Santa Fe Institute

New Mexico Scientist/Artist Research Collaboration (NM-SARC) as Part of the International ISEA2012 Symposium


March 21, 2011
12:15 PM
Collins Conference Room

Andrea Polli (Mesa Del Sol Chair of Digital Media; Associate Professor, Art & Art History and Engineering, UNM Center for the Arts, University of New Mexico)

The New Mexico Scientists and Artists Research Collaboration proposes to initiate a pilot series of professional artists residencies in science laboratories and field settings, to be launched during ISEA 2012,* with intention that this will be the start of a sustainable arts and sciences collaborations program in New Mexico.

NM-SARC is a part of, and will take advantage of the international program, promotion, and anticipated presence of large numbers of attendees for the International Symposium for the Electronic Arts (ISEA-2012), to be held in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in September 2012.

Beginning in March 2011, visits to facilities and meetings among artists and science/technology institutions and personnel will be scheduled. In order to move ahead in a timely manner, for funding purposes and for strategic realization of goals, these meetings will be followed by a call for proposals this Spring, and by a first NM-SARC invitational workshop this Summer. That meeting will kick off the NM SARC, and will set the agenda, processes and outcomes for the pilot collaborations to be premiered at ISEA 2012.

A number of applying artists will be selected for the NM-SARC Residency program, to develop ideas and projects during their month-long residencies at science labs and field sites throughout New Mexico. Selected artists will have the unique opportunity to work alongside scientists on specific topics relevant to themes ranging from space sciences, computation, complexity and visualization, to photonics, bio-acoustics, ecology, engineering and ethics.

Presentations by program participants and post-residency workshops at ISEA 2012 will bring together international Symposium participants, artists and scientists and many invited guests. Artists will be provided with travel, living expenses, a workspace in or near the science lab or field site, a stipend, and a materials allowance.

NM-SARC will foster practice-based research, promotion of innovation through the hybrid collaborations, creative projects, outreach education and wide dissemination of results online and through publications.  Other outcomes will include: 

–  Publish catalog of works (Radius Books).
–  Publish proceedings (Leonardo Electronic Almanac).
–  Creation of shared works and novel artifacts (scientific and theoretical papers, computer programs, artworks, musical compositions, design documents, engineering, etc).
–  Establish an ongoing program of scientist/artist collaboration in NM labs and field sites.
–  Conduct critical analysis of similarities and differences in the ways of thinking and working in the sciences and the arts, encouraging more informed understandings about the benefits and means for improving and expanding these collaborations in the future.

* ISEA 2012: The International Symposium for the Electronic Arts has held annual programs in cities around the world for over 30 years. In 2010 ISEA was held in Germany; in Fall 2011 it will be held in Istanbul, Turkey; and from September 19-24, 2012, it will be centered in Albuquerque, NM. Over 5,000 international academic, institutional and individual participants and attendees are expected to come to New Mexico for ISEA-2012.

Purpose: Research Collaboration

SFI Host: Jennifer Dunne

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