Digital Latin America


Digital Latin America 

516 ARTS and partners hosted Digital Latin America, an outgrowth of the Latin American Forum for the award-winning International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA2012) produced by 516 ARTS last fall (  It explored the North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between South America, Central America and the Southwest United States.

Connecting individuals, cultures, traditions and social histories to a rapidly expanding global network remains not only a pressing challenge but a profound opportunity and necessity.  The utopian notion of closing the digital divide represents a paradigm shift that encourages the participation of all communities and cultures to express themselves through contemporary methods and continue a progressive existence in today's technology dependent society.  Digital Latin America looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.

The multi-site International Art Exhibition, based at 516 ARTS' museum-style venue in the center of Downtown Albuquerque, highlighted contemporary artists from Latin America and the Southwestern United States with high caliber, innovative, interactive artworks, accessible to the general public and presented in an educational context.  Satellite artworks and exhibitions were located at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History and UNM Art Museum.

At 516 ARTS:

Jessica Angel (Colombia)
Hernando Barragán (Colombia)
Giselle Beiguelman (Brazil)
Rejane Cantoni & Leonardo Crescenti (Brazil)
Paula Gaetano-Adi (Argentina)
Matt Garcia (Kansas)
Amor Muñoz (Mexico)
Jessica Pizaña Roberts (Texas)
Paola Torres Nuñez del Prado (Peru)
Claudia X. Valdes (New Mexico/Chile)
Gabriel Vanegas (Colombia)
Javier Villegas (Colombia)
William Wilson (New Mexico)



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At the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History:

Elizabeth Cunningham (California) is an artist currently based in San Francisco. Simultaneously fascinated and anxious with the social world around her, she seeks to use her art as a method of communication and translation when her own abilities at verbally describing the bizarre worlds in her head fall short. She is currently using a hybrid process of stop-motion animation and photographic collage to create abstract films that explore her fascination with the oversaturation of information in the digital environment.



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At UNM Art Museum:

Oscar Muñoz: Biografias
curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, UNM Art Museum
June 7 – July 26, 2014
Opening Reception, Friday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm


Oscar Muñoz: Biografias features a selection of compelling video works by one of Latin America’s most significant contemporary artists. A recent recipient of the 2013 Prince Claus Award, Muñoz’ provocative videos investigate human conditions of fragility and explore the instability of the human image in relationship to constructions of history, identity, and memory. Featuring the potent three channel video installation Biografias (2002) as well as the single channel videos Línea del destino (2006) and Hombre de Arena (2006-2009), the exhibition includes works that examine the political and social conditions of contemporary Colombia, including its cultures of violence and poverty, while simultaneously evoking universal and archetypal conditions of human consciousness through allusions to Classical Greek mythology.



Dal Farra photo by David Ward

Special Feature at 516 ARTS:

Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection
Researcher: Ricardo Dal Farra
The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology

During Digital Latin America, a listening room for the public to experience 550 of the almost 2,000 electroacoustic music works by Latin American composers from Ricardo Dal Farra’s collection hosted by the Daniel Langlois Foundation of Montreal will be running throughout the exhibition at 516 ARTS

Latin American electroacoustic music has a long and prolific history, but it’s a history that is little known even within the region itself. Many composers born or living in Latin America have been very active in this field, going back as far as 50 years in some countries, but the availability of electroacoustic music recordings and information in Latin America has been a problem for educators, composers, performers, researchers, students and the general public.
In an effort to preserve, document and disseminate at least a portion of the wealth of electroacoustic music created by Latin American composers, an archive has been developed at the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology.


Digital Latin America Image Gallery

  • Javier Villegas (Colombia), Herbaceous, 2012, interactive video
  • Jessica Angel (Colombia), Hemispherical Immersion, 2013, sound design by Gilberto Castillo
  • Jessica Pizana Roberts (Texas, USA), Ay Papi, 2012, video
  • Rafael Lozano Hemmer (Mexico, Canada), Surface Tension, 1992, courtesy bitforms gallery nyc
  • Amor Munoz (Mexico), Maquila Region 4 (MR4), 2012, 2014, mobile factory for textiles and electronics
  • Paula Gaetano Adi (Argentina), Pica, 2009 ongoing, performance, video




read: Art in Review: "Digital Latin America" at 516 ARTS, by Grace Labatt, Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo, June 27, 2014
read: Critical Reflection: Digital Latin America, by Diane Armitage, THE Magazine, July 2014.
read: Albuquerque's "Digital Latin America" Etches Parallel Visions, by Margaret Wright, Adobe Airstream, July 2014
read: Blog post: "5 Minutes with New Media Artist Jessica Angel", by Teresa Buscemi, Pyragraph, June 3, 2014
read: "Digital fiesta", by Mike English, Local IQ, May 28, 2014
read: New Mexico hosts a range of new media art this summer in a pair of joint projects - "Currents" and "Digital Latin America," by Matthew Irwin, Art Ltd., May/June 2014
read: Blog post: "Digital Art with a North/South Consciousness" by Rafael Martinez, New Mexico Mercury, July 2, 2014.
read: Huffington Post "Haiku Reviews" by Peter Frank, HuffPost Arts & Culture, September 24, 2014.

preview: DIGITAL LATIN AMERICA & "Florcita Andina" - KUNM Espejos de Aztlán
listen: Digital Latin America Explores Art and Technology - KUNM Women's Focus
listen: Latin American Electroacoustic Art: Interview with Ricardo Dal Farra

watch: 516 ARTS Digital Latin America Block Party, by Benito Aragon, New Mexico Mercury, June 6, 2014.
watch: "'Digital Latin America' Artists in Their Own Words", by Benito Aragon, New Mexico Mercury, June 7, 2014



New Media New Mexico logo516 ARTS in Albuquerque and Parallel Studios in Santa Fe announced the launch of New Media New Mexico, an ongoing effort to highlight media arts in our state each summer.

 In June 2014, the annual New Media New Mexico began with Digital Latin America in Albuquerque presented by 516 ARTS, and CURRENTS 2014 in Santa Fe presented by Parallel Studios, along with an array of partners in both cities.


 Top image credit: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, "Surface Tension", 1992.  Shown here at La Gaïté Lyrique, Paris, France.  Photo by Maxime Dufour.  Courtesy bitforms gallery, nyc.