516 ARTS and partners hosted Digital Latin America, an outgrowth of the Latin American Forum for the award-winning International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA2012) produced by 516 ARTS last fall (www.isea2012.org). It explored the North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between South America, Central America and the Southwest United States.
Connecting individuals, cultures, traditions and social histories to a rapidly expanding global network remains not only a pressing challenge but a profound opportunity and necessity. The utopian notion of closing the digital divide represents a paradigm shift that encourages the participation of all communities and cultures to express themselves through contemporary methods and continue a progressive existence in today’s technology dependent society. Digital Latin America looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.
The multi-site International Art Exhibition, based at 516 ARTS’ museum-style venue in the center of Downtown Albuquerque, highlighted contemporary artists from Latin America and the Southwestern United States with high caliber, innovative, interactive artworks, accessible to the general public and presented in an educational context. Satellite artworks and exhibitions were located at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History and UNM Art Museum.
At 516 ARTS:
Jessica Angel (Colombia) , Hernando Barragán (Colombia) , Giselle Beiguelman (Brazil) , Rejane Cantoni & Leonardo Crescenti (Brazil), Paula Gaetano-Adi (Argentina), Matt Garcia (Kansas) , Amor Muñoz (Mexico) , Jessica Pizaña Roberts (Texas), Paola Torres Nuñez del Prado (Peru), Claudia X. Valdes (New Mexico/Chile) , Gabriel Vanegas (Colombia) , Javier Villegas (Colombia) and William Wilson (New Mexico).
At the UNM Art Museum: Oscar Muñoz: Biografias Curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, UNM Art Museum
At the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History: Elizabeth Cunningham
Special Feature at 516 ARTS:
Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection
Researcher: Ricardo Dal Farra
Host: The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology
During Digital Latin America, a listening room for the public to experience 550 of the almost 2,000 electroacoustic music works by Latin American composers from Ricardo Dal Farra’s collection hosted by the Daniel Langlois Foundation of Montreal will be running throughout the exhibition at 516 ARTS Latin American electroacoustic music has a long and prolific history, but it’s a history that is little known even within the region itself. Many composers born or living in Latin America have been very active in this field, going back as far as 50 years in some countries, but the availability of electroacoustic music recordings and information in Latin America has been a problem for educators, composers, performers, researchers, students and the general public. In an effort to preserve, document and disseminate at least a portion of the wealth of electroacoustic music created by Latin American composers, an archive has been developed at the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology.
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Diane Armitage, “Critical Reflection: ‘Digital Latin America’” THE Magazine
Margaret Wright, “Albuquerque’s ‘Digital Latin America’ Etches Parallel Visions” Adobe Airstream
Teresa Buscemi, “5 Minutes with New Media Artist Jessica Angel” Pyragraph
Matthew Irwin, “New Mexico hosts a range of new media art this summer in a pair of joint projects - ‘Currents’ and ‘Digital Latin America’” Art Ltd
Rafael Martinez, “Digital Art with a North/South Consciousness” New Mexico Mercury
Peter Frank, “Haiku Reviews” Huffington Post
Cristina Baccin, “DIGITAL LATIN AMERICA & ‘Florcita Andina’” KUNM
Megan Kamerick, “Digital Latin America Explores Art and Technology” KUNM
Cristina Baccin, “Latin American Electroacoustic Art” KUNM
Benito Aragon, “516 ARTS Digital Latin America Block Party” New Mexico Mercury (YouTube)
Benito Aragon, “‘Digital Latin America’ Artists in Their Own Words” New Mexico Mercury