Wednesday Jan 2, 2013

2000 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1459

Phone: 243-7255
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Agnes Chavez

Phone: 1-800-803-8073
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Multidisciplinary Taos-based artist Agnes Chavez discusses his project, a collaborative experiment in worldwide data visualization, video mapping and open-source participatory art.

Chavez and Connors will also discuss additional artworks included in the exhibition as they and audience members walk through the gallery. The Wednesday, January 2 gallery talk is one of the final chances for the public to interact with (x)trees in the museum and to see the exhibition which closes Sunday, January 6, 2013.About (x)treesThrough (x)trees, Chavez explores the possibilities of and challenges expectations about technology, using video and sound to create an immersive, contemplative space around the theme of trees. The installation consists of floor-to-ceiling digital projections in a darkened room of the museum gallery, inviting visitors to investigate and experience the project. Whether in the museum or on the other side of the world, people are able to participate through the social media network Twitter or by sending text messages to the number 505-431-6462. (x)trees is programmed to “grow” numerous branches as it collects tweets and SMS messages that contain designated key words (i.e. trees, nature). Messages are displayed on the walls of the installation, interspersed with archived inspirational quotes about nature as well as articles from the Universal Declaration of Nature Rights.Chavez explains,“The goal is to use algorithms that mimic natural randomness, chaos and order, and focus on visualizing the essence of a tree, as opposed to a realistic interpretation of a tree. The whole experience was designed to be a catalyst for contemplative states of being that allow people to sense their global and local relationship to others, and to contemplate the value of trees and the rights of nature.”With the creation of (x)trees and through her involvement in ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness, Chavez joins the ranks of internationally recognized new media artists, engaging Taos with a global audience that is focused on the relationships amongst art, technology and the environment. (x)trees was created in collaboration with creative coder and sound designer, Alessandro Saccoia. The audio components of the project incorporate sounds collected from nature, crowds of people, and a repeating Prana breath, or “life breath,” and were produced using the real-time data processing program Pure Data. Special thanks to Twilio which makes possible the texting feature and is sponsoring (x)trees. About the artistA Cuban-American artist exhibiting since 1986, Chavez was recently given the 2012 NM Women in Technology Award. She is developer of STEMArts, a web-based platform encouraging interdisciplinary multi-age collaborations that integrate art, science and technology while proposing creative solutions to real world problems. STEMArts experiments with innovative ways to engage high school students in meaningful new media collaborations that help them find their passion. She was recently hired as ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness Education Director to develop STEM +Art educational programs and curriculum for the conference. Chavez is also developer and director of SUBE, a unique system for teaching language to children utilizing art, music and games.About the gallery talkFor the January 2 Gallery Talk, museum visitors will enjoy a guided walking tour of The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History exhibition ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness, punctuated by lively discussion of the current installation of (x)trees and the project’s future development, as well as aspects of the STEMArts curriculum and educational programs that Chavez created for ISEA2012. Additionally, Chavez and Connors will discuss numerous other artworks in the exhibition. Special thanks to The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History.