PUBLIC FORUM: Interactive Art on the Land

PUBLIC FORUM: Interactive Art on the Land

Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale Blvd. SE


516 ARTS presented a public forum with presentations, projections and tactile demos by three artists in the DECADE exhibition: photographer and muralist Chip Thomas, choreographer/ dancer Lisa Nevada and new media artist Andrea Polli, who completed site projects for DECADE at two rural sites in Albuquerque – the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in the South Valley and the grounds of Farm & Table Restaurant in the North Valley. Moderated by Andrew Connors, Curator of Art at the Albuquerque Museum, the discussion explored how artists develop work about the environment in consideration of the audience. The featured artists discussed how they strive to engage people in their art forms in outdoor rural settings. They were joined by some of the dancers from nevada’s project as well as Andrea Polli’s collaborator John Donalds from their collective BioCultura. 

Dancer, teacher, improv technician and choreographer LISA NEVADA creates site-specific modern and contemporary choreography and performance, specializing in dance in nature. She has danced with Bill Evans Dance Company, Keshet Dance Company, Ecotone Physical Theatre, Jewell and Company Dance Theatre and J. Garcia Dance Company, among others. She performs works by renowned choreographers, and her work has been commissioned by New Mexico Ballet Company as well as many local theatre and arts organizations. She was named 2014 Valle de Oro Performance Artist. She holds a BA and MFA in Dance from University of New Mexico in choreography and performance. 

Photographer/public artist CHIP THOMAS (jetsonorama) moved to the Navajo Nation in 1987 as an Indian Health Services physician. He coordinates the Painted Desert Project, which presents murals across Navajo Nation painted by artists from around the world, reflecting the love/culture/history of the Diné people. He pastes his large-scale photographs on roadside kiosks, water tanks and buildings throughout Navajo Nation. His photographs have also been featured on the graphics of the Peoples Climate March and on carbon emissions campaign materials. He is a member of Justseeds Artist Cooperative engaged in social and environmental activism. 

ANDREA POLLI is an artist and scholar working at the intersection of art, science and technology whose practice includes public media performance and installation, interventions, curating, directing and writing. She is a Professor in Art & Ecology with a joint appointment between Fine Arts and Engineering, holds the Mesa Del Sol Endowed Chair of Digital Media, and is the Director of the Social Media Workgroup at The University of New Mexico. Among other organizations, she has worked with the NASA/Goddard Institute Climate Research Group and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Polli’s work has been presented widely including the Whitney Museum of American Art Artport and The Field Museum of Natural History, and has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including NYFA, Fulbright and UNESCO.

This event was funded by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from Friends of Valle de Oro. Special thanks to the Outpost Performance Space.