Like water for the desert, New Media for New Mexico


Woodstock and Gimme Shelter

Good post on films we have been watching this semester in Documentary film, by Grad student Jennie Joy:

If Woodstock was the Apex of the Hippie movement, then Gimme Shelter was the Antithesis. For Woodstock it was 3 days of Peace, Love, & Understanding (and drugs & music) set in the laid back and beautiful NY countryside. The dream bubble so many youth had been riding, was popped one December night at Altamont Raceway in Livermore, California. Four months after Woodstock came Altamont, and the two couldn’t be more different. Some say that fateful night at Altamont was the loss of innocence for a generation, the final days of 1969 segued into a darker time, it was as if the hopes, dreams and philosophies of that generation died with Meredith Hunter.

Source: Woodstock and Gimme Shelter

POPUP a New Media Festival 2/18-19

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PoP uP a new media festival

Pop New Media Festival
Hosted by New Media iDEAlab, MRAC, WILL, and WNMU

Keynote Lecture:
Cannon Hersey
2/18 6:30 PM Parotti Hall
Main campus WNMU
Cannon Hersey is a photographer, fine artist and organizer of large-scale cultural efforts in non-traditional spaces in New York City, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg. He is committed to connecting art and the public in unique and unexpected ways to explore the meaning of race, religion, culture and commerce in the modern global world.

Everything Wearable Technology Demo/workshop
2/19 4pm  McCray 118
Cost $50 for circuitboard/lights/you will take
something lighted and wearable home.

New Media Performance:
2/19 8 pm Parotti Hall
Featuring work, performances and improv by: Barry Moon, Dawn Chambers, Doug Nottingham, Jessica Rajko, Kate Brown, Vance Galloway, Zoe Wolf,  Peter Bill, WNMU students and others!

Film 1: Nanook of The North

This was the first look into the Inuit world.  It essentially was the first documentary made.  In the early 1900’s Robert J. Flaherty went on an expedition to the Canadian Arctic by the Hudson Bay.  During his time spent with the Inuit people (whom he referred to as Eskimos) he documented the experience with a Bell-Howell Camera and a portable developing and printing machine.  During expeditions between 1910 and 1913 Flaherty compiled enough footage to put together a short film.  The film burned and Flaherty decided to go back with a film crew and recapture what he had lost of raw footage.  1914 through 1916 Nanook was created.  I say created instead of filmed to make the differentiation between the earlier raw film and the product of direction that was the footage used in the final cuts.

Source: Film 1: Nanook of The North

Border Art

I wrote an article for Desert exposure. It was a punchy little piece, but obscure editing decisions, and sloppy layout rendered it somewhat illegible. Here is a corrected version, please read this one!


We have been getting lots of good press lately!

Much thanks for everyone who participated and helped!

This is for the JuarezX show, with interview of Sarita Cordelero (translated by the ever awesome Dr. Lydia Huerta):


This is for Landscape of the Gila, and the Gila Time-lapse Film Festival. Interviews of Casey Kiernan, Stephen Dirkes, Godfrey Reggio, Christin Necker, Victor Masayesva, and petit moi. I spent AGES agonizing over the art for the Gila River Fest poster, and then at the last minue, came up with the hand image for the cover of Desert Exposure…
So much thanks to Allyson Siwik, and Donna Stevens who work SO hard every year to make this happen.


Rose B Simpson Lecture

Rose B Simpson lecture complete from peter bill on Vimeo.

WNMU Cultural Affairs, Expressive Arts dept, MRAC, and WILL present
The Edwina and Charles Milner
Women in the Arts Lecture Series
with inaugural lecture by
Rose B Simpson

The Gila River Festival Art Show, 9/25/15

Phoebe has written an excellent review of the Landscape of the Gila show:

“Ripples” – by Penny Flick, encaustic

The first thing that caught my attention was the color of this piece. It’s a very appealing blend of greens and blues and browns. I think the addition of the two sets of angled, parallel lines of contrasting colors enhances the overall design and effect of the work.

I’ve not seen many encaustics, so found this work unique on that basis alone. The waxen texture and three-dimensionality are marvelous. I also like how the waxy medium/encaustic continues onto the four edges of the stretched canvas.

I don’t know enough about encaustics to critique the craftsmanship and technique of this piece, but it certainly looked superb to me. I think the work would inspire other artists to try this medium; there would seem to be limitless potential in it. Plus it simply looks like great fun.


Source: The Gila River Festival Art Show, 9/25/15