Let’s talk about MACHINE WILDERNESS!

This year I learned of an amazing international project which is coming to Albuquerque for the first time next year. ISEA 2012! ISEA is an International Symposium of Electronic Art and travels each year to different countries. This year (2011), the conference takes place in Turkey. Next year, (2012), it takes place ‘Burque.

This is a huge huge honor for the city–and such a big deal. I won’t even get into much here, just a smattering, but I’m hoping you’ll check out the ISEA website for more details at this link.


ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness is a large-scale symposium and season-long series of public events exploring the discourse of lobal proportions on he subject of art, technology and nature. The prestigious ISEA symposium is held every year in a different location around the world, and has a 30-year history of significant acclaim. It is an international honor for Albuquerque to be selected as the first host city in the U.S. since 2006 when it was San Jose, California. The theme of Machine Wilderness references the NM region as an area of rapid growth and technology alongside wide expanses of open land, and focuses on creative solutions for how technology and the natural world can sustainably coexist.

Projects will be extensive and there are many collaborating partners who will help 516 ARTS and ISEA see this project to fruition, including, Local Poets Guild.

Our part is small but significant. We are offering our residency with a stipend to a writer from anywhere in the world who is working on an electronic and web-based poetry project. The stipend is modest, but will help someone be better able to fully use the time at our LAND IS residency and also both attend the ISEA conference and be able to offer a performance at 516 ARTS.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS CLOSE: OCTOBER 15th, 2011 is fast approaching.

Here is the link to more information about the residency, award, performance and final product, as well as how to apply.

We encourage you. This is an unique opportunity and I think perhaps the only chance for a poet to be directly involved with ISEA 2012. It’s also an international competiton: which means good peers in the competition. It’s also important that you realize this call for entries will be judged nationally by people involved in ISEA and so there will be no conflict of interest if you’ve done work with the Local Poets Guild in the past.

Give it a shot…. it’s worth trying, and we sure would love to see whatever project you might be able to put together.



Artistic Director

Local Poets Guild