- Fall Collaborations
Inspiration and Influence: Learning from an On-line Peer-Juried Design Competition
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 12:00 - 12:20
Between August 2011 and January 2012 Dow Solar conducted an international student design competition over the Internet. The competition was held entirely on-line through web sites created by the contestants and the competition’s site: www.designtozero.com. In contrast to conventional competitions, contestants selected winners via a unique peer-review process involving three on-line elections. The ballots for the process were designed to encourage thoughtful evaluation of the projects, which was then relayed to the designers themselves. Contestants had opportunities to advise and learn from each other throughout the competition process.
Land Ethics and Aesthetics
at Hotel Andaluz - Catalina |Monday, September 24, 12:15 - 12:35
Today more than ever before, there is a need to rediscover a more graceful way of interacting with the earth. Beauty, for me, is distinguished by this grace. It begins with a certain humility and a respectful attention to Nature, and ends with a sense of the infinite wonder of it all. I am interested in promoting a sense of beauty based on this wonder. This talk will explore the power of art to change how humans perceive their ethical relationship with Nature by focusing on several recent projects designed to inspire taking better care of our planet.
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 9:00 - 9:20
“Improvising Consciousness” is a lecture and presentation by Jennifer Årnstay, Professor of Material and Analogical Eco-Cognition. Visiting from an unspecified time and place, or, Aerea, Professor Årnstay explores the history of human and animal consciousness, introducing diverse and radical theories of mind through the ages. Elegantly consolidating the past, present and future of humanity, “Improvising Consciousness” provides unparalleled insight to our current Aearea and to those of future generations, who will very likely have radically different minds than our own…
Disorientalism Collaboration - The Food Group's: Maiden Voyage
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 4:25 - 4:45
Disorientalism, a collaboration between Asian American artists, Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim, will give a presentation on their latest project, Maiden Voyage. Inspired by the Land O’Lakes Indian Maiden and the Shadow Wolves, a special, all-Native, border control unit of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this project explores issues of privacy, disclosure, surveillance, social class, and mobility through online and offline methods of tracking. Maiden Voyage is part of Disorientalism’s series, “The Food Groups,” which investigates race and labor in American mass food production and promotion.
Subtractions (and Additions
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 12:00 - 12:20
The presentation will consider work that references the threatened, fragile existence of the natural world as its destiny entwines ever more tightly with that of the human race. Using native substances such as leaves or feathers and subtracting material from them through a process of laser cutting, the work speaks to the loss of indigenous species, the development of monocultures, and in some cases extinction. More recent work uses augmented reality to add to or tag the urban environment, reminding us of how climate change will change our lives.
Interaction in Hybrid Spaces
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 9:25 - 9:45
True human-machine interaction implies machines to be endowed with expertise to foster self-motivation within the process of interaction itself; objectives are developed from scratch while interacting partners exercise unpredictable mutual influence. Rewarding human-machine interaction is imagined to be proportional to the appreciation of the recognition of relationships between human behaviour (e.g. spontaneous body language) and its impact on emerging behaviour in an otherwise self-organising micro-universe. Hybrid spaces may exist of biological and synthetic components interfaced in intimate interaction. We offer evidence that methods of machine learning and artificial evolution may contribute to the creation of highly complex audio-visual interactive systems. Such systems are experimental and speculative; they show that qualitative aesthetic experiences may emerge from unreliable degrees of understanding between cause and effect.
Twitterscapes - Pursuing Art in Data
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 1:40 - 2:00
Artist .carolinecblaker. maintains portfolios in both visual arts and web development. As both a painter and a coder, Blaker created DataScapes, (http://twitterscap.es) a generator that turns Twitter data into images, and keeps track of date and time, users, and tweets included in each image. Blaker's talk will reveal the process she followed to create DataScapes and will offer a tour of these unique images, as both fine art and recapitulations of Twitter's ongoing data set. Blaker will also discuss her experience marketing these images as fine art.
Making Space: objects of interdependence
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Thursday, September 20, 9:50 - 10:10
Through the reconstruction of familiar, domestic objects, Michael Borowski creates situationist devices combining function and fantasy. The proposed uses of these objects transform personal and private actions into communal activities. His recent work has explored the physical and psychological geography of “home” and the effects of increasing migration and mobility. Borowski’s portable devices provide some of the physical comforts of home and offer space to interact with others in a public setting, encouraging participants to share intimate, domestic rituals with strangers.
Digital Apocalypse (Always Look on the Bright Side of Life)
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |2:05 - 2:25
I will discuss the intersection of digital and actual sculpture, animation and video through examples of my art practice. This practice includes creating virtual proposals and computer aided construction of large scale outdoor sculptures, small interior sculptures, installations, as well as the creation of “impossible” moving and still images and architecture designed using computer 3D modelling, video editing and image editing programs. The content of the art work often focuses on an oblique sense of paranoid apocalyptic fear tempered with a sense of whimsy and irony.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 9:00 - 9:20
Browser Poems is an online exhibit created for TERMINAL in which classic works of American poetry or fiction were interpreted as visual experiences crafted for the web browser. This presentation will feature On The Web, a translation of Kerouac’s On The Road that investigates whether modern life and web surfing are reflected in the original road-trip manuscript. In many cases, the work still speaks to hitchhikers on the open road, and to wanderers of the information superhighway. Her talk will focus on the process and challenges faced while creating this work.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 9:50 - 10:10
Mapping Meaning is an ongoing project bringing together artists, scientists and scholars to engage topics of the environment through interdisciplinary exchange. Inspired by a photograph from 1918 depicting an all-female survey crew, the second conference brought together 17 women and took place this summer. This session will utilize Mapping Meaning as a case study and in particular look at the theme of this year’s conference, “ecotone.” Defined as a transitional zone between two communities, ecotone speaks to ecologies in tension. This will be used as a metaphor for considering transitions currently taking place with regard to ecology, technology and culture.
