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November 2014

MARFA PUBLIC RADIO / Listen to Luc Mattenberger in conversation with Kate Yoland on talk-at-ten

Listen to Luc Mattenberger in conversation with Kate Yoland on talk-at-ten 

HERE http://marfapublicradio.org/blog/talk-at-ten/fieldwork-artist-in-residence-luc-mattenberger/

Candidate, 2009 © Luc Mattenberger

october 2014

Selection Announcement / Fieldwork: Marfa is proud to announce the 2015 selected candidates

4 international artists were selected by the jury and chosen out of 313 candidates from 41 countries.
2 alumni were nominated by les beaux-arts de Nantes and Head-Geneva

The 6 selected candidates are:
Jennifer Burris-Staton (UK)
Adrian Dan (RO)
Erik Deluca (USA)
Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson (USA)
Simone Holliger (CH)
Armand Morin (FR)

Members of the jury were:
Etienne Chambaud (Artist, Fieldwork alumni), Yann Chateigné (Dean of Visual arts dpt, Head-Geneva and Fieldwork: Marfa co-director), Sophie Legrandjacques (Director, le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire), Balthazar Lovay (Director, Fri-Art, Fribourg), Claire Moulène (Journalist at Les Inrockuptibles and independent curator), Mai Thu Perret (Artist, Head-Geneva), Marta Riniker-Radich (Artist, Fieldwork alumni), Ida Soulard (Fieldwork: Marfa co-director, les beaux-arts de Nantes), Mai Tran (research & communication, les beaux-arts de Nantes)

image. Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson. Emerald Pendant, 2011 / Emerald stylus used to cut emerald record, emeralds, 22k gold, made by Karen L. Davidson 5/8” x 1” x 3/16” in / 14 x 25 x 5 mm

october 2014

NEW RESIDENT / We are happy to welcome our new resident, Pedro Moraes

You are all invited to join the welcome party at Fieldwork: Marfa on Friday 17th from 6 to 8pm.

"The work relates to a body, a body is what is at it’s center, but if what you see is what you get, then… well, then you won’t get the body, but something else. A carcass, bone, marrow, tongue… remnants. A bundle of experiences imbricated into different objects — as if holes wore being bore into things and filled with something that forever changes the original — Like Uranium. Through a rigorous account of a body part — the mouth — and it’s different dimensions such as the intellectual, economical and actual, i will inquire upon the way in which a locality transforms a body."


Fieldwork: Marfa 2015 - Selection

Many thanks to the members of the jury for Fieldwork: Marfa 2015:

Etienne Chambaud (Artist, Fieldwork alumni)
Yann Chateigné (Dean of Visual arts dpt, Head-Geneva and Fieldwork: Marfa co-director)
Sophie Legrandjacques (Director, le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire)
Balthazar Lovay (Director, Fri-Art, Fribourg)
Claire Moulène (Journalist at Les Inrockuptibles and independent curator)
Mai Thu Perret (Artist, HEAD-Geneva)
Marta Riniker-Radich (Artist, Fieldwork alumni)
Ida Soulard (Fieldwork: Marfa co-director, les beaux-arts de Nantes)
Mai Tran (research & édition, les beaux-arts de Nantes)

The names of the successful candidates will be announced mid-october.
Stay tuned!


NEW RESIDENT / Luc Mattenberger

Luc Mattenberger is a Swiss artist who lives and works in Geneva and Berlin. He works essentially in the field of sculpture and installation. His works explore the multiples convinces between man and machine, with a particular interest for the engine as vector and symbol of power. In Marfa, he will develop Looking for Infinity, a research project initiated in Berlin and that will result in a series of actions performed during his residency period in the desert surrounding Marfa. 

Image. © Luc Mattenberger 2014

August 2014

Welcome to our new home!

Fieldwork Marfa has moved - We are now at 408 East Texas Street.

August 2014

Application deadline for Fieldwork: Marfa 2015 is extended to September 14

To make sure that you can all participate, the application deadline for Fieldwork: Marfa 2015 is extended to September 14!


MARFA PUBLIC RADIO / An interview with Marta Riniker-Radich


MARFA PUBLIC RADIO / Kate Yoland in conversation with Amanda Beech on Marfa Public Radio


SCREENING / Amanda Beech in conversation with curator Matthew Poole on Thursday July 31st at Fieldwork's gallery


RESIDENTS / We are happy to announce Marta Riniker-Radich as our new summer resident.

