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april 2018

STUDENTS IN MARFA

Five Students from les beaux-arts de Nantes have just arrived in Marfa. 
You can follow them on instagram @tape8 and @fieldworkmarfa! 

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April 2017

STUDENTS IN MARFA

Students from the Versailles architecture school (École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles) have arrived! 

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march 2018

MARFA SOUNDING + DUST / TAREK ATOUI

As part of the DUST program / Tarek Atoui at Beaux-arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire this Wednesday!

Tarek Atoui will be the 2018 Marfa Sounding focus (https://www.marfasounding.com/). On May 25, 26 and 27, he will offer three site-specific performances in and around the town of Marfa, TX. Marfa Sounding is a series of site-specific performances, sound installations, screenings, and conversations that explore the relationship between music, movement, and site in the development of Minimalism.
(more soon...)

Tarek Atoui sera les 25, 26 et 27 mai prochain le focus de Marfa Sounding (https://www.marfasounding.com/), et proposera trois jours de performances site-specific, à Marfa, Texas. Marfa Sounding est une série de performances, installations sonores, et conversations qui explorent les relations entre la musique, le mouvement et le site dans le développement du minimalisme.

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february 5

EXHIBITION / PLOT MANIFEST 2 IN HOUSTON

As part of the DUST program / Plot Manifest #2 is exhibited in Houston. One more week to go!
with works by Alton DuLaney, Jimmy Castillo, Jesus Gonzalez, Melissa Noble, Charis Ammon Sharpless, Erin Carty, Karen Y. Le, Alex Naumann, and Margaux Foucret

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january 2018

NEW CAMPUS

FIELDWORK MARFA NEW CAMPUS / Almost ready to host all the students!

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january 2018

PRESS / BEAUX ARTS NANTES

IN THE NEWS / "L'école des Beaux-Arts, épanouie dans son nouvel écrin, s’impose comme l'un des lieux de formation à l’art les plus stimulants de France."

More Here

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november 2017

NEWS / TRAILER

The new Trailer just arrived! Ready to host the students...

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november 2017

DUST PROGRAM / SUHAIL MALIK

The DUST program is still alive / Suhail Malik at Beaux-arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire next Tuesday in the framework of Bleeding at the Edges - a seminar held by Ida Soulard in collaboration with Abinadi Meza (The school of art at the University of Houston).
More Soon on www.desertunit.org

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october 2017

PRESS / Artpress special issue on Beaux-arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire

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october 2017

ARTIST / LILI REYNAUD DEWAR

Fieldwork Marfa Campus & Beaux-arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire // with Lili Reynaud Dewar (artist in residence at Artpace San Antonio) shooting BEYOND THE LAND OF MINIMAL POSSESSION, a horror movie about gentrification, the privatization and commodification of art, land, ideas, freedom, and depicting a group of 8 young artists from Haute école d'art et de design - Genève struggling to find meaning in their engagement in the field of visual arts.

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october 2017

FORMER RESIDENT / EMILY VERLA BOVINO

From October 18 to October 22, 2017, Fieldwork:Marfa is proud to present free chauffeured drives of Better to Lose Your Head Than Use It (BTLYH), a choreographed road-trip with audio-drama created by 2011 Fieldwork:Marfa Artist-in-Residence, Emily Verla Bovino.

Better to Lose Your Head Than Use It (BTLYH) takes listeners on a journey through the region of Chichimeca, from artist Donald Judd's The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati (1986) to the borderlands gravesite of Ramon and Salvador Karam, a Lebanese peddler and his son murdered in 1918. The road-trip is choreographed to an audio-drama that follows near-future incidents in the afterlife of RK, a fictional biological specimen.


with Marfa Book Company
We hope to see you there!
For more on RK-LOG, visit: rk-log.net
For the BTLYH web platform, visit: bettertoloseyourhead-rklog.net

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october 2017

DUST PROGRAM / RAIMUNDAS MALASAUSKAS

Raimundas Malasauskas at Beaux-arts Nantes
Happening this week in Nantes as part of the DUST program - a program co-imagined by the school of art at the University of Houston and les beaux-arts de Nantes.

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september 2017

FORMER RESIDENT / LUC MATTENBERGER

Artist Luc Mattenberger was recently working on Fieldwork's land.
For the People, Marfa, TX
09/1 - 09/7/2017
Antelope Hills Rd, 79843
photos: Luc Mattenberger

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July 2017

TWO MONTHS AGO...

"This week DUST - Desert Unit for Speculative Territories is guest tweeting and posting some of their amazing photos of the Texas/Mexico border."

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June 2017

PRESS /

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June 2017

PRESS / DISCO BALLS IN THE DESERT

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June 2017

MARFA SOUNDING / STEPHEN PETRONIO

Marfa Sounding: Anna Halprin is over, but you can have a glimpse here with Stephen Petronio performing The Courtesan and the Crone at the Crowley Theater

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MARFA SOUNDING / ANNA HALPRIN

Curated by Jennifer Burris Staton. Co-Presented by Marfa Live Art and Fieldwork Marfa. With Phillip Greenlief, Nina Martin, Rashaun Mitchell, Stephen Petronio, Silas Riener, and films by Jacqueline Caux, Kevin Hayden, and Andy Abrahams Wilson. Locations throughout Marfa included the Crowley Theater, Building 98, and Fieldwork: Marfa's ranch on Antelope Hills. Photography by Jessica Lutz.

 

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June 2017

EXHIBITION / Marfa Sighting 2

Tonight (Friday June 2 - 5-9pm) join us in Marfa for Marfa Sighting 2 - with students from the School of Art at University of Houston and Beaux-arts Nantes.

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June 2017

A new step for Fieldwork Marfa

A new step for Fieldwork Marfa: the first trailer arrived! It will host students starting in 2018.