Female Kosmos: An Archive of Natural Elements
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 4:50 - 5:10
The planet is in the species of alterity, belonging to another system; and yet, we inhabit it, on loan.(G.C. Spivak)The talk is interested in contemporary female writing devoted to nature, specifically reading the artistic-ecological sensibility of women when confronted with the cosmos. It sets its political agenda within the theoretical framework offered by some critical ‘intuitions’ of the planet (Spivak, Clement, Shiva), and then it reads the poetic evocations of natural elements (earth, water, fire and air) in the writing (a 'enlarged' - oral, prosodic, plastic, radical - concept of writing) of Hélène Cixous, Rony Horn, Jamaica Kincaid and Helen Oyeyemi. The intervention will provide examples from narrative, photography and visual installations.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 10:10 - 10:35
For this presentation, we will discuss our project Junkspace, which will be on display in the ISEA Main Exhibition at 516Arts in Albuquerque. Junkspace is a time and location sensitive video installation and corresponding iOS App that superimposes two forms of waste, one earth-bound (electronic waste) and the other celestial (orbital debris), and three different forms of space: outer space, physical space and virtual space. Using NORAD orbital debris tracking data and the exhibition venue’s location, the movement of e-waste on screen aligns with the orbital path of actual pieces of debris in orbit relative to the viewer’s location.
chance + participation = magic
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 10:10 - 10:35
Chance events lead to visceral pleasure, if the context, in which the event is constructed, is designed to surprise and transcend. There are two types of chance events: natural and planned. My work explores, is the development of planned chances. I want to intentionally create work that produces and defines unintentional effects. The conception of my work, often, comes about spontaneously, fueled by various sources of research and random, recreational reading (literally and metaphorically) into theory, science, art, design, and my daily life. Magic is latent it is exposed through chance and participation.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Turquoise |Friday, September 21, 9:00 - 9:20
Sean Clute is an inventor of video, sound and performance. He has presented work internationally in suspended pods, geodesic domes and cacophonic sonic environments. By developing custom software and hardware, Clute experiments with technologies and methodologies to construct audiovisual instruments, sensor-based interfaces and computer generative processes. In this talk, Clute will focus on recent works such as Mythos, in which he captures the sprit of an ancient culture within a contemporary context. Innovations in new media enable the fusion of past and present, while moving image and sound create a new form of storytelling.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Turquoise |Friday, September 21, 9:25 - 9:45
A fusion of art installation, choreographed multi-media performance, and public engagement constructed for both live performance and participation - echo::system is a project that looks to mediate a connection between art and science. Each ‘actionstation’ creates a speculativefiction, a space to promote aesthetic and physical reflection on how and where we live. The project is a response to our current global environmentalcrisis caused by contemporary humans' inability to reflect on our own impact to the natural world. Lead by artist Grisha Coleman with a collaborative team of ethnographers, performers, designers and technologists - the goal is to examine intersections of art, environmental sciences and technology; information and place; performance and public engagement through the practical realization of the work.
at Harwood Art Center - Dining Room |Friday, September 21, 10:20 -10:40
Walking enables me to investigate people’s relationship with place and how that links to an interior landscape of memory and association.
I don’t care about the avant garde, I only care about you
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 12:25-12:45
Brian Davis’ work has included chairs that move, outdoor dance floors, and reactive video installations. In I don’t care about the avant garde, I only care about you Davis talks about repurposing off-the-shelf technology and bridging gulfs between individuals. Davis teaches sculpture and new media at The George Washington University and the University of Mary Washington in the Washington, D.C. area.
Robbert de Goede
A Moment in Wireframe
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Thursday, September 20, 9:00 - 9:20
Robbert de Goede has been an interior architect for 12 years and thanks to the economic crisis started a career as an artist three years ago.
'I have always been inspired by minimalist art and through the use of CAD-software as my daily tool I found a language bearing my own signature'. He manages this by creating powerful real life spaces using the most basic form of computer rendering: wireframe.
His work is about the line between computer modeling and manual construction, where the sterile concept turns into touchable reality. As screen resolutions can not keep up with his work, the works themselves look like low-resolution constructions.
Mapping the Solar: Augmented Bike Ride as Performative Intervention
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 4:00 - 4:20
The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that a hundred mile square solar farm in the American Southwest would be “more than enough to meet the country’s entire energy demand.” The author will describe a proposed performance to use an augmented bicycle to map a 400-mile perimeter of an imagined solar farm to re-purpose Federal lands that include the Nevada Test Site, “Area 51”, Yucca Mountain and Nellis Air Force Base. The performance will utilize mixed reality, GPS technology and live streaming video for real-time documentation while also literally drawing, using a custom made armature holding surveyor’ chalk to literally trace a 400-mile circle around the geographic area in question.
Facing experience: a painter's brush in cyber-surrealism
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 4:25 - 4:45
My art draws upon the subconscious taking the form of personal moments that reflect emotions examining our understanding and measuring the trusting of our cognitive space. It portrays whimsical faces and characters from multiple perspectives representing intimate moments of self-reflection and confrontation that occur daily with others and our selves. It all begins with sketches and paintings that are transformed into animation for 3D VR, kinect interactivity, opera performances and sculpture events. The visitor is situated as an active character in the world and must adapt to the language of the environment in order to progress through the lively drama.
The Whispering Gallery, The Whispering Gallery, Reimagining Global Structures of Decay
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Thursday, September 20, 10:40 - 11:00
Discussion of current projects and cinematic works investigating the underpinnings of global culture and lattice of exchange through communication and transport.
