The 10th year of Currents New Media’s annual international new media festival got underway on June 6th at Santa Fe’s El Museo Cultural with a variety of interactive installations, multimedia performances, AR/VR exhibits, and much more. Combining the works of local, national, and international artists, Currents New Media brings fine and contemporary art to the public through the creative use of new technologies. The event is enjoyable for attendees of all ages, and though this year is the first to require a $5 admission fee for one day, Meow Wolf’s sponsorship will make Saturday June 15 a “Free Day” at the festival!
Opening night of Currents New Media featured the audiovisual performance project, 「初·ZPTPJ」, from China’s innovative artists Miao Jing and Jason Hou, in which the concept of future primitivism is explored through the duo’s 8-chapter story of the rise and fall of a simulated civilization. Also turning (and vibrating) heads during the festival’s opening weekend was Juri Hwang’s experimental sound project, “Somatic Echo,” which employs the human body as an auditory medium through bone-conducted sound. While this performance and 「初·ZPTPJ」were only available for visitors of Currents New Media 2019’s opening weekend, this year’s version of the festival features a diverse offering of fascinating and exciting works of art, including David Gumbs’ polymorphic “Blossoms,” Christine Remy’s hologrammatic “Stabat Meter,” and Neil Mendoza’s “Robotic Voice Activated Word Kicking Machine.”
Enough talk. Why don’t we show you a glimpse of what to expect if you make the wise choice to visit Currents New Media 2019?