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Intel Education Day/Block Party

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Downtown Albuquerque

516 ARTS presented the Intel Education Day for ISEA20212, featuring speakers, panels and workshops that explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) + Art education. This special focus day of the conference was geared towards New Mexico 6th to 12th grade teachers and students, for whom scholarships were available. Activities took place at multiple venues in Downtown Albuquerque. The day culminates in the Downtown Block Party along Central Avenue.

Sampling of Talks & Events

Education Forum: Breaking Tradition: Rethinking the Economy of Learning
This open forum brings together academics, researchers, educators and ISEA2012 participants to discuss the latest developments of educational policy investigations, evaluate the role of educational research, as well as existing educational business strategies, financial modeling and risk management. Verbal presentations and informal interaction between participants interested in the changes of the economic dimensions of education is strongly encouraged. The summary outcome of the forum is to be published in the Leonardo Education Almanac's series on education. Led by ISEA International representative Nina Czegledy, the forum includes: Andrea Polli, Artistic Director, ISEA2012; Juliana Pierce, Chair, ISEA International; featured presenter Chaouki Abdallah, Provost and Executive Vice President, University of New Mexico; featured presenter Patricia Olynyk, Chair, Leonardo Education and Art Forum, Director, Graduate, School of Art, Washington University. International contributors include: Ross Harley, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Ricardo Dal Farra, Concordia University, Montreal, National University Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina/ Canada; Susanna Sulic, artist, Paris, France; Shaurya Kumar, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, US; Felipe C. Londono, Caldas University, Manizales, Colombia; Cheryl Wassenaar, Washington University in St. Louis, USA; Ian Clothier, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, New Zealand; Suzanne Anker, School of Visual Art, New York, USA; and Claudio Rivera-Seguel, Universidad de Concepción, Chile.

Screening: Harrod Blank - Automorphosis
Join documentary filmmaker and art car artist Harrod Blank for a screening and Q&A. Blank is the co-founder of ArtCar Fest, one of the largest annual art car gatherings in the country, held every September in the San Francisco Bay Area. His most recent film Automorphosis looks into the minds and hearts of an inspiring collection of eccentrics, visionaries and just plain folks who have transformed their autos into artworks.

Performance: Idris Goodwin & Tricklock Company - Instant Messages
Hip Hop playwright, poet, essayist and performer Idris Goodwin is engaging Albuquerque teens in National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Voces program and Tricklock Company’s Manoa Project to create Instant Messages, a performance piece developed from evocative, inspiring and humorous conversations found on Twitter and social networking sites. He theatrically transforms and performs some of these “digital dialogues” together with student participants and members of Tricklock Company.

Talk: Scott Snibbe
Scott Snibbe is a media artist, filmmaker and researcher in interactivity. Whether on mobile devices or in large public spaces, his interactive art spurs people to participate socially, emotionally and physically. His large-scale interactive projects have been incorporated into concert tours, Olympics, science museums, airports and other public spaces, and he has collaborated with musicians and filmmakers including Björk and James Cameron.

Talk: Dr. Ken Wesson
Dr. Ken Wesson, S.T.R.E.A.M. educational consultant and neuroscientist, offers educators the understanding and the tools needed to move beyond STEM, toward a creative, integrated and interdisciplinary learning model. He states “In the ‘S.T.R.E.A.M.’ model for student learning, Science, Technology, Thematic instruction, Reading/Language Arts, Engineering, Art and Mathematics converge, to teach to the broader context of human knowledge.”

Ariane Koek
Ariane Koek founded CERN Particle Physics Laboratory and directs the Collide@Cern Artist Residency program at CERN, the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and home to the Large Hadron Collider. It was founded to honor the creative process, and to keep science and the arts in an equal balance of wonder and excellence. Her unique laboratory of the imagination envisions “the arts and science in fluid interchange—just as they were in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, when he moved easily between the two... Arts and science are similar in that they are expressions of what it is to be human in this world. Both are driven by curiosity, discovery, the aspiration for knowledge of the world or oneself... But they express themselves in different ways.”

Panel: The Digital Divide
Studies have shown that minority communities are less likely to have access to techno-logically advanced resources. Created by deeply ingrained social and economic disparities, this “digital divide” has already led to underrepresentation of minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, with the consequence that these students may be less prepared to compete and participate in the 21st century workforce. This panel discussion addresses issues of technological accessibility within minority communities, and proposes ways to make technology culturally relevant. Panelists include: Sandra Begay-Campbell, Tameka Huff, Henry Rael and Juan Abeyta.

