Machine Wilderness: Re-envisioning Art, Technology and Nature‏

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“Our species will survive neither by totally rejecting nor unconditionally embracing technology—but by humanizing it.”—video collective Raindance, Radical Software

Join groundbreaking MFA programs in Art & Ecology and Electronic Arts at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and be a part of the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature during ISEA2012 Albuquerque: MachineWilderness Re-envisioning Art, Technology and Nature, The 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA)

TO APPLY TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO ART AND ART HISTORY MFA PROGRAM:
art.unm.edu/academics/grad_about_studio.html
specify Art & Ecology or Electronic Arts

TO FIND OUT ABOUT ISEA:
www.isea2012.org

ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness – Re-envisioning Art, Technology and Nature, The 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA)
www.isea2012.org

The prestigious ISEA symposium is held every year in a different location around the world, and has a 30-year history of significant acclaim. ISEA2012 will consist of a conference September 19–24, 2012 based in Albuquerque, and an expansive, regional collaboration throughout the fall of 2012, including art exhibitions, public events, performances and educational activities. This project will draw a wealth of leading creative minds from around the globe, and engage our local community through in-depth partnerships.

The exhibition will feature artworks that combine art, science and technology, demonstrating the role art can play in re-envisioning the world. ISEA2012 guest jurors include: Kate Bonansinga Director, The Gerald and Stanlee Rubin Center for the Arts
 at The University of Texas – El Paso; Steve Dietz , Founder, President & Artistic Director of Northern Lights.mn, 
Founding Director of the 01SJ Biennial, 2006
, and Former Curator of New Media at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Irene Hofmann, Director/Curator, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico; Nancy Marie Mithlo , Associate Professor, Department of Art History and American Indian Studies Program,
University of Wisconsin – Madison; and Giselle Beiguelman, Curator, 9th Art and Technology Award, Sergio Motta Institute Juror, Interactive Art, Ars Electronica 2010 and 2011, and Architecture and Urbanism Faculty, the University of São Paulo – Brazil.

Machine Wilderness references the New Mexico region as an area of rapid growth and technology alongside wide expanses of open land, and aims to present artists’ and technologists’ ideas for a more humane interaction between technology and wilderness in which “machines” can take many forms to support life on Earth. Machine

Wilderness focuses on creative solutions for how technology and the natural world can sustainably co-exist.

60+ PARTNERS:

The lead organizations hosting ISEA2012 are 516 ARTS, The University of New Mexico and The Albuquerque Museum. There are a total over 60 partnering organizations to date including Albuquerque Balloon Museum, Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, ¡Explora!, Institute of American Indian Arts & Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Intel, National Hispanic Cultural Center, New Mexico Consortium – Los Alamos National Laboratories, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Radius Books, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, SITE Santa Fe and many others.

Please see the website for more information about the subthemes and guest curators of each theme. Special programs include the ISEA2012 Education Program for students and teachers, Artist/Scientist Residencies and a Latin American Forum.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT UNM’s NEW ART & ECOLOGY MFA PROGRAM SEE:
ae.unm.edu

Art and Ecology is an interdisciplinary, research-based program engaging contemporary art practices. Graduate students integrate community and ecological research and develop land and cultural literacy with a wide range of production skills, including sculpture, social practice, and digital media. Faculty include practicing artists Bill Gilbert, Molly Sturges, Catherine Harris, Szu Han Ho and ISEA2012 Artistic Director Andrea Polli.
Image above:
SEFT-1, Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada | Manned Railway Exploration Probe, Project by Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene Coordination of Journey from U.S. Mexico Border to ISEA2012 , Kerry Doyle, Associate Curator, Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, The University of Texas at El Paso.

ISEA logo and graphic by Studio Hill Design.