"I have recently started a project, involving text, drawing and photographic works, that revolves around the aesthetic qualities of “success” and hyper-individualism in contemporary society. What types of attitudes does one need to adopt in order to become financially successful? How do these attitudes then influence how one puts accumulated wealth and power to use? On this note, I explore fantastical scenarios in which private individuals exploit their power for the most absurd ventures.

Several of my past works have been influenced by key figures of the Texas oil boom, such as the Hunt family. My intent for my time in Marfa is to further research the socio-cultural aspects of the petroleum industry in Texas, as well as to simply absorb as many anecdotes and stories that I can through my meetings with people. What interests me ultimately are personal histories, which I rework into the creation of new narratives."

The image is of the congressional hearing of Herbert and Bunker Hunt, who tried to corner the silver market in 1980.


RESIDENTS / We are delighted to welcome Amanda Beech at Fieldwork: Marfa for the next two months.

Amanda Beech is in Marfa to work on Covenant Transport (working title), a new video installation that explores the concepts of de-stabilized locations, the dispossession of freedom and consensus for the future.

Whilst ideas, laws, and theories are invisible to us we know that they affect us as substantial forces in the world. In this way, ideas are capable of the kind of (ideological) force that we usually consider to be the property of more ‘stable entities’ like buildings and monuments. Covenant Transport explores the forces that cut across these registers of thought and matter: when mobility and power are no longer exclusive, the grounds of our beliefs are dislodged and an anarchic world of disorientating equalities demands reorientation and navigation.

Taking “unstable” architectures, real and imaginary, as its locus, this video work draws a discursive fiction weaving philosophy, politics and social events together to interrogate the role of building when idealisms are no longer possible and what social consensus is in this disorientating terrain. How does this world without ends generate different concepts and contracts for our social and political future?



Wipe Out Evil, 2014
Media: paper with burns and cut outs
Size 210 x 297 mm

JUNE 2015

The 2015 Fieldwork: Marfa Call for application is now OPEN!


DEADLINE: August 31 2014
Decision: Mi-September 


Fieldwork: Marfa is the joint project of two leading European art academies, Les Beaux-Arts de Nantes and HEAD – Genève (Geneva University of Art and Design). This international researcher-in-residence program is dedicated to the practice of art in public space, critical approaches to landscape and borders and artistic projects based on field investigation methods.

Located in Marfa, Texas, USA, this unique       platform is intended for emerging artists, curators and researchers whose projects require immersion into the specific environment of Marfa and Texas territory, and encourages the development of experimental research methods, diverse modes of inquiries and fieldwork practices.

The program comes with a research grant of 2000$, enabling the applicants to stay in Marfa for a two-months residency period and to unfold their research with the support of a series of professional partners and educational structures. The Fieldwork: Marfa research program is based on the idea that the residents develop their own research projects in relation to academic programs and curriculum of the two art schools involved.

The two European schools have chosen to build this program in Marfa because its location and context offer a very wide range of research opportunities. The program relies on a collaborative network of like-minded international art schools and universities, research structures, art institutions and cultural events (The Contemporary Austin, Marfa Book Company, Albuquerque UNM Art&Ecology department, The school of Art at the University of Houston, Center for Land Use Interpretation, L.A, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Le Grand Café, Saint Nazaire, and more).

Residents are selected on the basis of a research project in direct relationship with the context, through all its material, historical, epistemological as well as political dimensions.

The application must be submitted in English. A driving license is strongly recommended. Among the 6 chosen candidates, 2 are alumni of HEAD-Genève and/or Les beaux-arts de Nantes.

For more information about the program and application procedures please visit: http://www.fieldworkmarfa.org/node/8


May 2014

PRESS / Fieldwork: Marfa in the news

"Emerging artists are encouraged with programs such as Fieldwork Marfa, the brainchild of two major European art schools, ESBA Nantes Métropole and HEAD Geneva. The international research-in residence program is dedicated to the practice of art in public space, critical approaches to landscape and artist projects intended for emerging artists, curators and researchers; six lucky artists are selected a year."

The full Travelmag.com article can be found HERE

May 2014

PRESS / A review of Martha Kirszenbaum's screenings at Fieldwork: Marfa in Glasstire. by Nicholas Knight.

"On Friday, April 4, curator Martha Kirszenbaum presented Fetish and Figure, a program of six films and videos at Fieldwork: Marfa, at the invitation of current research residents Pauline Beaudemont and Elise Lammer. Projected on the gallery wall in a continuous sequence were works by Kenneth Anger, Agnieszka Polska, Isabelle Cornaro, Shana Moulton, Ursula Mayer, and Michael Robinson. An episode of The Twilight Zone from 1960 completed the program, which ran for a total of 72 minutes." (...)

