Location: at Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, www.balloonmuseum.com

Admission: $25 in advance at www.isea2012.org (click register) and at the door, admissions includes food & one free drink, cash bar


The public is welcome to join in the fun at the ISEA2012 Gala, which features performances, a balloon glow, live music, food and festivities. Performances include Myth and Infrastructure by Miwa Matreyek, using projection animation to create a fantastical world (8pm & 9pm); Tweets in Space by Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern, an interactive piece in which Twitter messages are sent by participants worldwide to an exoplanet 20 light years away that can support extraterrestrial life; a found footage projection happening created for this event by Basement Films; and the Roustabout Arts Collective, a group of circus performers. Live music with Le Chat Lunatique, presented with the Outpost Performance Space.

Le Chat Lunatique
Albuquerque’s Le Chat Lunatique describes themselves as,
“an addictive genre we call ‘filthy, mangy jazz.’ Le Jazz Hot  of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli are our north star....we use that beacon to navigate through a wide range of genres, blending Western swing, classical, reggae and doo-wop.”

Mexican Space Collective
Installation reception for the artists, including Juan José Díaz Infante, Marcela Armas, Arcangel Constantini, Gilberto Esparza, Ivan Puig and Hugo Solis.

Imploding Recycled Plastic Dependable
Evoking the spectors of Paul Sharits, Elias Romero, Andy Warhol and Stan Vanderbeek’s Movie-Drome, Basement Films’ multiprojector happenings revisit a pre-digital moment in time, eclipsing the tyranny of ones and zeros.

Balloon Glow
7:00pm – 7:30pm

Myth and Infrastructure
8:00pm & 9:00pm
Myth and Infrastructure is a multi-media, live performance using projected animation. As Miwa Matreyek walks behind the screen, her shadow becomes an integral part of the fantastical world she has created, traversing oceanscapes and cityscapes as she conjures magical scenes with light and shadow.

Tweets in Space
During a live, interactive performance, Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern will send Twitter messages from participants worldwide towards an exoplanet 20 light years away that can support extraterrestrial life.

Roustabout Arts Collective
9:00pm – 10:00pm
Check out circus wanderers who perform whirling fire, spinning Poi, spiraling hoops and more!

Catering by Slate Street Café


ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness is a symposium, multi-site exhibition and season-long series of programs around the region, all exploring the intersection of art, science and technology. It focuses on the natural environment and how technology can help sustain life on Earth. ISEA2012, organized and produced by 516 ARTS, features over 100 artists and over 400 presenters from 29 countries.  For more information, visit www.isea2012.org