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THE SIXTH MAGNITUDE (3-channel installation)

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THE SIXTH MAGNITUDE (3-channel installation)

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THE SIXTH MAGNITUDE (3-channel installation)

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TESTS (watercolor and guache)

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JORNADA DEL MUERTO (live video with William Fowler Collins)


[Dec 6 & 7, 2014]
New Mexico Arts in Public Places @ Bayfront Park
(during Art Basel Miami), Miami, FL
NM /UNM Immersive Fulldome

New photo-based artwork (2014) collected by the Lannan Foundation


Equipment Fund, OVPR UNM
Awarded $40,000

Mind Research Network + UNM RAC Grant
Awarded $20,850
for Non-Categorical Perception, EEG States, and Immersive Response

Masterful pixelation is exemplified in Jim Campbell’s Market Street Pause, Daniel Reeves’s Avatamsaka, Woody Vasulka’s Light Revisited, No.4, and Claudia X. Valdes, The Sixth Magnitude, which pulsate with incalculable shifts in surface imaging, that Monet’s fields of bright red poppies were once seen to possess.

E. Luanne McKinnonDirector, University of New Mexico Art Museum

Politics can’t be avoided in such a topic. Claudia X. Valdés, an artist who spent several years researching nuclear arms, makes an unambiguous statement with her digital video installation 192:291. Its image holds 192 tiles, each like a small television screen, each representing a country and each containing the image of the first nuclear test broadcast live on television. As the tiles, one by one, fill the screen, a mushroom cloud spreads through each one. Narrator Walter Cronkite’s voice distorts as the explosions multiply. Then the tiles begin to disappear, one by one, until the screen is again dark and the audio goes silent. This domino effect of explosions seems to ask: If it starts, where will it stop; what will be left? “My hope is that the work will generate a reflective moment for the viewer. That when they walk away and think about the images, it will visually organize things for them,” Valdés said. “If we can locate the present in these images of a potential future, we might reconsider our actions.”

Bill KohlhaaseSanta Fe New Mexican

March 2006-present

on Joy Garnett’s
The Bomb Project

Artwork featured in
HUMAN FUTURES: Art in an Age of Anxiety

Edited by Dr. Andy Miah
Liverpool University Press


The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists