ZOROP

Ken Eklund and Annette Mees

Don’t believe those who dismiss it as some sort of game. ZOROP (2010) is real, and (quixotically, perhaps) believes that World Peace is a meme that really just suffers from a visualization problem. If people could see the attributes and experiences they share with others, and could see how those connections weave our social fabric, would disagreement and conflict fade away?

ZOROP is a playful investigation of the elusive connections between people. It begins on September 8 with a quiet call for the acolytes of ZOROP to walk a hidden path. It culminates on Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18, when a gentle army of Zoropathians roam 01SJ, encouraging strangers to come forward and profess what they have in common. As these connections are relayed to ZOROP Central in South Hall, and as ZOROP grows an ever more complex visualization of the 01SJ Biennial and the affinities its visitors share, will we gain a universal insight into creating a more peaceful world? Answer our call – uncover a distinctive, creative, and heartfelt connection with a stranger – be rewarded with a tour of 01SJ aboard the Mexican Party Bus – and don’t be surprised if you yourself begin to sway to the gentle pull of the Zoropathian way. ZOROP is integrated with other 01SJ Biennial activities and is fun, competitive, and appropriate for participants of all ages. You can begin at curious@zorop.org.

Commissioned by ZER01 for the 3rd 01SJ Biennial, and presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation.


 
 
Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy of the artists, and  photographers Wayne Large and Soopahgrover.

Image courtesy of the artists, and photographers Wayne Large and Soopahgrover.

Image courtesy of the artists, and  photographers Wayne Large and Soopahgrover.

Image courtesy of the artists, and photographers Wayne Large and Soopahgrover.

Image courtesy of the artists, and  photographers Wayne Large and Soopahgrover.

Image courtesy of the artists, and photographers Wayne Large and Soopahgrover.