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The main ISEA2012 exhibition featured over 100 artists from around the globe and took place in Albuquerque based at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History and 516 ARTS, with off-site artworks at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, UNM Architecture & Planning, Richard Levy Gallery, and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Performances took place during the conference and special events at multiple indoor and outdoor venues and sites.

Exhibition Sites

ISEA2012 Main Exhibition:

September 20, 2012 – January 6, 2013*
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20

The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

516 ARTS
Richard Levy Gallery
Alvarado Urban Farm

Main sites:

516 ARTS
516 Central Ave. SW, Downtown Albuquerque, 505-242-1445
Open Tue – Sat, 12-5pm

The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
2000 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255
Open Tue – Sun, 9am-5pm

Additional sites:

Alvarado Urban Farm
101 Silver Ave. SW, Downtown Albuquerque

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr. NE, Albuquerque, (505) 768-6020
Reception: Friday, September 21, 6:30-10pm during ISEA2012 Gala
Open Tue – Sun, 9am-5pm

New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, 505-841-2800
Open daily 9am-5pm

Rainosek Gallery, UNM School of Architecture & Planning
The University of New Mexico Main Campus, Albuquerque, 505-277-0111
Open Mon – Fri, 9am-5:30pm
Reception: Saturday, September 22, 4:30-7:30pm during UNM events
* Note shorter exhibition dates: September 10 – October 26

Richard Levy Gallery
514 Central Ave. SW, Downtown Albuquerque, 505-766-9888
Open Mon – Sat, 11am-4pm
* Note shorter exhibition dates: September 13 – October 12

Highlighted Artworks

Lynn Cazabon & Neal McDonald (Maryland, USA)
at 516 ARTS

Junkspace is a time and location sensitive video installation and corresponding iOS App that highlights two forms of waste. Earth-bound (electronic waste) are the remnants of the many devices that fill our lives, transformed from objects of desire to trash through a self-perpetuating cycle of obsolescence. Celestial (orbital debris) consists of the millions of pieces of junk currently circling the earth, left behind by decades of satellite and space missions.

Agnes Chavez (USA/Cuba) & Alessandro Saccoia (Italy)
at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

(x)trees is a a socially interactive virtual forest generated from search words found in tweets and text messages. It is a collaborative experiment in data visualization, video mapping and participatory art first created by multi-disciplinary artist, Agnes Chavez and coder, Jared Tarbell. Chavez collaborates with programmers to create algorithmic drawings generated from data and projected in real time on to buildings or walls exploring our connections to technology and nature. For ISEA2012, Chavez has collaborated with creative coder, Alessandro Saccoia to create an indoor installation of the (x)trees with multi-layered elements such as interactive branches, leaves, flowers and sounds collected from nature. Click here for more information and video.

D. Bryon Darby (Kansas, USA)
Seventy Flights in Ninety Minutes
at 516 ARTS

Seventy Flights in Ninety Minutes was made from the top of Hayden Butte in Tempe, Arizona. The publicly accessible volcanic butte is just beyond the airport and is straddled by Sky Harbor’s two busiest flight paths. For 90 minutes, Darby photographed every airplane that flew overhead, and then digitally stitched together the many individual photographs. Darby aims to re-create the experience of living in a flight path by compressing an hour and a half into one apparently single moment.

Nina Dubois (New Mexico, USA)
at Alvarado Urban Farm

SOUND COLONY functions as an acoustic chamber, a human-scaled portal into the communicative modes that connect the world of the hive with the practice of beekeeping. It references the visionary architecture of R. Buckminster Fuller, whose research into energy and material efficiency was inspired by universally occurring patterns patterns in nature.
To view this piece, please contact the artist to schedule an appointment at

Alicia Eggert & Mike Fleming (USA)
at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History

Eternity is a wall mounted sculpture made by American artists Alicia Eggert & Mike Fleming, consisting of 30 electric clocks rear-mounted to a large sheet of white acrylic. The black hour and minute hands of the clocks are aligned to spell the word "eternity.""Eternity" does not reappear until the hour hands return to their original positions twelve hours later, and even then, it last a mere split second.