Meredith Drum & Rachel Stevens
Feral City: AR and Significant Otherness
at Meredith Drum Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 9:25 - 9:45
Feral City is a mobile media augmented reality walking tour, which invites participants to explore a constellation of situated events mixing the physical and the virtual. Narratives of city ecology emerge regarding human interchange with urban animals – coyotes, rats, pigeons, raccoons, foxes, beavers. The tour includes sound narratives, sound landscapes, virtual graphics, and virtual 3D interactive sculptures, a number of which are large, semi-transparent spaces that the participant can enter and investigate. The piece employs Palimpsest, a unique augmented reality browser for mobile devices developed by Phoenix Toews. The Feral City team is Meredith Drum, Rachel Stevens and Phoenix Toews.
Architectural Organ I / Skin
at Hotel Andaluz - Valencia |Monday, September 24, 12:40 - 1:00
Architectural Organ I / Skin is part of my ongoing body of work which are explorations into the relationship between architecture and the body. Architectural Organs are not techno-prostheses, but a vision for the architectural capacity of our body. The first piece in the series is presented as a combination of an operatic performance, an interactive cinema, and a responsive environment allowing audiences and visitors to unfold the fantastical narratives.
Form of Resonance
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 10:40 - 11:00
Form of Resonance is a series of biometric artworks developed by Yuan-Yi Fan since 2009, it explores different methodologies to manufacture the common knowdege of pulse diagnosis. The idea of pulse, as a tangible but subjective metric of blood circulation, has existed around two thousand years and people have tried to understand the pulse in terms of flow, wave, and eventually resonance of the cardiovascular system.
Creative Risk Taking: Public Art and Ecological Design
at Hotel Andaluz - Catalina |Monday, September 24, 12:40 - 1:00
Design innovation, social entrepreneurship, and art activist movements are gaining momentum, spurred by our current economic and climate crises. This talk will explore the intersection between everyday objects, place making, and technology. Participants will learn about inspiring case studies that use creative risk-taking and systems-thinking methods applied to socially and ecologically minded projects with the potential for positive social change. Beth Ferguson is an ecological designer, public artist and founding director of Sol Design Lab based in San Francisco. Thousands of participants have interacted with Ferguson's iconic SolarPump Charging Stations made from 1950’s gas pumps, bus stop LED light installations, solar payphones and public furniture made from up-cycled materials.
The Cinematographers Eye, the Academics Mind, and the Artists Intuition
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 9:50 - 10:10
As a professional Cinematographer, I’ve looked at the world through the frame, sometimes spending 24 hours on set, searching out the meaning of the dark surround and its luminous content. As an artist, I’ve discovered that the idea of a frame must include intuitive-boundlessness to transcend its limitations; as an academic I’ve found that boundlessness must be limited through critical reflection, to bring back news from the ‘frontier’ for you, my colleagues. In this talk about my research work, with examples of high-resolution imaging and its apparatus, I shall discuss the opposing and complimentary pressures arising from ‘Practice as Research’.
Donkey Walking: Interspecies Collaboration & The Re-Wilding Of Graduate School
at Harwood Art Center - Dining Room |Friday, September 21, 12:40 - 1:00
My work explores the relationship between embodied sensual knowledge and the internalized narratives we project onto the environment through human culture. For my thesis exhibition I am developing a week-long installation in which I will cohabitate in the University Art-Department courtyard with a donkey. In an attempt to facilitate an unmediated audience experience of “nature,” I’ll lead regularly scheduled walks around the campus with the donkey, as well as invite the public to eat, sleep, and spend time in the courtyard with us. The project encompasses not only my love of donkeys, but also frustration with artistic attempts to “represent” nature.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 10:10 - 10:35
Magnitudes change in the space and technological development of very large organizations (VLOs). VLOs are a phenomenon of our day, as the built environments of work, public assembly, agriculture, incarceration, trade, travel, education, even death join global financial and communications networks. The planning and infrastructure for these demand logistics, capital and an order of population magnitude that all must accommodate volatile shifts with spatial and computational stability. Adaptability is at the crux of dealing with diverse users or publics and unprecedented technical, cultural, social and ecological challenges; and it is where control can give way to engagement and participation.
Site Unseen: the everyday and EMF
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 10:40 - 11:00
Beyond the threshold of our mundane senses, electromagnetic wave fields(EMF) are a component of our daily life. An increasingly omnipresent phenomenon, ambient EMF has the capacity to recharge batteries, power LEDs and fluorescent bulbs in areas where the signals ae quire strong. In this presentation, Goeringer will discuss her ongoing work sonifying electromagnetic wave fields, and discuss the potentiality of EMF as a hidden component in the places we inhabit for power and creative endeavors.
Live Interactive Cinema Performance & Composition
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 10:40 - 11:00
Northwest artist group DataIRJ (data-urge) will present previous and current projects while discussing live cinema, remote collaboration, aesthetic data, and near real-time moments. For eight years DataIRJ has produced solo and collaborative live cinema and installation works for national and international audiences. DataIRJ are Ian Coronado, Reza Safavi, and Jefferson Goolsby.
Dream Machines: Automating Psychedelia
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 12:00 - 12:20
This paper presents sculptures in my series, SETI situating them in the tradition of psychedelic and synesthetic art, particularly experiments with automated psychedelia such as the work of Brion Gysin and Thomas Wilfred. SETI are mechatronic sculptures which create continuously changing abstract video displays. In each machine, a moving camera scans an abstract fabric and glitter space-scape. The overlay of multiple translucent and transparent moving layers creates a glimmering and undulating mirage. The camera’s signal is transmitted to a projector or monitor, much as satellite images allow the real-time transmission of live events.
fabrication:modular food/water survival
at Hotel Andaluz - Valencia |Monday, September 24, 12:15 - 12:35
This interdisciplinary conversation with artist/designer Catherine Page Harris will alter the lecture format. We will engage a 20-minute, hands-on, learning process by building together. The artist’s work will be available for viewing through a rolling screen presentation. Issues such as material sourcing, collaboration, and fabrication techniques will be articulated by doing. Small-scale mockups will be created and may be taken home.
