Isea Symposium

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

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

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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

New MFA in Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico

The new MFA program in Art and Ecology at the University of New Mexico is an interdisciplinary, research-based program engaging contemporary art practices. Students develop ecological and cultural literacy with a conceptual foundation and a wide range of production skills, including sculpture, social practice, and digital media. Students in Art and Ecology have the opportunity to work on various collaborative and interdisciplinary projects with departments across UNM and on comprehensive thesis projects integrating community and ecological research. Coursework includes the Land Arts of the American West program, a semester-long travel and place-based arts pedagogy.


Sustainability Studies at UNM
Landscape Architecture at UNM
SEV, Long Term Ecological Research at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
Centro Artistico y Cultural, El Paso, TX
The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, UT
Art + Environment Center, Nevada Art Museum, Reno, NV
The UNM Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC)
Fodder Project: A Collaborative Research Farm
The American Society for Acoustic Ecology


Paseo del Bosque Ecological Restoration

A design partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers on an ecologically-degraded section of the Rio Grande Bosque creating a design to engage art, access, and restoration of the bosque ecosystem.

Open Source/Open Culture

A learning community in collaboration with the Depatment of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Engineering, the Department of Art and Art History, and other programs at UNM, offering students and faculty an opportunity to develop virtual infrastructure and open source technologies.

ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness: The International Symposium for Electronic Art

A wide-ranging series of public events highlighting art, technology and environment in conjunction with the prestigious International ISEA Symposium  ( and created in partnership with 516 ARTS, The Albuquerque Museum, The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, Creative Albuquerque and others.

USDA FoodShed Field Study

A summer UNM field program involving Art and Ecology, Sustainability Studies, the Department of Communications and Journalism, the Department of Geography, and the Department of Civil Engineering.

Barrio Buena Vista

A long-term project in the Buena Vista neighborhood in El Paso, Texas, working with the Centro Artistico y Cultural and the City of El Paso on wetland restoration, a mural series, and an urban pocket park.

Clean Livin’

A collaboration with Simparch and the Center for Land Use Interpretation on an experimental sustainability project at an abandoned military Quonset in Wendover, UT.

Bosque Environmental Monitoring Project

Engagement in the monitoring of local bat species and the creation of habitat-promoting sculpture through a coordinated program of volunteer citizen and student groups who gather long-term data on the forest ecosystem located along the Middle Rio Grande.

Albuquerque Metropolitan Area Flood Control Agency

A series of proposals and implemented projects addressing flood control structures, including detention ponds and wetland trash settlement areas, through art intervention.

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