Digital Latin America call for entries

Digital Latin America presented by 516 ARTS
516 Central Ave., SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Entry Deadline: 9/27/13
Days remaining to deadline: 37


Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 9
Audio – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Video – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 11

Entry Fee (516 ARTS: Digital Latin America): $20.00

(per sample over minimum): $

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516 ARTS presents Digital Latin America, an international exhibition with a weekend symposium and Downtown Block Party, all taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project is an outgrowth of the Latin American Forum for the award winning 18th International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2012) produced by 516 ARTS last fall ( Digital Latin America explores the North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between South America, Central America and the Southwestern United States, with a focus on New Mexico as the Northern tip of Latin America.

Connecting individuals, cultures, traditions and social histories to a rapidly expanding global network remains not only a pressing challenge, but a profound opportunity and necessity. The utopian notion of closing the digital divide represents a paradigm shift that encourages the participation of all communities and cultures to express themselves through contemporary methods and continue a progressive existence in today’s technology dependent society. Digital Latin America looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.

This call for entries is for both gallery projects to be in the exhibition and for a variety of visual art, demonstrations and performative works for the Downtown Block Party.

The exhibition will be based at 516 ARTS’ museum-style venue in the center of Downtown Albuquerque, with off-site projects at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History and possible other sites. It will highlight contemporary artists from Latin America and the Southwestern United States, including New Mexico, and will showcase high caliber, innovative, interactive artworks that are accessible to the general public and presented in an educational context. Work will include digital media as well as photography and work that addresses technology through traditional mediums.

The Downtown Block Party is a one-day, outdoor event that will feature artworks, demos, interactive projects, hands-on activities as well as music, dance and food, all celebrating the cultures of Latin America and New Mexico. The event will take place on Central Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets in front of 516 ARTS in Downtown Albuquerque, showcaising a wide range of projects that include those intended for both daylight and darkness.

The exhibition will be both juried and invitational. The juried work will be selected by the project planning committee, which includes leading minds from academic and cultural institutions in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and Argentina as well as New Mexico and the region.

International jurors:

Tania Aedo, Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico
Lucas Bambozzi, Arte.Mov Festival, Brazil
Andres Burbano, ISEA2012 Latin American Forum Leader, Colombia
Ricardo Dal Farra, CEIARTE & Balance/Unbalance Festival, Argentina
Tony Evanko, Casa Tres Patios, Colombia
Francisco Guevara, Arquetopia, Puebla, Mexico
Nahum Mantra, Kosmica, Mexico
Felipe Cesar Londoño, International Image Festival, Colombia

Local and regional jurors:

Agnes Chavez, SUBE, Inc./STEMArts, New Mexico
Andrew Connors, The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, New Mexico
Kerry Doyle, Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, El Paso, Texas
Greg Esser, Arizona State University Art Museum, Arizona
Tom Greenbaum, Intel Corporation, New Mexico
Szu Han Ho, University of New Mexico, New Mexico
Julio Cesar Morales, Arizona State University Art Museum, Arizona
Tey Marianna Nunn, National Hispanic Cultural Center, New Mexico
Andrea Polli, University of New Mexico, New Mexico
Lisa Tamiris Becker, University of New Mexico Art Museum, New Mexico
516 ARTS staff, New Mexico

The exhibition is open to emerging and established contemporary artists working in all digital media formats or working with concepts that address digital media in relation to Latin American culture.

Artists of Latin American, Native American and indigenous heritage are encouraged to apply, but the exhibition is open to all cultural backgrounds and artists who reside anywhere in the world, as long as their work proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange.

Submissions for the exhibition may include work that addresses technology through traditional mediums.

Submissions for the Downtown Block Party may include performances (dance, theater, music), performance art, interactive projects and demonstrations. Please note pieces submitted for the Block Party will be temporary, to be featured only during the one day event. Works that require daylight and/or darkness are eligible.

Artists must be 18 years or older.

Artists are encouraged to submit new works and/or installations. Proposed artworks must have been created within the last four years and must not have been previously shown in Albuquerque or the surrounding region.

Completed artworks are not necessary to apply. Proposals for unfinished work or work that does not yet exist will be considered if the submission provides enough information.

Friday, September 27, 2013: Deadline for submissions
Early December, 2013: Notification to artists
Friday, June 6, 2014: VIP Kick-off party
Saturday, June 7 – Sunday, June 8, 2014: Symposium, Exhibition openings, Downtown Block Party

Digital Latin America is an independent project of 516 ARTS, a small, nonprofit organization, so funding from 516 ARTS is limited and is not guaranteed. 516 ARTS is seeking grants and sponsorships to assist artists, but we strongly encourage artists to seek funding assistance from their own sources such as their universities, local government and consulates. Accepted artists will be offered discounted and/or sponsored hotel stays leading up to and during the symposium, as well as a discounted fee to attend symposium sessions.

Artists may submit up to three separate artworks and up to three images per artwork (nine images max).

• Please note: the submission fee covers the cost of the application and review process

• Submit requested materials no later than 11:59PM MST, September 27, 2013

• Up to 9 images; additionally, one video and/or sound clip may also be uploaded.
– Additional video or audio files may be submitted for review via web-based links

• Title, year, media, dimensions, duration (for video/sound works)

• Short artist biography in a paragraph format (250 words)

• Short artist’s statement about the work submitted (up to 250 words per piece)

All work is handled by professional staff with the utmost care. Work is fully insured while at 516 ARTS. Please note that artists may be responsible for covering partial cost of shipping. Work in the exhibition may be for sale or on loan from collections. If work is for sale, 516 ARTS retains the industry standard gallery commission of 50%, but can make special arrangements with artists’ galleries if needed. If work is on loan, collectors and institutions can be credited in labels and publications.

The exhibition will open during the Digital Latin America weekend symposium, which will include a projected 200+ attendees from around the world. 516 ARTS will host and/or collaborate on a series of events during the exhibition, which may include panel discussions, artists’ talks, poetry, films or performances. The exhibition will be accompanied by a printed invitation, exhibition catalog, project guide and symposium program. 15,000 copies of the project guide will be distributed locally, nationally and internationally. The project will be well publicized through print, web and radio.

516 ARTS is an independent, nonprofit arts and education organization, operating a museum-style gallery in the center of Downtown Albuquerque. Our mission is to forge connections between art and audiences, and our vision is to be an active partner in developing the cultural landscape of Albuquerque and New Mexico. We value inquiry, diversity, collaboration and accessibility. 516 ARTS offers programs that inspire curiosity, dialogue, risk-taking and creative experimentation, showcasing established and emerging local, national and international artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds.

Openings and events at 516 ARTS draw large, diverse crowds and generate excitement, dialogue and interaction among artists and the public. Schools and community groups visit the exhibitions for educations tours and activities throughout the exhibitions. 516 ARTS is known for its leadership of collaborations that have drawn national and international audiences and media coverage. 516 ARTS collaborates with an array of arts organizations, academic and civic institutions in our region and beyond, which expands the exposure of the artists we present as well as the reach and impact of our programs. For more information, please visit:

Teresa Buscemi, Project Coordinator, 516 ARTS,

For more information about the facilities at 516 ARTS:
Rhiannon Mercer, Associate Director, 516 ARTS,