WHAT WE DO

SciArt Santa Fe creates opportunities for the powerful exchange of ideas among practitioners in the arts, sciences and technology. Through public forums, we facilitate cross-disciplinary research in these fields, seeking to catalyze solutions for the challenges of the 21st century: establishing sustainable environmental practices, spreading global scientific and artistic literacy, creating technological equity and encouraging freedom of thought and imagination.

We support artists and other practitioners whose practices do not always fit within a traditional gallery framework. Many of the practitioners we work with tackle pressing issues that disproportionately affect people of under-represented races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, national origins, citizenship statuses, and ages including climate change, species extinction and migration.

WHY SANTE FE?

We chose to locate SciArt Santa Fe here because it is a city with a high level of contemporary art and science practice, a center for international art galleries and museums with proximity to two major national laboratories. Santa Fe and the region is also on the front lines of global changing ecosystems due to anthropogenic climate change. Our city faces critical challenges with water, soil and land use, and many people in Santa Fe are highly engaged with local and global environmental and social justice advocacy.

IN PLACE: LASER Archive Spring 2022

April 16- May 28, 2022

SciArt Santa Fe, LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendevous) and Santa Fe Art Institute presented:

IN PLACE: Future Artifacts and Remembrance on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanties, NM Arts.

In Place: Future Artifacts and Remembrance on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro is an art exhibition and LASER series happening in Santa Fe, New Mexico created by SciArt Santa Fe in partnership with The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI,) Vital Spaces, and STEAM NM an initiative of UNM Fine Arts. The show encourages dialogue about the relationships of art and science to monuments and other historical artifacts and representation through the lens of land use, colonization, climate change, extractive industries, and community.

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My Border Crossers inhabit a world that I am still dreaming about: a world of fluid boundaries between countries and cultures... Chico MacMurtrie

SciArt Santa Fe artist and futurist Angel Cabrales interviewed at National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Cabrales work is at Fronteras del Futuro: Art in New Mexico and Beyond from March 11, 2022 – January 8, 2023Fronteras del Futuro: Art in New Mexico and Beyond features artworks that explore the intersections of art, science, technologies (both ancient and modern), cosmic-musings, future-oriented visions, and more. The exhibition engages with themes that are relevant in New Mexico (and beyond) with contributions from artists in New Mexico, across the nation, and internationally.

LASER Santa Fe presented a performance by Sandy Stone at UNM Arts Lab last spring

Inspired by the seated monologues of Spalding Gray, Sandy Stone presents a performance that will thread together autobiographical stories in order to explore the socialized, constructed self through science, technology, philosophy, medicine, art, and media theory. In anticipation of a feature-length documentary film currently in mid-production on Sandy’s incredible life, New Mexico is the second stop on a multi-city college tour bringing Sandy and her work to a new generation of college students.

Beneath the Surface: Archive Spring 2022

Morgan Barnard
Susan Latham
Shirley Crow

April 16 - May 28, 2022

In this exhibition and LASER talk series, the SciArt Santa Fe community attempts to peel back the layers of creative research that lay beneath the artworks on display. The Santa Fe-based artists represented in this exhibition have long-standing, deep practices in diverse disciplines that connect art and science, including physics, mathematics, engineering, biology, and consciousness. Visitors can experience what drives an art/science practitioner to create, how abstract scientific concepts drive the development of material and form, and how art/science engages the public and raises awareness of overlooked interconnections that expand our vision of what might be possible.

LASERs: Under the Hood is a series of short, casual LASER Santa Fe conversations between the exhibiting artists, curators, scientists and gallery visitors about the processes and scientific research behind the creation of the artworks.

Special thanks to Vital Spaces for their IN Kind donation of space and administrative support.

In Place: Recentering Ecocritical Knowledge of the Natural World

In Place: Recentering Ecocritical Knowledge of the Natural World: Archive Spring 2019

This was three-part LASER series in which diverse humanities scholars, artists, and scientists consider regional land-use histories and ethics of place. This series was generously funded by New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. All webinars in this series were offered in English with Spanish translations.

Links to In Place: Environmental Racism LASER talk recording and resources.

This series is made possible with the generous support of the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Videos of LASER talks hosted by Biocultura Santa Fe in coordination with Leonardo/International Society for Art, Science and Technology and local art, science, education and community organizations.

BIOCULTURA - SciArt Santa Fe provides support for BioArt and Design Lab demonstrations, workshops and courses through UNM College of Fine Arts.

DIY Biology
Sitting room at the tea house event
Tubes of fruit flies at the UNM Lab of Richard Cripps
DIY Bio
Biohacking materials
Dried kombucha scoby as a tube holder
John Donalds performing DIY Bio
DIY Bio Kombucha
Growing plants
Close up caterpillar

Images shown from art/science workshops around the world including Biophilia, a workshop with Symbiotica at Aalto University, SCOBY growing projects at the Vermont Studio Center, Biocultura's T-House in Springfield Missouri, TasteLab created by University of New Mexico (UNM) Bio Art and Design students for the Farm D'Art Tour in rural Wisconsin, A Bio Hack Academy workshop at the Waag Society in Amsterdam, Drosophila research at the UNM Cripps Lab, and a workshop with Bio Artist Marta De Menenez in Mexico City.