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May 2017

MARFA SOUNDING / INTERVIEW

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DUST PROGRAM / FABIEN GIRAUD


Demain aux Beaux-arts Nantes, conférence de Fabien Giraud de 18h à 20h en amphithéâtre: Le Site comme Sécession.

All Welcome!

Le Site comme Sécession.
La notion de site telle que nous l’avons hérité de l’art des années 1970 est un concept principalement spatial. Il visait à instituer un nouveau rapport à l’espace matériel et à élargir notre expérience de celui-ci à ses dimensions politiques, économiques et sociales. Une reprise effective de ce concept aujourd’hui ne peut se faire sans une prise en compte de la manière dont ses dimensions se forment et se distribuent dans le temps. Dès lors, qu’est-ce qu’un site temporel ?
Ce qui caractérise notre présent - sous condition du paradigme informationnel - est un bouclage temporel où tout phénomène futur, toute prédiction d’événements à venir, ne sont envisagés que dans leur correspondance avec des évènements passés (information matching). Dans un tel bouclage (le futur envisagé au passé) aucun évènement réel ne semble pouvoir advenir, aucun site nouveau ne semble pouvoir se déployer. « Rien ne peut avoir lieu que le lieu ».
Le projet sur lequel je travaille depuis quelques années avec l’artiste Raphaël Siboni (The Unmanned) ainsi que mes recherches théoriques, tentent d’esquisser l’histoire de la constitution de ce site du contemporain et, par là même, d’en envisager une sortie possible : faire sécession avec le présent.


Fabien Giraud est artiste. Depuis 2007, il collabore avec l’artiste et cinéaste Raphaël Siboni avec qui il a exposé en France et à l’étranger (Palais de Tokyo 2008, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 2009, Santa Fe Biennal 2008, Moscow Biennal 2009, Sharjah Art Foundation 2013, Biennale de Lyon 2015). Depuis 2014 leur nouvelle série d’œuvres intitulée The Unmanned a fait l’objet d’expositions monographiques au Luxembourg (Casino Luxembourg), au Canada (Vox) et en France (Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Ile de Vassivière). En 2011, il a initié la série de séminaires et de workshops intitulés La Matière de la Contradiction visant à questionner le concept géologique d’anthropocène et ses conséquences pour la théorie de l’art. En 2012, il a co-initié la plateforme de recherche et la revue Glass Bead.


Plus d’informations :
www.theunmanned.com
www.glass-bead.org
Et
http://www.dailymotion.com/…/x2crpcu_faster-a-propos-du-man… (7’55)
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Cette conférence fait partie d’une série d’interventions organisée par Ida Soulard dans le cadre du programme D.U.S.T (www.desertunit.org) organisé en partenariat avec l’université de Houston. Les artistes invité.e.s
(au printemps et à l’automne 2017) déploient des paysages contemporains (algorithmiques, sonores, écologiques, technologiques, géologiques, etc) et inventent des pratiques et modes d’engagement dans ces espaces nouveaux.

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DUST PROGRAM / FABIEN GIRAUD


Demain aux Beaux-arts Nantes, conférence de Fabien Giraud de 18h à 20h en amphithéâtre: Le Site comme Sécession.

All Welcome!

Le Site comme Sécession.
La notion de site telle que nous l’avons hérité de l’art des années 1970 est un concept principalement spatial. Il visait à instituer un nouveau rapport à l’espace matériel et à élargir notre expérience de celui-ci à ses dimensions politiques, économiques et sociales. Une reprise effective de ce concept aujourd’hui ne peut se faire sans une prise en compte de la manière dont ses dimensions se forment et se distribuent dans le temps. Dès lors, qu’est-ce qu’un site temporel ?
Ce qui caractérise notre présent - sous condition du paradigme informationnel - est un bouclage temporel où tout phénomène futur, toute prédiction d’événements à venir, ne sont envisagés que dans leur correspondance avec des évènements passés (information matching). Dans un tel bouclage (le futur envisagé au passé) aucun évènement réel ne semble pouvoir advenir, aucun site nouveau ne semble pouvoir se déployer. « Rien ne peut avoir lieu que le lieu ».
Le projet sur lequel je travaille depuis quelques années avec l’artiste Raphaël Siboni (The Unmanned) ainsi que mes recherches théoriques, tentent d’esquisser l’histoire de la constitution de ce site du contemporain et, par là même, d’en envisager une sortie possible : faire sécession avec le présent.


Fabien Giraud est artiste. Depuis 2007, il collabore avec l’artiste et cinéaste Raphaël Siboni avec qui il a exposé en France et à l’étranger (Palais de Tokyo 2008, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 2009, Santa Fe Biennal 2008, Moscow Biennal 2009, Sharjah Art Foundation 2013, Biennale de Lyon 2015). Depuis 2014 leur nouvelle série d’œuvres intitulée The Unmanned a fait l’objet d’expositions monographiques au Luxembourg (Casino Luxembourg), au Canada (Vox) et en France (Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Ile de Vassivière). En 2011, il a initié la série de séminaires et de workshops intitulés La Matière de la Contradiction visant à questionner le concept géologique d’anthropocène et ses conséquences pour la théorie de l’art. En 2012, il a co-initié la plateforme de recherche et la revue Glass Bead.


Plus d’informations :
www.theunmanned.com
www.glass-bead.org
Et
http://www.dailymotion.com/…/x2crpcu_faster-a-propos-du-man… (7’55)
--
Cette conférence fait partie d’une série d’interventions organisée par Ida Soulard dans le cadre du programme D.U.S.T (www.desertunit.org) organisé en partenariat avec l’université de Houston. Les artistes invité.e.s
(au printemps et à l’automne 2017) déploient des paysages contemporains (algorithmiques, sonores, écologiques, technologiques, géologiques, etc) et inventent des pratiques et modes d’engagement dans ces espaces nouveaux.

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March 2017

DUST PROGRAM / MELANIE BUHLER

In two weeks at Beaux-arts Nantes, as part of the D.U.S.T program (www.desertunit.org) Melanie Bühler will present her curatorial and editorial work. The conference will be in english. all welcome!