The Full review can be found HERE 

May 2015

RESIDENTS / We are very pleased to welcome our two new residents: artist Etienne Chambaud and curator and writer Vincent Normand.

Etienne Chambaud and Vincent Normand are in Marfa to work on their current research project: La Nuit Sauve.

La Nuit Sauve intends to travel across the symbolic stratification of sites of knowledge or landscapes that have shaped the modern gaze projected on Nature, in which they have crafted physical or symbolical borders: a natural history museum, a biosphere reserve, a zoo and a desert. It will be composed of both a feature film and a book.

image. La Nuit Sauve. Work document.


RESIDENT / Elise Lammer writes for 60pages

Our curator in residence, Elise Lammer started writing for 60 pages. You can now follow her West Texas adventures. First post on roadkill cuisine: Streetmeat and Highway Pizza!

Follow her here: http://www.60pages.com/furry-frisbees-in-texas/


april 2014

Film screening / Fetish And Figure

Our two artists in residence, Pauline Beaudemont and Elise Lammer welcome curator and writer Martha Kirszenbaum for a special film screening at the Fieldwork: Marfa gallery space. 

"Fetish and Figure" brings together six films and videos by artists and filmmakers that address both the fetishisation of objects and the exclusive relation between the representation of objects and the body. Exploring the theme of "tableau vivant", this program challenges the presence of the human body that disintegrates, allowing objects to come to life on screen as the camera captures them. The proposed works share a common approach of feminine iconography constructed around sophisticated accessories - perfume bottles, enchanting jewelery and shimmering pieces of clothing - while questioning images of voluptuousness and consumption and, finally, reflecting on human solitude, existential melancholy and physical disappearance.

Program (approximate running time: 72 min):

Kenneth Anger, "Puce Moment", 1949, 16mm, 7 min
Agnieszka Polska, "Plunderer’s Dream", 2011, HD video, 3 min 56 sec
Isabelle Cornaro, "Premier rêve d’Oskar Fischinger (Part 1 and Part 2)", 2008, 2-channel 16mm transferred to minidv, 3 min 14 sec
Shana Moulton, "The Galactic Pot Healer", 2010, Digital video, 8 min 32 sec
Ursula Mayer, "The Lunch in Fur / Le Déjeuner en Fourrure", 2008, 16mm, 7 min 30 sec
Michael Robinson, "These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us", 2010, Digital video, 13 min
The Twilight Zone, episode “The After Hours”, 1960, 30 min

Martha Kirszenbaum is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles and Paris. She serves as the director and curator of Fahrenheit in Los Angeles and is the 2014 associate curator of La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France.

February 2014

New Residents / Pauline Beaudemont and Elise Lammer

NEW RESIDENTS / Tomorrow we welcome our two first 2014 residents, Pauline Beaudemont and Elise Lammer. 

Reflecting their common interest in concepts such as non-site, spirituality, dreams and mystic phenomena, Pauline and Elise aim at drawing a cartography of Marfa's subconscious. Their idea is to conduct a field research both into Marfa's inhabitants' minds and Marfa's landscape. They will approach the town's onirism in a pseudoscientific and systematic way. This project follows up Elise's long term interest in animism and subliminal episodes, and Pauline's recent Master Thesis project, for which she explored the representation of dreams in visual arts.

February 2014

Screening at Fieldwork: Marfa gallery

Please join us this Wednesday February 19th at the Fieldwork: Marfa gallery for a screening of artists Fabien Giraud and Raphaël Siboni new series of films. 

Fabien Giraud is a former resident of Fieldwork: Marfa and will be present to introduce this new body of works.


film 35 mm, 9 min, 2014 

Season 1, Episode 0, 26 min, 2014 

Season 1, Episode 1, 26 min, 2014 

Season 1, Episode 2, 26 min, 2014 





december 2013

Opening at Fieldwork: Marfa Gallery

Opening on the 2nd of January: 

"Good Bye, I Love You"
Teaser and Lamps 
Work in progress
by Ceel Mogami de Haas & Vianney Fivel



Decembre 2013


Emilie Ding discusses her painting and sculpting residence at Fieldwork Marfa.




November 2013

Ceel Mogami de Haas and Vianney Fivel

Fieldwork artists in residence Ceel and Vianney invite you to a screening of the Opera Perfect Lives by Robert Ashley (1983, 173min).

Join us this Thursday November 21st at 8PM at the Fieldwork gallery on 212 E San Antonio St.

