A group of five Albuquerque arts professionals will travel to Istanbul, Turkey, September 12 – 20, 2011 to experience ISEA2011 and to present about Albuquerque as the host city for ISEA2012, the International Symposium on Electronic Art. The prestigious ISEA symposium is held every year in a different location around the world, and has a 30-year history of significant acclaim. It is an international honor for Albuquerque to be selected as the first host city in the U.S. since 2006 when it was in San Jose, California.

In the fall of 2012, a group of New Mexico and regional organizations will present the symposium and season-long series of public events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature. The ISEA2012 symposium will consist of a conference based in Albuquerque (September 19 – 24, 2012), an exhibition at 516 ARTS and The Albuquerque Museum (September 20, 2012 – January 6, 2013), and an expansive, regional collaboration throughout the fall of 2012, including art exhibitions, public events, performances and educational activities. This project will draw a wealth of leading creative minds from around the globe, and engage our local community through in-depth partnerships. The ISEA symposium is internationally renowned as an incubator in which science, technology and the arts come together to produce truly innovative creations that stimulate and fuel further innovation as well as delighting participants and audiences. From robotic sculptures and electric vehicles to light shows in the sky and interactive projections on the sides of buildings, ISEA2012 in New Mexico will be an exciting and educational experience.

The five Albuquerque arts professionals who will travel to Istanbul for ISEA2011 are:
• Suzanne Sbarge, 516 ARTS Executive Director & ISEA2012 Executive Producer
• Andrea Polli, UNM Professor or Art & Engineering & ISEA2012 Artistic Director
• Cathy Wright, Director, The Albuquerque Museum, one of primary hosts for ISEA2012 exhibition
• Marta Weber, 516 ARTS Board Member & ISEA2012 Fundraising Chair
• Teresa Buscemi, 516 ARTS Program Coordinator & ISEA2012 Communications Coordinator
• Laura Kesselman, Kesselman-Jones, ISEA2012 Conference Coordinators

The group from Albuquerque will attend the ISEA2011 conference and exhibition, and they will present about Albuquerque to the international gathering of of leading minds in the fields of art, science and technology. They will present a video about ISEA2012 and New Mexico, featuring a special message from Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry. ISEA2011 is being held in conjunction with the renowned Istanbul Biennial exhibition, a major international contemporary art exhibition. http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/

516 ARTS, the lead organization in this large-scale collaboration, has announced the launch of the new website and call for proposals for ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness - www.isea2012.org. The deadline for proposals from artists and presenters is October 15, 2011 (apply online and see website for details about jurors and opportunities for special projects).

The “Machine Wilderness” theme of ISEA2012 focuses on the combination of art, science and technology, demonstrating the role art can play in re-envisioning the world. It references the New Mexico region as an area of rapid growth and technology alongside wide expanses of open land, and will present creative solutions for how technology and the natural world can sustainably co-exist.

ISEA2012 is organized by 516 ARTS, and is hosted with The University of New Mexico, The Albuquerque Museum and over 60 partnering organizations including: Albuquerque Balloon Museum, Visit Albuquerque, City of Albuquerque Public Art Program, Creative Albuquerque, ¡Explora!, Harwood Museum of Art, Institute of American Indian Arts Digital Dome, Intel, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Santa Fe Complex, Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas El Paso, SITE Santa Fe and many others. Special programs will include the ISEA2012 Education Program for students and teachers (sponsored by Intel), Artist/Scientist Residencies and a Latin American Forum.

Major funding support for ISEA2012 to date includes: The City of Albuquerque, McCune Charitable Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The University of New Mexico, Intel Corporation and The Albuquerque Museum Foundation.