Quietly and in the background, the Third Factioneers, have been making arrangements to launch a research initiative. The current show PeaceCraft is the first project to be done under this new structure. Third Faction Institute is research collective organized as a corporate entity. The partners are artists, theorists, educators and technologists that I have worked with many times before. This corporation will provide platforms and opportunities in the future to raise money and visibility. The Third Faction Institutes’s primary goal is to directly support Third Faction’s and art or research by others of synthetic worlds and gaming by providing residencies, symposia and platforms for production.
I am a collaborator in the international public art project titled valley 2 valley, a sculptural project co-commissioned as an international biennial partnership with ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, USA and the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Salda Verkhnaya, Russia). The work centers around the two tech centers-Silicon Valley in CA and the Titanium Valley in Russia. Launched in the virtual reality, this innovative project will stand as a platform for unique public art objects hosted by the Ural city of Verkhnyaya Salda and the capital of the Silicon Valley.
I will be attending the ZERO1 Biennial to install the USA portion of the project and to participate in the lectures, symposia, and openings.
v2v documentation http://www.flickr.com/photos/kidneutrino/sets/72157631049420666/
The 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art http://en.uralbiennale.ru/
ZERO1 Biennial http://www.zero1.org/