Grant from New Mexico Humanities Council

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Grant awarded for a three day Seminar at Santa Fe’s Media Art Festival CURRENTS, ‘Art and Technology in Collaboration’, led by Edward Shanken and Yolande Harris, from the New Mexico Humanities Council.

Excerpt from press release: CURRENTS, Santa Fe’s annual, international, new media festival will open on June 12th. As part of the festival’s ongoing series of scholarly presentations, noted art historian, Edward Shanken and professor of media arts, Yolande Harris, will lead a three day program that engages the community in an interactive and participatory experience of the arts.

The free program will invite the general public to view the work in CURRENTS’ main exhibition as a vehicle for reflecting on the creative process, the role of technology in the arts, and technology’s impact on 21st century life.

The program will include:
– a visit to the install where participants will view new media art being installed and ask questions of the artists, curators and scholars about the process of preparing work for public view.

– Ms. Harris’s artist to artist interviews, will explore artists’ creative motivation, their relationship with their work and their work’s relationship to the larger cultural and social landscape. The audience will be encouraged to take part in questioning the artists and scholars.

– Mr. Shanken’s lecture will put the work in the exhibition in historical context, discuss the intersection of art and technology and over arching questions of technology as a social force.

– a response component will allow participants to use their experiences to think and write critically about works of art in the exhibition and to use the work as a resource for reflecting on shifts in society that are driven by technology’s integration into everyday life.