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Carrie Motamedi
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TechShop Is Coming to San Jose!
Do-it-yourself workshop gives potential members a taste of dream making at the 2010 01SJ Biennial
SAN JOSE, Calif. , September 16, 2010 -- Today, TechShop, the first membership-based DIY workshop and fabrication studio, announced at the 2010 01SJ Biennial produced by ZER01, its plans to open a TechShop location in downtown San Jose.

 

TechShop provides a broad array of advanced machines and tools, and technology classes, to its members, within 15,000-square-foot workshops. Today's announcement means Silicon Valley artists, hobbyists, inventors, entrepreneurs and tech geeks will soon have access to tools that will enable them to design and make just about anything they can imagine.

"We are thrilled to see TechShop come to San Jose," said Mayor Chuck Reed. "Our city thrives on inventiveness, creativity and innovation. The arrival of TechShop offers our diverse community another great resource to incubate new technologies, create art, or to just have fun."

"Our mission at TechShop is to engage, encourage and empower everyone to build their dreams, which mirrors the spirit of Silicon Valley," said Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. "San Jose is the Capital of Silicon Valley and the ideal location for a place like TechShop which provides a broad array of machines and tools, instruction, and a supportive environment to hobbyists, entrepreneurs, artists, and others who want to make things but lack the tools, space or skills."

TechShop at 01SJ Biennial
TechShop will be at the 01SJ Biennial as part of the "Out of the Garage and Into the World" exhibition, September 16-19, in the South Hall of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and will host both local and international artists who have used TechShop machine and tools to build out installations in the space.

The TechShop booth will display a fully animated walk-through of the San Jose location, demonstrating how its members can make things on machines that range from manual mills and lathes, to laser cutters, plasma cutters and a 4-axis CNC milling machine. These tools form the core of the equipment that TechShop offers its DIY workshop members for a monthly access fee, similar to the fitness club model. Visitors will be able to purchase TechShop memberships for use at any TechShop location.

About ZER01's 01SJ Biennial
San Jose-based ZER01 has served as a catalyst and platform for the world's most innovative artists since 2000. The nonprofit focuses on inspiring creativity at the intersection of art, technology and digital culture. As producer of the 01SJ Biennial, a multidisciplinary, multi-venue event of visual and performing arts, the moving image, public art and interactive digital media, ZER01 has showcased the work of 350 artists from more than 40 countries using such media as GPS-equipped pigeons, interactive platform shoe devices, mobile phone and surveillance technologies.

A celebrated success in the region, the 2008 01SJ Biennial attracted 65,000 visitors and generated $15 million in economic revenue for San Jose. Between biennials–the 3rd 01SJ Biennial takes place Sept. 15-19, 2010–ZER01 nurtures Silicon Valley's cultural landscape with events such as the SubZERO Festival, produced in partnership with SoFA, which drew 10,000 people to downtown San Jose.

For more information about the 2010 01SJ Biennial visit: http://01sj.org/

About ZER01: The Art and Technology Network
ZER01, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire creativity at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture, is a platform for the exploration and presentation of work dealing with the critical issues of our time by some of the most creative minds in the world. And, as a result, it is Silicon Valley's best bet for creating a global cultural relevance for the region that mirrors the creativity and innovation for which Silicon Valley is recognized.

ZER01 is the producing organization for 01SJ Biennial, North America's newest and largest multi-disciplinary, multi-venue event of visual and performing arts, the moving image, public art, and interactive digital media. By creating pathways for both artists and technologists to come together in collaboration and act as catalysts for further technological and artistic advances, ZER01 fulfills a self-proclaimed mission, to stimulate corporate and public interest in the possibilities afforded by intersecting the arts and technology.

For more information about ZER01, visit www.ZERO1.org.

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in San Jose, Calif., with locations nationwide.

For information and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."

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