Responsive Topographies and Humming Networks
Where Artworks live Today

Drawing on my current curatorial project “Inflected Objects,” I will discuss the dynamics and structures that inform contemporary artistic production today. I will argue that the accelerated circulation of content and abstracted processes (such as computation and the art market) have created a situation in which (art) objects, images and things spiral away from our reach. We cannot grasp their dynamics anymore as their influence leak out in too many directions – objects create mechanisms of their own, trails that cannot be anticipated. In my talk, I will discuss artistic practices that address these extending topologies, interrogate mechanisms of circulation and question concepts of vitality.
http://lunch-bytes.com/

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February 2017

Exhibition / Marfa Sightings at Nantes School of Art.

Exhibition / Marfa Sightings at Nantes School of Art.
(17 - 29 January 2017)

In the framework of Plot Manifest, an international seminar (projection internationale) led by Abinadi Meza and Ida Soulard, in Houston and Marfa, TX.

with students from Nantes : Carole Baron, Léa Bertail-Domarchi, Ines Elichondoborde, Arthur Escabasse, Elliot Eugenie and Houston : Tracey Ceniceros, Alton DuLaney, Trey Duvall, Jonathan Read, Elise Weber.

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January 2017

EDUCATION / Exhibition Marfa Sightings, Nantes

Join us on Tuesday night at Galerie François II for the exhibition of the works of five students from Beaux-arts Nantes and five students from The University of Houston, TX. They all visited Marfa last May and Marfa Sightings is the result of their joint investigation into its territory. Many thanks to all who made it possible, in Houston, Nantes and Marfa. There'll be Food and Drinks. Y'All Welcome! 

On the Night of the opening: 

- 18h30-
After sixteen craft bombs, 10min
Elliot Eugénie

-18h50-
From what I’ve read, Marfa is a very
spacious place with wonderful trees, 10min
Arthur Escabasse

-19h10-
En busca de la Estela, 30min
Inès Elichondoborde

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october 2016

EDUCATION / Exhibition Deserting the Site in Houston

EDUCATION/ Join us in Houston for the opening of /// Deserting The Site, an exhibition reflecting on the work of the participants in the DUST (Desert Unit for Speculative Territories) 2016 studio program. featuring 5 students from the University of Houston and 5 students from Beaux-arts Nantes. with Tracey Ceniceros, Arthur Kuhn, Carole Orbàn Baron, Inès Elichondoborde, Elliot Eugénie, Léa Domarchi, Alton DuLaney, Jonathan Read, Trey Lyndon Duvall, & Elise Nicole Weber. 

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october 2016

In the News / "Des patrons nantais à l'assaut du Texas", Les Echos

"Un village artistique français va voir le jour à Marfa, berceau de l'art minimal, sur un bout de désert texan acquis par des mécènes de Nantes.
Le 23 septembre, le ministre des Affaires étrangères, Jean-Marc Ayrault, rappelait, à l'ambassade de France de New York, la nécessité de mener une politique artistique attractive au niveau international, pour l'Etat comme pour les collectivités territoriales. Il rendait hommage à une initiative peu banale menée par l'Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes, la ville dont il a longtemps été le maire. Avec l'aide de mécènes nantais (galeriste, architecte, chefs d'entreprise...) et de la Haute Ecole d'art et de design de Genève, cette école qui figure parmi les cinq plus réputées en France a engagé un programme de recherches et de résidences inédit à Marfa, au Texas, depuis 2010."

Full Article Here

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october 2016

In the News / Connaissance des Arts

In Connaissance des Arts, about the recent Fieldwork development in Marfa

"Soutenue par un cercle de mécènes nantais, l'École des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, qui organisait déjà des résidences d'artistes à Marfa, au Texas, passe à la vitesse supérieure en achetant un terrain destiné à la construction d'un « campus » planté au milieu du désert.

Convaincu que « les artistes doivent bouger », Pierre-Jean Galdin, le très dynamique directeur des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, a voulu lancer des résidences d’artistes aux États-Unis. Après avoir envisagé plusieurs lieux, il s’est fixé sur Marfa, une bourgade de moins de 2000 habitants située au fin fond du Texas, plutôt difficile d’accès. Pourquoi Marfa? Parce que le territoire, vierge et magnifique, offre de nombreuses possibilités aux artistes voulant intervenir sur le paysage, et que c’est un lieu de pèlerinage pour les admirateurs de Donald Judd, le pape américain du minimalisme qui s’y est retiré dans les années 70. Avec ses écoles d’art partenaires, l’Université de Houston et la Haute Ecole d’art et de design de Genève (Head-Genève), l’École des Beaux-Arts de Nantes a donc créé en 2011 Fieldwork Marfa, qui permet chaque année à six artistes internationaux ou chercheurs en arts visuels de développer sur place un projet, pérenne ou éphémère. Parmi les travaux les plus remarquables, citons le projet de sculpture monumentale de Wilfrid Almendra (2011), les photos d’Étienne Chambaud (2014) ou les performances d’Alvin Lucier (2016), dans le cadre du festival Marfa Sounding organisé par Jennifer Burris, résidente en 2015."

More Here 

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october 2016

French Connection: UH School of Art Tapped for Collaboration

"French Connection: UH School of Art Tapped for Collaboration". The UH School of Art at the University of Houston sharing the great news of the collaboration with Beaux-arts Nantes and the winning of the Partner University Fund grant. And starring Nantes School of Art student Carole Orbàn Baron.

MORE HERE 

image. Carole Baron, Delectable Mountain, natural dye, cotton & stones, 2016. Photo by Ida Soulard.

 
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september 2016

In the News / Jean-Marc Ayrault supports Fieldwork Marfa

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, supports Fieldwork Marfa in New York and call the program "an exceptional" one. 

