The imagined and real prospects of leaving our planet have inspired many intriguing works of art over time. Getting Off the Planet (GOTP) departs from more traditional art forms such as painting and sculpture displayed in galleries and museums to include site-specific residency projects created by emerging and established international artists at unique venues throughout the state of New Mexico from 2012 to 2013.
Each site work will be developed during a month long residency and will engage specific communities by exploring perceptions of the universe and the cosmos, space travel, and the science and ecology of outer space. It will be an exciting combination of artists and diverse citizen participants at the interstice of art, science and technology. Some of the projects will include technology-based multi-site communications, including one that will access New Mexico’s statewide Supercomputing Gateways at 25 educational campuses; as well as a smart phone application, and digital dome multi-media experience. There will also be more community-oriented ephemeral projects, some with intentional engagement with the region’s Native American populations. Collaborations with STEM educators working with school age students will also be developed.
GOTP is co-curated by Jenée Misraje and Patricia Watts and is a project of ecoartspace. Each project will take place at multiple sites over a two year period in collaboration with both arts and science organizations. A final exhibition will serve as documentation of the project and is scheduled to be presented at the Santa Fe Art Institute Fall 2013, along with both a printed and digital catalogue and website archive.
Jenée Misraje firstname.lastname@example.org or 323.793.0600
Misraje is an independent curator and consultant based in Los Angeles. Past curatorial projects include Zoe Crosher: Trangressing the Pacific (L.A. Like) in XTRA Art Quarterly and related public billboard for LAXART; ART;
The End of the End of the Line at The Soap Factory (Minneapolis); and Reclaiming: Inter-generation in an historic building in the Westlake district of Los Angeles. Misraje has managed numerous site-engaged works including projects by artists Christoph Büchel, Edgar Arceneaux and Charles Gaines.
Patricia Watts email@example.com or 310.704.2395
Watts is founder and west coast curator of ecoartspace. She has curated over 40 exhibitions including MAKE:CRAFT (2010) at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; Hybrid Fields (2006) at the Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA; and produced a site-specific temporary public art installation entitled Windsock Currents on Crissy Field in the Presidio, San Francisco, for UN World Environment Day (2005). Watts was Chief Curator at the Sonoma County Museum from 2005-2008. http://patriciawatts.blogspot.com
ecoartspace is a nonprofit platform providing opportunities for artists who address the human/nature relationship in the visual arts. Since 1999 they have collaborated with over 150 organizations to produce more than 40 exhibitions, 100 programs, working with 400 + artists in 15 states nationally and 8 countries internationally. Currently they are developing a media archive of video interviews with artists and collection of exhibitions ephemera for research purposes. Patricia Watts is founder and west coast curator. Amy Lipton is east coast curator and director of the ecoartspace NYC project room.
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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is a four‐year institution, which helps foster the spirit and vision of Native American and Alaska Native people. Founded in 1962, IAIA offers academic excellence to both Native and non‐Native populations. IAIA’s Digital Dome is the world’s only full range articulating dome. It weighs 8,000 pounds, hangs from the ceiling, and can rotate 0° to 90° or can be place near the ceiling or the floor. This immersive, high‐resolution environment is composed of a 24 foot‐wide spherical screen, 6 projectors, and a 6.1 surround sound system. Digital Dome Director: Ethan Bach http://www.iaia.edu and http://www.digitaldomeiaia.wordpress.com
ISEA 2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness will involve a group of New Mexico arts organizations to present a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art and technology. The prestigious international ISEA is held every year in a different location around the world, and has a 30-year history of significant acclaim. The program will consist of a conference in September of 2012 and collaboration throughout the fall of 2012, including a series of art exhibitions at various sites, public events, performances and educational activities. Directors: Andrea Polli and Susanne Sbarge http://www.ISEA2012.org
Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation (PLAND) is an off-the-grid residency program that supports the development of experimental and research-based projects. It finds its inspiration in a legacy of pioneers, entrepreneurs, homesteaders, artists, and other counterculturalists who – through both radical and mundane activities – reclaim and reframe a land-based notion of the American Dream. While producing open-ended experimental projects that facilitate collaboration and hyper-local engagement, PLAND is a constantly evolving artists outpost in the New Mexican high desert. Co-founder Nancy Zastudil http://www.itspland.org
Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was founded in 1985 as an independent educational nonprofit providing unique opportunities for emerging artists to pursue brief, intense periods of study with critically acclaimed visiting artists. In 1999, the Institute moved to its nearly 17,000 square-foot facility and expanded its mission and programming to include explorations at the intersection of contemporary art and society. Bringing together prominent individuals and institutions in the arts, sciences, and humanities, SFAI provides artist residencies, lectures, workshops, publications, exhibitions, and educational outreach programming for an international audience. Executive Director: Diane Karp http://www.sfai.org
Charles Lindsay and Eric Hanson at the IAIA Digital Dome
The first scheduled site work for GOTP is a collaboration with New York photographer and sound artist Charles Lindsay and visual effects specialist Eric Hanson who together will create a video based artwork for the world's first fully articulating digital dome at the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lindsay will spend the month of June 2012 in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute where he will have access to the dome with assistance from dome director Ethan Bach and his students, while also performing field recording of sounds from the region. The video will be presented to the pubic during the ISEA 2012 conference in September at the IAIA Dome. Additional viewings will be scheduled throughout the fall. Lindsay is interested in exploring the challenge and implications of comprehending our relative scale within the universe.
Taro Shinoda at White Sands National Monument
The second scheduled site work for GOTP is with Taro Shinoda from Japan who will be in residence near White Sands National Monument in Southern New Mexico. There he will build a large pin hole camera, 32m long, to shoot photographs of the the full moon on both July 3rd and August 1st. He will be using a crane to follow the moon over a 5 day period. Shinoda has created several works using a handmade telescope to shoot the moon for an ongoing video project, which he is compiling from sites around the world. He feels that the moon is our first step toward having a sense of us all sharing this planet (Earth) together.