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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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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.

 

 

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april

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/

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BASSAE BASSAE 
film 35 mm, 9 min, 2014 

THE UNMANNED - OOOO - THE AXIOM
Season 1, Episode 0, 26 min, 2014 

THE UNMANNED - 2045 - THE DEATH OF RAY KURZWEIL
Season 1, Episode 1, 26 min, 2014 

THE UNMANNED - 1997 - THE BRUTE FORCE
Season 1, Episode 2, 26 min, 2014 

 

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FIELDWORK: MARFA GALLERY
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19TH - 7 PM 
ALL WELCOME. DRINKS AFTER

http://www.theunmanned.com/

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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

  

 

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Decembre 2013

MARFA PUBLIC RADIO - TALK AT TEN

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

http://marfapublicradio.org/blog/talk-at-ten/emilie-ding-painter-and-sculptor-at-fieldwork-marfa/

 

 

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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

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NOVEMBER 12
2013

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.

http://edatkins.co.uk/

 

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OCTOBER 22
2013

TALK AT TEN

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.

> listen to the episode

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OCTOBER 10TH 2013

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

 

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OCTOBER 4TH

OPENING SALT CEDAR , ELISA LARVEGO

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.

FIELDWORK: MARFA GALLERY
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

> more information on SALT CEDAR, ELISA LARVEGO EXHIBITION AT FIELDWORK: MARFA GALLERY (pdf)

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OCTOBER FRIDAY 4TH

FIELDWORK: MARFA NEXT EVENTS

 

 

Borders Studies

and The Limits of Things

at HIGHLAND ANNEX

 

ADMISSION: FREE

 

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

Discussion

 

THANKS TO THE CROWLEY THEATER MARFA

 

FIELDWORK: MARFA annual MEETING#2 IS FOLLOW

BY THE OPENING OF SALT CEDAR , ELISA LARVEGO

AT FIELDWORK: MARFA GALLERY FROM 06:00 TO 08:00 PM

 

> DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE PROGRAM (pdf)

 

> more information on SALT CEDAR, ELISA LARVEGO EXHIBITION AT FIELDWORK: MARFA GALLERY (pdf)

 

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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.
 
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AUGUST 2013

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.

www.carlaherreraprats.com

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AUGUST 2013

Notes, a film by Joachim Hamou

Fieldwork Marfa is proud to present Notes, a film by Joachim Hamou

Notes is a film loosely based on the novel with the same name by Eleanor Coppola. She toke notes along the recording of her husbands film Apocalypse Now from 1979, a film based on Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness from 1899.

Eleanor Coppola observes the huge colonial impact the recording of Apocalypse now have on the Filipino Island where the film is recorded.

In my film, Eleanor Coppola’s voice and person is a protagonist who is making a film in Marfa, an artistic and economic colony in the middle of a troubled border zone between Mexico and USA.

Notes is recorded in Marfa, Texas during a artist-residency at Fieldwork Marfa April 2013.
The film is subtitled in English and languages spoken are Enlish and Spanish. The film is 27 min long

Titles:
A film by Joachim Hamou

Participants:
Maria Fernanda Fabela, Juan Fabela, Annissa Gonzales Lujan, Riley O'Bryan, Ryan Gonzales, Pinsky Penland, Claudia Gonzales Lujan, Rene Sanchez, Jason Poe, Liz Rogers, Enrique Madrid

Voice Over: Susannah Lipsey

Kamera B: Matthew Dyman

Assistant: Brizelda Mendoza

Special Thanks: Tif Sigfrids, Marc Glover, Erin Derby, Valerie Breuvart, Don Culberson,

Thanks: Chinati Foundation/Rob Weiner, Vera Delbeque, Tim Johnson, Liz Rogers, Enrique Madrid, Sam Schonzeit, Nicolas Miller, Vashti Armendariz, Adam Bork, Alex Marks, Etienne Bernard, Timothy Crowley Theatre/Jennifer Bell, Hotel Paisano

Sponsored by Fieldwork Marfa, Statens Kunstråd

Recorded in Marfa, Texas, April/May 2013

http://vimeo.com/71000180

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JULY 2013

Fieldwork: Marfa Gallery

Fieldwork: Marfa Gallery will be closed from July 29 to August 15.

