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Get an ul­tra high-volt­age charge from Cur­rents, Santa Fe’s only an­nual fes­ti­val of new me­dia. The two-week show, a cu­rated col­lec­tion of works by more than 100 artists from Europe, Asia, and the Amer­i­cas, opens Fri­day, June 9, at El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe. The fes­ti­val fea­tures works in ro­bot­ics, 3-D print­ing, dig­i­tal art and pro­jec­tion, mixed-me­dia in­stal­la­tions, im­mer­sive vir­tual-re­al­ity, and more. A new el­e­ment is the Quasar Pav­il­ion, an out­door art and mu­sic space in the Rai­l­yard Plaza that fea­tures per­for­mance art and live acts on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings. Satel­lite shows take place at venues across town, in­clud­ing ex­hibits at Axle Con­tem­po­rary, David Richard Gallery, and other lo­ca­tions. On the cover is a de­tail of the pig­ment print Art­worlds 2 by Cur­rents artist Jonathan Morse.

t’s time again to get in sync with the Cur­rents New Me­dia fes­ti­val, which opens on Fri­day, June 9, and runs through Sun­day, June 25. Thanks to Issey Taka­hashi and Eiko Wada’s SYNCROP, you can lit­er­ally feel the vibe. The in­ter­ac­tive in­stal­la­tion uses elec­tro­car­dio­gram sen­sors at­tached to hand grips to record the heart­beats of two peo­ple fac­ing each other on op­po­site sides of a long box. When the heart­beats sync up, in­duced by a rhyth­mic flash­ing of lights, the par­tic­i­pants’ faces ap­pear in­side the box — but one par­tic­i­pant can’t see the other face un­til the two heart­beats come to­gether.

With its in­ter­ac­tive ECG and LED tech­nol­ogy, SYNCROP is a su­perla­tive ex­am­ple of the kind of con­cep­tual ex­pe­ri­ence Cur­rents can of­fer. Pro­duced each year by Par­al­lel Stu­dios, with the main ex­hibit on view at El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Fa­milia), the an­nual in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val is a multi-venue cel­e­bra­tion of cur­rent work in video and video pro­jec­tion, dig­i­tally gen­er­ated ob­jects, ro­bot­ics, in­stal­la­tion art, vir­tual-re­al­ity en­vi­ron­ments, spe­cial ex­hibits, and more. This year’s fes­ti­val fea­tures more than one hun­dred artists from the United States, Aus­tria, Ja­pan, Canada, Eng­land, and Ger­many. Events in­clude artist talks, work­shops, and mul­ti­me­dia per­for­mances. Vis­i­tors can down­load a fes­ti­val app for Ap­ple or An­droid de­vices (see www.cur­rentsnew­me­dia. org/down­load-cur­rents-2017-apps) that has in­for­ma­tion on art­works and artists and opens au­to­mat­i­cally on your mo­bile de­vice as you move through El Museo. The app of­fers tips on things to do and see in Santa Fe, gives di­rec­tions to part­ner venue lo­ca­tions, and links to the Cur­rents events cal­en­dar.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing gal­leries and ex­hibits in­clude Art House (231 Del­gado St.), with the con­cur­rent ex­hibit Col­lect­ing Dig­i­tal Art: High­lights and New Ac­qui­si­tions from the Thoma Foun­da­tion; NoiseFold’s glass and new-me­dia in­stal­la­tions Swarm Caste and Me­ta­morph at Form & Con­cept (435 S. Guadalupe St.) through July 22; Brain Waves, an in­ter­ac­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween sci­en­tists Steve Cox and Shel Ney­mark and stu­dents from North­ern New Mexico Col­lege, on view at the mo­bile gallery Axle Con­tem­po­rary through June 18; and Be­yond, an ex­hibit of new me­dia and video at David Richard Gallery (1570-A1 Pacheco St.), on view through June 17.

In these pages, Pasatiempo takes a look at a cross-sec­tion of fes­ti­val artists whose pro­jects ex­em­plify and ex­pand the def­i­ni­tion of new me­dia.

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