The work of emerging and established video and new media artists are showcased in Currents New Media Festival, an annual citywide event opening on June 9 and running through June 25 that brings together the work of artists from New Mexico and around the world.
Currents New Media Festival features interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances, single channel video, animation, digital dome programs, experimental documentaries, web based/app art forms, architectural mapping, the oculus rift, robotics and 3D printing.
“We put out an international call for work last August and received around 600 submissions,” explain co-executive and artistic directors Mariannah Amster and Frank Ragano. “We’re delighted to be showing work by artists including Jacob Tonski from Chicago, who repurposed an old Victorian couch and put two gyroscopes in it, and Verena Friedrich from Germany, who created a plexiglass box with a robotic arm that blows soap bubbles.”
Events and exhibitions take place at 12 indoor venues and public and outdoor spaces throughout the city, including El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, Meow Wolf, Axle Contemporary, Warehouse 21 and Violet Crown Cinema.
Among the opening weekend events are the performances “VOSIS,” an interactive image sonication interface that creates complex wavetables, “We,” an interactive performance that deals with confrontation of the self and of the unknown, and “Burnish,” a stand-alone art object and interactive performance piece inspired by elements of fire, flooding and the desire to cleanse the heart.
Currents New Media Festival is the brainchild of Parallel Studios, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been producing, curating and designing small and large scale currents video exhibitions in Santa Fe since 2002. More than 7,000 visitors attended festival events in 2016.