Full Review in Ouest France (french)

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June 2016

PRESS / Marfa Sounding

Great review of Marfa Sounding (a program curated by former Fieldwork curator in residence Jennifer Burris and co-hosted by Marfa Live Arts) in Arts+Culture Texas.

FULL REVIEW HERE

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June 2016

DUST seminar

DUST Website is finally up and running. You can find there all archives of the seminar ///Deserting the Site, the work of the students-researchers, pictures of Marfa Sounding, and more....
Stay tuned for our 2017 program!

http://www.desertunit.org/

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June 2016

PRESS/ Marfa Sounding

Marfa Sounding 2016 (organized by Jennifer Burris in collaboration with Fieldwork: Marfa and Marfa Live Arts) in Frieze Magazine, reviewed by Sabrina Tarasoff. And with a picture of Inès Elichondoborde student at Beaux-arts Nantes and performer of Vespers (1969).

FULL REVIEW HERE

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June 2016

Workshop / Nantes School of Art

Marfa Public Radio: KRTS just released Marfa Sightings, an audio piece by five students from Beaux-arts Nantes (May 2016) preceded by a short interview.

with Elliot Eugénie, Arthur Kuhn, Inès Elichondoborde, Léa Domarchi and Carole Orbán.

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO PIECE HERE
 

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June 2016

Former Resident / Armand Morin

Armand Morin présente The Promised Lawn, son film réalisé à Marfa et Bibracte, au 6b dans l'exposition We Can Control Space. Jusqu'au 2 juillet. 

WATCH THE TEASER HERE 

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May 2016

Call for Application / Appel à Projet

CALL FOR APPLICATION /// APPEL A PROJET
DEADLINE: JULY 12TH

La procédure de 1% artistique est ouverte dans le cadre de la construction de la nouvelle école supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole sur l’île de Nantes qui ouvrira ses portes en 2017. Le programme de la commande artistique a pour objet la réalisation d’une oeuvre qui fera écho aux projets internationaux de l’école : Projections internationales ou du programme de résidence Fieldwork Marfa, Texas, USA.

The purpose of the artistic procurement programme is to produce a work which will reflect ESBANM’s international projects. This work may feature themes related to the sites with which the school is connected internationally (please see www.beauxartsnantes.fr and fieldworkmarfa.org). The use of all media may be envisaged (sculpture, video, audio works, etc).

MORE INFORMATION HERE

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May 2016

Marfa Sounding

Marfa Live Arts and Fieldwork: Marfa are proud to present Marfa Sounding—a series of site-specific performances, sound installations, and conversations exploring the intersection of music and the visual arts in the development of Minimalism.

Organized by Jennifer Burris Staton in collaboration with Marfa Live Arts, this concert series emerges from a 2015 residency hosted by Fieldwork: Marfa. Staton’s residency, “Phase Shifting: Sound and Space in the 1960s,” explored the influences and cross-references between early electronic music and sculpture as a way to elucidate moments wherein the mathematical structures of Minimalism coalesce with political and social concerns.

In the month leading up to the concerts, these ideas were further explored as part of a conference at the University of Houston, organized by art historian Ida Soulard with artist Abinadi Meza and through a public discussion at Marfa Book Company (see www.desertunit.org).

Marfa Sounding is produced by JD DiFabbio with support from Cate Cole Schrim.`

Charles Curtis at Chinati Foundation's Chamberlain Building.
Photo by Sarah Vasquez.

Alvin Lucier's "Sferics" at Fieldwork: Marfa's ranch. Chairs by Cast & Crew. Photo by Sarah Vasquez. 

Alvin Lucier listening to his work, 'Sferics,' installed on Fieldwork: Marfa's ranch at Antelope Hills by Marfa Live Arts. Photo by Jennifer Burris

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May 2015

Workshop & Exhibition

5 students from Nantes and 5 from Houston present a joint exhibition in Marfa on Thursday June 2nd (tomorrow).

Join us if you're around.
Drinks & food at La Maison.
All Welcome!

with Léa Domarchi, Arthur Kuhn, Inès Elichondoborde, Elliot Eugénie, Carole Orbán, Elise Nicole Weber, Jonathan Read, Alton DuLaney and Trey Lyndon Duvall.

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May 2015

Marfa Sounding - Talk at ten

Alvin Lucier and Charles Curtis about Marfa Sounding on Marfa Public Radio.

HERE

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May 2015

Marfa Sounding

Reminder // In two days start Marfa Sounding 

This incredible series of sound installations and concerts begins next Thursday, May 26 with Alvin Lucier's work SFERICS installed on the new Fieldwork: Marfa land on Antelope Hills Road from 10PM-Dawn.

Listening stations with chairs by Cast & Crew will be set up so participants can hear radio waves, called “sferics” (short for atmospherics) that are best heard at night so join us throughout the night and early morning and tune into the different kinds of sferics, often named according to the sounds they produce: tweeks, bonks, pops, and whistlers.

These series of events is produced by Marfa Live Arts, the tireless JD DiFabbio & Cate Cole Schrim and curated by the always amazing Jennifer Burris.

MORE INFORMATION HERE 

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May 2015

In the news

Les photos de François Delebecque (hébergé en 2013 par Fieldwork: Marfa) dans Libération

MORE HERE

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May 2016

Seminar / Deserting The Site

SOON in Houston and Marfa!

/// Deserting the Site is the first project of DUST (Desert Unit for Speculative Territories) a three- year series of transdisciplinary seminars, lectures, events and workshops co-organized by les beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole (France) and The School of Art at the University of Houston (TX) in the wider context of Fieldwork: Marfa.

/// Deserting the Site est la première occurrence de DUST (Desert Unit for Speculative Territories) une série de trois années de séminaires transdisciplinaires, conférences, évènements et workshops, co-organisés par les Beaux-arts Nantes (France) et UH School of Art (TX) dans le contexte étendu de Fieldwork: Marfa

WITH Olga Bannova, Benjamin Bratton, Jennifer Burris-Staton, Andy Campbell, Charles Curtis, Lina Dib, Keller Easterling, Natilee Harren, Alvin Lucier, Gabriel Martinez, and Derek Woods.

