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Symphonic lowriders, phone-y birds at electronic-art fest

The International Symposium on Electronic Art came to the U.S. for the first time in six years, and lots of strange creatures showed up for the show along Albuquerque's stretch of Route 66.

The "Camera Van" turns old analog cameras into a big rolling digital camera trained on the public. Eric Mack/CNET

The International Symposium on Electronic Art came to New Mexico for 2012 to show off the intersection of art, nature, and technology under the theme of "Machine Wilderness."

For two weeks, the notable art corridor between Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos played host to ISEA with a full schedule of panels, keynotes, performances, and all sorts of interesting and interactive art installations.

The Albuquerque-based section of ISEA's agenda culminated with an open-to-the-public block party on Central Avenue, perhaps better known as historic Route 66, in downtown Albuquerque. Crave's Amanda Kooser was there to cover a few of the major highlights of the evening -- a symphonic dance performance by a local lowrider club, as well as some freaky birds made from recycled cell phones -- while I roamed the scene with my own camera in hand to round out the picture of the state of digital outsider art in 2012.

Check out the gallery for some of the most interesting projects from ISEA 2012 and see how we live here in New Mexico's Machine Wilderness.