Electronic Components

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Re-envisioning Art, Technology and Nature

Re-envisioning Art, Technology and Nature

516 ARTS announces the extended deadline for proposals to November 15, 2011

In the fall of 2012, a group of New Mexico and regional organizations will present ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness, a symposium and season-long series of public events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature. The prestigious ISEA symposium is held every year in a different location around the world, and it is an international honor for Albuquerque to be selected as the first host city in the U.S. since 2006. This project will draw a wealth of leading creative minds from around the globe, and engage our local community through in-depth partnerships.

September 19 – 24, 2012

EXHIBITION: September 20, 2012 – January 6, 2013

REGIONAL COLLABORATION: September – December, 2012

Apply online: www.isea2012.org

Visual & Performing Arts

Artist-Scientist Residencies

Site Projects

Presentations, Panels & Workshops

Youth Programs 

The theme of ISEA2012 – “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.

ISEA International defines “electronic art” as art that cannot be created without electronic means. This includes both visual and performing arts, and it means that technology, such as computer software, the Internet, databases, wireless devices, electronic components or physical computing, has played a role in the creation of the work. This does NOT mean that the work itself must contain a screen, projector, embedded computer or electronic components.

Check out the new opportunity for a Public Art Design Competition for ISEA2012 sponsored by The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program!

Visit www.isea2012.org for submission guidelines and more information about themes and focus days, descriptions of venues, the international conference and the season-long, regional collaboration.

Please direct any questions to: info@isea2012.org

ISEA2012 is organized by 516 ARTS, and hosted with The University of New Mexico, The Albuquerque Museum and 65+ participating organizations including museums, colleges, nonprofit art organizations, environmental organizations and the scientific and technological communities.

For more information about 516 ARTS, please visit www.516arts.org

A breath of life by Fraser Ross


A breath of life 2010 [Laboratory Report]

This is an expedition involving the artificial study of plant life.

Materials – Flexinol (shape changing wire), recycled electronic components, specimen jars.

Ten propagated flowers from a living plant. Each flower has a ‘death state’, until human interaction triggers its ‘life state’ and just for a brief moment, you may recapture the flowers in full bloom. When the viewer blows into the specimen jars, each flower begins a shape change. Blowing is the appropriate interaction as trees and plants grow on carbon dioxide.

Every living thing needs a home, plants change themselves to survive in their habitat.


YouTube – A breath of life by Fraser Ross.