SANTA FE, N.M. — In each of their allotted 140 seconds, Dilara Akay might tell about her fascination with La Llorona, Jason Baerg might discuss a range from water ceremonies to laser-cut paintings, and Lisa Hirmer very well may explore social connections that form when water flows as a gift between people.
That’s just a small sampling of what could be on tap at tonight’s Water Rights SFAI 140, an evening that features 20 talks and performances of only 140 seconds each, where members of the community – from scientists to activists to teachers – coalesce around art and social consciousness.
The rapid-fire talks, held three times a year at the Santa Fe Art Institute, connect its artists in residence working on a particular theme with people in the community who have an interest or expertise in the topic – or simply an interest in art projects. And that includes audience members. “About 230 people show up each time,” said Robert Gomez Hernandez, SFAI’s design strategy manager.
The program features a dozen SFAI artists in residence and another three from the Institute of American Indian Arts, along with Beata Tsosie Pena of Tewa Women United and others from the University of New Mexico, the Office of the State Engineer and more.