Arts and Culture

Seeking Silicon Valley: The Art & Technology Network

Seeking Silicon Valley: The Art & Technology Network

I was a bit hesitant when encouraged to interact with a gigantic, spiked, helium-filled orb.  But punching and pushing the transparent balloon to, literally, leave my mark – in charcoal on the white walls, ceiling and floor of the exhibit - at the opening of the Zero1 Biennial was actually great fun!But not until the creator of the kinetic sculpture, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, explained to me that the work, named “Ada,” was actually an analog interactive installation linked to both Lord Byron and Charles Babbage did I start to see the giant globe as living at the intersection of technology and art.That is what Zero1’s “Seeking Silicon Valley” is all about.  The Festival runs from September 14 through December 8 both online and at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area in California.  Check out the solar phone booth at Gore Park, visit the Computer History Museum to learn about Google Doodles, enjoy live performances and public art, and be sure to go meet Ada at the Garage!
The Art of Innovation

The Art of Innovation

Recently, women from some of the most innovative companies in Silicon Valley left their cleanrooms, computers, and cubes to immerse themselves in the world of art … and discovered that inspiration and creativity are traits shared across sectors, industries, and disciplines. The reps from Yahoo! Women in Tech had an amazing time as stated in a recent post.Visiting the San Jose Museum of Art exhibit by Joan Brown, guests were challenged to examine how an artist – or any innovator – grapples with the complexities of a problem. They explored the results of bold experimentation and risk-taking leadership. The art prompted conversations on authenticity, cross-cultural communication, and opportunities that bring people of diverse backgrounds together in shared experiences – at work and in the community.
Arts that Foster Understanding

Arts that Foster Understanding

In a region as diverse as Silicon Valley, the arts can bring people together in shared experiences that transcend boundaries and foster understanding. Through the arts, we gain exposure to the traditions of various cultures and learn of issues important to people in communities around the world. Two current events in San Jose, Calif., funded in part by the Applied Materials Foundation, work to build bridges between people through the arts.
Applied Materials

Social Media and Salsa

At Applied Materials we believe that the arts have the power to bring together people of diverse backgrounds in shared experiences. Connect those people through social media, add a Latin beat, and a flash mob is created.The recent San Jose Jazz Festival, sponsored in part by Applied Materials, celebrates jazz, salsa, and the blues in a community wide event that raises funds for year round music education for youth.