Fall Programs

Los Alamos
September 27

August 20 – September 28
Bill Gilbert: Physiocartographies
presented by Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos County
The Physiocartographies series combines the abstraction of cartographic maps with the physical act of walking the surface of the planet to create portraits of place. This exhibition presents works completed in the Land Arts of the American West program at UNM including digital prints from the series For John Wesley Powell: Attempts to Walk the Grid and the Celestial/Terrestrial Navigations series, as well as video projects entitled Walk to Work, Walk/Drive and Coal Town.
Location: Mesa Public Library Art Gallery
2400 Central Ave., Los Alamos, 505-662-8247
Open Mon – Thu, 10am-9pm; Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm & Sun, 12-5pm

Saturday, September 15, 11am-3pm
The Next Big Idea
The Next Big Idea: A Festival 0f Discovery, Invention, and Innovation is a signature event that highlights Los Alamos’ unique creative heritage while providing an opportunity for inspiring young people about possible futures in science, technology, engineering, math and innovation. It provides a venue for scientists, technologists, innovative artists and inventors to showcase some of the most exciting new ideas, discoveries, inventions and innovations.
Location: Fuller Lodge & Downtown Los Alamos
Info: Suzette Fox, 505-661-4844,

Saturday, September 15, 1-5pm
Art & Science at the Bradbury
presented by the Bradbury Science Museum, Mesa Public Library & SARC
This afternoon program of art and science for The Next Big Idea Festival includes a slide presentation by Bill Gilbert about his work, as well as a panel discussion around various ways to experience data or information; the shared territories of interest between artists and scientists (same inputs but wanting different outcomes); and the influence of the observer on the observed. Other panelists include cartographer Andi Kron and Laura Monroe, head of visualization at Los Alamos National Labs. Following this panel, Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations (SARC) residency artists for ISEA2012, who are collaborating with research scientists from Los Alamos National Labs, Sandia National Laboratories, UNM and Santa Fe Institute, speak about their projects intended to mutually benefit the furtherance of the arts and the sciences. They are joined by invited LANL science collaborators. This event is co-coordinated by Richard Lowenberg and Jack Ox, co-directors of SARC, with the Bradbury Science Museum.
Location: Bradbury Science Museum, 1350 Central Avenue, Los Alamos

Fall Programs

El Paso & Southern New Mexico

September 13 – December 21
Shifting Sands: Recent Video from the Middle East
presented by the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP
Shifting Sands: Recent Video from the Middle East features an international selection of artists who use film and video to explore the Middle Eastern desert as a site charged with meaning. The works explore zones of recent conflict including Israel, Palestine and Afghanistan. Artists include: Lida Abdul (Afghanistan), Yael Bartana (Germany/Israel), Isabel Rocamora (Spain/U.K.), Ahlam Shibli (Palestine) and Akram Zaatari (Lebanon/Brazil). Co-curated by Rubin Center Director Kate Bonansinga and Associate Curator/Assistant Director Kerry Doyle.
Location: Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP
500 West University Ave., El Paso, Texas, 915-747-6151
Open Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri, 10am-5pm; Thu, 10am-7pm; Sat & Sun by appointment

September 13 – December 21
Ivan Puig & Andrés Padilla Domené: SEFT-1
presented by the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP
The SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe) is a trans-disciplinary project. Its core object is a futuristic, artist-designed vehicle that is equipped to move on both land and rail. The artists traveled abandoned railways throughout Mexico in this exploratory probe, using photography, video, audio and text to record contemporary landscapes, infrastructure and inhabitants, creating a futuristic exploration of Mexico’s past. The results are exhibited at the Rubin Center and Centennial Museum on the UTEP campus. Puig and Padilla Domené are making a historic journey in the SEFT-1 from the U.S./Mexico border to Albuquerque where the car itself will be exhibited at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, with a complementary installation at 516 ARTS. In addition to its inclusion in ISEA2012, the exhibition at UTEP is in conjunction with the Desert Initiative (DI), a consortium of art museums in the Southwest that are coordinating new, interdisciplinary explorations of the desert (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013).
Location: Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, UTEP
500 West University Ave., El Paso, Texas, 915-747-6151,
Open Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri, 10am-5pm; Thu, 10am-7pm; Sat & Sun by appointment

