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The 4th L.A.S.T. Festival – 2017 (San Jose, California)

Organized by San Jose State University in partnership with the Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge and Festival.


The L.A.S.T. festival Is an interdisciplinary event that combines art, tech and science to help reshape the cultural environment of the 21st century towards a multidimensional form of individual and social creativity. The festival seeks to inform, educate, mobilize, catalyze and maximize best ideas and opportunities for individual empowerment by connecting the public to leading technological and artistic innovators of Silicon Valley. At the same time it seeks to foster an open dialog between engineers and artists on the future of art and tech and how it impacts our world. The L.A.S.T. festival presents interactive multimedia art installations (the Art Expo), inspirational talks by luminaries on cutting-edge technology and science, and interdisciplinary panels on how technology and science impact society.

Cinequest Film & VR Festival 2017 (San Jose and Redwood City, California)

Cinequest Film and VR Festival (Cinequest 2017) will occur February 28th to March 12th in bastion San Jose, while expanding to Redwood City, California. Festival screenings and events have grown from 365 in 2016 to 504 in 2017. Heightening its fusion of technological innovation with empowering creativity, Silicon Valley’s Cinequest will introduce an unparalleled Virtual Reality element to the 2017 festival.

San Jose Airport’s Art + Technology Program (San Jose, California)

Do you want to know more about the hands behind Hands? Or learn more about the creative minds behind Space Observer, e-Cloud and other artworks at the Airport?

San Jose Airport’s acclaimed Art + Technology Program now offers an audio tour, featuring the artists themselves! Whether you are traveling through the airport, driving by, in your armchair, or just about anywhere, you can access these interviews via the mp3 files below and hear the artists talk about their work and the innovation behind the Airport’s Art + Technology Program.

The same audio pieces are featured at the airport and include QR codes, allowing for ease of access while traveling with your luggage.

The audio tour was produced by local talent Steve Durie (audio editing) and Chris Gaoiran (voice over).


ACM CHI 2016 (San Jose, California)

Welcome to ACM CHI 2016: the top conference for Human-Computer Interaction.

For those who are finding out about CHI – pronounced kai – for the first time, CHI is a place to see, discuss and learn about the future of how people interact with technology. At any minute you might experience a new gesture interface for tablets, learn how developing countries use mobile phones for maternal health, play soccer against someone 3000 miles away, or debate the future of online education. You’ll meet with top researchers from universities, corporations and startups from across the world, as well as the brightest student scientists, designers, and researchers. It’s a place to find your community, to talk about your toughest problems, and to find your next job.

The eCLOUD at San Jose International Airport (San Jose, California)

The eCLOUD is a permanent art work installed between gates 22 and 23 at the San Jose International Airport, 1701 Airport Blvd, San Jose, CA 95110.

The eCLOUD is a dynamic sculpture inspired by the volume and behavior of an idealized cloud. Made from unique polycarbonate tiles that can fade between transparent and opaque states, its patterns are transformed periodically by real time weather from around the world. The eCLOUD was conceived and designed by Dan Goods, Nik Hafermaas and Aaron Koblin and produced by UEBERSEE, an artist production platform specialized in the convergence of digital media with spatial experiences.


Illuminating Downtown (San Jose, California)

The City of San Jose’s Illuminating Downtown Program combines art and high-tech strategies to physically manifest San Jose’s goals for creating a more engaging Downtown that looks, feels and acts like the Capital of Silicon Valley.


Good overview of projects:


San Jose Illuminated Artworks open Friday night:

Sensing You — under Hwy. 87 on Santa Clara St.
Sensing Water — under Hwy. 87 on San Fernando St.
San Carlos Lantern Relay– Market and 4th Streets
Show Your Stripes — the 88 residential tower at 2nd and San Fernando Streets.
San Jose Semaphore — top of Adobe Almaden Tower
Urban Screen — south facade of 300 S. 1st Street.
For more on public art: www.sanjoseculture.org

Jim Campbell: New Work & Collaborations with Jane Rosen (San Jose, California)