The Pathetic Landscape
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 12:00 - 12:20
Matt Hawthorn is a performance artist exploring the relationship between the performing body and the landscape through live and electronic mediations. This approach considers the mediated landscape as a deconstructed narrative of traces connecting people, events and violences. More recently this has taken the form of a video collection entitled The Pathetic Landscape comprised of a series of encounters between the artist’s pathetic body and a global network of contested landscapes.
Trees, Boids, Noise
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Thursday, September 20, 9:25 - 9:45
This talk presents three generative systems for making visual art. One is based on random, regular patterns known as "blue noise," one builds tree structures that are "pruned" to create layered geometric compositions, and another tracks flocks of "boids" governed by steering behaviors. All three operate as interactive animations which can generate high-resolution still images, animations and installations. The generative systems are based on open source Java and Processing libraries, including one created by the artist, available at http://paulhertz.net/ignocodelib/
Eco-visualization: Using art and technology to promote environmental stewardship
at Hotel Andaluz - Valencia |Monday, September 24, 10:25 - 10:45
In her artist's lecture, Holmes debates the potential of technology to promote positive environmental stewardship and showcases a range of work from this expanding field of creative production.
at Harwood Art Center - Dining Room |Friday, September 21, 2:35 - 2:55
In current artistic interventions deploying locative technologies, there are now two distinct domains of practice—one that engages the “digital tame” of social media, online consumer culture and other post-Situationist urban interventions, and another, which critically interrogates the “wild” by considering ecological and environmental conditions in the "natural" world, which are approached less often than urban activities by pervasive digital art. This panel will account for what we are calling the “Eco-Locative”—a strain of art practice that uses digital and locative technology to mediate on our understanding of the natural, nature, and wilderness.
Social Structure [ Construction no. 1 ]
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 12:25 - 12:45
Social Structure [ Construction no. 1 ] addresses concepts of resonance, feedback, deconstruction, and inundation in the contexts of sound, music, audience interaction, and social media. The installation is a collection of position-aware resonant acrylic cubes with tactile transducers. With the use of computer vision and projection, audience/ participant interactions with the cubes control the responding audio and video. A resonator-laden platform, on which the structures are built, will continuously feedback all aural material, causing the entire structure system to shake and buckle on its own resonance.
The Art With Conversation
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 12:50-1:10
People have been speaking to machines for hundreds of years, knowing quite well that the machine could never hear them. Emotional moments find us begging cars to start or swearing at elitist cell phones for preferring temporary death to the dishonor of a 3rd party charger. We speak, thus we imagine something listening, understanding, and perhaps - responding. In this talk, I'll discuss the convergence of technology just now enabling man-machine conversation, my explorations in verbally interactive art, using speech recognition as a tool for artistic expression, and how the natural human desire to anthropomorphize can help.
DOUBLE VISION Intermedia Performance
at Natural History Museum - Sandia Room |Friday, September 21, 10:20 - 10:40
DOUBLE VISION is an intermedia company that creates experimental performances for dance, music, video and installation. The group’s work explores methods of combining ideas, art forms, materials, and spaces. In this talk, Co-Directors Sean Clute and Pauline Jennings, will illustrate the complexities of interdisciplinary collaboration. In particular, they will discuss their work “Evolutionary Patterns and the Lonely Owl”. This series featured large-scale, interactive performances exploring simultaneity, chaos, and rule-based audience interaction. Components from this series can be applied to a multitude of artistic processes and physical spaces .
Database Cinema and Experimental Narrative
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 12:00 - 12:20
This talk focuses on different conceptual cinematic investigations that create experimental forms of narrative. One such project is a large-scale database of narrative film sequences. The film sequences, or micro-narratives, are modular and exist within a recombinant system with multiple permutations. The work is non-linear and randomness operates to generate a number of pathways or different audience experiences. In the work, different aspects of emergent and generative narrative are explored as well as issues of representation–specifically the performance of femininity and the trope of the heroic.
Of Water and the River Meditations on the Rio Grande
at The Box Theater |Monday, September 24, 12:15 - 12:35
This two-year project and its exhibition was made in collaboration with the NMSU Department of Engineering. This project was a process of discovery into the complex history and current significance of the Rio Grande and its territory. Water is a primary issue in New Mexico, as it is worldwide. The Rio Grande river water is essential to the survival of a large part of the state and the region. It is conceived as an introductory visual essay through drawings, writings, artists books and digital imagery. The river and its region encapsulate the ecological challenges of our time. Water is life.
at Natural History Museum - Sandia Room |Friday, September 21, 12:40 - 1:00
'Null Point', an architectural scale installation, is connected with scores of thousands of springs. With the connection, it forms large walls like a net-shape. And these walls form a maze by taking open and closed wall. When participants enter the exhibition hall, they pass through this maze. The walls that are connected with springs are blocked spatially, but lie open visually. And the walls are not fixed firmly. The maze is kind of floating. It reacts, moves according to the motion of participants. These movements result from connecting relationships, and the motility of spring adds tension.
Wildlife: Near and Far
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 12:25 - 12:45
This floated maze is a psychological description of a life in the mega city Seoul. It is empty, lost but has to be continued.
Patterns of Nature: The Spiral and Interconnectedness
at Hotel Andaluz - Majoraca |Monday, September 24, 10:15-10:35
This discovery will enhance our own lives with a deeper sense of place and wonderment. So enjoy the "lure of the local" as Lucy Lippard wrote about our own close environments.
