The International Collaborative Art Program


On April 1st of 2012, The International Social Practice (ISP) Program of the Arts Learning Laboratory (ALL), welcomed it’s inaugural visitor to UNM for the month. In May our resident travelled with students in the International Social Practice class to collaborate with students from the University of California at Santa Cruz to develop a public art project to be presented during a symposium on May 11th at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz.

In June of 2013, the ISP changed it’s name to the International Collaborative Art Program (ICAP), and welcomed Ukranian artist (living in Poland), Denis Kolokol to collaborate with students at UNM and travel with them to the University of California at San Diego, where students worked with Michael Trigilio and Trish Stone, and their students at the Qualcomm Institute (formerly Calit2). Students developed data visualizations, datamoshed LIDAR scans, and anamorphic 3D videos, which were displayed on the VROOM wall, the NexCave, and various 3D monitors scattered around the studio. Students in the UNM ICAP program also presented a show of their work at the Tan Gallery in Barelas before traveling to San Diego. The results of their work were compiled in a gallery catalog that is available as a print on demand catalog from lulu.com. The International Collaborative Art Program at UNM is a unification of the concept of the international artist residency with the evolving practice of public art, collaboratively made art, and relational aesthetics.

ICAP provided students with opportunities to interact directly with international artists and curators in a collaborative class setting. ICAP also employs a new pedagogical model that offers students opportunities to comprehend the changing nature of contemporary art-making as it expands outside of the museum, and across cultural, national, and international borders. In the wake of the successes of our June 2013 program students from that summer class collaborated with Lee Montgomery to produce “Constellations of the City” at 516 gallery in Albuquerque. Students engage in collaborative exchange with international professional artists and develop projects between two research institutions. Students work directly with visiting artists or curators to realize projects that directly engage social practice and/or environmental arts practice, and that may also use new technology to explore these issues through the programs association with UNM’s Electronic Arts program. Students and faculty from the University of New Mexico and the University of California Santa Cruz engage in collaborative classes across institutions. The UCSC program is facilitated through The Hub: A Social and Environmental Research Center. CEC ArtsLink, an international arts organization facilitates the selection and organization of artists to visit UNM and UCSC. Visiting artists have opportunities to work within the United States in two vastly differing cultural, ecological and political climates: the Northern California and the desert Southwest. This program offers students opportunities to directly experience emergent interdisciplinary art practices that are associated with technology, social practice, and the environment from a national and international perspective, extending arts practice beyond the walls of the institution. Students will garner an education that will prepare them for the art market as it is emerging in the twenty first century. The ICAP is responsible for fostering an international perspective and demonstrating a pragmatic approach to art-making. The curriculum vigorously encourages exchange of ideas between students in both institutions and the visiting, practicing artists, this is in stark contrast to traditional pedagogical methods that assume more insular and lecture based methods of education.

Partners: CEC ArtsLink: CEC ArtsLink is an international arts organization whose programs encourage and support exchange of artists and cultural managers in the United States and abroad. The organization believes that the arts are a society’s most deliberate and complex means of communication, and that the work of artists and arts administrators can help nations overcome long histories of reciprocal distrust, insularity and conflict. With solid expertise and lasting partnerships in 32 countries, CEC ArtsLink promotes communication and understanding through innovative, mutually beneficial collaborative projects. CEC was founded in 1962 to enable citizens of the United States and the Soviet Union to accomplish what their governments could not ; opening doors, sharing ideas and building mutual trust. In today’s transformed and complex world, citizen diplomacy is still urgently needed.   UC San Diego and the Qualcomm Institute Students from UNM and UCSD were able to use facilities at the Qualcomm Institute through a collaboration with Michael Trigilio’s  Socially Engaged Speculative Media Initiative . SESMI invites students and community-members to experiment with a range of media and design modalities, imagining a constantly changing social and technological present. Through a variety of projects, SESMI is working across disciplines with students, artists, scientists, and technologists to develop workshops, collaborative media works, performances, and public interventions which examine the emotional, psychological, satirical, and social potential of imagining an unknown future. Since January 2013, Trigilio and his students have been making work for a project called T2ERU: Tell Them Everything/Remember Us wherein they consider the question of what is worth remembering in 4,000 years. The works made for T2ERU are partially data-driven time-capsules mixed with heaping doses of abstract visualizations and satirical speculative fictions.   SPARC at UCSC: Social Practice Arts Research Center Mission statement The Hub’s mission is to foster creative change through art actions and collaboration on social, political and environmental issues. Promoting social consciousness in art, education and life. Increasing the flow of ideas and art actions in real social contexts. Positioning art making and the conversations that surround the creative process as research. Reaching audiences inside and beyond the academy. Building community building and critical dialog as a vision towards active social change.


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