Eve Andrée Laramée & Tom Jennings (USA)
Invisible Landscape
at 516 ARTS

Invisible Landscape is a collaborative installation concerning the Cold War, "atomic" legacy; uranium mining and radioactive waste from the nuclear power industry and its "Parent machine" the nuclear weapons complex. The installation includes video projections and sculptures, digital photography, and light-box and sound sculptures. It is a mash-up of works by Laramée & Jennings, and includes components from Jennings' installation Rocks and Code and Laramée's installations Halfway to Invisible and Slouching Yucca Mountain.

Scenocosme: Grégory Lassarre & Anaïs met den Ancxt (France)
Domestic Plant
at 516 ARTS

Domestic Plant artificially reacts like a wild animal in captivity. It is an augmented living plant with possibilities to move in the space and to react to human contact by sonorous expressions. This plant has capacities to interact with the environment, to sense physical dimensions and to feel strokes of living beings. It is a kind of cyborg possessing a robotic system for moving.

Te Hunga Wai Tapu: Dr. Te Huirangi Waikerepuru, Te Urutahi Waikerepuru, Ian Clothier, Jo Tito, Te Kahu Kiiwi Henare & Craig Macdonald
at 516 ARTS

The Wai (Maori for water, flow) project connects Maori cosmology, notions of integrated systems, and Western art and science in order to reinvigorate our understanding of flow and water across cultures and disciplines. It includes installation and video components, using technology to focus on the urgent need to engage with sustainable practices, given the environmental crisis. It covers the subjects of energy, ocean acidification and Maori and Diné (Navajo) approaches to water. Text panels are quad-lingual and include Maori, Spanish, Navajo and English. Click here for more information on the Wai project.

Neil Mendoza & Anthony Goh (UK)
at 516 ARTS

This interactive installation transforms discarded phone junk and their annoying noises into a group of cell phone birds in a tree. The working phones communicate to a device that then decides how the birds should move, when they should answer calls (from the public or other birds) and when they should make calls.

Mexican Space Collective (Mexico)
Play II: Ulises I
at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Juan José Díaz Infante and the Mexican Space Collective are building a satellite called Ulises I. Inspired by and in response to Mexico’s drug war, Infante wanted to make his own reality and illustrate the idea that the future varies for different generations. As a child of the 1960s, space was connected to Infante’s own future. The project involves launching the satellite into space, after which it will play an algorithmic opera, making the satellite a musical instrument. The exhibition includes all research and artwork related to the making and launching of Ulises I and will be on exhibit for the ISEA2012 conference with a talk by Infante for the ISEA2012 Latin American Forum. This project is sponsored by the Mexican Consulate and the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores, Mexican Foreign Ministry.

Fred Paulino & Lucas Mafra (Brazil)
at 516 ARTS

Gambiocycle is a Mobile Broadcast unit. It is a tricycle containing electronic gear for interactive video projection and digital graffiti in public space. The vehicle is inspired by anonymous ambulant salesmen who ride on wheels through Brazilian cities, mostly selling products or doing political advertisement. Gambiocycle subverts this logic by gathering elements of performance, happening, electronic art, graffiti and “gambiarra” (makeshift, kludge): what it advertises is only a new era of straight democratic dialogue between people who participate in the interventions and their cities.

Yulia Pinkusevich (California, USA)
at 516 ARTS

Polyscape is a “floating island” made of recycled polypropylene plastic, which is used to make disposable bags and drinking bottles. It is a kinetic piece in which the fabric moves, mimicking the motion of water. Using sensors that monitor the presence of people, Polyscape undulates only if it detects human motion. This piece comments on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific Trash Vortex. This floating island of ocean debris is primarily made of plastic and is estimated to be 100 million tons in mass and twice the size of Texas. Polyscape brings attention to this massive yet growing trash vortex and focuses on our relationship with plastic.

