solarCircus is an interdisciplinary platform for eco-dialogue about the future of renewable energy in urban spaces. In this video documentation, a miniature city of the future displays the creative potentials of solar power on a people-powered vehicle: a simple wagon. This video footage is from a recent solarCircus intervention at the 2010 Zero One San Jose Biennial curated by Steve Dietz and Jaime Austin (01SJ).

An homage to Alexander Calder’s circus experiments from the 1920’s, solarCircus is a series of unique autonomous sculptures that features clicking moving components resembling an eclectic sideshow of characters and structures that are exclusively sun-powered. Participants in community solar toy hacking workshops made all of the sculptures. Workshop attendees were invited to browse a resource library, hack a solar toy, and experiment with solar cell construction. These sorts of collaboratively made installations have been exhibited at the 01SJ festival as a street-based intervention mounted on a wagon and also as a traditional museum exhibition in a light-filled space.

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