STEM + Art Roundtable
This roundtable discussion will explore how to incorporate STEM + Art into schools. Most agree that we need more interdisciplinary approaches and art-based methodologies in STEM education, and the ISEA2012 conference will surely fuel that desire. But how do we make that happen when we return to our classrooms and encounter the challenges of limited budgets and administrative support? Educators are invited to come explore solutions with those who are pioneering successful and thriving STEM + Art programs. Presentors: Scott Laidlaw, Anita McKeown, Karin Moulton, Marie Reyna

Talk: Valley of the Sunflowers
This public art project in Phoenix is a model STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) education project that brings together beautification of vacant urban land in downtown Phoenix with an educational project engaging Phoenix Bioscience High School students who are growing a two-acre field of sunflowers to harvest to produce biofuel for a hybrid biofuel/solar vehicle they are designing. This presentation is sponsored by Arizona State University Art Museum. Click here for video.
STEMArts Competition Presentation
6th to 12th grade students in New Mexico are featured at ISEA2012 with their entries to the STEMArts Competition - “Design Your Future,” presented by 516 ARTS and sponsored by Intel. The winners receive prizes and awards. This competition brings STEM+Art concepts directly to our schools around New Mexico.

Sampling of Workshops

David Moss: Voice & Technology - A Spoon Is Technology
Participants discuss and experience ideas of technology and non-technology; voice and objects; black boxes and out-of-the-boxes. David Moss, considered one of the most innovative singers and performers in contemporary music, says, “Consider this: a spoon is technology; your vocal chords are technology; a song is technology…technology is transfer of power.” Presented by The Outpost Performance Space. Please note that space is limited to 20 students.
Dr. Ken Wesson: Brain-sight
Esteemed neuroscientist and education consultant Dr. Ken Wesson invites students to explore the complex and fascinating inner workings of the human mind, as he discusses the concept of creating images in the mind's eye by using touch rather than eyesight.
Tiffany Holmes: SolarCircus Toy Hacking Workshop
Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the mysteries and potentials of solar power. They will build a solar toy from a kit and then "hack" it to create a one-of-a-kind kinetic sculpture. Ultimately, the class will assemble the sculptures outdoors as a temporary installation for documentation during the ISEA2012 Downtown Block Party. This workshop is for 15 students, ages 10 and up, and will take place at OFFCenter Community Arts.
EcoSapiens Project: Wai - Instrument Making with Maori Artists
Musician David Watson from New Zealand will work with local youth to make water based instruments. The insruments will then be played at 516 ARTS to the accompaniment of the data generated audio that is part of the output of the “Wai” project, which is directly concerned with Maori, Navajo and Western concepts around water. This workshop is seen as way to engage youth in considering water, using the innovative musical strategy of making musical instruments and making sounds with them.

Sampling of Presentations from Visiting Artists Teaching Program

The ISEA2012 Visiting Artists Teaching Program is a series of workshops with special guest artists working with groups of 6th to 12th grade students this year in Albuquerque and northern New Mexico. All of these workshops, which take place in advance of the conference, focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) + Art education and culminate in presentations, talks and events during Intel Education Day.

Tech Fashion Show: CorpusElectric
CorpusElectric is a tech-fashion collaboration between Media Arts students from New Mexico Highlands University, the Taos Runway Vigilantes and students from the ISEA2012 Visiting Artists Teaching Program. Workshops are being held in Taos and Las Vegas, New Mexico. Focusing on girls and technology, participants develop STEM skills through integrating technology into wearable costumes and accessories, and in production of multimedia backdrops and lighting. The project is lead by artists Megan Jacobs, Miriam Langer, Stacy Romero, Nina Silfverberg and Tatyana de Pavloff. The CorpusElectric collective presents a fashion show during Intel Education Day.

Alyce Santoro: Sonic Fabric
The Universe is Made of Sound
Using hi-tech hand-held recording devices, students from Amy Beihl High School will take sonic samples from their environment, and analyze and manipulate them to create intricate collages of sound. They will create their our own intentionally-enhanced soundtrack, which can be recorded onto re-appropriated cassette tapes that the students can then knit or sew into a garment, stuff into a small pillow or save as a personal power object/work of art. Teacher Alyce Santoro is an interdisciplinary artist and inventor of Sonic Fabric, a textile woven from 50% polyester thread and 50% audiocassette tape recorded with intricate collages of sound. The student’s sound projects will be featured during Intel Education Day, along with a talk and demo by Santoro.

Downtown Block Party

516 ARTS and Creative Albuquerque present the ISEA2012 Downtown Block Party as part of Intel Education Day. The entire general public is invited to this free, outdoor celebration, which features artworks focusing on the conference sub-theme of Transportation: Dynamobilities. The programs include hands-on interactive DIY demos, performances, projections, illuminated projects and kinetic sculptures along Central Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets, where people can see the STEM + Arts innovations and participate in hands-on activities. Downtown Block Party projects include:

Harrod Blank: Camera Van
In 1993 Harrod Blank had a dream in which he covered his car with cameras and then drove around and took pictures of people on the streets. This dream inspired him to build such a vehicle in reality. The van was completed in 1995 and made its debut voyage across the country. It now features two 13-inch digital monitors in the back windows featuring a slide show of images taken by the van around the world (Germany, Canada, US, UK), and on the passengers side there is a film strip made up of four 9-inch monitors on which the film Automorphosis is shown. Blank’s unique combination of engineering, technology and art exemplify how STEM + Art creations can inform STEM education. Art cars inspire youth and the young at heart, showing us that by combining technical skills with wild imagination, anything is possible.