Miu Ling Lam
at Hotel Andaluz - Catalina |Monday, September 24, 9:50 - 10:10
What is time? Defining time in a non-controversial manner has eluded most people. The interactive installation Time Axis evokes the consciousness of the concept of time through an unfamiliar experience – taking self-portraits and watching them vanish on paper instantaneously. Photography is a process of capturing an instance of dynamic events as a permanent visual at that moment: turning fleeting matters to permanent. Still images are time-invariant, whilst still images that fade away are time-variant: turning permanent matters to evanescent. More interestingly, the evanescence of the event captured by the image is different from that of the ephemeral image itself. The installation combines the use of thermochromic paint and thermal printers to create the effect of fading image on paper. The portrait of the participant will be captured by a camera, and printed on two types of thermal paper: one is regular receipt paper and the other is custom thermochromic paper. Images created on the thermochromic paper will disappear after a few seconds of being printed out. The mechanical noise generated by the printers is manipulated by a digital resonator and sent through the headphones to be listened by the participants to intensify their experience.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 12:50 - 1:10
What happens when artists use computers to quantify the infinity? We will explore the sublime in a few computational artworks that evoke both pleasure and fear. Where, on one hand, we aesthetically comprehend the process and results; but, on the other, we are overcome by the sheer magnitude of data and cosmic time scales needed to completely compute the simple algorithms.
NOBODY WILL HURT YOU
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 1:15 - 1:35
In 2006 I was invited to do a site specific piece consisting of three rubber mats with water jet cut text stating: NOBODY WILL HURT YOU, NOBODY WILL SAVE YOU AND NOBODY for the Yard at Casa Lin during Art Basel Miami. The Yard at Casa Lin is an alternative outdoor exhibition space created by Lin Lougheed located within a small ungentrified neighborhood in the Wynwood District of Miami.
Constructing “Film of Sound”
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 1:40 - 2:00
“Film of Sound” is a video installation (and live performance) in which the screen is placed at the center or “sweet spot” of an acoustic space. Rather than acting as a window onto another 3D world, the screen becomes a semiotic surface for the 3D audio space; a skin of image and text on the body of sound. A collaboration between Roger Dean (sound), Will Luers (video) and Hazel Smith (text) the video surface hints at a narrative trajectory — a sleeping man, an evening in a hotel room, a journey across vast and challenging spaces – but the work remains open, as image follows the patterns and textures of sound rather than a pre-scripted narrative. In this talk, Will Luers will present the 10-minute video and discuss the indeterminate and remix processes involved in the collaboration and, in particular, the challenges of imaging sound.
at Hotel Andaluz - Majoraca |Monday, September 24, 12:15-12:35
Taking observations from specific sites and their biological landscape can be used for insights and inspiration for energy generation possibilities. The project focuses on generating energy from the sun, with critical aesthetic and conceptual objectives being decentralized energy production, incorporation of early effective New Mexico solar design components, and geographical information. The interest explores specific biological organisms that utilize the sun with particularly unique methods, and selecting from them particular traits that give intuitive technological design insights to energy generating methods. The lecture will put this current preoccupation in context of earlier work that contributed an influence to this direction.
Kristin Stransky Mallinger
Bone Machine: Bodies and Tech
at Natural History Museum - Sandia Room |Friday, September 21, 4:00 - 4:20
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 1:15 - 1:35
Primate Cinema, by Rachel Mayeri, is a series video experiments on the subject of the primate order. Primate Cinema: Apes as Family is a two channel video installation: an original drama made expressly for a chimpanzee audience on the one side, and documentation of an actual chimpanzee audience at the Edinburgh Zoo, on the other. Chimps respond to the drama individually - some touch the screen, others ignore it, and some just sit and watch. The two channels create a prism for humans to learn about their primate cousins, who are, like us, fascinated by cinema.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 2:05 - 2:25
A variety of augmented-reality games (ARGs) have been designed over the last decade. Often it is the case that these games have two main components - the technology and the story-narrative - that when combined create a rich playing experience. In this presentation, Vicki Moulder will discuss her ISEA proposal and most recent production with Radix Theatre called Babylonia. Babylonia used ARG technology to engage people in the co-creation of story-narrative. Moulder is a researcher at SIAT, SFU, the primary focus of her work explores creative collaborations at the intersection of technology and cultural production.
BeeSpace: Audio Observation
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 12:25 - 12:45
BeeSpace : Audio Observation explores the bee’s natural system in an artificially built environment to consider the threat of modern living practices to both bees and humans. Creating a perspective shift by building new spaces and gaps and to call attention to our social landscape, generating critical sites and developing voices. Viewers are invited to reconsider the gaps from previous interpretations of established systems and consider the new gaps that are in the process of developing.
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 9:25 - 9:45
Albedo Prospect is a set of media works that explore the polar imaginary using video, still images, audio, sculptural elements and text. The project is based in part on the 1931 airship flight to the high Arctic from which the writer Arthur Koestler filed wireless reports. The piece re-imagines Koestler’s reports and updates them with a contemporary perspective and an acute awareness of how personal, journalistic, and scientific narratives function to shape our knowledge and readings of polar geographies.
Transmodal Journeys: Digital Adventures in the Physical World
at The Box Theater |Monday, September 24, 10:30 -10:55
Frederick Ostrenko is a new media artist and educator within Louisiana State University's AVATAR initiative. He will present on his interactive environments that focus on revealing hidden networks between people by creating structures for expression and discovery. His installations use brainwaves, text messages, live video processing, and electric shock as interfaces for people to explore their identity and connect with other participants. Frederick will also talk about a recent work, which is inspired by a hero’s journey towards transcendence, and how such a narrative relates to a participant’s experience within a digitally augmented environment.
OpenLab: Art + Astrophysics
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 1:40 - 2:00
“Down to earth: Art, Astronomy and Physics” Highlighting new works created by artists and scientists from the OpenLab at the University of California Santa Cruz.