Ivan Puig & Andrés Padilla Domene (Mexico)
at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History & 516 ARTS

SEFT-1 is one of the most important projects in the art, technology and society field in Mexico. This “Manned Railway Exploration Probe” is a vehicle equipped with a Hi-Rail system, a metal wheel mechanism that enables it to move on rails. Mexico’s trains once formed a network of connections between big cities and tiny pueblos throughout the country. This exploratory probe travels abandoned railways using photography, video, audio and text to record contemporary people, landscape and infrastructure in largely remote areas of the country, creating a futuristic exploration of Mexico’s past. The information recorded is continuously uploaded to the project’s website where the public can follow the SEFT-1’s progress. For ISEA2012, the SEFT-1 is making a historic journey across the U.S./Mexico border to Albuquerque. The vehicle will be displayed as part of the ISEA2012 exhibition, and the artists will speak at the Latin American Forum. The journey of the SEFT-1 to El Paso for pre-conference activities is sponsored by The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas, El Paso. Click here to see video.

François Quevillon (Quebec, Canada)
at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & Histor

Derivé (‘Drift’ in English) is a networked interactive installation that invites the public to explore 3D models of natural and urban spaces that are transformed according to environmental data collected in real-time on the Internet. A viewer can interact with the virtual space by moving his or her body in front of the projection. Currently, the installation includes 3D point clouds of cities in France, Canada and the US. In a time where the reality of physical spaces hybridizes with the digital world, the installation uses fluctuating data provided by the network to translate the development of meteorological and astronomical phenomena affecting the locations shown at the moment of the public’s experience. By connecting the actual and the virtual, Derivé inquires the phenomenology of mixed realities and probes into the changing nature of our perception and representation of the world.

Stephanie Rothenberg
The Secret of Eternal Levitation
at 516 ARTS

The Secret of Eternal Levitation is an interactive installation and correlating augmented reality cell phone-enabled tour that explores the power dynamics and structural relationships between contemporary visions of utopian urbanization and real world economic, political and environmental factors. Drawing from existing interpretations of the “ideal” global city as projected by the fantastical constructions of cities such as Dubai or Beijing, the project creates an interactive narrative around a fictional multinational developer who is engaged in the process of envisioning the next urban oasis. Made possible in part by the Harpo Foundation.

William Wilson (New Mexico, USA)
eyeDazzler 1
at 516 ARTS

The eyeDazzler Project combines traditional Navajo weaving and design with QR codes that lead viewers to the project’s website. It is a trans-customary collaborative expression which brings together innovation, traditional Diné design, 76,050 4mm glass beads, over 1000 hours of artistic labor and a portal to another dimension.

Christiaan Zwanikken (The Netherlands)
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
at 516 ARTS

Is it us who make use of technology, or is it technology that makes use of us? The wildness of nature has ironically made place for the wildness of technology, which produces unexpected, unprecedented and unpredictable fusions of body and machine. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is a multi-component installation in which remnants of birds and other animals have been brought back to life by means of microprocessors. Or is it the other way around? It seems as if the balance of the combination of emphatically visible technology and biological elements, such as skulls, bones and feathers, could tip both ways. The three robot peacocks are caught in conversation. Their voices are taken from spaghetti westerns and comment on world poverty and violence. These are hybrid, half-technological, half-animal figures, made of wire, metal rods or cable, which suddenly come to ‘life’, responding to your presence and to each other.

Jud Yalkut & Nam June Paik (Korea)
Video Synthesizer and “TV Cello” Collectibles
at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & Histor

Nam June Paik was a pioneer of video art, using televisions themselves as a sculptural medium, and integrating video imagery into sculptural objects. Born in South Korea, Paik traveled the world, moving to New York in 1964 where he began collaborations with Charlotte Moorman, an accomplished cellist. He created ‘cellos’ made of functional TVs and cello strings, and had Moorman ‘play’ them as live performance. Paik’s artistic medium aroused controversy when Moorman was arrested for public indecency while performing wearing only television sets. In this compilation video, Paik reimagined video footage with a video synthesizer to electronically manipulate images recorded during Moorman’s performances of TV Cello.

