Now, Jordan Geiger links downtown San Jose to the world at large—Dubai, Dublin, Ouju, Melbourne, Paris, Banff—inverting time and place, local and global. Day for Night is part of the ZeroOne Festival and the piece is located in a vacant retail space overflowing with an inflatable structure (Gaga hearts Ant Farm). Sensors on the skin respond to visitors’ presence with a live audio-video. "This feed is sent constantly from sources in various time zones removed from San Jose, perpetually dislocating visitors, giving a midday opportunity to occupy midnight and vice-versa; but at the price of leaving San Jose," writes Jordan.
San Jose is a weird place. the seemingly abandoned heart of techy Silicon Valley. I always feel a little disembodied there, so Day for Night seems appropriately sited. (Of course, the last time I was in San Jose it was to attend a memorial service, which only heightened the placelessness.)
Here's Jordan again:
Consider San Jose’s downtown streetlife: curiously sleepy by day, and just as surprisingly bonkers by night. There would be little during either time to suggest the secret life that these streets lead during the other half of each day. And yet, there it is: a downtown with a double life. Vacant retail spaces, vacant office spaces, and streets that are well maintained but a little sterile—these are the visions of the day. Traffic jams, honking horns, wild dancing, cocktails, a frenzy of evening wear and seemingly nowhere to find a quiet rest—these are the visions of the night.
Wouldn’t the night enjoy one grand, alien chillout room? Wouldn’t the day perk up to have a little disco at lunch? Wouldn’t twilight be a little more magical by sunrise? These are some of the questions that this temporary urban intervention asks.
Beyond these questions, the installation also asks what our relations are between this specific place and locations more generic to us - whether we relate to them via tech support and labor outsourcing (Bangalore, for example), financially (Dubai), or culturally (Paris, Banff).Mark your calendars, happenings are planned:
Special Concert—Live from Paris—in Day For Night!
The Bosch Duet - Rada Boukova and Aalam Wassef with special guest Yroyto
Friday, 6 June, 1–2 p.m. California Time—10 p.m. Paris Time
Saturday, 14 June, 7 p.m.
Special Video Projection Dance Performance:
Jodi Lomask of Capacitor