MYTHS OF CREATION AND DESTRUCTION
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Thursday, September 20, 12:50 - 1:10
Atoms are never still. They move and dance in levels of electrons shells negotiated by subatomic particles. Native American Kachina dancers move too, talking to unseen deities negotiated by spirit. I proposed a visual, motion and auditory performance installation on Myths of Creation and Destruction working with students and faculty at the IAIA Institute, as well as scientists to make a piece premiered at IAIA's Digital Dome with images output on the EMMU-Ruidoso Gateway System of Video Teleconferencing.
Also discussed will be more recent developments using the Kinect, the Emotive Cap, NeuroSky, Makerbot and others.
“In the Beginning” or…: The Cosmic Stories We Tell And Their Implications
at Hotel Andaluz - Catalina |Monday, September 24, 10:15-10:35
What are the stories we tell today about the origin(s) and structure(s) of the cosmos? Is there a connection between cosmological stories and the socio-political landscape in which they emerge and continue to be told? Do these stories affect our relationship to this planet and one another and if so, how? Is it possible for seemingly incompatible narratives to productively co-exist suggesting a way to embrace complexity?
OBJECT PERMANENCE: Using graphics and robotics to explore visual cognition
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 2:05 - 2:25
Object permanence and persistence have been explored philosophically by the likes of Plato, Locke and Leibniz; and psychologically by Piaget and others. The way in which we perceive the existence of objects over time is fundamental to how we experience the world and our place in it. Robotically-controlled sculptural works will be presented which exploit this phenomenon. The pieces employ on-screen "virtual" objects that appear to manifest in the real world, exhibiting behavior in and impacting physical space. This work will be discussed, as well as future directions to explore this space.
"objet petit a" Series
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 2:30 - 2:50
This work explores the allure of the unattainable. Generic television commercials set up unresolvable tensions between erotic desire and the banal. This series is meant to distill the desires being represented in advertising by co-opting co-opted imagery of the sublime. The images are meant to evoke a sense of hope even while the vaguely sinister is revealed as the excavatinggaze pieces together the commercialized foundation of the dream. Layering results in the denotative erasure of the advertised. Traces remain and it is that stubborn refusal to disappear that infuses this series with poetic melancholy as well as political critique.
Stop Motion Animation in Singapore
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Thursday, September 20, 12:00 - 12:20
Eileen Reynolds is one of the pioneers who helped develop and design the School of Art Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. As an expat living in Southeast Asia for the last 7 years, her stop motion video projects infuse subtle critiques about living in a culture apart from ones own and reflect on the rapid modernization of Singapore. A few pieces inspired by this rapid transformation will be shared: “Hungama,The Lap Top Project”, a collaborative project made by Bangladeshi Migrant Workers in Singapore and “Big Bio”, an experimental stop motion animation which toys with science fiction, biology, and reproductive technologies. Having recently relocated to the United States, Eileen is now faculty in the experimental animation area at CalArts.
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 12:50 - 1:10
Secret Garden is an attempt to recreate a contemporary version of the Eden myth in the midst of an urban environment. The structure of Secret Garden will be loosely modeled on the ten paths of the Sephirot in the Jewish telling of the story, which is itself also a symbol of the Tree of Life and the oldest extant version. The Eden scenes will grow around a user in 360 degree 3D panoramas tied to the GPS nodes selected and will be triggered by location automatically.
Bodies in Transition
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 3:50-4:20
Bodies in Transition comes from a philosophical platform that analyses the directions in which the human body could cause or hybridize with referent technological applications that have emerged from creative and experimental investigations of new media artists. The first part of the presentation will address interdisciplinary art projects for example it will be analyzed as a case of study Art Sense Project which is a European consortium that brings together different research centers as UPVLC group, this research is conducted in collaboration with academic collectives and advanced research groups which aim to develop augmented reality technologies for visiting art exhibitions. The second part of the presentation is a theoretical framework that were built from fragments and quotations mentioned in science fiction films and thereby intends to build a meta text that explores how the visual culture sees the role of technology in the body modification.
The Tree Alone
at Harwood Art Center - Dining Room |Friday, September 21, 5:20 - 5:40
This talk will focus on my 3-channel video installation and photographic series, The Tree Alone. The project takes its title from a line within Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves. She writes, “The tree alone resisted our eternal flux, for I changed and changed.” The manipulation of imagery within this series attempts to visually manifest the conflicting durations between nature and self. Taken as a whole, the work emphasizes the necessary duration of present experience by asking the viewer to repeatedly consider their perceptive response to familiar, visual phenomena.
Annina Rust and Amy Alexander
The Secret Nightlife of Solar Cells
at Natural History Museum - Sandia Room |Friday, September 21, 4:50 - 5:10
Do solar cells have a nightlife? According to Amy Alexander and Annina Rüst, solar cells aren’t just for making green energy anymore. Discotrope is an audiovisual performance that resembles a cinematic nightclub light show. At the heart of the show is the Discotrope, a solar-powered disco ball that reflects videos in a kaleidoscopic, rotating projection that encompasses the entire area, turning it into both giant movie and dance party. Discotrope’s projected visuals depict the curious history of how dancers have been represented in cinema - and how they represent themselves - from Thomas Edison to YouTube. You might be surprised... More info: http://discotrope.org
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 1:15 - 1:35
Performance and installation artist Sara Schnadt talks about three recent projects that are concerned with technology innovation, landscape and our perception of space. One is an absurd performance about our efforts to quantify the universe. The second creates a collision of ordinary and virtual space using everyday materials. The third traces her travel history within a constructed collective landscape. Much of Schnadt’s work involves representations or data that translate large quantities of socially resonant information into poetic forms, including data visualization. Schnadt often performs within accompanying sculptural environments, attempting to articulate the personal within virtual and technological innovation.
