Archaeology of the Frivolous

General information

Brief description of organisation

Archaeology of the Frivolous is a fully immersive, interactive lecture series and week long residency in the Chihuahuan Desert in Marfa, TX. Led by practitioners in the sciences and arts through various aspects and extremities of the landscape, we will participate in arituals, performances, film series, lectures, concerts, and deep observation of our surroundings and their interaction with the passage of time – geologically and astronomically.

It is also a semi-secret club of lecturers, choreographers, chefs, scientists, thinkers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists, trying to bring culture and education out of the institutions and into a warm, immersive setting. An art conference that doesn’t skimp on joie de vivre. We will disconnect from technological distractions for periods of intellectual absorption; with the full power of the human attention span in robust command.

You can read more here: www.archaeologyofthefrivolous.com

Organisation founded in

2015

Brief description of residency program

Archaeology of the Frivolous is a fully immersive, interactive lecture series and week long residency in the Chihuahuan Desert in Marfa, TX. Led by practitioners in the sciences and arts through various aspects and extremities of the landscape, we will participate in rituals, performances, film series, lectures, concerts, and deep observation of our surroundings and their interaction with the passage of time – geologically and astronomically.

Our Fall Residency is from November 9-15th this year with an emphasis on the weekend, 10-12. The theme this residency is rhythm.

We\'ll have a limited number (first come first serve) of applicants camping in the courtyard of Building 98, with additional housing located throughout the town of Marfa in the form of B&Bs, hotels, and another very cool campsite located a 15 minute walk away called El Cosmico.

We\'ll be offering breakfast and dinner and snacks throughout the day. Please let us know if you have a particular diet and we will try to accommodate you. There will be alot of unique vegetarian dishes and probably someone smoking BBQ.

Each day will have a different schedule of lecturers. Many of the lectures are experiential or immersive and may require us driving or walking to other locations. Past examples were lying in the desert looking at the stars while Andrea Spaziani lread us her experimental lecture about the choreographic act of \'looking up\'. The end of the day will usually end with a screening from the HARD TO WATCH film festival and a dinner.

Residency program since

2015

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
Number of artists resident at one time

more than 20

Companions allowed
  • Partners
Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Leading Workshop or Class
Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Food
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency

Setting

Rural

Resources
  • Internet Connection
  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
  • Musical Instruments
  • Library
  • Office
  • Kitchen
  • Computer
Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Cafe/Restaurant

How to reach

By train

There is an amtrak line which has a station stop in Alpine, TX, which is the next town over from Marfa (30 minutes drive or less). If you catch this train from California, Louisiana or Texas (or any parts between) we can pick you up in Alpine. The two routes served are called the Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle.

By plane

Flying into El Paso is your best bet. We can arrange for someone to pick you up or for you to share a ride with some other residents. If you\'d like to rent a car at the airport and have your own vehicle you can do that as well. It is a 3 hour drive from El Paso to Marfa. There are smaller companies that charter small planes to Marfa, you can also google around and find them, I think it is more expensive and they are not always running.

By car

There will be contingents of participants coming from Dallas and Austin usually so we can arrange communication between you and see if a ride is available.

Otherwise you need to drive to Marfa, TX, which is about 6.5 hours drive from Austin or San Antonio, and 7.5 hours from Dallas, or 3 hours from El Paso.

Nearest airport

https://goo.gl/maps/CGMAC55b8n52

Contact information

Archaeology of the Frivolous
Building 98, Bonnie St
79843 Marfa
United States of America

allenfergusonmfa@gmail.com
www.archaeologyofthefrivolous.com

Phone: 5126998457

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