AND participating students: Carole Baron, Léa Bertail-Domechi, Ines Eliochonborde, Eliott Eugénie, Arthur Escabasse, Alton Dulaney, Elise Weber, Trey Duval, Eric Thayer, Jonathan Read, and Sharon Turner.

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE 

WEBSITE HERE 

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Workshop - Nantes School of Art

Fiction du lieu - Décor de la fiction #2

La projection à Marfa par Jean-Sylvain Bieth, Xavier Vert et les étudiants de M1 - Ici sur le terrain de Fieldwork: Marfa

A workshop organized by Jean-Sylvain Bieth and Xavier Vert for Master students of les beaux-arts de Nantes - here on Fieldwork: Marfa new land.

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April 2016

Former residents / Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson's

FORMER RESIDENTS / Few more days to see Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson's ((FieldworkMarfa15) show at Campoli Presti (Paris)!
More info here: http://www.campolipresti.com/exhibitions.html…

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Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson
Nobody Shoots a Broken Horn, 2016
Single channel video, color with stereo sound
10min55

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April 2016

Interview of Pierre-Jean Galdin, director of Nantes School of Art

« Pari Texas », Yournal n°1, avril 2016

Interview de Pierre-Jean Galdin sur Fieldwork: Marfa par Arnaud Bénureau, avec des photos de Michel Aubry, Charles Stankievech, Benoît-Marie Moriceau

 

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March 2016

NEWS

The call for application (now temporarily closed) will be reopened in 2018.

Since 2011, Fieldwork Marfa welcomed 33 artists-in-residence from all over the world as well as more than 80 students and 20 faculties from les beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole and HEAD-Genève. Throughout the years, the program successfully demonstrated the great research potential of the region and its relevance for contemporary artistic practices.

At the end of 2015, the program reached a new phase with the acquisition of a 17-acre lot of land on Antelope Hill Road, 2.5 miles from Marfa, Texas. This land will allow for artistic experiments by invited artists, faculties and students from partner schools and universities in 2016 and 2017. And in 2018, the residency program will be reintroduced onsite in a newly designed architectural project.

We would like to warmly thank our partners and sponsors for their longstanding commitment to this project: UH School of Art at The University of Houston, The BLAFFER Art Museum, The Contemporary Austin, The University of Texas at Austin, Le Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Le Grand Café (Saint Nazaire),The French Consulate in Houston, our friends and accomplices from Marfa, Texas and all the donors who made all this possible.

More information will be released soon. Stay Tuned!

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March 2016

Former resident / Adrian Dan

FORMER RESIDENT / Adrian Dan (FieldworkMarfa15) has a solo show, Muscle B(r)each, at Suprainfinit Gallery in Bucharest. Until April 1st.

"Kinesiology tapes have become the favourite sport accessories of David Beckham, reducing his pain, allowing him to rebalance his physical energy and gain velocity. Made from cotton, they dramatically emphasise the natural and sensual shapes of the muscles. With their sleek look and their flashy tones, they reminisce early Martin Margiela styled aerobic sessions.

Hydrotransfer is a unique method of dipping. It creates a pattern, an effect or texture on any hard surface. While hydrotransfer is mostly used in the car tuning culture, it may as well imbrue the skin with its irresistible touch affectionated by John McCraken."

MORE HERE 

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February 2016

When the Storm Causes Detour (Part 3)

WHEN THE STORM CAUSES DETOUR (Part II) //

À Paris, ce samedi, cinq étudiants nantais présentent leurs recherches et travaux réalisés lors d'un séjour de trois semaines à Marfa.
C'est à la galerie Treize, de 16h à 21h.
All Welcome!

Après une première présentation de leurs projets de recherche à Treize au mois de février 2015, trois semaines d’exploration de la petite ville de Marfa et du territoire texan, et une exposition à leur retour à la galerie de l’école des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole, cinq étudiants de deuxième année de Master reviennent le 13 février à Treize présenter le résultat de leurs recherche.

Transcription, codification, transposition, transformation, transfert... A Marfa, petite ville de 1800 habitants, située en plein désert du Chihuahua, à trois heures de route d'El Paso, et paradoxalement haut lieu de l'art contemporain international, ce voyage avait pour enjeu l'exploration de ces passages, de ces moments de glissement d'une dimension à une autre, entendus comme la définition possible d'une dynamique artistique, d'une méthode, à la fois de recherche, de production et d'exposition.

À cette recherche s'est superposée une fiction 'alpine' et 'non-euclidienne', celle de l'ouvrage Le Mont Analogue de René Daumal, le récit d'un « extraordinaire voyage sur le yacht l'Impossible et l'ascension partielle d'une montagne symbolique ». Les six étudiants en ont détournés le dernier chapitre inachevé, intitulé « Et vous, que cherchez-vous? », dans le cadre d'une exposition en trois parties présentée à Marfa.

Pour cet évènement à la galerie Treize, ils exposent le résultat de leurs investigations texanes ainsi qu'un récit de science-fiction chromatique écrit collectivement.

Organisé par: Constance Nouvel, Ida Soulard et Treize
Avec Alan Affichard, Hellene Aligant, Hannah Montoux-Mie, Mathilda Nex, Xarli Zurell.

 

 

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January 2016

SAVE THE DATE

MARFA SOUNDING

This is happening! Save the date: May 28-29, 2016.
Charles Curtis featuring Alvin Lucier, curated by Jennifer Burris.
A co-production Fieldwork Marfa & Marfa Live Arts

HERE


More soon.

