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PASEO 2015

THE Port at CERN meets Taos Artist Matt Thomas

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During my residency at CERN in March I met Ines Knaepper and Danial Dobos. They had recently launched an innovative project called THE Port, whose mission is to “combine creative minds from CERN and non-profit organisations in interdisciplinary teams to work on humanitarian technology related benefits to society.” They shared their project goals and expressed that they were not getting as many artists applying as they would like to see and asked if I had any ideas or could help.

Coming from Taos, where we have more artists per square mile than sagebrush, I said sure we could help.  Synchronistically, Daniel happened to be in Santa Fe for a conference a few months later and we met up in Taos, along with Matt Thomas, so we could discuss the possibilities of a STEMarts/PASEO/THE Port partnership.

Well within minutes of hearing what it was all about Matt was ready to sign up to represent Taos for this years project at THE Port.  He had to go through a rigorous application process which you can see by the caliber of projects and participants on the site, and I am so excited to announce that he has been accepted!  You can see his face if you click on Teams>Pier 31 line-up.

That means Matt is heading to Geneva Switzerland to work with his team on the following topic.

“Often there is a need for the rapid deployment of robust and secure housing for humanitarian relief. At the same time many natural disasters create enormous amounts of debris. It’s removal has high priority as it hinders humanitarian help. Currently tents and temporary shelters are transported as needed but could 3D printed technologies replace or supplement it? Could 3D printing be used for further use cases in refugee camps?”

Good luck Matt!

One of the goals of the STEMarts Lab@The PASEO is to bring international opportunities like this to the Taos community. Next year we will nominate more artists to apply so if you are interested please contact us.

Paseo POP-Up: Artist Nettrice Gaskins Brings Electrofunk Mixtape to Taos!

Electrofunk Mixtape - TA Oo-oonah Crew

The ELECTROFUNK MIXTAPE Taos Academy & Oo-oonah Art Center Crew gearing-up for a day of INNOVATION – with Dr. Nettrice Gaskins & STEMarts Lab’s Agnes Chavez! #STEMartsLab #ThePASEO2015

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The PASEO 2015: Bring on the Electrofunk!

What do Electrofunk, Pueblo culture and Taos teenagers have in common?

The answer. Nettrice Gaskins!

I met Nettrice for the STEMarts@International Symposium of Electronic Arts(ISEA): Machine Wilderness event which took place in Albuquerque in 2012. We invited her to teach her Augmented Reality (AR) Mural workshop at Explora and I was blown away by AR technology and how she juxtaposed it with painting and an exploration of cultural mimbres.

While scouting around for new media artists to bring to the STEMarts@The PASEO youth program, I called Nettrice up to see what she was up to these days. I was thrilled to hear about her Electrofunk musical gloves that you slip on and play sounds with your fingertips, converting colors to musical notes. Students use spatially augmented reality and physical computing to explore cultural artifacts to inspire the imagery.

That’s what ten students from Taos Academy and Taos Pueblo will be doing when Nettrice comes to teach Electrofunk Mixtape: A Virtual Sounding Space.

Her advanced 3-day, 21-hour workshop culminates with a video mapping projection on the Luna Chapel at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site property on August 6th.

Yes you heard right. Video mapping on to the historic adobe chapel, and DJ Oliver orchestrating the electrofunk!

This is all for our PASEO fundraiser to welcome our first PASEO artist, so mark your calendar and spread the word.

– Agnes