 

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JULY 1ST 2013

Call for application

Thanks to the 220 applicants from 36 differents countries!

The call for application 2014 is now closed since the 1st July 2013.

 

 
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LAST DAYS

Call for application for 2014 residents

Entry deadline for application: June 30th, 2013

The thematic focus for 2014 is: "borders". On 6 candidates chosen, 3 are alumni from HEAD Genève and/or les Beaux-Arts de Nantes.

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

For more information please visit: http://www.fieldworkmarfa.org/call-for-application-for-2014-residents

How to apply: http://www.fieldworkmarfa.org/applicationform.

 

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JUNE 28 2013

The Marfa Stratum: How much of us is repetition?

Talk - Ida Soulard & Fabien Giraud at Marfa Bookstore

 

The Marfa Stratum is an ongoing project made of two distinct elements :
1) a series of scultptures speculating on the geological becoming of human formations in the region of Marfa (Texas) in the form of synthetically aggregated core samples,
2) a book unfolding the complex dynamics which have come to constitute this particular “human event stratum”.

 

This talk will present the state of our research at the term of our two months residency at Fieldwork Marfa.

It will speculate on an ever repeating Marfa: our present stuck in an infinite geological loop where Marfa rises and vanishes in an everlasting oscillation over millions of years. The conference will address the possibility of creating a map of this situation and ways to navigate through it.

Entrada was the term coined by spanish conquistadors of the 16th century and described by Charles Nicholl as a journey where “you left the margins, the settled, the known and made your entrance into that unmapped interior where just about anything was possible”.

In Marfa, the axiomatic monsters of the cartographies of Conquistadors are here replaced by neoliberal chimeras wandering in the immaculate oil innervated white cubes of art institutions. From the deflagration of cocaine infused dopamine in the brain of international curators to the cognitive erosion of the ecological crisis, our book will be both a grotesquely realist epic of neoliberal art and a practical manual to build escape vessels out of its stasis.

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JUNE 13 2013

Ida Soulard & Fabien Giraud

On Marfa Public Radio, Ida Soulard & Fabien Giraud in residency at Fieldwork Marfa
describe their latest sculpture and book project, Marfa Stratum.

> listen to the episode

 

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JUNE 2013

Fieldwork Marfa Gallery

NEW!!! Research Documents Show 

Wilfrid Almendra
Giles Bailey
Elisa Larvego
Charlotte Moth
Benoît-Marie Moriceau
Charles Stankievech
Tove Storch

> more informations (pdf)

Fieldwork: Marfa Gallery

open on Friday to Sunday

12am - 2pm 

4pm - 6pm

  

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MAY 2 2013

Call for application for 2014 residents

Entry deadline for application: June 30th, 2013
The thematic focus for 2014 is: "borders". On 6 candidates chosen, 3 are alumni from HEAD Genève and/or les Beaux-Arts de Nantes.

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

For more information please visit: http://www.fieldworkmarfa.org/call-for-application-for-2014-residents

How to apply: http://www.fieldworkmarfa.org/applicationform.

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APRIL 18
2013

Living of the Edge (session 2)

Tomorrow the next step of the Living on the Edge series., this time with focus on the Drug War. “Americans are crazy about drugs” says federal public defender Liz Rogers from Alpine, Texas. She and her colleague, investigator Octavio Vasquez are probably the ones that knows most about this having to defend immigrants and “mules” – people carrying marijuana across the Mexican American border.

A starting point for this discussion could be last weeks guest, Enrique Madrid; “the war on drugs we know how to win it. You won it, I won it we don’t take drugs – right, no weapon can win this war” 

 

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APRIL 11
2013

Living of the Edge (session 1)

Joachim Hamou, Fieldwork: Marfa artist in residency is pleased to present you at Marfa Book Company the first session of Living the Edge  Talks, presentations on surveying, border control and critical geography  April, 11, from 6pm.