 

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January 2016

Former resident / Simone Holliger

FORMER RESIDENTS / Have a look at Simone Holliger's Marfa series HERE

Simone Holliger. Marfa-Series (view 1 ), 2015 
Mixed media on paper, different sizes

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January 2016

INTERZONE

Six students from les beaux-arts de Nantes spent 3 weeks in Marfa last April and produced a series of exhibitions based on the hijacking of René Daumal's "Mount Analog" last and unfinished chapter entitled: 'And you, what do you seek?'. Next week in Nantes, they will be exhibiting new works inspired by their Texan journey. If you are around, please join us!

Opening on Thursday January 14 from 6 to 7.30pm. All Welcome!

Facebook event HERE

 

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october 2015

NEXT FRIDAY / WELCOME AND FAREWELL

NEXT FRIDAY / Please join us in greeting our new artist Adrian and saying goodbye to Simone! Refreshments and snacks as always at Fieldwork Marfa - 408 East Texas St corner of East Salorosa St

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october 2015

NEW RESIDENT / We are delighted to welcome today our last 2015 resident, artist Adrian Dan.

"I’m here to see what drives people around, what keeps them going, what they’re made of, literally - map out thoughts that turn into matter and matter turning into thoughts. Working on a determined list of materials: Medium density fireboard, vacuum formed polystyrene, bubble wrap, laminate. Ultimately I wish to expose some of the forces that govern the city and its inhabitants and coin the term “medium density” as a dominant cultural condition. Also directly engaging Agamben’s “What is the contemporary” through a few rather pedestrian dialogues that sustain the concept of dissonance in a very literal way and honouring John Updike’s “Rabbit at rest”, the best most profound analysis of American culture to date that resulted in teary eyes and strange looks from the people travelling with me in the plane."

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october 2015

FORMER RESIDENTS / Marta Riniker-Radich (2013)

You can currently see Marta Riniker-Radich's work at Forde, Geneva and La Salle de Bain, Lyon.

More info on Forde's exhibition HERE

More info on La Salle de bain's exhibition HERE

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october 2015

FORMER RESIDENTS / Emilie Ding (2012) presents Dry with Stephen O'Malley at LiveInYourHead, Geneva.

"Specifically designed for LiveInYourHead space, whose architecture is modified for the occasion, Dry features two proposals: one, sculptural, monumental is designed from the place scale by the artist Emilie Ding; the other, sound, monotonale, vibrating, his invitation is made by Stephen O’Malley musician. Both embrace notions of physicality, immersion, density. The exhibition is part of a long-term research on the idea of «sculptures cemetery» means a potential search of a secluded place, on European soil, which could one day accommodate monumental works, bulky, which would have found neither a buyer nor storage place with institutions. The works thus deposited would have been left to the vagaries of climate and weather.

This vision, if it had already inspired Emilie Ding in the past, as evidenced by designs such Cemetery of the Unwanted (2008) or Erased (2010), was also the starting point of his stay in Texas, in September 2013, as part of the residence Fieldwork: Marfa. This was during a meeting with the works of American Land Art and its alteration, with sites in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico share a link with the extended notion cemetery, conducive to desert landscape the conservation of carcasses and myths. Dry is the physical embodiment of these arid and desolate visions. It gives a far sculptural work producing powerful effects of presence utilizing concrete forms often from industrial architecture, both gross, subtle and menacing."

More on the exhibition HERE

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october 2015

FORMER RESIDENTS / Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson (2015)

Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson (2015) currently exhibits their work at Betonsalon in Paris. We are also proud to announce they have been awarded the inaugural artist residency at the François Pinault Collection residency in Lens, France.

More on the exhibition HERE

Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Myrmomancy, 2015. Formica rufa, sulfate de calcium (gypse) provenant des murs de Bétonsalon et de White Sands (Nouveau-Mexique), sucre de canne, lait de vache, miel, eau, dimensions variables.

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September 2015

Erik Deluca at Fieldwork: Marfa

Erik Deluca at Fieldwork: Marfa // For Rhodes and CD Players (sections I, J, and K) // Charlie Magnone, Rhodes // Recorded during a live performance on August 19, 2015 // The complete work is 60 minutes and was developed at Fieldwork in Marfa, Texas.

VIEW AN EXCERPT OF THE CONCERT HERE

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September 2015

TONIGHT!

Reminder! TONIGHT 6-8pm please come over to Fieldwork Marfa and meet our new artists in residence Simone Holliger and Mathieu Dafflon. Refreshments provided and there is always good conversation! Hope to see you there.

All images here are copyright of Simone Holliger.

 

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September 2015

NEW RESIDENT / We are delighted to welcome artist Simone Holliger.

"During my first visit in Marfa I was impressed by Donald Judd’s studio, which is at the same time working and living space, storage and exhibition.
The functions of the different objects assembled in this varied space get less important, however formal qualities and similarities attract the visitor’s attention. Tools, material, books and paper; everything seems to become an artwork and part of a thought-out installation.
In Marfa I’ll create a temporary production and reflection lab, which will deal with questions concerning the organisation of the working space and its influence on artistic production. Some drawing instruments, sheets of paper and chosen texts will be the foundation of these observations."


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To know more on Simone's work: www.simoneholliger.com


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image. Simone Holliger. Relief ( X - \\ ) , 2015. Paper, glue and graphite powder. 110 x 60 cm

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August 2015

RESIDENT / Erik Deluca's work at Fieldwork: Marfa

Check out the three new works Erik Deluca made in Marfa: an installation for 21 Eiki 7070 CD Players, a block of square-wave oscillators, and a 60 minute solo for fender rhodes / cd players written with charlie Magnone.

HERE ON HIS WEBSITE

and HERE ON VIMEO

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August 2015

Erik Deluca's concert at Fieldwork: Marfa

Erik Deluca's backyard concert party and tent music at Fieldwork: Marfa. 

 

Image: Erik Deluca

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August 2015

Erik Deluca and Charlie Magnone at The Contemporary Austin

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July 2015

EVENTS / July 16th

Today if you are in Austin we recommend that you go see Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson at The Contemporary Austin at 7pm.

And if you are in Marfa, then please join our welcome party for Erik Deluca, sound artist and composer, at Fieldwork, starting at 6pm. Snacks and refreshments as always!
408 East Texas St.

