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Polar Identity: Group Exhibit in San Jose, CA
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Polar Identity: Group Exhibit in San Jose, CA

8/7/2009 to 9/11/2009

When: 8/7/2009
Where: The Works Gallery
451 S. First Street
San Jose, California  95113



Global climate change has far reaching ramifications, and as a result the world as we know it will not be the world of 100 or perhaps even 10 years. Armed with an awareness of how our actions impact the environment, how will this affect our ideas about who we are? This was the question posed by CADRE New Media Lab at San Jose State University in an open call to artists earlier this summer.

From entries all over the world, six finalists were chosen. Leading artist Andrea Polli, seen at 01SJ 2008, will be exhibiting her work Sonic Antarctica.   We are also excited to feature the work Markers and 150,000-year Journey by Xavier Cortada. Other works exploring the poles include Jerome Gueneau and Catherine RannouPhil BoissonnetAndrea Juan, and Erika Blumenfeld. The jurors for the exhibit include surveillance artist Hasan Elaji, new media artist Robin Lasser and writer/curator Annick Bureaud.

Beginning August 7, Polar Identity can be experienced both online at SWITCH the online journal for art and technology, as well as at WORKS/San Jose. Throughout the event there will be public lectures and panels sponsored by ZERO1.

The Markers (above) by Xavier Cortada (South Pole, 2007) will be featured at the Polar Identity exhibit.

Exhibition details:

WORKS/ San Jose
451 South First Street, 
San José, CA 95113

Work and articles also exhibited virtually SWITCH Journal for Art and Technology,


August 7, 2009, during South First Friday Art Walk, 7pm-11pm
Meet Artist Phil Boissonnet


September 11, 2009, 7pm
Meet Artist Xavier Cortada

Workshops and Panels TBA

Further questions please contact:

Danielle Siembieda

Global climate change has far reaching ramifications, the world as we know it will not be the world of 100 or perhaps even 10 years. Armed with a "new” awareness of how our actions impact the environment, how will this effect our ideas of ourselves? Polar Identity challenges us to take on a new perspective, one that can be both pragmatic and optimistic what is the fallout from new trade routes and passage through a once ice-blocked mass. How will these changes affect cartography, international relations, Easternization, religion, communications, etc. The new perspective upends the world, but what does it mean for the Southern hemisphere?


The exhibition will be online on the SWITCH Online Journal as well as The Works Gallery in San Jose, California . This will connected with the CADRE New Media Lab from San Jose State University and the San Jose Zero One Festival on the Edge.


SWITCH is the new media art journal of the Computers in Art, Design, Research, and Education (CADRE) Laboratory for New Media of the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University. Published since 1995, SWITCH is one of the earliest online journals focusing on art and technology. The mission of SWITCH aims to critically evaluate developments in art and technology with community, research and openness.

SWITCH is interested in fostering a critical viewpoint on issues and developments in the complex, and sometimes opaque crossovers between art and technology through practice, research, outreach, and participation.


The CADRE Laboratory for New Media is an interdisciplinary academic and research program dedicated to the experimental use of information technology and art. A theoretical and critical orientation provides a conceptual context in which artistic activities are defined. Faculty and students have participated in the evolution of media technology for over 20 years.


An independent nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to conduct a biennial festival that will offer attendees compelling experiences made possible at the intersection of art and digital culture. ZER01 is the producing organization for 01SJ: A global festival of art on the edge.


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Xavier Cortada
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.


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Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Switzerland and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Holland, Hawaii, New HampshireLatvia and Taiwan. Cortada serves as artist-in-residence at the FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.



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