CONFERENCE: ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness


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The main conference takes place in Albuquerque September 19 – 24, 2012, with pre-conference activities in Southern New Mexico and El Paso, post-conference days along New Mexico’s “Cultural Corridor” in Santa Fe and Taos, and several field trips. A sampling of conference programs can be viewed at and in the ISEA2012 guide. The conference includes the following focus days: Latin American Forum showcases Latin American digital culture, critical theory and media arts, highlighting fresh contributions coming from south of the U.S. border; and Intel Education Day focuses on STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through Art, with programs for teachers and youth as part of the statewide ISEA2012 Education Program sponsored by Intel. 
Scholarships are available for 6th – 12th teachers and students.

The main exhibition for ISEA2012 is based at both The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History and 516 ARTS, with off-site projects at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, the Rainosek Gallery at the UNM School of Architecture & Planning, Richard Levy Gallery and the Alvarado Urban Farm. The exhibition features work that combines art, science and technology, demonstrating the role art can play in re-envisioning the world. The over 100 artists are from 16 countries: Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, the U.K. and the USA. The exhibition was juried and curated through an international call for proposals, which drew close to 1,500 submissions from artists and presenters around the globe. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog published by the acclaimed Radius Books, which will be distributed internationally. READ MORE

The following are just a few of the exciting, featured, guest performers and artists. During the conference, the legendary Laurie Anderson, icon of the electronic art and music world, performs her brand new show at ISEA2012, DIRTDAY! and gives a keynote talk (presented with AMP concerts). David Moss (Germany), performs Hyperglyphyx, a solo performance on the edges of technology featuring voice, electronics, stories and FTL (faster than logic) communication (presented with Outpost Performance Space). During the Downtown Block Party, composer Christopher Marianetti and dancer/choreographer Mary Margaret Moore perform Symphony 505, in which low rider 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. At the end of the work, the audience is able to play or DJ the cars, from local car clubs the Down Low Car Club and La Familia. Ivan Puig and Andrés Padillla Domene (Mexico) display SEFT-1, a “Manned Railway Exploration Probe” vehicle equipped with a Hi-Rail system that enables it to move on rails traveling abandoned railways to document largely remote areas of the country, creating a futuristic exploration of Mexico’s past. Coco Fusco speaks on the panel Technotopia: The Colonization of the Body as the Ultimate Frontier, about the use of technologies to problematize the Southwestern border of the United States. Kwende Kefentse (Canada) and Tahir Hemphill speak on how Hip Hop culture and music have been transformed by technological innovations. Chip Lord speaks for his part in the Ant Farm Collective and the creation of Cadillac Ranch to address transportation, media and communication and land art. Fred Paulino and Lucas Mafra (Brazil) present their Gambiocycle, a mobile broadcast unit that is a tricycle containing electronic gear for interactive video projection and digital graffiti in public space. Other artists include Rubén Ortiz-TorresLeo VillaraelAgnes ChavezNam June PaikSeoungho Cho (Korea) and many more!

Coordinated by 516 ARTS, the season-long, regional collaboration involves over 100 partnering organizations including museums, arts organizations, environmental groups, government and the scientific and technological communities. See the ISEA2012 guide for a full listing of ISEA2012 fall collaboration programs.

ISEA2012 is part of a series of symposia that started in 1988 and is overseen by the ISEA International foundation ( The International Symposia on Electronic Art have become the most important academic gathering on electronic art world-wide and aim at bringing together the worlds of art and science. ISEA is a nomadic event. The next editions are ISEA2013 in Sydney, Australia ( and ISEA2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


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image: (top) Coco Fusco