This past week (September 19 – 24, 2012), the worlds of art, science and technology came together in Albuquerque, New Mexico for ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness, the 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art, a six day international conference, kicking off a season-long exhibition and public programs. Temporary New Mexico regional editor, Nancy Zastudil, has organized ongoing coverage of the symposium with the ISEA2012 Insiders, a group of (ISEA2012′s Artistic Director) Andrea Polli‘s University of New Mexico students who are live-blogging the event. This video essay is the third in a series of posts from the Insiders about the ISEA2012 symposium, exhibition and public programs.
Escape by Neil Mendoza and Anthony Goh at 516 Arts and Albireo by Mark Malmberg at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History are part of the ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness exhibition in Albuquerque. Escape is an interactive installation in which the birds, made from recycled phone parts, move, answer calls and make calls. Albireo are three robotic bird like machines mounted on the Albuquerque Museum rooftop patio. These solar powered creatures interact with each other in sound and motion. Looking up at them suggests reflection on the sky, stars, airplanes, satellites and transmitted information.
Book by Peter Sarkisian in The Transformative Surface exhibition at the University of New Mexico Art Museum is part of ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness in Albuquerque.
Dendrochronologist’s Dilemma is an interactive video installation by Mary Tsiongas in The Transformative Surface exhibition at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. The exhibition is part of ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness in Albuquerque.
Vehicle #3: Heliotropic Benches (For Beagle II) by Matthew Hebert at the Albuquerque Museum. I found Matthew fine tuning these solar powered benches that move towards light and away from people.
Larry Heard has a background in educational technology, art and teaching and is currently a geography graduate student at the University of New Mexico.