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NextNew2006: Art and Technology opens in San Jose in conjunction with ISEA

By Rhizome

San Jose, CA –The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is proud to present the second annual NextNew opening on August 8th at our new location: 560 South First Street. This year, we have asked five well-established Bay Area new media artists to each choose a “next new” artistic talent on the horizon. NextNew2006: Art and Technology will feature the technology-based work of Anthony Discenza, Kota Ezawa, Ken Goldberg, Ed Osborn, and Julia Page who all accepted our invitation to provide a visionary look at what the next new trends, movements, and/or ideas will be through the work of five emerging artists. Those next artists are Nate Boyce, Elise Irving, Daniel Massey, Joe McKay, and Stephanie Syjuco.

NextNew2006 will coincide with the ISEA2006 Symposium on Electronic Art and the ZeroOne San Jose Global Festival of Art on the Edge, both of which will take place August 7 – 13. The ISEA Symposium is a prestigious international art and technology conference that is sponsored biennially by the Netherlands-based Inter-Society for Electronic Art (ISEA). Every other year, cities around the world bid to host the symposium and this year it will be held in San Jose. ZeroOne is a milestone festival that will be held biennially in San Jose, making the work of the most innovative contemporary artists in the world accessible to an audience that is expected to come from around the world.

In combination with NextNew2006, on Saturday, August 12th, the night of the ISEA Festival SoFA Block Party, the ICA and new media artist Clive McCarthy will present A Painting Performance, a multi-media, interactive street event in front of the former ICA location at 451 South First Street. McCarthy will create a dynamic architectural portrait that is a unique combination of cutting-edge technology and traditional painting and music, performed in front of a live audience.

The NextNew2006: Art and Technology exhibition at the ICA and the accompanying Clive McCarthy performance raise significant and relevant questions for the viewing audience regarding issues of technology's place and impact on contemporary art and culture. They are unique additions to the art and technology activities that will be taking place throughout the city during the Symposium and Festival.

NextNew2006 and A Painting Performance are funded in part by Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts: a program of Arts Council Silicon Valley and a grant from the Fleishhacker Foundation.

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