IAIA’s Digital Dome Host in International Symposium on Electronic Art
Santa Fe, NM | Sep 6, 2012 –
The Digital Dome at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will host artwork and other entries in the 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), a multi-site exhibition exploring art, science and technology, during Santa Fe Day Sept. 25.
The six-day conference, which is being hosted for the first time in the U.S. in six years, starts Sept. 19 in Albuquerque. ISEA has included other New Mexico cities, including Santa Fe as a host site. Santa Fe Day will include events at other City Different locations, in addition to exhibitions, discussions and a reception at the Digital Dome, an open house at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, as well as GPS-guided sound walks around the IAIA campus.
Dome exhibitions include:
• There Was No End – Artist Jason Baerg (Cree Métis) utilizes significant symbolic Indigenous numeric values to inform narrative, color and repetition the 360° spherical display of abstracted symbols, including the sun the moon. This interactive project investigates global social metaphors with interest to activate collective observation and response. There Was No End utilizes ground-breaking research and development, and integration sensors presented in IAIA’s fully articulating Digital Dome, the only one in the world that can move 90 degrees for alternative view experiences.
• CARBON – After a decade of dedicating his work to exploring CARBON, New York artist Charles Lindsay is taking on his most ambitious installation yet. This video created in collaboration with xRez Studio’s Eric Hansen includes high definition visual content generated from never before seen color CARBON scans, morphed into fantastic hyper-dimensional imagery with original sound. Viewers look on a darkened bodiless space in the Digital Dome where they are removed from their everyday surroundings and asked to contemplate an alternate world. CARBON is the first installation in a series of site-based residencies taking place throughout the state of New Mexico in 2012-2013 for a unique space related project, Getting Off the Planet.
In addition to exhibitions, a Santa Fe Art Institute and ISEA resident artist will reveal a GPS-based interactive installation, No Places with Names: A Critical Acoustic Archeology. Teri Rueb, in collaboration with Larry Phan and archeologist Carmelita Topaha (Navajo), developed an iPhone app that allows IAIA visitors to not only the visually experience but hear the installation using GPS technology. Before starting on the nature trail around IAIA, visitors download the iPhone app to hear weather, animals or other sounds in specific locations, which are triggered by movement through GPS. Visitors without iPhones will be able to borrow a phone with a valid driver’s license or passport.
As another part of the sound walk, the artists interviewed IAIA students and faculty, as well as other Northern New Mexico artists, farmers, geologists and residents to get their perspectives on the concept of wilderness and their contemporary perceptions and attitudes about wilderness. The artists found was complex among cultures. They also found that wilderness was an ideal that excluded people. “It’s an idea used to separate man and nature,” Rueb said.
The artists chose IAIA for their project because the campus lies between the two major ISEA conference sites, as well as IAIA’s integrated teaching of higher education and Native American cultural and values, with respect for cultural differences. Rueb says she was also drawn to the beauty of the landscape.
In addition to the sound walk, visitors will also see the work of Larry Phan, an emerging artist based in New Mexico, who has created ceramic sculptures for the tour that punctuate the landscape and soundscape, bringing awareness to the colors, textures and history of human presence on the site. Visitors also will be able to view a version of the installation, a spatialized sound composition companion piece to the sound walk designed for the IAIA Digital Dome, allowing visitors an alternative mode for sound experience. A “visitor center” and series of critical mappings will be presented as part of the installation exhibition at the Santa Fe Art Institute.
The opening reception for No Places with Names: A Critical Acoustic Archeology is at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Digital Dome. The exhibition will run at Digital Dome until Oct. 26. Charles Lindsay and Jason Baerg will also have artist discussions at the Dome at 2 p.m. Sept. 22.
The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts will also host an open house during ISEA’s Santa Fe Day from 1 – 5 p.m. featuring one of its latest exhibitions, 50/50: Fifty Artists, Fifty Years, a representation of art from IAIA students housed in the permanent collections over the decades the Institute has been in existence.
The Digital Dome will host a reception with artist talks from 9 a.m. to noon on Santa Fe Day, including a multimedia installation on indigenous knowledge about food by Maori artists Simon Kaan and Ron Bull.
For more information about ISEA’s Santa Fe Day, go to www.isea2012.org/?q=info/focus-outreach-days. For more information about ISEA or to view a full schedule of ISEA events, go to www.isea2012.org/. All ISEA events at IAIA and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts are free and open to the public. For more information about the No Places with Names: A Critical Acoustic Archeology installation, go to www.terirueb.net/place_names/.
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