Chilling in San Jose

June 5, 2009  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

This evening, visual and live arts take over the streets of downtown San Jose. For the second year, ZERO1 is presenting the SubZERO street festival in partnership with venues along the South First Arts District corridor. SubZERO will include a combination of media and machine arts, street fair booths, games and live performances on two stages. This lively evening is a precursor to the upcoming third 01SJ Biennial, in September 2010.

John Jota Leaños and Artemio Rodriguez, El Muertorider

John Jota Leaños and Artemio Rodriguez, El Muertorider

Each of the participating venues has programmed its own activities for the evening. They include a Day of the Dead art car and a 24-hour open mic at MACLA, guerrilla-style yarn attacks and interactive animation at Anno Domini, a Rejection Dunk Tank and a one-woman Hot Dog-Eating Contest at the San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, and sculpture and interpretive dance on the subject of trash in our waters at the San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum. Works/San Jose and ZERO1 are also presenting a variety of interactive art projects taking place in real and virtual public space. There will be games such as Junk Knights, where contestants create and battle with medieval-style weapons made from hardware store materials, a digital fortune-teller, Flintstones art cars and Maker Faire tinkerers and craftspeople. Live shows not to be missed include the eccentric mash-up political jams of The Evolution Control Committee, and the haunting analog drone of Author and Punisher.

Offering contemporary art as family entertainment, SubZERO is a great way to kick off the summer. At the same time, it’s an opportunity to get familiar with San Jose’s thriving art scene, which is anchored in the South First neighborhood. Make the trip. You won’t be disappointed.

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