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Friday, April 23, 2010

Artificial Selection Events @ ARTS Lab

We're very excited to be working with the good folks at 516 Arts in Albuquerque and their "Artificial Selection" event series (more info at

What will you see here at ARTS lab?

ROBO-HACK-O-RAMA (Thursday, April 29th 2PM) 

516 ARTS and UNM ARTS Lab present a workshop and demo exploring some how-to techniques of robotics and hacking as they can be applied to artistic practices. This workshop is led by Simon Mehalek, artist and researcher featured in Artificial Selection.

Participants will learn robotics concepts, options for different sensor systems, and how Arduinos can be used to control other systems. Participants will work in groups to complete assembly and initial programming of basic moving robot w/ wheels, sensors and an arduino brain.
Open to teens, students and adults.

UNM Students Free (w/ ID -- space is limited, so pre-register)
516 Arts Member $12
Community Participant $15

Visit to sign up!
(no service charge if you pay by cash or check at the door)

MAN, MACHINES & METROPOLIS (featuring The Chuppers) (Friday, April 30th 8PM)

In conjunction with the Artificial Selection exhibition, 516 ARTS and UNM ARTS Lab present a unique evening of live music and digital media inspired by the dystopic vision of Fritz Lang’s classic film Metropolis (1927) and issues of humanity and machines. This event features a performance by The Chuppers, a showing of specially selected content in ARTS Lab’s fulldome theater, the “GDome”, and a few other treats. The Chuppers grew out of UNM’s Electric Ensemble, a collaboration between UNM’s Music Department, Ubik Sound and the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program (IFDM). Facilitated by Manny Rettinger, the group creates musical instruments called “chuppers” which combine old and new technology, including audio processors, speakers, computers, microphones, cameras, traditional and non-traditional instruments, projectors and more.

UNM Students & Faculty $5 
516 Arts Member $5
General Public $8

Visit to sign up!
(no service charge if you pay by cash or check at the door)

And again -- more info at for other Natural Selection Events w/ 516 Arts!

Opening Reception @ 516 Arts on Saturday, April 24th from 6-8PM

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