ISEA2012 at the Digital Dome

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in collaboration with International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2012: Machine Wilderness), Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI), and ecoartspace invite you to ISEA2012 at the Digital Dome. Several events take place on the IAIA campus including lectures, digital dome installations, and a GPS-based sound walk. Artists include Jason Baerg, Charles Lindsay, Teri Rueb, Larry Phan, and Carmelita Topaha . Events begin Saturday, September 22, 2012 and run until November 15, 2012. These events are free and open to the public.

ISEA2012 at the Digital Dome is the first show at the Digital Dome @ IAIA that will showcase IAIA’s custom made interactive software for the six projector, surround sound, immersive environment. The software, vDome created in collaboration between digital dome manager Ethan Bach and software developer Charles Veasey,  allows artists to create audience driven interactive installations in the fulldome environment.

Event and Artist Details:

CarbonxSaturday, September 22, 2pm to 3:30pm (Lecture)
Tuesday, September 25, 9am to noon
Thursdays and Fridays, September 27 thru November 16, 1pm to 5pm
Charles Lindsay: CARBON
presented by Santa Fe Art Institute, ecoartspace & Institute of American Indian Arts
After a decade of dedicating his work to exploring CARBON, a camera-less photographic process of his own invention, 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 from a darkened body-less space in the digital dome where they are removed from their everyday surroundings and asked to contemplate an alternate world.

Saturday, September 22, 5pm
Tuesday, September 25, 9am-noon
Teri Rueb and Larry Phan (with contributions by Carmelita Topaha)
No Places with Names: A Critical Acoustic Archaeology
presented by Santa Fe Art Institute & IAIA
This project is the culmination of an ISEA2012 residency. Viewers will walk through the landscapes surrounding the IAIA, where this GPS-based sound walk weaves spoken word and sound into the trails that traverse the IAIA campus. A custom mobile phone app allows sounds to play back in response to the visitors’ movement and location which are sensed by GPS.  Viewers will walk through the landscapes surrounding the campus, where this GPS-based sound walk weaves spoken word and sound into the trails that traverse the IAIA.  As a free downloadable app made for the public spaces of the IAIA campus, the sound walk may be accessed at any time.  A spatialized sound composition designed for the Digital Dome @ IAIA serves as a companion piece to the sound walk, allowing visitors an alternative mode for experiencing the sounds.
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There Was No End by Jason BaergSaturday, September 22, 2pm to 3:30pm (Lecture)
Tuesday, September 25, 9am to noon
Thursdays and Fridays, September 27 thru November 16, 1pm to 5pm
Jason Baerg: There Was No End
presented by Institute of American Indian Arts
Cree Métis Artist Jason Baerg utilizes significant symbolic Indigenous numeric values to inform narrative, color and repetition. There Was No End is a unique interactive work that investigates global social metaphors with interest to activate collective observation and response. The 360° spherical display of abstracted symbols of the Sun the Moon and the Earth appear in sequences of 13 to reference many Indigenous communities’ 13-moon calendar. There Was No End utilizes ground-breaking research and development in the integration sensors and interactivity presented in the world’s first fully articulated digital dome.

About ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness
Re-envisioning Art, Technology and Nature

The Eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness is a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature. ISEA2012 is part of a series that started in 1988 and is overseen by the ISEA International foundation. The International Symposium on Electronic Art have become the most important academic gathering on electronic art world-wide and aim at bringing together the works of art and science. ISEA is a nomadic event. Albuquerque is the first host city in the U.S. in six years. The next editions are ISEA2013 in Sydney, Australia and ISEA2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The ISEA2012 symposium will consist of a conference September 19 – 24, 2012 based in Albuquerque with outreach days along the state’s “Cultural Corridor” in Santa Fe and Taos, and an expansive, regional collaboration throughout the fall of 2012, including art exhibitions, public events, performances and educational activities. This project will bring together a wealth of leading creative minds from around the globe, and engage the local community through in-depth partnerships.

Machine Wildernessreferences 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.

About the Digital Dome @ IAIA
The Digital Dome @ IAIA is the world’s first fully movable dome. This unique venue creates a physical and emotional response by immersing the viewer in high resolution spherical imagery and surround sound creating a physical and emotional response. It engulfs the viewer in the full range of human vision and sound producing a unique immersive experience. The Digital Dome @ IAIA brings new life to the historic, planetarium model of the medium by providing artists an endless amount of opportunities for creation.

The mission of The Institute of American Indian Arts is to empower creativity and leadership in Native arts and cultures through higher education, lifelong learning and outreach. IAIA is the only four-year fine arts degree institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. It is devoted to the study of contemporary arts, as well as the art of education. IAIA also operates two centers, the Center for Lifelong Education and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

About the SFAI:
Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute’s mission is to promote art as a positive social force — both in our community and around the world — and to highlight art as a powerful tool for facilitating dialogue, bridging perspectives, and evoking visions of a better future.

The Digital Dome @ IAIA is located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road. From Santa Fe take I-25 South. Then take exit 278A and merge onto NM-14 S towards Madrid. Turn left of Rancho Viejo Blvd. At the top of the hill, turn right onto Avenida Del Sur. Turn left onto Avan Nu Po Road and take the third left into the main entrance of the campus. The Digital Dome @ IAIA is housed in the Science and Technology building, which is straight ahead. Parking is available to the left. Please enter the Science and Technology building from the West.

ISEA2012 Santa Fe day will be September 25th. For more info, please visit

ISEA2012 is organized by 516 ARTS, and hosted with the University of New Mexico, The Albuquerque Museum, and partners.

Note: The collaboration between SFAI and IAIA opens up new possibilities for the up and coming artist in residence program at IAIA that is scheduled to begin in 2013. Artists from around the world will have the opportunity to explore this technology and create artwork like never before. Sign up to receive blog e-mail updates to keep informed about this unique opportunity.