Claudia X. Valdes
Since 2001
Works in Albuquerque, New Mexico United States of America

Claudia X. Valdes was born in Santiago, Chile. Her family moved to the United States when she was three years old. Her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley included architecture, modern dance and fine art. In 2001, she received an M.F.A. from UC Berkeley.

Between 2001-2009 Valdes’ art practice exclusively focused on the history of U.S. nuclear arms. Her creative response to this subject was coupled with research into military and scientific documents, media-produced responses, conversations with nuclear physicists, examination of literary and video documentary accounts of A-bomb survivors, the collection of present-day text-based memories by the general public about the Cold War, and visits to historic nuclear sites in the US.

She has created over 40 nuclear-themed artworks that she collectively calls TEN MILLION DEGREES – single channel digital videos for installation and cinematic contexts, hybrid print/video works, digitally produced photographs, paintings, watercolors, performances, and an interactive networked installation designed to elicit participant performances.

The essence of her artistic practice is future-oriented in scope. Many works from TEN MILLION DEGREES model a disruptive future imaginary moment, a future condition, through history. In doing so, the hope is that viewers might pause, reflect and move to shape the present towards a more productive future.

Works from TEN MILLION DEGREES (2001-2009) have exhibited internationally including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; WRO Center for Media Art, Wroclaw, Poland; the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland; the UCR/California Museum of Photography; Centro Multimedia/Centro National de las Artes, Mexico; the Werkstätten und Kulturhaus, Austria; the National Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Charles B. Wang Center, SUNY Stony Brook; Exit Art, NY; Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, Germany; San Francisco Art Institute/Walter McBean Gallery; and the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano, Santiago, Chile. A 5,000 ft2 solo retrospective, entitled TEN MILLION DEGREES, was featured at Lawrimore Project in Seattle, WA (2009).

Valdes has received numerous honors for her creative work including a 2008 Scholarship from the Santa Fe Art Institute; a 2007 Artist Grant from the Puffin Foundation; Honorable Mention at the 2006 Transmediale festival for art and digital culture in Berlin, Germany; and a 2006 Creative Capital Professional Development Retreat at the Santa Fe Art Institute. In 2001 she received UC Berkeley’s highest honor in art, the Eisner Prize, and she was an Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts from 2001-2003.

She developed and taught digital media art courses at UC Berkeley, the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media at the University of Washington, Seattle, UC Santa Cruz, and at Mills College and Stanford University as a Visiting Artist. Academic honors include a Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities faculty appointment within the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.

Valdes is Associate Professor of Electronic Arts at the University of New Mexico. Between 2006-07 she was Associate Director of the Arts Technology Center within the College of Fine Arts at UNM. Between 2007-2009 she was also Associate Director of UNM’s university-wide interdisciplinary research center, ARTS Lab (The Art, Research, Technology & Science Laboratory).
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Tue Jan 15, 2013 00:00

New Mexico
United States of America

@ The University of New Mexico

The fulltime three-year MFA program in Electronic Arts nurtures the creative production of students in pursuit of the actualization of new tools, interfaces, and visions around technology and the arts. Coursework with experienced and internationally recognized faculty supports experimental and interdisciplinary research into the areas of Sound Art, Video Art, Immersive Media, Physical Computing, Computational Media, Transmission, Telematic Arts, and Electronics Hacking alongside seminars in New Media history and theory.

Prospective students should evidence thoughtful creative and experimental use of technology for art production and an engagement with the historical and theoretical dialogue of contemporary art practice. Through the International Collaborative Arts Program (ICAP), students have opportunities to study with visiting international artists while collaborating with peers in partner institutions nationwide.

Students from the Physical Computing and Immersive Media: Fulldome courses have recently been featured and/or received awards at:
  • Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria
  • International Fulldome Festival in Jena, Germany
  • CURRENTS 2011 New Media Festival in Santa Fe, NM
  • International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) 2012

Application deadline is January 15, 2013.
For information on how to apply visit:


College of Fine Arts Dean Search

Fri Oct 21, 2011 00:00

Albuquerque, New Mexico
United States of America

The University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean, College of Fine Arts.  The College of Fine Arts encompasses the Departments of Art and Art History, Music, Theatre and Dance, Cinematic Arts, The Bunting Visual Resource Library, Tamarind Institute, and the University Art Museum. Our degree programs align with the Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program; our faculty engage with the Art, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory. Ninety full-time faculty, sixty-five part-time faculty and seventy-two staff members serve approximately 1400 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate students. We’re housed at UNM’s Center for the Arts, which consists of four primary academic buildings, four major performance halls, multiple exhibition spaces, and a print study facility for scholarly research in a recognized print and photo collection.
Founded in 1936, CFA enjoys a rich history of quality educational programs, scholarship and artistic achievement that broadens understanding of the cultural heritage of our state, the Americas and the world. With a tradition of faculty and student research, creativity and innovative curricula, the college is an area of excellence at the University, an economic engine in the arts, and a cultural leader in New Mexico contributing to the quality of life in the Southwest.
The Dean, who reports directly to the Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, provides academic and administrative leadership to the College of Fine Arts.  As the primary academic and administrative officer of the faculty of the College of Fine Arts, the Dean will assume a central leadership role in continuing development of the college’s disciplines toward national eminence with a solid commitment to research, creative work and teaching. The Dean is responsible for improving and promoting the College of Fine Arts in areas of instruction, research, fiscal management, development and personnel.
How to Apply: 
Applications should be submitted online through, by referencing posting #0812670.   For best consideration, applications should be submitted by 10/21/2011, and the position is open until filled.  Nominations can be submitted electronically to Jennifer Love, Search Coordinator, at (phone: 505.277.2611)
The University of New  Mexico is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.



Tue Feb 10, 2009 00:00 - Tue Feb 10, 2009

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I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

REVELATION 2213, (2009) is an interactive networked video installation incorporating live video feed and real-time chromakey. The installation is configured to allow participants to see themselves mapped in real-time against an exploding nuclear bomb.

The piece creates a scenario in which participants are required to negotiate their corporeal bodies with a background video created from animated photographs of nuclear atmospheric tests. Physical reality is combined with a ‘virtual’ space, yielding a new hybrid-reality.

For the most part, the bomb exists in collective memory and imagination. The only people who have ever had to negotiate their corporeality with the bomb are those in Japan along with the soldiers and local inhabitants near nuclear test sites.

How will people respond when seeing themselves, their bodies, in the hybrid space? Are U.S. civil defense drills so deeply engrained that they will perform these steps? Will they make gestures to protect themselves? Will they enact fear? Run away? Or will they remain strong in the face of their own mortality?

Whatever the response, participants can take a snapshot of themselves occupying the hybrid space with the bomb and performing such gestures. These snapshots will immediately upload to which will house the archive of ‘performances’. The website will grow over time to hold an archive of up to one million photographs documenting the participants actions.

REVELATION 2213 is currently installed in the solo exhibition, TEN MILLION DEGREES at:
Lawrimore Project
831 Airport Way South
Seattle, WA 98134

February 5 - March 14, 2009


Assistant Professor of Electronic Arts

Tue Oct 07, 2008 18:52

United States of America

The University of New Mexico
College of Fine Arts
Department of Art and Art History

POSITION: Assistant Professor of Electronic Arts. Full time, probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision. Service and committee work expected.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: M.F.A. degree. University-level teaching experience beyond the terminal degree. Significant digital/electronic time-based media art background. Active professional creative practice. Exhibition record beyond the local level.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in one or more the following areas: programming for internet-based art, animation, motion capture, computational media, interactive performance, locative and wearable computing, or immersive media. Fluency in conceptual and historical frameworks within contemporary new media practice. Commitment to teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses and creating a critical and experimental teaching environment. Experience in curricular development, mentoring students, and service on graduate committees.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All application materials must be received by December 5, 2008.

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 17, 2009

SALARY: $46,000

APPLICATION: Signed letter of application; artist statement; statement of teaching philosophy; CV. Documentation of artwork; 3 sample syllabi for undergraduate/
graduate courses. Names and complete addresses (mailing, telephone, fax, and e-mail) of three recommenders. SASE if you want materials returned.

Format for submitting artwork: Digital portfolio only to include either CDs/DVDs/URLs or a combination thereof. For CDs/DVDs, samples should total approximately 10 minutes.

Send to: Chair, Electronic Arts Search Committee, Department of Art and Art History, MSC04 2560, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001. Phone 505.277.5861. Fax 505.277.5955.

For further information please visit:,

The Department of Art and Art History is one of four departments in the College of Fine Arts, which also includes the Departments of Music, Theater and Dance, and Cinematic Arts. Areas of concentration in the department include Arts and Ecology, Electronic Arts, Sculpture, Photography, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, and Art History. The department offers the B.A.F.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. degrees.

Electronic Arts is dedicated to the education of students, training them as electronic/digital media artists that employ new and emerging technologies and encourages experimentation with new ideas, forms, and models for realizing and presenting innovative artwork. The curriculum combines history, theory, and practice in electronic arts/digital media and nurtures interdisciplinary investigation and learning. Electronic Arts faculty and students are actively involved with the Arts, Research, Technology and Science Laboratory [ARTS Lab], a dynamic university-wide center for interdisciplinary research and education.

The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city of 600,000 on the Rio Grande at an altitude of 5,200 feet. Albuquerque’s many cultures give the city a fascinating mix of history, arts, cuisine, languages, and values. The University of New Mexico is a large, diverse state university with a faculty of over 3,000 serving approximately 32,700 students.

UNM's confidentiality policy ("Recruitment and Hiring," Policy #3210), which includes information about public disclosure of documents submitted by applicants, is located at



NEO LEO pre-registration opens

Thu Apr 17, 2008 00:00 - Thu Apr 17, 2008

United States of America

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, April 17, 2008-

“New Leonardos engaged in the Burning Issues of our Times”

March 18-21, 2009

ARTS Lab, University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM


We encourage you to pre-register for NEO LEO as this will help us plan, design the conference and fundraise. Pre-registration is voluntary and free, and is not required for final registration. Pay registration will launch later in 2008. Fees are planned at 300 USD for general, 200 USD for students, UNM and Leonardo members.

This conference, the final in a series of Leonardo 40th Anniversary events, will bring together scientists and artists, elder practitioners and younger creators, scholars and administrators from around the world. Thematically, the conference is centered on the convergence of art, science and technology, and will celebrate the achievements of the Leonardo Organisation and Publications [MIT Press] as well as design the important questions that will shape and impact the future over the next 40 years. The event will showcase some of the most compelling work of the New Leonardos. It will provide a framework to debate the burning issues that face the arts, humanities and the sciences and technology in a world of declining science literacy, limited resources, anthropogenic environmental change, and enduring inequalities and social injustice.

The Leonardo 40th Anniversary celebrations began with a kick off conference MUTAMORPHOSIS: Art and Science in Extreme and Hostile Environments held in November 2007 in Prague. A one-day Symposium will be held on June 3, 2008 at the University of California, Berkeley. The New Mexico conference will be the culminating event bringing together the Leonardo community with interested organizations and corporations.

The conference will be hosted and co-organized by the ARTS Lab at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and Leonardo/ISAST.

Call for papers and pay registration will launch later in 2008.
To be kept up to date, please visit the conference website and sign up on the mailing list.

For more information, please contact:

Roger Malina
International Conference Chair
Chairman of the Board

Claudia X. Valdes
New Mexico Conference Chair
Associate Director, ARTS Lab
University of New Mexico