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July 2015

RESIDENT / Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson present their research at The Contemporary Austin

Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson discuss their work producing forms, objects, images, and experiences and their research in Marfa. Attentive to the materializing of the immaterial—how to photograph temperature or wind, how to sculpt and photograph sound, how to formulate or make an image audible—since 1998, the artists have explored together the way time makes its mark and how objects can record, hold, and reveal embedded narratives.


Many thanks to everyone at The Contemporary Austin who made this series of events possible.

More information HERE

IMAGE: Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson, Mike Muckerheide (dichroic glass), 2013. Archival pigment print. 44 x 54 inches. Courtesy the artists.

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July 2015

NEW RESIDENT / We are delighted to welcome for the summer months artist Erik Deluca.

"What is obsolete? How does technology corrupt or enhance our sense of self? Is it superficial to think that we need to return to a simpler, more primitive life in order to fill ourselves with vigor, independence, and creativity? What things will we overlook in our environment if we idealize a life full of technology? What are boundaries? How is the "traditional" and the "modern" working in dialogue–dialectically? While I'm in Marfa, thinking about these questions, I'll be working on three things: a new solo work for Austin-based pianist Charlie Magnone; a sound installation; and an essay that conflates our cultural construct of wilderness and the intention of environmental art." Erik Deluca

More on Erik Deluca's work HERE

image. Erik Deluca, Wilderness (2014). for 10 Califone tape recorders and 10 handmade cassette tape loops.

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JUNE 2015

FORMER RESIDENT / Charlotte Moth

Charlotte Moth's In unexpected place, in unexpected lights and colours (Sculpture made to be filmed), 2012, 3’ will be screened at Video Palace On July 7 (Saint-Ouen)

More HERE

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JUNE 2015

Come and Welcome our new residents

This Friday 6-8pm at Fieldwork Marfa: Please come over and join Ka Yol in welcoming our new artists in residence Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson. Refreshments and snacks as always!
You can see examples of their work at: dubbin-davidson.com/ & volumesforsound.org/. Collaborating since 1998 Melissa and Aaron work with a wide range of mediums including photography, video, sound, performance, installation, drawing and sculpture.

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May 2015

NEW RESIDENTS / Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson

We are very happy to welcome this week our new residents, Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson.

“ The shapes of time are the prey we want to capture.

We first appeared in Africa. But that was a long time ago. Now we live in facilities all over the planet.

This time we found ourselves in the deserts of North America. We were living in an establishment that maintains a collection of live specimens. It was not clear if the premises were used for study, conservation, or display to the public. There were nine of us. Soon we were ninety-six.

When there were too many of us to be useful to be conserved, studied and displayed, we were moved. The new area was apparently empty, a wilderness. During certain times of the year, we watched the full moon rise and the sun set in the same moment. We acclimated.

We did not know how long we had been there, exploring miles of terrain, when we began to be struck by bullets. We saw large rockets fly through the sky. One of us was drugged and kidnapped and woke up in an area miles from home. Another was struck by a bullet. Our camouflage and dazzle painted faces were not enough to evade surveillance. 

We wrote the above text for a film titled Nobody Shoots a Broken Horn which takes place in the Southwest. In 2009 we began an inquiry into the introduction of an exotic species of animal into the New Mexico desert which began in the 1960s. The project is a speculative narrative about hunting, mining, and interstellar observation. This film is one component of a constellation of related works. Our work in Marfa will be an extension and continuation of these projects.”


image. Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson
White Sands National Monument Oryx Removal
from Nobody Shoots a Broken Horn, 2009/2015
archival image

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May 2015

PARTNERS / New Partnership with The Contemporary Austin

We are very proud to announce a new partnership with The Contemporary Austin starting on June 3rd with curator and writer Jennifer Burris-Staton.


"Emerging from a curatorial residency at Fieldwork: Marfa, Jennifer Burris presents a performative lecture incorporating sound fragments, archival material, and voice testimonials to explore the legacy of cross-pollination between electronic music and Minimalist sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s.
Anchoring this discussion is the little-known relationship between composer Richard Maxfield and artist Walter De Maria, whose interventions in the landscape—much like structures in music—examine intersections between constructed systems of mathematical order and natural contingencies of chance and experience."


More details HERE
More on The Contemporary Austin HERE

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April 2015

EDUCATION / Many events for our students this week in Marfa!

Jennifer Burris-Staton (current resident) presenting her research project to students from les beaux-arts de Nantes and UT Austin

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April 2015

EDUCATION / Many events for our students this week in Marfa!

ACROSS/ON/UPON
Tonight starting at 6.30pm at the Lumberyard
A pop-up exhibition with students from les beaux-arts de Nantes and UT Austin
featuring Alan Affichard, Hellène Aligant, Lilly Byrd, Alexander Chavira, Antonin Gerson, Erin Miller, Hannah Montoux-Mie, Austin McKinney, Mathilda Nex, and Xarli Zurell.
In collaboration with Fieldwork: Marfa, Anna Collette, Kristin Lucas, Constance Nouvel and Ida Soulard.

WHEN THE STORM CAUSES DETOUR
Saturday evening - starting at 6.30 - meeting point: 101 Dallas Street.
A three-part exhibition by the students from les beaux-arts de Nantes (101 Dallas St, Marfa County Clinic and Fieldwork: Marfa)
featuring Alan Affichard, Hellène Aligant, Antonin Gerson, Hannah Montoux-Mie, Mathilda Nex, and Xarli Zurell.

For both events: all welcome and drinks after!

 

 

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April 2015

RESIDENT/ We are happy to welcome today at Fieldwork: Marfa curator Jennifer Burris-Staton.

Her research project is entitled, Phase Shifting: Sound and Space in the 1960s.

