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ITAB: International TECHstyle Art Biennial

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In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched a new signature event—the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning in 2012, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. Leveraging its location in Silicon Valley, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a global community that assembles — virtually and in the real world — at San Jose's 2012 ZERO1 Biennial Festival.

As fibers, textiles, and the language of textile patterning have achieved wide attention in contemporary art practice—often as a means of evoking an experience that is both historical and contemporary—ITAB seeks to expose and explore the tensions between and among works by artists using fiber media whose work employs diverse artistic disciplines. We welcome submissions from artists in the fields of architecture, fashion, fiber art, installation art, interior design, new media, painting, sculpture, etc. Artwork demonstrating a keen understanding and mastery of the aesthetic, structural/technical, and semiotic possibilities of fiber and of digital, computerized, or networked information and communication technologies
are the hallmark of the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ International TECHstyle Art Biennial.


Janet Koplos has been writing about art since 1976 and has published nearly 2,500 articles, reviews and essays in newspapers, magazines and catalogues in America, Europe and Japan. She lectures, juries and critiques frequently, and is a member of the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art and the College Art Association. She lived in Tokyo from 1984 to 1989 and continues to write about Japanese contemporary art. She is the author of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture (New York, Abbeville Press, 1991) and The Unexpected (Museum Het Kruithuis, the Netherlands, 1997) as well as Gyöngy Laky (London, Telos, 2003) and “Sculpture Turned Inward,” a chapter in Bamboo Masterworks: Japanese Baskets from the Lloyd Cotsen Collection (Los Angeles, Cotsen Occasional Press, 1999). Her book Makers: A History of American Studio Craft (with co-author Bruce Metcalf) was published in 2010 by the University of North Carolina Press. Since 1988 she has been associated with Art in America magazine, first as a freelancer, then a staff editor, now a freelance contributing editor, and in 2009 she served as guest editor for four issues of American Craft magazine. In 2010, she was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council.

Barbara Layne is a Professor at Concordia University in Montreal and the Director of Studio subTela at the Hexagram Institute for Media Arts where she works with a team of graduate students from Visual Arts and Engineering. The Studio is focused on the development of intelligent cloth structures for the creation of artistic, performative and functional textiles. Her work blends natural materials woven in alongside microcomputers and sensors to create surfaces that are receptive and responsive to external stimuli. Layne has lectured and exhibited internationally and is currently in the exhibition, Futurotextiles which is traveling across Europe. She recently presented her work at the Edinburgh International Science Festival in Scotland, at Electromode at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, at I-Machine in Germany and 5 Days Off in Amsterdam. She was a co-presenter at the International Symposia of Electronic Arts in Belfast with Janis Jefferies. The research has been supported with numerous grants including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Hexagram Institute, and the Conseil des arts du Quebec.

Christine Tarkowski is an Associate Professor of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, printed matter, photography and song. Her works range in scale from the ordinary to the monumental and the scope of her production incorporates the making of permanent architectural structures, cast models, textile yardage, and temporary printed ephemera. Solo exhibitions include Whale Oil, Slave Ships & Burning Martyrs at Priska Juschka Fine Art in New York, Imitatio Dei at the Museum of Contemporary in Chicago and Last Things Will Be First And First Things Will Be Last at the Chicago Cultural Center. She has been included in exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Socrates Sculpture Park, Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, RISD Museum, and The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu. She is the recipient of grants from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council and awarded residencies at the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, J.M. Kohler Arts in Industry.

Submission deadline APRIL 2, 2012
Notification JUNE 1, 2012
Accepted work due

Between JULY 2 – JULY 13, 2012
Hand delivered work accepted by appointment

Exhibition dates August 7 – October 21, 2012
Opening reception August 12, 2012 2-4 pm
2012 ZERO1 Biennial Festival September 12-16, 2012

For questions or information, please email ITAB2012@SJQUILTMUSEUM.ORG.