Enrique Madrid is a historian and activist living in Redford on the Mexican American border. On Thursday he will be presenting his concept of the United States of North America at Marfa Book Company starting 6 PM. His vision is to dismantling the borders of the whole North American continent. "The abyss between USA and Mexico is already filled by millions of inhabitants and this is the fastest growing region in North America. Now there are 20 million people living here but in 20 years there will be 50 millions. And no border patrol will be able to stop all those people crossing the border"

Big Bend is the name of the region in South Texas following the shape of the border with Mexico. On the Mexican side there is an equal bend just west of the first mentioned. Enrique points out that this is a region that is geographically, culturally and symbolically intertwined and he propose the region should be renamed The Great Big Bend.

 

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MARCH 2013

New researcher-artists in residency

Fieldwork: Marfa is pleased to welcome for 2 months: crystal am nelson and Joachim Hamou

Joachim Hamou (DK), lives and works in Copenhaguen, DK
crystal am nelson (USA), lives and works between the East and West Coast of the USA

> see the article Fieldwork Marfa researchers-in-residence delve into social issues, Coppola, 
by John Daniel Garcia, Big Bend Sentinel, March 21st, 2013

Joachim Hamou, crystal am nelson, and Vera Delebecque, Fieldwork: Marfa
photo by John Daniel Garcia

Coordination of the residence until July 2013:
Véra Delebecque (FR), alumna graduated 2012 of Nantes School of Art

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NOVEMBER 2012

Fieldwork: Marfa Press

 

Le Monde, Emmanuelle Lequeux, 26 novembre 2012 (French)
- Les Inrockuptibles, Claire Moulène, 9 avril 2012 (French)
Le Quotidien de l'art, Emmanuelle Lequeux, 16 mars 2012 (French)
- Big Bend Sentinel, Wilfrid Almendra, Coffield Park to get sculpture playground, basketball court, April 5th, 2012. By ALBERTO TOMAS HALPERN
Marfa Public Radio, Talk at ten Emily Bovino, Februar 7th, 2012
- Big Bend Sentinel, Fieldwork Marfa launches international research in residence program, October 6th, 2011. By STERRY BUTCHER
Marfa Public Radio, Talk at ten, October 3d, 2011

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NOVEMBER 2012

Research-artists in residency 2013

177 candidates from 36 countries from all over the world had applied to the call for applications last spring 2012.

The jury was composed by Yann Chateigné (Head of the Visual Arts department, Head Genève CH), Etienne Bernard (curator and teacher, les beaux-arts de Nantes FR), Emmanuelle Chérel (art historian and teacher, les beaux-arts de Nantes FR), Kathy Alliou (French Ministry of Culture), Sophie Legrandjacques (head of the Grand Café, contemporary art center in Saint-Nazaire FR).

Fieldwork: Marfa is pround to announce that the six researchers for the year 2013 are:

Camel Collective (MX/USA), live and work in New York, USA
Emilie Ding (CH), lives and works in Berlin, G
Vianney Fivel & Ceel Mogami de Haas (CH), live and work in Geneva, CH
Joachim Hamou (DK), lives and works in Copenhaguen, DK
Fabien Giraud & Ida Soulard (FR), lives and works in Paris, FR 
crystal am nelson (USA), lives and works between the East and West Coast of the USA

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SEPTEMBER 22TH - OCTOBER 9TH 2012

HOMELAND SECURITY

(It's hard to find a good lamp)

Charles Stankievech Fieldwork: Marfa researcher in residence

The electromagnetic installation HOMELAND SECURITY (It's hard to find a good lamp) is the latest fieldwork and publication by artist Charles Stankievech. The project emerges from his time spent as a researcher-in-residence at the Fieldwork: Marfa residency in the southwest border town of Marfa, Texas—a site famous for two reasons. On the one hand, Marfa was the home of Minimal artist Donald Judd and his long-term project the Chinati Foundation which houses his 100 aluminum boxes and Dan Flavin's epic six building light situation. On the other hand, Marfa has a 100 year militarized history, from a base established to stop guns being smuggled south during the Mexican Revolution circa 1910 to the current War on Terror and War on Drugs focus on Chihuahua (Mexico's most infamous state for drug cartels and violence) directly south of the town.

