Mark your calendars for the 2010 01SJ Biennial, September 16-19, 2010 whose theme is Build Your Own World.

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it,” posited Alan Kay.

This idea encapsulates the Build Your Own World theme where:

The future is not about what’s next; it’s 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. Under the theme Build Your Own World, the 3rd 01SJ Biennial will present a broad range of exemplary work, which not only imagines the future (world) but builds it.

The 3rd 01SJ Biennial will take place September 16-19, 2010, throughout San Jose. It is about how powerful ideas and innovative individuals from around the world can make a difference and come together to build a unique, city-wide platform for creative solutions and public engagement. It is about the inspiration needed to build a world we want to live in and are able to live with.

“The Biennial in 2010 is slated to be the most provocative and relevant Biennial that ZER01 has produced yet,” said Steve Dietz, Artistic Director for ZER01. “Beyond the fact that we’ll be presenting new commissions from some of the world’s most creative artists, the theme will shape a fascinating and revealing exploration of what the future might look like. Additionally, the curatorial model allows us to both showcase local expertise and complement it with outside talent that can raise the visibility and stature of the overall Biennial program.”

In its third iteration, the 01SJ Biennial will further position San Jose and Silicon Valley as an international center for arts and culture. With over 45,000 attendees in 2008 – more than attended either Ars Electronica, the foremost event of its kind, which as has been in existence for 30 years, or Art Basel Miami Beach, which in its seventh year attracted 40,000 – the 01SJ Biennial is emerging as one of the world’s most significant events of its kind. Its phenomenal growth is due in large part to the fact that it is a mirror of the innovation and spirit that define Silicon Valley and provides a unique perspective to the world and a synchronicity with the region where it exists.

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