"During my curatorial residency with Fieldwork: Marfa, I will explore influences and cross-references between early electronic music and sculpture. I hope to elucidate moments wherein the mathematical structures of Minimalism coalesce with political and social concerns. For example, how does Judd’s choice of a former military hangar as a site of permanent display resonate with techniques of sonic warfare and crowd control using modular frequencies and processes of repetition? This research begins by exploring the personal and conceptual relationship between artist Walter De Maria and composer Richard Maxfield, whose 1960 work Amazing Grace was the first to mix tape loops from two sources using strategies of phase shifting."

image. Walter De Maria, Mile Long Drawing, 1968
© 1968 Walter De Maria. Courtesy the Estate of Walter De Maria

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March 2015

PARTNERS / We are proud to announce a new partnership with The Blaffer Art Museum and the University of Houston School of Art, Houston.

"Blaffer Art Museum and the University of Houston School of Art are pleased to present a free talk by artist Armand Morin, a resident with Fieldwork: Marfa, an international researcher-in-residence program coordinated by ESBA Nantes Métropole and HEAD-Genève. The talk will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 in the UH Fine Arts Building, Room 110 (adjacent to Blaffer, which is closed for installation.)
The Brussels-based Morin’s sculptural and video-based work deals with the world of leisure which he links to architecture and the landscape using a historical, sociological and political approach. His work examines forms generated by the entertainment industry as well as popular science and leisure. He has exhibited his work in Europe and in 2014 held a performance, “La dérive des documents (The documentary drift)” at Centre Pompidou, Paris. Morin received the City of Nantes Fine Arts award in 2008 and graduated from the Nantes School of Fine Arts in 2007."

More HERE

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March 2015

RESIDENT / Our future resident, curator Jennifer Burris opens her new exhibition, "Arqueologías de destrucción 1958-2014"

Our future resident, curator Jennifer Burris opens her new exhibition, "Arqueologías de destrucción 1958-2014" (March 20 - May 1 2015 / Haverford, PA).

To know more about her work:
http://www.jenniferburris.com

image. Ana Mendieta, Untitled (Gunpowder Silueta Series), 1981. Still from super-8mm black and white, silent film transferred to DVD. © Courtesy Private Collection. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

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February 2015

Marfa these days...

Photos: Armand Morin

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February 2014

Armand Morin in the Big Bend Sentinel

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February 2014

MEET ARMAND MORIN

RESIDENT / Tonight we invite you to meet Fieldwork: Marfa's newest artist in residence, Armand Morin. Refreshments and snacks will await you. From 6pm at Fieldwork: Marfa. All Welcome!

Image: Armand Morin

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February 2014

RESIDENT/ We are happy to welcome Armand Morin at Fieldwork: Marfa.

His video project is entitled: Postcard.

"Here is what I recall from a first trip to Marfa's area, back in 2007 : a great breakfast, the local TV’s weather forecast with the constant repetition of the word BREEZY, a cowboy and a kayak on a river overhung by a Mexican cliff, this astronomical observatory on the top of the hill, this antelope, the Border Patrol's agent with his hand on his gun while asking me if my radio controlled car had "a weapon in it", the big glass crystals in this backyard. The weather was nice, people too, landscape were as beautiful as boring, the motel was cheap, the food was simple but appetizing. This must be South West Texas."

More on his video works HERE

Image. Armand Morin. Excerpt from "Panorama 14", installation, 2012.

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February 2014

RESIDENT / Armand Morin's film "Keep off displays (missile range)", 2007

Armand Morin's film "Keep off displays (missile range)", 2007 will be presented at Mains D'Oeuvres on February 14. Followed by Pierre Gaignard's "The land where mountains float", 2014, shot in Terlingua.

More HERE

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January 2014

PRESS / Fieldwork: Marfa - Entretien avec Ida Soulard par Raphaël Brunel.

Fieldwork: Marfa - Entretien avec Ida Soulard par Raphaël Brunel.
02point2, revue d'art contemporain en Pays de la Loire, N°3.

La totalité du numéro est disponible ICI

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January 2014

FORMER RESIDENT / Luc Mattenberger shows his recent work, Pinto Canyon (2014)

Conversation / Jeudi 29 janvier - 17h-19h.
ArtGenève

Off the Radar. Conversation avec Luc Mattenberger.
Sarah Burkhalter et Luc Mattenberger. Stand SIK-ISEA (n°27).
More information here

Image. Luc Mattenberger. Down to the Limit, 2015. Inkjet print. 400x300cm.

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January 2014

EDUCATION / Exhibition by students from les beaux-arts de Nantes (ENSBANM)

Vernissage mardi 13 janvier à 18h30
Opening on Tuesday January 13 at 6.30pm
Exposition du 14 au 24 janvier 2015

Dans le cadre des Projections internationales menées à Marfa, Texas, USA en février 2014 par Ida Soulard et l’artiste invité Fabien Giraud, puis en mars 2014 par Véronique Terrier-Hermann et l’artiste invité Claude Baechtold, l’école des beaux-arts de Nantes a le plaisir de vous convier aux expositions La Tentation du cinéma et L’Île concrète. L’Île concrète est l’aboutissement de la projection internationale intitulée Le Rapport des naufragés.

More Here

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december 2014

Happy Holiday

The Fieldwork: Marfa team wishes you a ✩ happy holiday ✩ and a wonderful New Year - with co-director Ida Soulard, artist-in-residence Pedro Moraes and coordinator Kate Moyse. 

 

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december 2014

FORMER RESIDENT / Ceel Mogami de Haas

Ceel Mogami de Haas (Fieldwork: Marfa resident, 2013) and Jules Bouteleux (les beaux-arts de Nantes alumni) exhibit their work in Nantes. Opening on December 13.

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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/

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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).

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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."

 

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september

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!

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september

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. 

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August 2014

Welcome to our new home!

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

 

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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!

 

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August

MARFA PUBLIC RADIO / An interview with Marta Riniker-Radich

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August

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

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July

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

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July

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."

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june

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?

 

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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

 

 
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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

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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 

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