at The Box Theater |Monday, September 24, 12:40 - 1:00
The Ark consists of a decaying wooden ship roughly 40 feet long. Inside, there are 100 small digital screens. Each displays a still image of a local endangered plant or animal. To depict the extent of earth?s ecological problems, the species range from the photogenic jaguar to the homely moss beetle. A motion sensor located at the entrance is tripped by a person?s entry, each entry will switch off a different screen to symbolize the extinction of that species and the ecological destruction wrought by human progress. The destruction continues until all screens are off; until all species are extinct.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Thursday, September 20, 12:25 - 12:45
National Parking is an ongoing series of digital paintings, photographs, videogames, and other media. It explores connections between the institutions of art gallery and national park. As destinations, both offer transcendent experience in a public setting and derive authority or importance from notions of beauty. The work’s representations of landscape simultaneously celebrate and question the idealization of nature in art. Nature is presented as a construction, a product of human perception and action. National parks, iconic of the natural beauty of America, are shown to require a great deal of maintenance and infrastructure toward their production of particular experiences of nature. Likewise, the gallery space, often valued for an apparent absence of contextual noise, is implicated as a mediated environment with specific rules governing the experiential possibilities within its walls.
An Automatic Evolutionary Art
at NHCC Common Area |Saturday, September 22, 9:50 - 10:10
This talk introduces the authors latest work of automatic evolutionary art that produces an infinite series of abstract animations and synchronized sound effects in real-time on site. The machine generates and selects short pieces by means of a genetic algorithm utilizing statistic aesthetic measures for fitness evaluation. The project includes fully automatic daily production that is exhibited on the internet by innovative Web technologies. The author is also engaged everyday. This talk will give a subject for discussion about the possible creativity by machines and relation between humans and the complex wild artifacts out of our control.
Claudia X. Valdes
at Hotel Andaluz - Majoraca |Monday, September 24, 1:10 - 1:30
New directions in my creative practice focus on production within the genre of Visual Music paralleled with investigation into the neuroscience of audio-visual perception and multisensory integration. This talk will cover 1) psychological and neuroscientific studies on the interaction of the senses, 2) some effects of visual and musical stimuli on brain state, and 3) my own artistic experiments with attendant AV modalities.
Moving Logic: Choreographing Thought in a World of Physical Computing
at Natural History Museum - Sandia Room |Friday, September 21, 4:25 - 4:45
Nina Waisman’s works highlight the roles that gesture, rhythm and mirroring play in forming our thoughts - scientists call such “physical thinking” the pre-conscious scaffolding for human logic. How might our new tech-inflected gestures, then, be shaping our relationships with bodies and systems we connect to when we move with technology? During her residency at Albuquerque Academy, Waisman will make an interactive sound installation in collaboration with 6th-12th grade students. Waisman exhibits nationally and internationally: venues include the House of World Cultures, Berlin; the California Biennial at OCMA; the Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Brazil; & the San Diego Museum of Art
John Taylor Wallace
public art object as a vehicle for communication
at The Box Theater |Monday, September 24, 9:50 - 10:10
It is the responsibility of those aware individuals in society who recognize malfeasances in the world around them to act with the intention of improvement. Public art is the venue to juxtapose individuals from every avenue of life in a cross pollination of words and ideas. The viewing of a sculpture can create a momentary opening in the viewer’s perception of place and time. In this opening held conventions may be questioned and alternate layers of dialogue may be injected. Stubborn complacency may be jogged into cognizance. At each layer of communication, an increasingly focused spectrum of understanding is reinforced. Knowledge is shared. Conversation and collaboration are the foundation for change.
From Life to Afterlife Cinema
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Thursday, September 20, 12:50 - 1:10
This artist’s talk will explore emergent forms of biological narrativity in relation to threads between the subdomains of new media and the evolving/cumulative data streams of bio- and ecoinformatics. Weaver will present his creative investigations into new media-based processes for the re-animation of the digital residues of lost lifeforms (including ancient DNA & protein sequences) and sonic, visual and data sampling from extinct habitats & endangered environments. Presented works will follow the emergence of life and afterlife interactive cinema as sensorial access to complex biological, ecological and biogeographic interactions across a spectrum of scales from the phylogenomic to the biospheric.
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom | Thursday, September 20, 1:15 - 1:35
Immemorial deals with the functioning dynamics of our memory and its anticipatory prolongation through our imagination and the network of meaning that these functions continuously weave. Owing to the technical process of spatialization and sound trajectories and the four-sided presentation of the images, the version "Rew'"projects the viewer into the heart of an environment, which is divided into 26 ambiances based on poignant experiences, in order awaken long-term memory. The discovery of our earliest emotions, our frustrations and our desire is treated as evidence through audio-video case-studies; reconstituting them like a nature study: analyzed, identified, and quantified...
Willoh S. Weiland
at Hotel Andaluz - Majoraca |Monday, September 24, 1:35 - 1:55
In the footsteps of Voyager, a group of Australian artists and curators will present and discuss curatorial strategies for the creation of a new digital ‘golden record’ to be launched as part of ISEA2013.
The work examines the question of who has the right to represent Earth and the elitism of curatorial processes versus the democratisation of digital space.
Willoh S.Weiland is the Artistic Director of artist led cross-artform company Aphids, Jeff Kahn is a curator and the Co-Director of Performance Space, Brian Ritchie is a musician and the curator of the MONAFOMA Festival, Thea Baumann is media artists, producer and director of Metaverse Makeovers.
