Pioneers in the Valley of the Heart's Delight**
|Life size wooden cutouts of Lee deForest, Hewlett and Packard, William Shockley, Frederick Terman, and Robert Noyce near the art studio of Jim Pallas in Michigan, preparing for their hitchhiking journey to Silicon Valley. If you hellp these men get to their destinations in Silicon Valley, you can get up to a 10% share of the sculpture. All hitchhikers that reach their destination will be for sale at the end of the project. Contact exhibits _at_ ylem.org for more information..|
"Pioneers in the Valley of the Heart's Delight" * * consists of five life-size cutouts painted with the portraits of people that were responsible for advancing the technology that drives Silicon Valley. These cutouts will be implanted with GPS devices and then abandoned in public places in and around San Jose or across the U.S. with a request for passers-by to deliver them to a prescribed location. Real-time information about them and their whereabouts will be part of an art work at YLEM's booth in the conference center during I.S.E.A.'s The ZeroOne San Jose Festival, .
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Julie Newdoll, Jim Pallas and Mike Mosher , three members of YLEM, artists using science and technology based in San Francisco with members all over the world, have teamed up for this Inter City project during I.S.E.A.'s The ZeroOne San Jose Festival, . Mario Wolczko joined them as the engineer on the project. A key point of having the ISEA conference in San Jose in the Silicon Valley is to recognize the importance that computing and other local industries contribute to contemporary artists. The history of this location and the people that paved the way for others should be included somewhere in the artwork and presentations. Not many people even in this area would probably recognize the faces of the pioneers of transistors and semiconductors. The Valley of Heart's Delight was Silicon Valley's original name, changed because of the importance of this industry. We present here a way to engage the city residents in learning a bit about their history and its link to the artists of ISEA.
The activity of making full-size wooden cutouts of people and sending them "hitch hiking" was originally conceived by Jim Pallas in 1981. His first cutout was abandoned on a Michigan country road with a note requesting that it be delivered to an art gallery in time for a party. This was his way of delivering his artwork to the gallery for an exhibit. To his delight, the cutout made the hundred mile trip to the gallery by hitching a ride with a passer-by who was curious about the event. This willingness to give a stranger a ride may be lost in our current society, but we are going to give it a try.
One frustration with the original hitch hiker concept was that Pallas rarely knew the whereabouts of his cutout after he abandoned it. Many have not been seen since they were set out on the road. We hope to remedy this and follow their path by putting a GPS device* inside the cutout. A GPS device can send tracking information to a web page. Mario Wolczko figured out how to do this without paying thousands of dollars, and programmed the maps which show GPS locations on our web pages. The real-time location of the five "hitch hikers" will be part of a computer installation art work by Michael Mosher. This is also available on the web (the web site contained within the pages you are currently viewing). Mosher will provide a subjective interactive artistico-narrative on the several notable Silicon Valley "hitchhikers" whom Newdoll and others have set out to be picked up by passers-by in public places. The pioneers' historical importance to the region and tech industry grapples with their often curious, contradictory biographies will be part of the display. Web pages with the whereabouts of each cutout will be featured on the display and the Web. Newdoll will write the travelogue based on the pictures and text people send in as they participate on the project. The display itself will be encased in a hand painted housing inspired by the subject matter of the project.
|The following is the current selection of tech pioneers. Their itineraries are subject to change.
|Photo courtesy of Hewlett-Packard Company
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Robert Noyce who will start out at a pig farm in Iowa around July 23 and try to make it to the Robert Noyce Museum.
courtesy,History San Jose
Lee de Forest who will depart from the Opera House in San Jose August 7, get down with the ladies of YLEM at the ISEA ZeroOne block party on First Street in San Jose and move on to the Perham Foundation Electronics History Museum at the San Jose Historical Museum in Kelley Park.
|Photo courtesy of
Frederick Emmons Terman,
William Shockley, who will be dropped off August 6 at the Any Mountain store in the San Jose area and end up at the fruit stand occupying his original building.