Downtown Block Party

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Type of opportunity: Artworks, performances, demonstrations, events and interactive exhibits

Organization name: Downtown Action Team, the Downtown Arts & Culture District & Creative Albuquerque

Description of opportunity:
The once-simple task of moving from point A to point B has become a minefield of choices and consequences. The ISEA2012 theme of “Transportation: Dynamobilities” calls for art works, performances, demonstrations, events and interactive exhibits that ask questions about and present fanciful and possible solutions to the issue of 21st century mobility. Projects submitted for this theme could be new vehicles and devices for moving through space (ground, sky or sea) and/or mobile media that depends on movement through space. Other works could examine the energy needed for mobility, question the need for speed and/or address the mobility of people, goods and ideas. Human-powered projects are especially encouraged, and art cars are welcome.

Accepted projects will be showcased in an outdoor event during ISEA2012 in Downtown Albuquerque along Central Avenue – the Historic Route 66 – “The Mother Road.” Transportable projects demonstrated during the Downtown lock Party may also be featured at other outdoor sites throughout the ISEA2012 collaboration and components may be included in the main ISEA2012 juried exhibition at The Albuquerque Museum and 516 ARTS (September 20, 2012 – January 6, 2013).

The Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Culture District is a creative crossroads, at the intersection of art, performance, technology and New Mexico’s film industry. For the Downtown Block Party, several blocks will be closed to traffic and displays and demos will be set up at key points along Central Avenue in the center of Downtown. The audience for the afternoon block party will include families, students and teachers, and artists are encouraged to propose projects that engage a range of ages.

Project resources:
Although applicants should expect that power and water is not available on the street, local business may be able to provide facilities for select projects. Applicants should provide a project budget.

Description of Sponsoring Organizations:
Creative Albuquerque: www.creativeabq.org
Downtown Action Team (DAT): www.downtownabq.com
Downtown Arts & Culture District: http://downtownabq.com/downtownarts