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PLACES & SPACES SARC: Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations SARC (Scientists/Artists Research Collaborations) is a project of the 1st Mile Institute set up by founder, Richard Lowenberg, located in New Mexico. The mission of SARC is to commission new works of art that grow out of collaborative involvements at the intersection of the arts and sciences, with the ultimate goal of making art more applicable as an educational tool and to further highlevel achievements in these fields, providing educational and ecological benefits to the community. Prior to SARC’s creation, Lowenberg’s interests were rooted mainly in ecosystem design projects and economic research. This interest inspired him initially to create the 1st Mile Institute in 2006, focusing on applying solutions to broadband availability in the surrounding rural and tribal areas of New Mexico. In 2012 the SARC pilot program was born, and became a project of 516 Arts, an Albuquerque-based non-profit and co-convener for ISEA2012 (Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts), a conference that brings together aspects of art, science and upcoming technology. Artists involved in ISEA2012 included Ruth West (UCSD Center for Research in Computing and the Arts), Francesca Samsel (Austin, Texas), William Ray Wilson (Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico), Adrianne Wortzel (New York City College of Technology), and Todd Ingalls (Chair of Graduate Studies at the School of Arts, Media, Engineering in Tempe, Arizona). This group initiated discussions with science researchers at Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs, the Santa Fe Institute, and UNM to encourage a better under- 42 SARC founder, Richard Lowenberg standing of the collaborative process of science and art, in an attempt to mutually benefit the outcomes for both fields. That September a joint exhibition of the ISEA2012 Residency works and SARC artists opened at the UNM School of Architecture. Currently, SARC is focused on creating a long-term framework for the organization that will include frequent public events like workshops, exhibitions, screenings and group discussions. With these programs SARC will hopefully inspire more creative thinking, encourage the creation of new art, vitalize the future of SciArt, and develop life-sustaining eco-strategies under an additional new program set to launch called ECOS. Looking ahead, SARC aims to extend its reach internationally, and find new people to help pave the way for upcoming collaborations between scientists and artists. Visit for more information. SciArt in America December 2013