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A penultimate day of artiness, and (finally) a chance for a wander round San Jose itself. Lots to like, big, open urban spaces with impressive buildings and public art, though I don’t know if that is how it appears to those who live here. Sadly the art gallery was closed, although I did enjoy a sound piece by Trevor Paglen that played on the hour.

Adobe Global HQ is here, its footprint is slightly disappointing; Zoom is also here, and is more impressive: frustratingly the best shot is to be found whilst driving on the freeway. I found myself taking pictures of the street furniture instead, which seems more agressively territorial than in the UK.

After a visit to Grocery Outlet (cheaper even than Smart&Final) I wound up at the San Jose State University art department for a talk by Jonathon Keats (who I’d met last night) on ‘Prototyping Future Democracies’, his project to enfranchise the plant world. Jonathon treads the line between absurdity and applied commonsense better than most, and this was truly fascinating. Why not give plants a vote?