Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Creating Change in Barelas / Albuquerque, NM

Students of the Creating Change course (co-taught by Catherine Harris, Szu-Han Ho, and Andrea Polli) are working in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque from Feb 27-Apr 7, 2014 to produce collaborative projects with the following organizations: Working Classroom, Barelas Senior Center, Encuentro, and the Market Railyard!

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Creating Change goes to Marfa, TX

Students of the “Creating Change” course (co-taught by Catherine Harris, Szu-Han Ho, and Andrea Polli) will travel to Marfa, Tx to work on collaborative projects with a class from Geneva University of Art + Design. Feb 12-21, 2014.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Land Arts receives grant from Mellon Foundation!!

The Land Arts of the American West program is happy to announce the receipt of a five year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the creation of the Land Arts Mobile Research Center (LAMRC). Funds provided will support graduate student and faculty research, as well as publication and a visiting artist/scholar program at UNM. Professor Bill Gilbert will serve as the initial director of the LAMRC. Asst Research Professor Jeanette Hart-Mann will assume the leadership role of the Land Arts of the American West field program while a national search is conducted for a permanent director. In year three of the grant, the LAMRC will search for a new director to serve as Professor Gilbert’s replacement.

Our thanks to Mariet Westermann and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Board for the award of this grant.

For more information about LAMRC Research Grants please visit: http://landarts.unm.edu/grants.html

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

High Desert Test Sites 2013 in Albuquerque

HDTS 2013 will take place along 700 miles of desert road from Joshua Tree, CA to Albuquerque, NM from October 12-19th, 2013. Check out A&E contributors: Catherine Harris, Nina Dubois, and Alex Webb will present “Dusty Inflatables” in Montessa Park, Albuquerque // Andrea Polli and Ellen Babcock will present “Tradewinds Sign Rally” next to the Octopus Car Wash on Route 66!! http://www.highdeserttestsites.com/events/hdts-2013

“High Desert Test Sites supports experimental art that engages with the local environment and community.

We generate physical and conceptual spaces for art exploring the intersections between contemporary art and life at large. Scattered along a stretch of intimate yet diverse desert communities that include Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Wonder Valley, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms, our sites provide a place for both fleeting and long-term experimental projects.

HDTS was first conceived of eleven years ago as an experimental forum for merging contemporary art with life at large. Since 2002, we have hosted more than 200 artists, architects, designers, desert doers, and other inspirational figures. The HDTS HQ in downtown Joshua Tree opened in 2010 and offers info and driving maps to our local sites, a desert research library, project archives, workshops, and the HDTS Life Enhancement Shop. Recently we also added the HDTS Scout residence program, and In October we are hosting HDTS 2013, our biggest event ever – with more than 60 projects along over 700 miles of desert roads, from Joshua Tree to Albuquerque. “

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Creating Change 2.0 in Phoenix, AZ

The Creating Change 2.0 class will present their work at Feast on the Street, a project by Clare Patey and Matthew Moore, in Phoenix on April 13, 2013. See photos from the event on our blog: http://unmcreatingchange.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Creating Change 2.0 goes to Green River, UT

Creating Change 2.0 will be going to Green River, UT March 9-17 2013 to work with Epicenter, as part of their Frontier program.  We will be working with high school students to create an art and biology collaboration, modeling seeds important to Green River in larger than life scale inflatable architecture.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Sevilleta LTER REU in High Country News !!!

From High Country News – an Article about the REU – Research Experiences for Undergraduates – program at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and Long Term Ecological Research site.   Apply for the 2013 summer’s internship! High Country News Article

Thursday, September 27th, 2012


Andrea Polli, Associate Professor of Art & Ecology, is the Artistic Director for ISEA2012 (International Symposium of Electronic Arts): Machine Wilderness

Re-envisioning Art, Technology and Nature
“Our species will survive neither by totally rejecting nor unconditionally embracing technology – but by humanizing it.”
-video collective Raindance, Radical Software

ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness is a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature. The ISEA symposium is held every year in a different location around the world, and has a 30-year history of significant acclaim. Albuquerque is the first host city in the U.S. in six years.


Monday, May 14th, 2012

New course for Spring 2012: CO-EVOLUTION

CO-EVOLUTION: Art + Biology in the Museum
ARTS 429/529 // BIO 402/502 // UHON 402

Szu-Han Ho, Assistant Professor of Art & Ecology (UNM Dept of Art and Art History)
Joseph Cook, Director of the Museum of Southwestern Biology, Professor of Biology (UNM Dept of Biology)
with Visiting Artists: Brandon Ballengée, Suzanne Anker, and Brian Conley

As collaboration and communication between fields becomes increasingly prevalent within scientific research as well as artistic practice, there is a greater need for interdisciplinary exchange between biologists, artists, historians, and other researchers to share resources and methods for building collective knowledge. This form of collaboration can help researchers to see the intersections between cultural history and natural history, to pose new questions, and to foster a more expansive approach to answering these questions in a way that connects their diverse histories. This course aims to bridge the gap between traditionally segregated disciplines, in order to develop the creativity, generative thinking, and rigorous inquiry required of future leaders in research and practice.

“CO-EVOLUTION: Art + Biology in the Museum” consists of a 1-hour seminar each week and a series of three 2-day intensive workshops, to take place throughout the semester. Joseph Cook (UNM-Biology) and Szu-Han Ho (UNM-Art & Ecology) will co-teach the course, along with a diverse set of guest lecturers that include biologists, artists, musicians, designers, and programmers. This course is intended for UNM Honors students and advanced undergraduate or graduate students in Art Studio or Biology; instructor permission is required to enroll.

During the weekly seminar (Tues 12-12:50pm), we will hear from a variety of perspectives in both the arts and sciences on the relationship of form to place, centering on the theme of “Morphology and Geographic Variation.” We will address such questions such as: How has geography affected the ecology and evolution of species? How can we understand the relationship of animal appearance and behavior within an environmental gradient? Why do some bird species sing in local ‘dialects’ and what are the parallels between human and non-human communication? How have artists engaged with and intervened in natural systems through a place-baced understanding?

The workshops, which will take place during three weekends throughout the semester (Fri-Sat; 10am-4pm), will be led by invited artists who are renowned in their field and working at the intersection of science and contemporary art. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Visiting Artists through hands-on workshops to explore various themes in relation to the collections at the Museum of Southwestern Biology, one of the foremost natural history collections in the country. The workshops will address one of three possible themes:

1) Brandon Ballengée: Cataloguing Wonder — recapturing the sense-experience in empiricism; collecting through the senses
2) Suzanne Anker: Fluid Taxonomy — on the dynamic, ever shifting practice of classification and its implications in culture
3) Brian Conley: Morphology and Evolution — investigating change in nature and culture through place and time

Students will develop a hands-on study or project that may result in one of the following: a public presentation or exhibition highlighting aspects of the collection; a web-based tool for activating data in a visual or aural format; a printed book or catalogue for dissemination; a curricular module for a hybrid lab/studio. The aim of these collaborative workshops is to create accessibility and dialogue around the valuable resources of a natural history collection within the scientific and cultural debate on habitat, genomics, climate change, and biodiversity.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

New course for Fall 2012: Creating Change

A&E is pleased to announce a new first 8-week Fall 2012 course called Creating Change to be team-taught by 4 A&E instructors and focusing on field based work including travel at El Paso.

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