Tuesday, August 23, 2011

San Jose: San Jose Convention Center

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The San José Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program, a division of the San José Office of Economic Development is seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate, and install an artwork as part of the renovation and expansion of the San Jose Convention Center. The project will be developed in a unique partnership with a Silicon Valley technology partner that offers the commissioned artist an exceptional potential to utilize innovative technology.

The base project site is in the center of downtown San Jose, at 150-170 West San Carlos Street, adjacent to the light rail transit corridor, parks, museums and hotels.

A new expansion will add approximately 130,000 square feet accommodating new exhibit halls, meeting spaces, a ballroom, circulation and support spaces and integration with the existing facility. Also included in the project is renovation of the existing 1989 building, new way-finding and signage, systems upgrades and a new central plant. In conformance with City of San Jose Green Building Policies, the expansion must be designed and built to meet, at a minimum, LEED Silver standards. See conceptual site and floor plans included as part of this CaFÉ™ prospectus.

With over half a million conventioneers and community members moving through the facility annually, the San Jose Convention Center offers a key opportunity to reflect bold thinking and vision and reinforce San Jose’s place as the Capital of Silicon Valley and the world’s leading region for innovation. The facility is a gathering place for people from all over the world, many of who are involved with high-technology and research-oriented business. This is an opportunity for a large-scale iconic artwork representing core San Jose values such as sustainability, communication and technological innovation.

As a testament to the importance of this opportunity, the City will partner with a technology and engineering partner to support the creation of a major permanent artwork using distributed screen networks, telepresence and/or similar technology to turn the Convention Center ‘inside-out’ creating a dialogue between culture, business and community members. The nature of the partnership will be defined through the commissioning and design development phases based on the initiative, goals and visions of the artist. Again, based on the initiative, goals and visions of the artist, this opportunity may evolve to include additional partners and/or perhaps distributed satellite sites within the city. Artists familiar with interactive media, networked telepresence technology are encouraged to apply. Additional considerations may include: social networking, augmented reality, light, LED, video, kinetic, data mining and visualization, web-based interaction, gaming, and robotics; computer and software technologists.

Public Art Project Budget
The total project budget, exclusive of potential in-kind donations, is $480,000 as detailed below:

• Artist Design Fee (including construction and engineering) -- $50,000
• Programming, Fabrication and Installation -- $400,000
• Less Contingency* -- $30,000

*Artist is to design to a total programming, fabrication and installation budget of $400,000; contingency set aside is available for unforeseen conditions. Any remaining contingency will be shared between artist and city.

The project budget includes all expenses related to the research, investigation, design, programming, fabrication and installation of the sculptural infrastructure, including, but not limited to: design documents, renderings and/or other media as required to communicate art’s concept to stakeholders and approving bodies; signed and certified structural, electrical and/or other construction/engineering drawings and specifications, required for fabrication; transportation and installation of materials, transportation and accommodations for artist(s); insurance and all other project related expenses. Accommodations have been made for reasonable electrical and data outlets and certain structural enhancements; anything beyond what is supplied by the base project program will be considered a public art project cost. There is an opportunity to increase the budget through in-kind donations depending on the strength of the partnership with technology partners.

Artist Eligibility
This opportunity is open to artists who: 1) currently reside in the United States or Canada and 2) currently hold proper visas allowing them to work in the United States. Applicants must have all necessary permits to work in the United States at the time of submission of qualifications. Artists currently under contract for an art project with the City of San José Public Art Program are not eligible to apply for this project unless their current project will be complete by September 2011. If you are unsure of your status, please contact Mary Rubin(mary.rubin@sanjoseca.gov) for verification.

Submissions (described below) must be received as a complete application in CaFÉ™ by no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

The application submission must include the information and materials described below all of which are required to constitute a complete application.

1. Artist Statement of Interest: Submission shall include an Artist Statement of Interest that outlines your interest in this opportunity and answers the 5 questions indicated in this RFQ. Note that specific proposals are not requested and will not be reviewed at this time. The Artist Statement of Interest is required to assist the selection panel understand your perspective on approaching a landmark project consistent with the opportunities offered by this project and your perspective on the potential of this commission.(4000 character maximum)

i. What interests you about San José and this project?
ii. What technology do you have experience with?
iii. What technology strategies are you interested in exploring?
iv. What themes/concepts might you explore about this project?
v. What is your experience collaborating with architects and other design professionals?

2. Summary of Experience: Submission shall include a brief summary of relevant past experience, (1000 character limit for each team member).

3. Résumé: Submission shall include a current résumé that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist (maximum of 6000 characters for each team member/equivalent of 2 pages.)

4. Images of Past Work: Submission shall include visual representations of past artwork that demonstrate your qualifications for this project. In order to be considered for this project, the applicant shall submit a total of 8 digital images that represent no more than 5 previously completed projects. Artist may submit up to 2 media files of no more than 25 seconds each. Media files are ONLY to be submitted for dynamic or interactive projects.
Submissions shall be completed electronically through the CaFÉ™ system. Instructions on how to format images and video files to CaFÉ™ specifications can be found on the CaFÉ™ website under Media Prep.

5. Descriptions of Past Work: Submission shall include a list of the submitted project images with project title, date, location, dimensions and descriptions that clearly explain both the project and image. Please indicate the project budget if a public commission. Please indicate if you were a member of a team and if so indicate your role.

Please confirm that your application includes all of the items as incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

• Artist Statement of Interest
• Brief summary of past experience
• Resume
• Past Project Images
• Image/media descriptions

Please contact Mary Rubin via email at mary.rubin@sanjoseca.gov if you have questions on the project opportunity.

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