Raven Chacon: Totem of the Total Siren
Albuquerque-based artist Raven Chacon gives a 30-minute solo performance of his composition Totem of the Total Siren. Chacon’s work utilizes his custom-built electric and electronics instruments: an antler-glass harp, a snare-oscillator and various throat-amplifiers. Raven Chacon’s sound, visual and installation work aims to anticipate the near-future sonic, graphic and political landscapes of this desert region and its peoples.

DNA Fire Dance Company: Fire on the bus, YO!
Three performers present a fire dance and glow poi on top of the converted New 
Mexi-Bus. The bus houses a DJ that brings his own magic concoction to the mix. Feataured artists are (Mina) Jasmine Quinsier, (Mothe) Cheryle Finlayson and (Ting) Erin Minken.

FoAM Ams: Cocky Eek & Theun Karelse: Boskoi Wildfood Expedition
There are many wild inhabitants living in the city with us. Many wild plants are edible and even quite delicious. This field trip intends to spot, map, smell and taste the edible landscape, decoding the urban grid. Boskoi is a free wildfood app for Android smartphone.
Click here to download a PDF of the trip's findings.

Kwende Kefentse: DJ Memetric
Born and raised in the west end of the Greater Toronto Area, Memetic was steeped in the tradition of the city’s great DeeJays, music “knowledgists” and Hip Hop “culturattis.” While deeply influenced by his Caribbean background and Toronto’s international-but-perennially-mixed-up culture, it was Hip Hop that helped him connect the dots between styles, sounds and people on the dance floor.

Christopher Marianetti & Mary Margaret Moore: Symphony 505
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.

Chrissie Orr & Jeanette Hart-Mann: Seed Broadcast Mobile Seed Library and Broadcasting Station
Seed Broadcast is an ongoing collaborative project exploring grassroots seed action through collective inquiries and hands-on creative practices, while digging deeply into critical issues surrounding seed and food sovereignty. The Seed Broadcast Mobile Seed Library and Broadcasting Station, retrofitted from an old bread truck in 2012, operates as a mobile seed library, a global broadcasting station, and a public library of seed stories. Visitors can listen to these stories, record their own, post and/or duplicate how-to information from the bulletin board, and view multimedia Seed Broadcast productions. Join us for an afternoon of creative, local seed broadcasting!

Miguel Palma: Remote Desert Exploration Vehicle
In collaboration with engineers, robotics experts, geographers, car enthusiasts, military historians and others, Portuguese artist Miguel Palma has converted a former military vehicle into a remote exploration vehicle that explores desert surroundings during the day and returns to urban areas to project the desert imagery on buildings at night. Sponsored by ASU Art Museum and the Desert Initiative.

Michael Schippling: We Are Experiencing Some Turbulence
We Are Experiencing Some Turbulence is a site-specific installation by Santa Fe bricoleur Michael Schippling in the Axle Contemporary mobile gallery. It comprises a truck full of small objects which move in what might, or might not, be random patterns. Proximity sensors allow the viewer to exercise some control over the motion so it becomes a meditation on our ability to distinguish the random from the regular. Presented by Axle Contemporary. For daily updates on the mobile gallery’s location, visit

Danielle Siembieda & DC Spensley: Montañas a Mesas
A Game of Speed, Agility and Flight Montaña to Mesa is a city game simulating the effects and challenges of mobility by air, vehicle and animal using the landscape of Albuquerque from the Sandia Mountains to the West Albuquerque Mesa. This multiplayer all age game takes on the familiar tag and a scavenger hunt using the city of Albuquerque as the game board.

The game Montañas to Mesas uses a game structure similar to tag and scavenger hunt along with a geo-locative mobile app while players assume the character of an auto, balloon and roadrunner. These three must compete with each other to reach their destinations as each has an advantage and disadvantage over the other.

Using familiar geo locative systems with smart phones they players will be given clues and tips tied to a fact about their mode of mobility and the history of urban development of Albuquerque. These clues are set up like a scavenger hunt where in order to reach their destination they must collect, contribute or take action using the information they receive from the mobile communication system.

Related Events

Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire
in conjunction with ISEA2012 Downtown Block Party
When: 10am-8pm
Location: Albuquerque Civic Plaza
Tickets: Early bird for adults: $10, $5 for children plus fees, register online.
Special thanks to Downtown Action Team and the Downtown Arts & Cultural District.