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Zero One San Jose to Ingenuity Three in Cleveland - Glocalization for 2007
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Fri, 10/13/2006 - 01:09.
Today, at WVIZ IdeaCenter, Ingenuity Festival founder and director James Levin hosted his peer Steve Dietz, director of a remarkable "sister" arts and technology festival ZeroOne San Jose, along with a group of NEO arts leaders, for intimate planning for the 3rd Ingenuity Festival, which will be held around Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University in 2007. James introduced the discussion by explaining he had been in San Jose last month for ZeroOne and is working with the organizers of that event in his brainstorming for our festival, which is one of the most exceptional of its type in the world. And, based on what was presented and discussed today with Steve Dietz, Ingenuity Festival is about to get much more exceptional... James is looking and partnering very globally and focused on strengthening the integration of "technology" into Ingenuity 2007. This was clearly a strength in the exciting artistic expressions of ZeroOne, as presented in an impressive overview by Dietz.
Dietz started his presentation with a reality check of great value - like with the organizers of Ingenuity Festival, he explained, one of the greatest challenges for ZeroOne was explaining to "outsiders" what the festival was about. Ingenuity has always wrestled with this challenge here. However, whereas Ingenuity has had to work within a community that is more arts than technology (making the education curve very steep), ZeroOne is in the capital of technology innovation, and they were very successful transitioning the technology community and outcomes to world-class levels. That the seven-day long ZeroOne was melded with the 13th International Symposium for Electronic Arts (ISEA2006) certainly helped. Being rooted by an international Electronic Arts event, and held in the heart of Silicon Valley, ZeroOne attracted sponsorship from 97 corporations, from Sun to Adobe, providing significant funding supporting artists in residence and commissioned work of international significance, as was clear in Dietz' presentation.
From seeing the outcomes of ZeroOne, and reflecting on critical success factors for that, it is obvious Ingenuity must be supported more broadly by universities. organizations and corporations around the region. As one attendee at this presentation pointed out, Cleveland has world-class arts assets - more so than San Jose - but we do not have the depth of technology wealth supporting the community. A next step in the evolution of Ingenuity Festival is to secure the level of funding from the technology community necessary to fund the level of artistic expression realized with ZeroOne, which doesn't come free or even for cheap!
Planned over a period of many years, and well funded, the art of ZeroOne was clearly world-class, globally sourced and at times spectacular. When an attendee of this presentation asked if there was an effort to leverage "native" artists and arts, Dietz seemed surprised by the question - no, this was not meant to focus on San Jose arts but be a world-class international phenomenon. Ingenuity must be the same - Glocal. Dietz pointed out most of the 50,000 attendees were from within driving distance of San Jose, but the art came from over 40 countries.
Still, the art of ZeroOne was intellectual challenging and in context for San Jose, and would be in Cleveland, as well. The organizers based the festival around the themes of Transvergence, Interactive City, Community Domain and Pacific Rim (see explanations below), offered exciting, innovative outlets for expressions by the artists, and core connectivity throughout the event and community. The idea of establishing core themes, such as these... perhaps some of the same themes... is an excellent idea for Ingenuity.
Creative work at ZeroOne included 100s of works and installations by 100s of artists... some efforts that Dietz presented that really stuck in my mind include:
More about the themes of ZeroOne below, from their website
Steve Dietz is a new media curator and director of ISEA 2006 Symposium ZeroOne San Jose International Festival of Art and Technology. From 1996–2003 he was curator of new media at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, where he founded the New Media Initiatives department, the online art Gallery 9, and the digital art study collection