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Daily Archives: October 1, 2021

Lowrider Design Challenge

STEMarts Lab is excited to partner with Seco Live to create the Lowrider Design Challenge which complements the Low ‘N Slow exhibit, produced by Seco Live, a 501c3 building community through creativity in the little village of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. This project is made possible with thanks to our sponsors, The Taos Revolt Giving Fund@Revolt Gallery and Seco Live.

Low ‘N Slow is a satellite exhibit that emerged from the Harwood Museum of Art exhibit: Santo Lowride: Norteño Car Culture and the Santos Tradition. It is an immersive outdoor experience for art lovers of all ages providing a multi sensory tour through the world of lowrider arts and culture in Northern New Mexico. The Lowrider exhibit is curated by the prolific voice of New Mexico artist, Toby Morfin, who is also exhibiting in the Harwood show. Taking place throughout the summer of 2021, this safe and socially distant exhibition takes visitors through every aspect of lowrider culture from a 101 guide to hydraulics and pinstriping and tattoo classes to lowrider movie cult classics and interactive community gathering experiences.

Santo Lowride: Norteño Car Culture and the Santos Tradition curated by Nicole Dial- Kay, unrolls the unique story of New Mexico’s interwoven expressions of devotional art and lowrider culture. Just as the santos artists seek a physical channel between the heavens and their daily life, the lowrider has evolved as a modern-day vessel for the belief systems of multicultural Norteño communities. In this exhibition, santeros, santeras, and famed lowrider artists cruise low ’n’ slow side-by-side to make apparent how these two art forms share subject matter and religious function, binding them across past and present people

Lowrider of the Future

The theme of the STEMarts Lowrider Design Challenge is ‘Lowrider of the Future’. Students delved into the history of the lowrider to understand its artistic and cultural significance, as well as the hydraulics and engineering, to inform their designs. At the same time they researched the latest scientific and technological innovations to ask: How might a Lowrider look in the future if they applied these new innovations to a lowrider design? How might it improve its hydraulic system, become more sustainable, change its style? How might these future influences alter the cultural connection of lowrider cars?

Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show ($300) and several categories such as Best Traditional Design, and Best Futuristic Design ($100ea). There will also be a Best Teacher Curriculum Integration Award ($150). The Design Criteria below will be used by the Seco Live jurors to select the winners. Stay tuned for the announcement of winners!

Teachers were given access to a comprehensive curriculum tool to help create lesson plans around this activity.

Space Messengers: An immersive and educational sci-art experience

Space Messengers is a large-scale projection where the collective  ‘space’ messages and voices of youth participants are live mixed and projected along with their animated silhouettes on to buildings at international festivals.

We are living in an extraordinary time for scientific and technological advancements that are expanding our understanding of the universe. At the same time we are faced with the challenges of climate change and species extinction. Through our BioSTEAM International exchange program and STEMarts Curriculum Tool we collaborate with teachers and youth around the world to raise awareness to the importance of scientific literacy and the ethical impacts of new technologies on nature and society. Our hope is to inspire our youth and communities to become more informed global citizens and stewards of the interplanetary universe that is now our home. Exploring at the intersection of the arts, humanities and philosophy with science and technology we contemplate and re-imagine our humanity through this immersive art experience.

Space Messengers visualizes data. The installation generates and projects text messages collected from students that participated in an international youth exchange between Oerias Portugal and Taos New Mexico. Using a custom-designed platform we call the Space Board, students co-write messages communicating the science they learned and sharing their thoughts and wishes for a sustainable interplanetary future. These messages are seen floating on the wall along with interactive video-captured silhouettes of students from around the world.

Space Messengers is participatory. The live audience can text their own space messages which appear on the wall in real time during the event. A virtual reality platform will include a live stream of the projection from the event.  Through this mixed reality experience participants at the site or at home where ever they are can become part of the experience  radiating their space messages out to the world!

Launch Date:  Festival de Ciencia e Arte (FICA), Oeiras, Portugal, October 15-17, 2021 for the live projection. Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico for the Global Virtual Reality VR experience.

Contact us if you would like to bring Space Messengers to your festival or event. Next stop…Guadalajara, Mexico + Santa Fe, New Mexico!

This project is made possible in part by the Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund for U.S. Alumni; an opportunity sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by Partners of the Americas. Thanks also to our sponsors at the U.S. Embassy of Portugal, Taos Community Foundation, LANL Foundation and the MAE Foundation. Special thanks to our educational partners: IPPOG, ATLAS@CERN and Quarknet.

STEMarts Lab Team

Lead Artists: Agnes Chavez, Creative Director/Artist; Markus Dorninger, Projection artist with OMAi team; Roy MacDonald, creative coder; Mattieu Castel, VR designer; David Novack, Sound engineer, with Joao Espadas.

Interdisciplinary speakers/facilitators: Dr. Steven Goldfarb, University of Melbourne on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN; Dr. Nicole Lloyd-Ronning, LANL astrophysicist; Steve Tamayo, Lakota Cultural Specialist; Dr. Catarina Pombo Nabais, Philosophy of Science/University of Lisbon; Frank Tavares, NASA Communication Specialist; Curriculum  Advisors: Shane Wood, Quarknet staff; Dr. Greg Cajete, Native-American Author/cultural specialist. Visual Program Designer: Estacia Huddleston. Multi-media/Tech development and support: OMAi/Tagtool team/Josef Dorninger and Matthias Fritz;  Enrico Trujillo, University of New Mexico. STEAM Ambassadors: Dania Loya, New Mexico; Joana D’Arc Moreira, Brazil; Amina Abdrazakova, Canada; Amelia Martinez and Elsie Clayton, Taos New Mexico