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Sunday, February 25, 2007

2007 Year in Review

It's been a pretty full year here at ARTS Lab:

NM Lambda Rail Kick-off (1/18)
NM Governor Richardson, UNM Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development Terry Yates and other dignitaries and VIP's visited the ARTS Lab Garage @ UNM to officially announce New Mexico's participation in the National Lambda Rail. This next generation network offers nearly unlimited bandwidth (compared to existing technologies) to connect New Mexico's research community with leading institutions around the country and world.

Media Industries Conference (2/2)
UNM's ARTS Lab organized New Mexico's third annual conference for the state's Media Industries Strategy Project (MISP), bringing together over 300 attendees from film, education, games, technology, design and other areas.

CineMas (2/16)
The ARTS Lab was a key sponsor for the inaugural year of CineMas, New Mexico's International Latino Film Festival, with film showings, discussions and events throughout Albuquerque (including one at the Garage). Our own Enrico Trujillo was among the organizers, joining Festival Director Dorothy Baca (also Director of the Arts of the Americas Insititute) and others to help build CineMas into one of New Mexico's most promising events.

"Limbo" by Ecotone Physical Theatre Company (2/16 & 2/17)
The ARTS Lab's Hue Walker and Enrico Trujillo brought their artistic minds and multimedia skills to the latest improvisational performance by Ecotone Physical Theatre Company, led by Donna Jewell and Kevin Paul.

Haptic Launching Architecture Event (2/20)
Architecture Studio 302, led by Christopher Kaltenbach, has embarked on an exciting course: to imagine the environments we will want and need as we move to the next phase of our exploration of other planets and space. Lectures from Thomas Daniell, an architect and critic practicing in Kyoto, Japan, and Dr. Mark Nelson, who lived in and helped design Biosphere 2, helped the Haptic Launching team and a full house of attendees understand some of the many considerations imposed by closed systems and limited space.

"Finding a Pose" by Min Kim Park (2/23-24; 3/2-3)
The current show in the ARTS Lab Garage, "Finding a Pose" is a video installation by local artist and graduate student Min Kim Park, that considers how both models and audience members respond to the female form.

A Celebration of NM Entrepreneurship (2/28)
One way the ARTS Lab supports NM Economic Development is through its support and participation in High Desert Venture Camp (HDVC). As part of Entrepreneurship Week USA, HDVC (and many others) are presenting this event on February 28th at the MTTC, UNM Research Park South.

It's unlikely that we'll keep up this pace of public events (there are classes, training, demos and other projects to do), but I like to think that the variety of these events (and their audiences) provides a good picture of the ARTS Lab approach: bringing many different disciplines together through projects, education and other events to explore the interplay of arts and technology, and provide a foundation for New Mexico's creative growth.

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