Opening reception: Friday, September 14, 5-7pm
William Lamson: Video Works
presented by NMSU Art Gallery
Videographer William Lamson from Brooklyn uses computers, electronic sound and mechanical devices to produce videos that insert humans and their products into the landscape. They are met by wilderness and natural forces—streams and deserts, wind and water currents—and all are changed in the process.
September 14 – October 12
Location: NMSU Art Gallery, D.W. Williams Hall on the campus of NMSU
1390 E. University Ave., Las Cruces, 575-646-2545
Open Tue – Sat, 12-4pm & Wed, 6-8pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15, 7-10pm
Electro Gila
presented by WNMU Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art
Electro Gila: The Power of Water-Rio Grande is a Gila, Mimbres Rivers-Vecinos exhibition juried by international sound artist Suk-Jun Kim. The multimedia electronic art featured uses new technologies, digital, sound and movement to explore the theme of shared rivers, mountains and eco-systems between bordering states with New Mexico and internationally with Mexico. Artworks interpret the concept that nature’s wilderness and rivers flow regardless of fences and borders, as they nourish and bind us together as neighbors. Electro Gila events include Silver City Humming, a public sound installation on the campus of WNMU, and events in Downtown Silver City during the Gila River Festival (September 14-15).
September 15 – October 26
Location: Western New Mexico University, Francis McCray Gallery of Contemporary Art
1000 College Avenue, Silver City, 505-538-6614
Open Mon – Fri, 10am-4:30pm

Sunday, September 16
Shifting Sands: ISEA2012 Pre-Conference Symposium
presented by the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP
Rubin Center and the Cyber-shARE Center for Excellence in the College of Engineering host a pre-conference symposium at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), located on the U.S./Mexico border. Rubin Center offers artists’ presentations and a guided tour of the exhibition Shifting Sands: Recent Video from the Middle East. Cyber-shARE unveils a commissioned artwork for its visualization wall. Artists Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domené launch SEFT-1 on its journey towards Albuquerque where it will remain for the duration of the ISEA2012 exhibiion. Pre-conference attendees have the option of visiting Marfa, Texas, September 14-15 for Carbon 13 at Ballroom Marfa and a tour of Chinati Foundation. For information and a detailed conference schedule, visit
Location: Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP
500 West University Ave., El Paso, Texas, 915-747-6151

Artwork Unveiling: Sunday, September 16
Francesca Samsel: Visualization Wall
presented by the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP & CyberShARE
Austin-based artist Francesca Samsel creates digital experiences that meld the factual and emotional aspects of today’s environmental concerns in a format that encourages the contemplation and understanding of their implications and challenges. Samsel, who was selected from the ISEA2012 call for proposals, is working in tandem with scientist Craig Tweedie and Cyber-ShARE Center technical staff at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) to interpret into digital, visual form data collected and analyzed from Dr. Tweedie’s environmental science research examining the cascading effects of regional climate change in extreme environments through the interconnected physical, biological and human subsystems. Samsel is creating an artwork specifically for the 45-monitor visualization wall at the Cyber-ShARE Center to be unveiled on at Shifting Sands, UTEP’s preconference symposium. For more information and an updated schedule of pre-conference activities, visit
Location: CyberShARE Labs at the University of Texas at El Paso
Classroom Building, Room 401, UTEP, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, TX

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30pm
The Singularity
presented by iDEA & Western New Mexico University
The Singularity posits a time when humans may choose to discard their biological form as advances in technology make natural systems such as the cycle of life and death redundant. What does it mean to be human? How will the story of the Earth change as the definition of humanity hangs in the balance? A myth, born of the Inuit, acts as a guide through a 50-minute exploration of these questions offered by WNMU’s Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts program (iDEA), using sound, video and live actors. Join in their performance and ask yourself: Do you want the future you see?
Location: Fine Arts Center Theater on WNMU campus
Info: 575-538-6503

Tuesday, September 18, 6:30pm
Intimacy & Agency: Challenging Preconceptions About Nature
presented by Western New Mexico University
The WNMU Artists in Lecture Series presents a talk by New Mexico Wilderness Alliance artist-in-residence for ISEA2012, Marina Zurkow. She discusses her culminating artwork focusing on the co-existence of critically endangered Mexican gray wolves and people in the Gila ecosystem. Zurkow is a Guggenheim Fellow, and is on the faculty of the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University. Her project is represented with an artwork in the portion of the main ISEA2012 at 516 ARTS. For more information about her residency project, visit ISEA2012 Residencies page.
Location: Western New Mexico University, Parotti Hall
1000 W. College St., Silver City, 575-538-6011,

Fall Programs

Desert Initiative

Desert Initiative: Desert One (DI:D1) is a creative collaboration that brings together more than thirty leading museums, cultural centers and organizations, universities and public agencies connecting the Chihuahuan, Sonoran, Mojave and Great Basin Deserts to present innovative interdisciplinary investigations of the desert including exhibitions, lectures and commissions. ISEA2012 and DI:D1 are complementary and overlap in subject matter, artists and presenters as well as time frame and several mutual partners, including 516 ARTS, The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, ASU Art Museum, Santa Fe Art Institute, Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP and Art & Ecology at The University of New Mexico.

Note from the Desert Initiative Director

It is an exciting opportunity for Desert Initiative: Desert One (DI:D1) to partner with ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wild-erness. Deserts are places of sublime beauty, savage conditions and spiritual power, of paradox and contradiction. At once seemingly barren and hostile, deserts are abundantly rich with specifically-adapted life forms, minerals and other resources. Deserts are home to many of the oldest cultures and civilizations in the world. Deserts are the laboratory of adaptation and resiliency for humans and non-humans. The activity and impact of human beings are inherently part of the continuum of natural, biological and geological forces. Human actions often change only at the point of catastrophic crisis: extinction, extreme climate change, depletion of finite resources.

ISEA2012 showcases the incredible creative energy and intersections between art, culture, science, technology and nature occurring here, and highlights the pivotal role desert communities are playing in technological and cultural innovation, sustainability and stewardship. DI:D1 extends this investigation of the desert as a site of critical and creative inquiry by extending into and connecting the four desert regions of North America: Great Basin, Mojave, Sonora and Chihuahua. These deserts are the inspiration, subject and sites of exhibitions, lectures, commissioned projects, residencies and events that begin this month and continue through April, 2013.
Art, in collaboration across all fields of knowledge and cultures, plays a central role in imagining, defining and creating the future of desert communities. Please visit us on-line at and sign up for our newsletter to learn more about Desert Initiative: Desert One. Request a free road map and passport to guide you among the regional DI:D1 partners including ISEA2012.

We invite you to join us on this journey. Educate. Collaborate. Explore.

Greg Esser
Desert Initiative Director
ASU Art Museum, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Highlighted programs

Opening Reception: September 28, 6:30-8:30pm
Chip Lord + Curtis Schreier + Bruce Tomb:
Ant Farm Media Van v.08 [Time Capsule]

presented by ASU Art Museum
August 25 – December 1
In the fall of 2012, the ASU Art Museum presents the Ant Farm Media Van v.08 [Time Capsule] by the legendary art and technology cooperative Ant Farm, active from 1968 to 1978. The Media Van is a repurposed 1972 Chevy with interior modifications including vintage Ant Farm videos, a conversation pit and a media HUQQUH. The piece is a digital time capsule capable of storing images and music randomly taken from the public through the process of plugging in a personal digital device such as a camera, MP3 player or iPhone. The Ant Farm Media Van v.08 [Time Capsule] may be summed up through the words of sociologist Albert Bergeson: “For the truth is that at some level, whether it’s conscious or not, time capsules are intended less as messages from ourselves to the future than as messages from ourselves to ourselves.”

Miguel Palma: Remote Desert Exploration Vehicle
presented by ASU Art Museum
September 29 – December 29
Miguel Palma (Portugal) has developed a “Remote Desert Exploration Vehicle” that investigates ways in which meaning of place, particularly in remote desert environments, are created and communicated. The work engages issues through the lens of exploration: military history in Arizona and the Southwest, the military’s role in desert preservation, the history of Manifest Destiny and colonialism in populated places, strategies of adaptation and the role of technology in desert survival.
Location: ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th St., Tempe, AZ
Open Tue, 11am-8pm; Wed – Sat, 11am-5pm


Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Museum of Natural History
ASU Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts
ASU Museum of Anthropology
ASU Art Museum
ASU School of Art
Center for Creative Photography
Heard Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson
Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
Shemer Art Center and Museum
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale Office of Environmental Initiatives
Scottsdale Public Art Program
Salt River Project
Tucson Museum of Art
Tucson Pima Arts Council
University of Arizona Institute of the Environment
University of Arizona Museum of Art & Archive of Visual Arts

Arid Lands Institute
Center for Land Use Interpretation
High Desert Test Sites
Palm Springs Art Museum
UCR Sweeney Art Gallery

Center for Art + Environment, Nevada Museum of Art
Navajo Nation Museum

516 ARTS
The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancement Program
Art and Ecology, The University of New Mexico
El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department
Getting Off the Planet
Santa Fe Art Institute
ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness
Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso

Above Images: Marina Zurkow & Christie Leec, Cattle Armor System 1 from Gila 2.0: Warding Off the Wolf, Jack Ox, Gridjam, Chip Lord, Ant Farm Media Van v.08, courtesy Chip Lord