ISEA2012 includes a series of residencies and special projects hosted by partnering organizations around New Mexico and the region. These include artist-scientist residencies, site projects, artworks, performances, and presentations, with schools, arts organizations, environmental organizations, and the scientific and technological communities. Many of these projects feature a gallery component as part of the main ISEA2012 exhibition. Residencies and special projects were selected through a call for proposals by the international jury and the project host organizations.