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Fieldwork Marfa 2

Presentation of Fieldwork Marfa’s new projects and partners

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, Fieldwork Marfa will host an afternoon of free talks at the Crowley Theater.

The first talk of the day, starting at 1.30pm, will include a presentation by partners of the new plans for Fieldwork Marfa’s project and educational strategy for Texas. