SANTA FE, N.M. — One of the key things to keep in mind about the Currents new media exhibition at El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe’s Railyard is that it takes more than one visit.
The mesmerizing “Noisefold” by David Stout and Cory Metcalf, for instance, takes many minutes of watching the intricate patterns morph to the solemn sounds that occasionally almost gong forth. Even after you think you’ve seen it all, minutes or days later you can walk back into the room devoted to the two-wall projection and see a pattern or colors that you hadn’t viewed before.
Co-organizer Mariannah Amster confided that one family was trying to leave the room, but the little girl protested, “I can’t go. I’m watching a movie.” It takes a child to see the storyline in abstraction.
This weekend is your last chance to take in the eclectic offerings, including robots shaped like baby bottles that make the coos and goos and awkward motion of babies within a playpen. Other robots roam the floors looking for someone to love them.
So far, though, I’ve only seen cute ‘bots at Currents. When will we have a threatening warlord like the Terminator make an appearance? Then again, they really don’t want to scare the kids away.