“This is the first time the United States has hosted the conference since San Jose (Calif.) in 2006,” said Suzanne Sbarge, the executive producer of ISEA2012. “When San Jose hosted it, they used the conference to launch its biennial, and we’re hoping to build programs that will go beyond hosting this conference.”
The ISEA2012 symposium will consist of a conference that runs from Sept. 19-24, 2012. An exhibition that runs concurrently with the conference will run from Sept. 20, 2012 to Jan. 6, 2013.
Artists, performers and conference presenters interested in submitting a proposal for ISEA2012 should visitwww.isea2012.org for guidelines. To submit a proposal is free, and the deadline to do so is Oct. 15.
Sbarge says the conference is currently working on a call for proposals for artists, performers and conference presenters. Those interested can visit www.isea2012.org to see all of the guidelines, she said. The deadline is Oct. 15.
“We’re looking for artists that combine arts and technology,” she said.
Sbarge said that Albuquerque got the conference because of Andrea Polli, the artistic director of the event.
“Andrea really put the effort forward,” she said. “We bid for the 2011 show, but we lost out to Istanbul. We got the 2012 show, which gives us more time to get things in order.”
“Machine Wilderness” is the theme of the conference.
“There are five guides underneath the theme,” Sbarge said. “They are transportation, power, creative economies, wildlife and cosmos.”
The theme is a reference to the New Mexico region as an area of rapid growth and technology alongside wide expanses of open land.
The exhibition 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.
“It’s going to focus on creative solutions for how technology and the natural world can co-exist,” she said.
According to Sbarge, the program will include a bilingual focus, an indigenous thread and a focus on land and skyscape.
“Because of our vast resource of land in New Mexico, proposals from artists are being sought that will take ISEA participants out into the landscape,” she said. “The Albuquerque Balloon Museum offers a unique opportunity for artworks to extend into the sky as well.”
Sbarge said being awarded the conference is a big accomplishment for the city. Albuquerque is the smallest of the cities that has hosted the event.
“It gives us a chance to be part of something international,” she said. “It’s going to draw worldwide appeal and it’s a great opportunity to develop new programs and continue them.”
Sbarge said five Duke City arts professionals will travel to Istanbul for ISEA2011 and make a presentation about Albuquerque and the 2012 conference.
The representatives are Sbarge, 516 ARTS executive director and ISEA2012 executive producer; Polli, UNM professor of art and engineering and ISEA2012 artistic director; Cathy Wright, the director of the Albuquerque Museum; Marta Weber, a 516 ARTS board member and the ISEA2012 fundraising chair; Teresa Buscemi, the 516 ARTS program coordinator and ISEA2012 communications coordinator; and Laura Kesselman of Kesselman-Jones, the ISEA2012 conference coordinator.