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Every month, EMA posts our recommendations for the best emerging media events throughout New Mexico. During October, be sure to experience each of the events listed below, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with all of our interviews, event highlights, artist features, and more. Message us via social media to submit your events, and we’ll see you there!
If you’ve been to Meow Wolf, you know that it’s a world beyond your wildest dreams. On October 1, their ethereal installation titled King’s Mouth will be coming down. This immersive art piece, created by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, “shines and reflects the colors and lights of the area around it.” A massive iridescent tree-like face unhinges its jaw, inviting visitors inside to sit back and relax while watching cascading LED lights, synchronized to an exclusive Flaming Lips soundscape.
On view until October 1. Meow Wolf, 1352 Rufina Circle in Santa Fe, NM.
Nearby in the Siler-Rufina District, MAKE Santa Fe will be hosting their free introductory orientation for prospective members. Visitors will be invited to explore their incredible resources—from laser cutters to 3D printers to CNC machines and beyond. No experience is necessary to join this community of makers, creators, and dreamers.
October 3 from 6:00 – 6:30 pm and October 20 from 11:00 – 11:30 am. MAKE Santa Fe, 2879 All Trades Road in Santa Fe, NM. Free.
Just a few blocks away is Zephyr Community Arts Center, a DIY venue space out of an unassuming yet unexpectedly intimate warehouse. On the evening of October 3, Zephyr will be hosting three experimental soundmakers: Real Dom, dubbed “basically [a] dystopian lady gaga burlesque”; Belly Eater, a group of “midwest queerdos on the run”; and Mabob, a solo experimental project by Nicholas Quintero.
October 3, 8:00 – 11:00 pm. Zephyr, 1520 Center Drive #2 in Santa Fe, NM. $5-15 suggested donation.
If you’re more interested in lectures than live music, St. John’s College is hosting a talk by Eric Poppele titled “The Laboratory’s Trivium,” which will investigate the connections between the language-based liberal arts—focusing on grammar, logic, and rhetoric—and science.
October 5, 7:30 pm. St. John’s College, The Great Hall, 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca in Santa Fe, NM. Free.
As part of the School for Advanced Research’s Creative Thought Forum series, lecturer Leah Buechley—computer scientist and former science director of MIT’s High-Low Tech research group—explores gender equity in maker spaces. “Technology and Culture in Education” will show how tech’s interaction with traditional cultural practices like weaving and paper making can “invite new questions about authority and accessibility.”
October 11, 6:30 pm. School for Advanced Research, James A Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe, NM. $10.
The following evening, SITE Santa Fe’s AV Club will be screening “San Francisco Bay Area” as part of their Art in the Twenty-First Century series. This film will explore the proliferation of arts in relation to the technological boom of California’s Bay Area, and artists who respond to this urban sphere while pursuing visions of a better future.
October 12, 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm). SITE Santa Fe, Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium, 1606 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, NM. Free.
The 10th annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival kicks off on October 17 and runs until October 21. This festival has been dubbed “a young Sundance” by indieWire Magazine and will feature film premiers, award galas, celebrity guests, educational panels and discussions, and more. This five day festival will boast over 100 films and events.
October 17 – 21. Various locations in Santa Fe, NM. $250-325.
Attendees of this film festival will be able to view Meow Wolf: The Origin Story, a documentary which details how a group of artists began as a DIY collective and eventually built a massive, immersive exhibition space. With the wild success of their installation “House of Eternal Return,” viewers will embrace the opportunity to intimately experience the turmoil, experimentation, and innovation that went into the production of this Santa Fe staple.
October 17 – 21. Various locations in Santa Fe, NM. $250-325.
Yemeni-Bosnian-American photographer Alia Ali will have her first New Mexico exhibition at East of West gallery on October 20. Her series BORDERLAND images textile-makers cloaked in the fabrics they have created, confronting the viewer with an amalgam of traditional culture and contemporary practice and raising questions of the physicality and visualization of borders. Experimental videos documenting the artist’s process will be screened alongside her photographs.
October 20. 5:00 pm doors open; 5:30 – 6:30 pm Artist & Curator talk; 6:30 – 9:00 pm opening reception. East of West, 2351 Fox Road, no. 600 in Santa Fe, NM. Free. Closing reception: November 9, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
In between lectures, screenings, and art exhibitions, plan a trip to the radically-interactive ARTECHOUSE in Albuquerque. The current installation, XYZT: Abstract Landscapes, has traveled the world and is currently making a stop in Albuquerque. This exhibition incorporates the element of exploration through ten digital landscapes, each of which react to the visitor as they move through the space.
On view until October 21. ARTECHOUSE, 1904 Bellamah Ave NW in Albuquerque, NM. Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 10:00am – 10:00pm. $10-15.
The photography-focused group exhibition Hand / Eye opens at form & concept on October 26, with an artist talk the following day. This show challenges viewers’ understanding of photographs by presenting images and objects with the texture and volume of sculpture. Emerging media practices, like digital animation and video mapping, are employed alongside traditional mediums to explore the confluence of past and future.
Opening: October 26, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. form & concept, 435 South Guadalupe Street in Santa Fe, NM. Free. Artist Talk: October 27, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. form & concept. Free.
Just a few blocks away, SITE Santa Fe explores the relationship between audio and visual in their ongoing Sound and Spectacle series. For two consecutive evenings, the multi-instrumental ensemble Dovetail Orchestra will perform Veil, an eclectic, contemporary score for five seasonally-appropriate silent short films, including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912). A Halloween Party will follow the performance on the first of these two evenings.
Sound and Spectacle: October 26, 6:30 pm, SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, NM. Halloween Party: 8:30 – 11:00 pm, SITE Santa Fe. Sound and Spectacle: October 27, 6:30 pm, SITE Santa Fe. $5-$20.