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‘Build Your Own World’

by Vivien Park

Zero1, an art and technology Biennial hosted by the city of San Jose, will begin next week from September 16-19. An impressive array of visual art, performances, film screenings, symposiums, artists talks, and urban gaming will all center around this year's theme, “Build Your Own World”:
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.
In addition to the main events, local organizations such as the Buckminster Fuller Institute and San Jose Museum of Art will also be hosting parallel programs and exhibitions. This sounds like an event not to be missed.

Credits: “Art Barn” concept sketch by MTAA.