping up to be North America's most comprehensive display of contemporary art and technology, stay tuned to to stay updated as the Biennial unfolds!


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