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Rail Trail Art & Technology Internet of Things Exhibition at Gallery One

Art show highlights technology infused art ideas for public art along the Rail Trail.
April 25, 2024

The City of Albuquerque’s Public Art Program is pleased to feature an exhibition of 10 local artists’ proposals and prototypes for public artworks that could someday be enlarged and installed along the proposed Rail Trail. Working in partnership with the City’s Department of Technology & Innovation and the CNM Ingenuity’s Internet of Things (IOT) and Rapid Prototyping Bootcamp coding program, two groups of artists learned how to blend public art concepts with basic internet driven technology to create interactive and science based public art prototypes.

Over two CNM fall semesters, 10 artists were selected to participate in a special artist focused technology course offered through the CNM Ingenuity’s IOT and Rapid Prototyping Bootcamp. The bootcamp provided education and training to build devices and experiences with smart connect computing suitable for temporary public art applications. The goal was to train artists who seek to include a digital/technology component to their traditional public art practice and commission ten experimental, temporary works of art that are examples of how technology and art can be combined along the Rail Trail. All 10 IOT prototypes, plus an historical “art and technology” public artwork from the City’s collection commissioned in 1986, will be on display in Gallery One from May 2 to June 7. The opening reception is Thursday May 2 from 4-7 p.m.

Participating artists include James Black; Adrian Pijoan; Owen Schwab; Katie Neeley; Viola Arduini; Zuyva Sevilla; Emily Silva; Evelyn Rosenberg; CK Cook; and Celestino Crowhill.

The May 2024 episode of the Public Art Take Another Look Podcast will feature the CNM Course instructor, Brian Rashap, DTI Director Mark Leech, and IOT artist Celestino Crowhill.

Art & Technology IOT exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery One hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Gallery One is located on the first floor of City Hall at 1 Civic Plaza NW.