The ZERO1 Biennial’s 2012 theme, “Seeking Silicon Valley”, proposes that contemporary art practices can re-imagine the idea, the place, and the experience of Silicon Valley.

Using the region as a physical and virtual backdrop, the ZERO1 Biennial will transform a region synonymous with technology into a publicly accessible network of activity, exploration, and provocation.

Operating as a network of creativity connecting Silicon Valley to the broader region as well as an international community, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial will feature work by a diverse group of local, national, and international contemporary artists working at the frontier of technology. Centered in San Jose, the Biennial’s expanded footprint for 2012 includes institutions throughout San Francisco, the East Bay, and the Peninsula as well as partnerships with international arts organizations.

Taking the curatorial lead for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial is ZERO1 staff Curator and Director of Programs, Jaime Austin. The Biennial’s 2012 international guest curators, Dooeun Choi of South Korea, Gisela Domschke of Brazil, Michelle Kasprzak of Canada, and Regina Möller of Germany, will co-curate the Biennial’s exhibition alongside Austin.

Dooeun Choi is creative director of Art Center Nabi, opened in 2000 as the first media art center in Seoul, South Korea. In 2002 she produced a wireless art project called Watch Out! using mobile SMS and public screens. The following year she organized the Wireless Art Competition with Resfest Digital Film Festival Korea, was art director for the Uijeongbu International Digital Art Festival, and ran a mobile gallery called mgallery on SK Telecom’s mobile service. In 2004 she launched an art blog-zine project called love virus. Since then, she’s curated public art programs on the urban screen gallery COMO in cities such as New York and Melbourne, and co-curated “Container Culture” for the 01SJ Biennial/ISEA 2006 Symposium; “Intermediae_Minba” for ARCO 2007 in Madrid; and “Printemps Perfume” at Centre des Art Enghien-les-Bains in France in 2010. The same year, she curated “WAVE” and “Sense Senses” for INDAF 2010 (Incheon International Digital Art Festival) in Korea. She’s currently a visiting scholar at Parsons The New School for Design in New York.

Gisela Domschke is a Brazilian media artist and curator. She has led the media lab of Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was also a lecturer in the MA Interactive Media program. She founded and managed the media lab of the Museu da Imagem e do Som in São Paulo, where she was responsible for exhibitions, workshops, artistic residencies, groups of research, festivals, and partnerships with international institutions. She has worked in several cultural organizations and published a number of media magazines and catalogues. Her artwork has been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial (New York), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), ICA (London), Johnson Museum of Art (Ithaca, New York), Centre d’ Art Contemporain (Geneva), and São Paulo Biennial. She is a guest lecturer at FAAP, Belas Artes, and Escola São Paulo.

Michelle Kasprzak is a Canadian curator and writer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has appeared in Wired UK, on radio and TV broadcasts by the BBC and CBC, and lectured at PICNIC. In 2006 she founded Curating.info, the web’s leading resource for curators. She has written critical essays for Rhizome, CV Photo, Mute, and many other media outlets, including one anthology and essays for two books currently in production. Michelle is curator at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media; project director at McLuhan in Europe 2011; and a member of IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art). Her most recent independent project was co-curating “Constellations” (Cornerhouse, Manchester), an exhibition featuring the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Takahiro Iwasaki, Kitty Kraus, and Katie Paterson.

Regina Möller is a German artist and writer based in Berlin who studied art history, art education, and history of Middle Ages and received her M.A. from the Faculty of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximillans University in Munich. Her cross-disciplinary projects have been shown internationally. In 1994 she founded and published the magazine regina, an answer to mainstream women’s fashion and lifestyle magazines that draws from public and professional expertise. The same year, she started the art label embodiment, which creates works and prototypes related to the interior, environment, and clothing, designing limited edition works. More recently she has focused on artistic research; from 2006 through 2008 she was a visiting associate professor in the Visual Arts Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2009, she has been teaching at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, part of the Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim.

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