* Appetizer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1LWC39Ehm4


Ceel Mogami de Haas and Vianney Fivel

New Fieldwork: Marfa residents Ceel Mogami de Haas and Vianney Fivel invite you to a screening of Ed Atkins' "Death Mask 2 : The Scent" (2010 , 8min) and "Death Mask 3" (2011, 35min).
The projection will be at the Fieldwork gallery, 212 E San Antonio St, TONIGHT, Tuesday November 12th at approximately 8.00PM.





New Talk at Ten on Marfa Public Radio: Fieldwork Marfa research directors, Yann Chateigné and Ida Soulard, join us with the artist, Elisa Larvego, to discuss the Fieldwork Symposium: “Borders Studies and The Limits of Things,” as well as Larvego’s work in the region.

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Researchers in residence for the year 2014


220 candidates from 37 countries have applied this year for the Fieldwork Marfa residency program

The jury was composed by Jean-Pierre Greff (Director, HEAD – Genève CH), Yann Chateigné (Dean of the Visual Arts department, research co-director of Fieldwork: Marfa, HEAD  – Genève CH), Ida Soulard (art historian and research co-director of Fieldwork: Marfa, beaux-arts Nantes), Etienne Bernard (curator and director, Contemporary art center Passerelle, Brest FR), Julien Fronsacq (curator, Palais de Tokyo, Paris), Emmanuelle Chérel (art historian and teacher, les beaux-arts de Nantes FR).

Fieldwork: Marfa is proud to announce that the next researchers-in-residence, for the year 2014 will be:

  • Marcos Avila Forero
  • Pauline Beaudemont & Elise Lammer
  • Amanda Beech
  • Etienne Chambaud & Vincent Normand
  • Luc Mattenberger
  • Marta Riniker Radich




Fieldwork: Marfa invite you to the opening of
Salt Cedar, Elisa Larvego

Opening: Friday, October 4th, 6-8 pm
Exhibition from October 5th to November 4th 2013

The exhibition focuses on the way the border leaves its mark on the daily life of Candelaria's inhabitants and on their environment. With still photographs, videos and texts, it shows how this geographical line is separating the families and how it generates environemental issues.

212 East San Antonio Street
Marfa, Texas 79843, USA
(432) 729-1801

Elisa Larvego, Abandoned shirt on the way to the mexican border, Candelaria, Texas






Borders Studies

and The Limits of Things





09:15 am - OPENING


Pierre-Jean Galdin, Jean-Pierre Greff, Yann Chateigné, Emmanuelle Chérel, Ida Soulard


10:00-12:30 am


Cinema and Social Imaginary in the Mexico-U.S. Border BY Norma Iglesias-Prieto, Professor Chicana/o

Studies, San Diego University (US)


Various Arrests in and around the Big Bend Region, by Camel Collective/Carla Herrera-Prats, artist (us/MX)


Salt Cedar, by Elisa Larvego, artist (CH) >>>

Exhibition walk-through at Fieldwork: Marfa Gallery


02:00 pm

Questioning Border art: relational esthetics in conflictive place, by Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary,

Geographer, Université de Grenoble (FR)


Dust Breeder, by Yann Chateigné, Head of the visual arts dpt, Head-Genève (CH)


Cemetery of the Unwanted, by Emilie Ding, artist (CH)


04:00 pm













September 2013

Emilie Ding


Fieldwork: Marfa is pleased to welcome from September to October the Swiss artist Emilie Ding
Emilie Ding (1981) is a swiss artist based in Berlin. She graduated from the Head, Geneva in 2008. She was recently included in Hotel Abisso at Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva, La Jeunesse est un Art at Kunsthaus Aarau, Displaced Fractures at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartkunst, Zürich, All of Above at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Abstraction/ Extension, at Fondation Salomon, Alex. Solo exhibitions include Kunstraum Riehen (2011), Palais de l’Athénée, Geneva (2010), Forde, Geneva (2008). She recently won the Liechti Foundation Prize given by Centre d’art Contemporain Fri-Art.

Camel Collective

Fieldwork: Marfa is pleased to welcome the new artists in residence, Camel Collective, with the artists Carla Herrera-Prats (MX/US) and Anthony Graves (US).
Camel Collective is the name under which Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats have worked since 2005. Through exhibitions and performances such as “The Second World Congress of Free Artists” at Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2013) “Howls for Bologna” at Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst (2010), “A Facility Based on Change” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2011), and “Una Obra Para Dos Pinturas” at the Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2012), the group’s interest have centered on the problematics of labor, education, theater, and collectivity.