ISEA2012 and the Santa Fe Art Institute present: No Places With Names: A Critical Acoustic Archaeology. Drawing visitors out into the landscapes surrounding the campus of the Institute for American Indian Art in Santa Fe, this GPS-based sound walk and sculpture installation explores the concept of wilderness and its shifting meanings across cultural contexts. A spatialized sound composition created for the IAIA Dome offers an alternative mode for experiencing sounds drawn from the sound walk. An exhibition, staged as a visitor center, is presented at the Santa Fe Art Institute through December 31, 2012. The sound walk premiered at ISEA 2012 and is available as a mobile app available for free download, making the work accessible in perpetuity.
iPhone App: Version 1.2 RELEASED 9.22.12. Android app version to be released: early 2014
Note: We are delighted to announce that the IAIA AT Equipment Checkout Room has generously agreed to extend the period during which devices will be loaned to the general public. 11 devices are available for loan from the AT Equipment Checkout Room located in the Library Building (see #5) of the IAIA. Hours Monday and Wednesday 1-6pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9-3pm, FRI 1-5pm.
Larry Phan www.larryphan.com is a studio artist based in Farmington, New Mexico. He is a maker of functional ceramic objects and an educator at San Juan College. As a first generation Asian American, his practice incorporates concepts of family, community and daily ritual experiences. Phan received his BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. He has been a resident artist at The Clay Studio of Missoula in Missoula, Montana and his work has been exhibited throughout the United States.
Carmelita Topaha (Dine) is a member of the Navajo Nation, Newcomb Chapter. She has worked as a consulting anthropologist, archaeologist, or ethnographer on a variety of projects, including a decade-long cross-cultural inquiry into landscape and language. She is a weaver, potter, and a writer and teaches courses at San Juan College.
Wilderness as an idea has traditionally fueled colonial, spiritual and environmentalist agendas in the United States. Like the notion of the "pastoral" elaborated by Leo Marx in his famous book "The Machine in the Garden," the concept of wilderness has seen significant transformations through time, often in response to population growth, development and technological change. No Places With Names ask the question, "What is the significance of wilderness today and how has it exceeded its past associations with romantic ideals?" Born of a nine-month collaboration on-site in the landscapes of New Mexico, the project seeks to reveal diverse attitudes and perceptions of wilderness as reflected in the mix of cultures that define the contemporary American Southwest. A site-specific sound walk and sculpture installation designed for the landscapes surrounding the Institute of American Indian Art is accompanied by a "visitor center" presented at the Santa Fe Art Institute through October 26, 2012. Twin presentations offer a counterpoint of experience and representation, action and contemplation, open and enclosed space, the physical and the virtual, and the audible and the visible. In each different mode, the work is meant to invite critical reflection upon the complex, and often conflicting, meanings of wilderness as place, idea, experience and cipher for revealing contemporary entanglements of nature and culture.