HEAR ALL ABOUT IT: Publication of First Eco Art Textbook
at Natural History Museum - Sandia Room |Friday, September 21, 4:50 - 5:10
TO LIFE! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet, the first international survey of twentieth and twenty-first-century eco artists, has just been published by the University of California Press. The text’s ‘ A to Z’ panorama of artistic responses to environmental concerns beings with Ant Farm’s anti-consumer antics in the 1970s and culminates with Marina Zurkow’s 2007 animation that anticipates the havoc of global warming. The author will explain how the book can serve students of art, design, environmental studies, and interdisciplinary studies integrate environmental awareness and activism into their professional and personal lives.
Blending Participatory Culture and Urban Ecology: Experiments in Collaborative Imaging for Urban Forest Monitoring
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 9:00 - 9:20
In urban settings trees are often perceived at the edge of our awareness. As cities world-wide engage in large-scale tree planting initiatives to address a broad range of environmental issues, they are engaging in what is essentially a massive ecological and social experiment. State of the art imaging technologies -- air-borne, space-borne, and field-based imaging and inventory mechanisms -- fail to provide key information on urban tree ecology that is crucial to informing management, policy, and supporting citizen initiatives for the planting and stewardship of emerging urban forests. Mobile participatory/social media as a medium offers novel collaborative imaging approaches with the potential for public engagement at the intersection of cultural vibrancy, stewardship, sustainability, community participation and science. Smartphones hold the potential to enhance real-world experiences with geo-spatial networks of abstract data. We are designing and prototyping mobile-based tools to capture bio-imaging data about the health status of urban trees. The development process blends the arts, participatory culture, science and sustainability.
Soundwalks and Urban Sound Ecology
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 9:25 - 9:45
Andrea Williams is a sound artist who enjoys using site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. Her compositions, soundwalks, installations, and videos have been exhibited and performed most recently at the Whitney Museum, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Children's Creativity Museum, Fountain Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. Andrea is the Co-Director for the sound art non-profit, 23five and a co-founder of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology. Andrea will be presenting improvisational techniques for the creation of soundwalks and art interventions. www.listeninglistening.com
Forecasting Design: Architecture Defined by Entropic Processes
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 9:50 - 10:10
Jared Winchester and Cory Greenfield will present recent work from their collaborative design studio, Entropic Industries, including their proposal for the Albuquerque Public Art Design Competition. The studio seeks new ways of conceiving architecture so that the forces of time and nature are not an antithesis to its inhabitation, but a catalytic ingredient. Each project, in different ways, accepts the inevitability of a changing environment and forecasts ways in which the building or infrastructure can not only persevere, but be transformed through these dynamic and unpredictable states. The designs emerge as a result of serendipitous relationships staged between built form and a set of geographic variables—the initiation of a process, not the execution of a fixed result.
Climate Control: Weather Damage Modification Program
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 2:30 - 2:50
Global climate change and its effect on the environment is a concern that affects humanity's collective cultural conscious. Understanding and developing a relationship to this problem is key to uncovering solutions and inspiring change. To the extent that new technology holds the answers to these problems, artists are poised to explore these technologies to discover and critique remedies. New Media, after all, relies on the energy infrastructure that powers it, and is therefore obligated to it. These issues challenge and inform my work - a work to decipher environmental data, to question the uses of new technologies, and to inspire the use of alternative, green energy sources.
Truth or Consequences/A Global Warming Interactive Game
at Hotel Albuquerque - Sandia Boardroom |Friday, September 21, 4:00 - 4:20
Global warming and other environmental concerns present some of the most challenging dilemmas that we face today. In a performance-based action, during the ISEA2012 conference in Albuquerque next September, we propose presenting some of these concerns in a new way. People will be asked to download a free QR code scanner to their smart phones. One or more performers will circulate, wearing custom designed interactive garments with printed images culled from various landscapes indigenous to regions in New Mexico. The Interactive QR codes will be embedded into landscape images of rocks, grasses, water, earth, trees, wetlands, etc. Seven to ten different codes will be available for participant scanning.Upon scanning any of the QR codes, a series of multiple-choice questions pertaining to an environmental dilemma will appear on the player’s phone screens. Each code (landscape object) will represent a different series of questions. The participant will be able to select an answer from the menu of three possible choices by tapping the touch screen. A panel of invited experts, creative thinkers, and environmental activists will compile the questions. At the end of the ISEA conference, we hope to have the community “tally” of answers to the posed dilemmas texted to all participants so that they can see how their answers corresponded to the other participants.
Part Human, Part Animal, Part Machine
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 10:10 - 10:35
Doo-Sung Yoo’s Organ-machine Hybrids project series have reused and transformed discarded animal organs within artworks since 2007. Disembodied animal organs were combined with electronic devices to become the conceptual artificial hybrids as part human, part animal, and part machine, which illustrate metaphors for the human body’s ongoing tendencies and attempts to physically and biologically transform itself through technological augmentation. For the artist talk, Yoo will introduce the project concepts and the processes and talk about his artistic purview of the ongoing scientific issues associated with the human-animal hybrid and human-machine hybrid.
From net art to mobile art
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Friday, September 21, 10:40 - 11:00
This talk will be about transformations from the creation of net art to mobile apps. I will present my interactive installations, net art and mobile apps and talk about the relationship between them. The projects I will discuss include The Unemployed, Spine Sonnet, 4 Square, Without A Trace, and Urban Rhythms. for more information visit www.jodyzellen.com/apps
at Hotel Albuquerque - Fireplace |Thursday, September 20, 1:15 - 1:35
Our purpose is to shape a select environment with active experience – inserting unexpected sensory stimuli. Technology not only facilitates this practice, it provides a base for aesthetic and theoretic representations. Digital video, audio, along with mobile computing and interactive programming allow our work to shape the public realm of everyday experience. Our interest in psychogeography and how technology affects the perception of place guides our creative vision. Technology can reform our perception of place, or at least temporarily punctuate it. We will discuss one of our current projects, Panopticam, to illustrate this relationship.