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ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network | Patent Pending
Scott Snibbe, Blow Up, 2005. Fans, motors, aluminum structure, sensors, electronics, microprocessor, custom software. Fan wall: 9 x 12 x 3 feet, breath console: 12 x 12 x 15 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Patent Pending

September 28–December 20, 2013

Opening: September 28

ZERO1 Garage
439 S. 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113

ZERO1 continues its year-round programming at the ZERO1 Garage with Patent Pending, a group exhibition that explores the role of patents in the arts community. Featuring eight artworks, each accompanied by a corresponding patent application that has been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office by the artist/inventor, the exhibition establishes associations between artworks and patents that serve as a foundation for a broader investigation into the complicated relationship between artists, ownership, and invention.

Featured artists: Maggie Orth, Catherine Richards, Phil Ross, Daniel Rozin, Scott Snibbe, and Camille Utterback & Romy Achituv

As patent disputes continue to make headlines, issues related to patents, ownership, and intellectual property will remain contentious across the art, science, and technology fields. Within this context, it’s often missed that like the entrepreneurs and inventors who have defined Silicon Valley, many artists have applied for patents with broad uses beyond their artistic practice. Patent Pending continues ZERO1’s exploration of the relationship between artists and invention and goes behind the artist’s experiences navigating the patent system to reveal the complexities of owning and sharing ideas in contemporary times.В 

Patent Pending was inspired, in part, by changes in U.S. patent law that went into effect on March 16, 2013 and repositioned the United States patent filing system from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system, as well as in response to plans to open a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley. Throughout the exhibition, ZERO1 will bring together the arts, entrepreneur, and legal communities in dialogue around what the changes to the U.S. Patent System mean for inventions and inventors in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Exhibition talk series:В 
Keynote address by media artist and researcher Michael Naimark
Followed by an opening reception
September 28, 5–9pm

“Post-Natural Properties: The Art of Patented Life Forms”
Discussion led by artists Phil Ross and Rich Pell related to genomics, genetics and other areas of the life sciences.
October 17, 6:30–8:30pm

“Does the U.S. Patent System stifle innovation?”
An Oxford-style debate presented in collaboration with Connected Patents
November 5, 6:30–8:30pm

“State of the Art: ‘Art and the STATE'”
Panel led by Catherine Richards and Martin Snelgrove on art, law, deep state and deception.
November 21, 6:30–8:30pm

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The exhibition is curated by Jaime Austin, Curator and Director of Programs, ZERO1.

Exhibition Design and Fabrication by Difference & Repetition.

This exhibition is presented with the support of the Applied Materials Foundation with additional support from DLA Piper.В 

About ZERO1: The Art & Technology NetworkВ 
ZERO1 is where art meets technology to shape the future. As a 21st-century arts nonprofit, ZERO1 works with some of the world’s most fertile and creative minds from the fields of art, science, design, architecture, and technology. ZERO1 presents a year-round program of exhibitions, talks, and events at the ZERO1 Garage, their arts space in downtown San Jose’s downtown cultural district, and produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology. ZERO1 is also the force behind the ZERO1 Fellowship program, where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real-world innovation challenges.В 


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Wendy Norris, Norris Communications
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