Video documentation of artworks at Albuquerque Museum

Video documentation of artworks at 516 ARTS

Highlighted Performances

Laurie Anderson (USA)
at KiMo Theatre

The legendary Laurie Anderson, icon of the electronic art and music world, performs her brand new show at ISEA2012. DIRTDAY! looks at politics, theories of evolution, families, history and animals in a riotous and soulful collection of songs and stories. The third and last in her series of solo story works, which includes Happiness and The End of the Moon, DIRTDAY! is the culmination of Anderson’s ground-breaking work in this genre. Presented by AMP Concerts.
Tickets: $40, available now for ISEA2012 registrants at ISEA 2012 registration website
Tickets available to the general public after July 15 on a space available basis at both & AMP Concerts

Frozen Music Ensemble
24-hour performance
at Duck Pond, UNM Main Campus

Frozen Music Ensemble is a unique vehicle for the development and implementation of a novel kind of extended electroacoustic music presentation. Each performance is a kind of acoustical “tuning” or redrawing of the existing aural landscape through direct sound generation and amplification. Its members, Gustavo Matamoros, David Dunn and Rene Barge, use new and custom-designed audio technology to engage audiences in activations of spaces that promote an aural perception of the world.
Info: 516 ARTS, 505-242-1445 • Free & open to the public

at The Box Performance Space

Working at the confluence of digital algorithmic processes and instrumental improvisation, NoiseFold create a powerful cinematic experience as an immersive audio-visual form blending noise, ambient sound and experimental music. In “Wilderness Machine” Cory Metcalf and David Stout construct a teaming, chattering synthetic ecology that pulsates and hums with peculiar bio-mimetic interactions. The project is facilitated by a complex audio-visual software system designed by the artists that generates or breeds a seemingly infinite array of virtual agents. These synthetic audio-visual forms result from the live mixing of a growing database of dynamic equations that are folded and recombined through a multi-threaded data feedback structure. The resulting sound is not a separate aural accompaniment but rather the direct sonification of the visual data itself. Thus the performers interact with semi-autonomous visual forms to grow, and sculpt the sonic content of the performance.

Scott Kildall & Nathaniel Stern (USA)
Tweets in Space
at ISEA2012 Gala, the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

During a live, interactive performance at the ISEA2012 Gala, artists Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern will send Twitter messages from participants worldwide towards an exoplanet 20 light years away that can support extraterrestrial life. By engaging millions of voices in the Twitterverse and dispatching them into the larger universe, Tweets in Space activates a potent discussion about communication and life that traverses beyond our understanding.
Tickets: Included in ISEA2012 registration, Gala tickets for the general public available for $25 in advance at ISEA 2012 registration website and at the door

Christopher Marianetti & Mary Margaret Moore (USA)
Symphony 505
at the Downtown Block Party, lot at 6th St. & Central Ave

516 ARTS presents Symphony 505 by composer Christopher Marianetti and dancer/ choreographer Mary Margaret Moore, who create a ‘symphony’ in which lowrider cars become the instruments of a new music and dance work. As music emanates from the cars’ internal sound systems, the cars become like a vehicular orchestra, each car sonically projecting a different part of the whole composition. The drivers maneuver their ‘instruments’ in a spatial choreography. Before the performance, the audience will have the opportunity to play or DJ the cars. After the show, the audience can meet the cars, drivers and artists. The participating car club is the Down Low Car Club. Visit Symphony 505 blog for more information.
Info: 516 ARTS, 505-242-1445 • Free & open to the public