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HOMELAND SECURITY consists of 36 electrifying fluorescent bug zappers suspended in a grid from the ceiling of the town's central public space—an enormous outdoor canopy. For two weeks (including the open-house weekend of the Chinati Foundation), during the dark hours of the night the lethal devices will fill the site with their blue glow and crackling sounds hinting at the paradoxes of security and beauty.

A small book presents the artist's typical associative matrix through his selection of images and texts from the related cultural field, ranging from archival letters to country music lyrics, from historic patents drawings to recent scientific studies. The book is co-published by Marfa Book Co. & Paper Pusher.

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SEPTEMBER 19TH 2012 From 6:30 pm

Two performances by GILES BAILEY Fieldwork: Marfa researcher in residence.

A Performance of Donald Barthelme's 'I Bought a Little City' in Marfa, TX (venue to be confirmed) and Tom/Lutz: Two Scenes in 1983

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JULY 2012

FIELDWORK MARFA SUMMER SESSION

with Tanja Baudoin (Amsterdam), Giles Bailey (London) and Charles Stankievech (Berlin)

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APRIL 24th 2012

THE CALL FOR APPLICATION 2013 IS NOW CLOSED

The preselectioned candidates will be informed by the end of  2012

The final selection will be published on www.fieldworkmarfa.org at the end of 2012

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MARCH 2012

SYMPOSIUM MARCH, 14TH & 15TH, MARFA, TX

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Fieldwork: Marfa is pleased to announce its first annual symposium, which will take place on March 14th and 15th at Crowley Theater in Marfa, TX.

> download the program (pdf)
> detailed program

The program is held by ESBA Nantes Métropole, HEAD — Genève
and Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
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With the advise of SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain,
The Netherlands.

This meeting is conceived as an international research platform dedicated to the practice of art in the public space, critical approaches to landscape/borders and artistic projects based on field investigation methods. The program is structured around the presentation of specific projects developed on site by six artists in residence. Artists, teachers and writers from each school are invited to present their own research on complementary issues, contextualized there, in dialogue with the residents. A series of interventions by special guests will complete the whole program, which is intended to share these numerous practical and theoretical explorations with the group of students, as well as with and a broader audience.

The symposium is accompanied by two public events: on the first evening, the opening of the exhibition which will be held at Fieldwork: Marfa Art Space, presenting the projects of the first six artists in residence; on the second evening there will be a screening of the US premiere of the audiovisual show "The Mirage of History", preceded by talk with artist Rosa Barba (IT).

Participants: Wilfrid Almendra (artist), Etienne Bernard (ESBA Nantes Métropole), Jeroen Boomgaard (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam), Emily Verla Bovino (artist), Yann Chateigné Tytelman (HEAD—Genève), Sean Dockray (The Public School, Los Angeles), Erin Elder, Nina Elder and Nancy Zastudil (PLAND, Tres Piedras, NM), Katharina Hohmann (HEAD—Genève), Elisa Larvego (artist), Johan Lundh (curator and writer), Eden Morfaux (ESBA Nantes Métropole), Benoit-Marie Moriceau (artist) Charlotte Moth (artist), Theo Tegelaers (SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain), Noura Wedell (ROSKY School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles), Frank Westermeyer (HEAD—Genève)

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FEBRUAR 2012

02/07/2012: Talk at Ten on Marfa Public Radio with Emily Bovino

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A HAMMER TO THE HEAD FOR TALK AT TEN 
By Emily Verla Bovino

In 1981, artist and writer Donald Judd signed his name to a German phrase he found on the wall of one of two artillery sheds at Fort D.A. Russell, Marfa, Texas. The phrase, translated in English, reads, "It is better to use your head than to lose it." In the two sheds, Judd would install the post-contemporary memory theatre, otherwise known amongst the cognoscenti as 100 Works In Mill Aluminum.  