The ICA is organizing an exhibition of new work by internationally recognized Bay Area media artist Jim Campbell. Using LED technology and custom electronics, Campbell explores the connections of light, space and time. His work tests our ability to perceive images by reducing the resolution and clarity dramatically. In a world that is primarily defined by crystal-clear resolution, Campbell uses cutting-edge technology to produce images that are at once recognizable and indistinguishable, providing a challenging counterpoint to the current pursuit of higher and higher definition. In his most recent work, Campbell has begun to “pull apart” his flat grids of evenly spaced LEDs to create a three-dimensional format. Building on this more sculptural approach, Campbell is creating a site-specific installation for the ICA exhibition. Presented in the Focus Gallery, this new work will provide an immersive, 360-degree experience for our visitors, placing them in the middle of the moving imagery. In a unique collaboration with sculptor Jane Rosen, Campbell will further explore the three-dimensionality of his work by combining his light installations with her marble sculptures.

Creative Collisions: 3D Printing + The Body + You at The Tech (San Jose, California)

A new event at The Tech founded by the Swanson Family
Bringing together the makers and shakers of Silicon Valley

Join us for Creative Collisions: 3D Printing + The Body + You, where we’ll explore how 3D printing is being used to alter, augment, and understand the body.

The event will feature:

Anatomage, a company that 3D-prints versions of the human body for educational purposes

E-nable the Future, a global network of volunteers creating free 3D printed prosthetic hands for those in need around the world

Octave, a Santa Clara-based, personal 3D-printing supplier.

TechShop San Jose and their 3D printers.

SE3D Education, a Santa Clara-based specialized 3D printing & bio-printing STEM workshop.

The opportunity to create your own 3D models and win a chance to have them printed.

… and much more!

We’ll have other activities, prizes and surprises in store, as well as a taco spread and beer and wine for purchase. Grab some friends or come alone. Just don’t miss this only-in-Silicon-Valley experience.

Food, beer, and wine additional (but awesome)

The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market St.
Downtown San Jose

Special thanks also to the Koret Foundation.

Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns (San Jose, California)

Part 1: June 30, 2015 through January 10, 2016
Part 2: August 29, 2015 through January 10, 2016

The world is a very different place after 9/11. Surveillance, security, data collection, and privacy have become everyday concerns. Covert Operations is the first survey of a generation of artists who respond to the uncertainties of the post-9/11 world. They employ the tools of democracy to bear witness to attacks on liberty and the abuse of power: constitutional ideals, open government, safety, and civil rights are primary values here. They unearth, collect, and explore previously covert information, using legal procedures as well as resources such as the Freedom of Information Act, government archives, field research, and insider connections. In thirty-five powerful works, international artists push our idea of art beyond conventional thinking.

Many of the artists examine the complicity behind human rights violations or pry into the hidden economy of the United States’ intelligence community and so-called “black sites,” locations of clandestine governmental operations. Covert Operations sheds light on the complicated relationship between freedom and security, individuals and the state, fundamental extremism and democracy. The first phase of Covert Operations, opening June 30, showcases artists’ stylistic use of technology, gaming, and computer-generated imagery. It will include works by Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0, Harun Farocki, and collaborators Anne-Marie Schleiner and Luis Hernandez Galvan. The second phase will open August 29 with works by Ahmed Basiony, Thomas Demand, Hasan Elahi, Jenny Holzer, Trevor Paglen, Taryn Simon, and Kerry Tribe.

Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns was organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Neanderthal Design Studio | ZERO1 (San Jose, California)

Jonathon Keats

The Neanderthals went extinct more than 30,000 years ago, long before humans invented technologies such as aqueducts and smartphones. With the Neanderthals’ demise, an alternative way of thinking was extinguished, a powerful approach to problem-solving – 500,000 years in the making – preserved in stone tools that humans have collected yet never deemed useful.

Situated at the ZERO1 Garage, the Neanderthal Design Studio will put Neanderthal creative strategies to work in the modern world, serving contemporary human needs in domains ranging from architecture and transportation to manufacturing and communication. Crucially there will be nothing stone-age about the studio’s designs. One pilot project will employ state-of-the-art technologies including 3D modeling and printing, adapting the ergonomics of the Neanderthal handaxe to the demands of tomorrow’s kitchen. The Neanderthal Design Studio will also take commissions and serve as a consultancy for tech companies throughout Silicon Valley.