Miwa Matreyek (USA)
Myth and Infrastructure
at ISEA2012 Gala, the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Myth and Infrastructure is a multi-media live performance using projected animation. As Matreyek walks behind the screen, her shadow becomes an integral part of the fantastical world she has created: She traverses oceanscapes, and cityscapes as she conjures magical scenes with light and shadow.
Tickets: Included in ISEA2012 registration, Gala tickets for the general public available for $25 in advance at ISEA 2012 registration website and at the door

David Moss (Germany)
at Planetarium, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

David Moss is considered one of the most innovative singers and performers in contemporary music. At ISEA2012, he performs Hyperglyphyx, a solo performance on the edges of technology featuring voice, electronics, objects, stories and exploring moments of FTL (faster than logic) communication through warped words, found songs, phased phonemes and scrambled texts from Ludwig Wittgenstein, John Cage and Italo Calvino. Presented by The Outpost Performance Space.
Tickets: Included in ISEA2012 registration, $10 tickets available to the general public for the 5:30pm show at The Outpost Performance Space

Jack Ox, Kristen Loree & Jane daPain (USA)
Ursonate Project
at Dynamax Theater, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

This performance of Ursonate by Dada/Intermedia artist Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), the greatest sound poem to emerge from 20th century experimental art movements, merges two distinct approaches. Kristen Loree gives a tour de force performance of the complete text, set against a backdrop of 1260 projections by Jack Ox. The syllables derived from Ox’s visualization move simultaneously with the sound. Her original 800 square foot painting is a metaphorical mapping from Schwitters’ original composition and performance. The performance includes information on mapping techniques, visual sources and readings from Kurt Schwitters’s son’s (Ernst) letters to Ox.

Miguel Palma (Portugal)
Remote Desert Exploration Vehicle
at the Downtown Block Party

In collaboration with engineers, robotics experts, geographers, car enthusiasts, military historians and other, Portuguese artist Miguel Palma will convert a former military vehicle into a remote exploration vehicle that will explore desert surroundings during the day and return to urban areas in the evening to project the desert imagery on buildings and other spaces at night. This project is sponsored by ASU Art Museum and the Desert Initiative.

Info: 516 ARTS, 505-242-1445 • Free & open to the public

Nina Waisman and the Albuquerque Academy
Body Envelope
at Rainosek Gallery, George Pearl Hall, UNM Main Campus

UNM's School of Architecture and Planning and the Albuquerque Academy present Body Envelope, a new site-specific interactive sound installation by Nina Waisman, in collaboration w/students at the Albuquerque Academy. Body Envelope explores technology's potential to bring farflung bodies, through sound traces of their gestural acts, into a visitors' immediate space. Sensors are suspended to form a 3-dimensional envelope large enough for one body - some sensors respond to the slightest bodily movements, others must be reached for conscientiously. When entered and explored, via this triggering of sensors, Body Envelope will surround a body with sounds selected from wide reaches of experience – animal, human, machine, atomic, cosmic, delicate, aggressive, articulate, anomic... Each visitor will compose a shifting sonic cosmos as she tries to trigger particular kinds of sounds, which then change in pitch, speed, volume and spatialization, in relation to her movements.
When: Saturday, September 22, 5:30 & 6:30pm

Related Events

Son Como Son
Salsa Dance Party
at The Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater

Outpost Performance Space presents a salsa dance party directly following the ISEA2012 Opening Ceremonies, featuring Albuquerque’s #1 Salsa band, Son Como Son. Led by renowned trombonist, vocalist, composer, arranger and percussionist, Cesar Bauvallet, the 9-piece Son Como Son has been playing original salsa, Cuban style, since 1993. They’ve performed throughout New Mexico as well as at the Telluride Jazz Festival and beyond. It’s a party! Don’t miss it!
When: Wednesday, September 19, 8:30-10pm
Tickets: $10, available at ISEA 2012 registration website or from Outpost Performance Space, 505-268-0044

Celebration of World Music & Culture
at the National Hispanic Cultural Center

When: September 21 & 22, 6pm-midnight
Following the ISEA2012 Latin American Forum on September 22

Discounted tickets for September 22 available for ISEA2012 registrants