On Tuesday February 7 and Wednesday February 15th, Talk at Ten on Marfa Public Radio (10 AM CST on KRTS 93.5 FM) will broadcast the first segment of a two-part series entitled A Hammer to the Head for Talk at Ten: On a Neuromorphic Architectonics of Narrative.

The program will include the broadcast of works by radio philosopher Gregory Whitehead and poet David Antin, with introductions by Emily Verla Bovino, a resident of Fieldwork: Marfa.  Segment one will feature Dead Letters, an experimental documentary by Gregory Whitehead produced in 1985.  Segment two will feature line, music, counterpoint, disjunction and the measure of mind, a talk by poet David Antin given at the St. Mark's Poetry Project in 1984 .

Image: Raimundii Llullii Maioricani, De Alchimia Opuscula Quae Seguuntur, 1548 

 
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JANUARY 2012

01/07/2012: Arrival of three news researchers-artists in residency

Benoît-Marie Moriceau, FR. Lives and works in Rennes, FR. 
Charlotte Moth, UK. Lives and works in Paris, FR. 
Tove Storch, DK. Lives and works in Copenhagen, DK.

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DECEMBER 2011

12/29/2011, 07:00pm : Huerfano Valley, screening of Elisa Larvego’s at the Crowley Theater

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12/21/2011

Meeting the artists in residency

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12/19/2011
06:30pm at PADRE'S

THE SPECTER & THE BLATTELID, by Emily Bovino

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10/07/2011

Launching of the program with a works' presentation of the first three residents

Wilfrid Almendra, FR. Lives and works in Cholet, FR. 
Emily Verla Bovino, USA. Lives and works in La Jolla, CA. 
Elisa Larvego, CH. Lives and works in Geneve, CH.

and US premiere of Robert Smithson's "Breaking Ground: Brocken Circle/ Spiral Hill" (1971-2011) about his only earthwork still in existence outside the United States. Forty years after the completion of Brocken Circle/Spiral Hill (1971) in Emmen (The Netherlands), the film that land artist Robert Smithson had never been able to finish due to his untimely death, has now been completed as a video with support from Dutch partners and SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain.

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10/06/2011

Fieldwork: Marfa on the Big Bend Sentinel By Sterry Butcher

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10/03/2011

Talk at Ten on Marfa Public Radio with Fieldwork: Marfa's team

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JULY 2011

Six first researchers to take part into Fieldwork

We are proud to announce that the six first researchers to take part into Fieldwork: Marfa research program are:

Wilfrid Almendra, FR. Lives and works in Cholet, FR.
Emily Verla Bovino, USA. Lives and works in La Jolla, CA.
Elisa Larvego, CH. Lives and works in Geneve, CH.
Benoît-Marie Moriceau, FR. Lives and works in Rennes, FR.
Charlotte Moth, UK. Lives and works in Paris, FR.
Tove Storch, DK. Lives and works in Copenhagen, DK.

They have been selected among 151 applications from more than 30 countries.

Jury members:
Kathy Alliou, visual arts advisor for the French Ministry of Culture
Etienne Bernard, Fieldwork: Marfa research program manager for ESBA Nantes Metropole
Jeroen Boomgaard, Fieldwork: Marfa research program manager for Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Yann Chateigné Titelman, Fieldwork: Marfa research program manager for HEAD-Genève
Zoe Gray, curator, Witte de With contemporary art center, Rotterdam 
Theo Tegelaers, senior curator, SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain, Amsterdam

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MAY 2011

05/31/2011: Launching of the call for application

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Fieldwork: Marfa

ESBA Nantes Métropole is supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the Consulate General of France in Houston, Texas.

HEAD–Genève is supported by Fondation Gandur pour l’Art, Geneva.

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam is advised and supported bySKOR Foundation, The Netherlands.