Edge Conditions
San Jose Musem of Art
June 3 - November 26, 2006
ZeroOne San Jose / ISEA2006
August 7-13, 2006

Curated by Steve Dietz

Cutting edge. Bleeding edge. Leading edge. These are all familiar catch-phrases which suggest we are glimpsing the future of contemporary art, today. Edge Conditions, however, is most emphatically not about the “next new thing.” It presents works of art in a different context, at the intersection of creativity, choice, and what might be called “technology” but what is arguably the world we live in. Whether it is devices such as pencils and chisels, or ubiquitous aspects of modern life such as electricity, phones, or computers and the Internet, technology is simply a set of tools that are more or less familiar at any given time.

An edge is a boundary—a divide between this or that—but an “edge condition” is an intersection, not only of art and technology, but of physical and virtual, conceptual and actual, the future and the present, the familiar and the experimental, the real and imagined. It can be discomfiting and disorienting. “Are you human or are you machine?” “Is this place real?” An edge condition is like an estuary where the river meets the ocean—not quite either but teaming with evolved adaptations. (See also.

This emergent reality is in some sense the transformative condition we currently live in. The artworks in Edge Conditions explore and exploit this intersectional territory.


Peter Cook, Archigram, Instant City, Airship Visits a Sleeping Town, 1968

C5 Corporation, The Analogous Landscape (Mt. Shasta, Mt. Fuji), 2005

Jim Campbell, Wave Modulation and Variation, 2003

Jim Campbell, Reconstruction #5, 2005


Harold Cohen, Untitled, 1974

Harold Cohen, Untitled, 1977

Harold Cohen, Untitled, 1985

Harold Cohen, Untitled, 1986

Harold Cohen, #060640, 2006

Ken Goldberg, Karl Bohringer, flw, 1996

Ingo Gunther, World Processor, 1988-2006

Auriea Harvey, Micha‘l Samyn, The Endless Forest, 2005

Lynn Hershman, TV Legs, from the series, Phantom Limb, 1986

Lynn Hershman, Call Me, from the series, Phantom Limb, 1988

Lynn Hershman, Identity CyBorg, 1996

Lynn Hershman, RubyÕs Mood Swings, 2002

Lynn Hershman, DiNA, 2004 Ð present

Katherine Isbister, Rainey Straus, SimVeillance, 2006

Takuji Kogo, A Song for the Silicon Valley, 2006

Nam June Paik, 20th Century Man, 1996

Alan Rath, Hangwave, 1992

Sam Richardson, ThatÕs a Small Island with Snow and Frozen Water, circa 1970-75

Christiane Robbins, I-5 Passing, v.1.0, 2001-2006

Ben Rubin, Mark Hansen, Listening Post, 2002-2006

Shirley Shor, Core, 2005

Tamiko Thiel, The Travels of Mariko Horo, 2006

Thomson & Craighead, Light from Tomorrow, 2006

Gail Wight, Rodentia Chamber Music, 2004
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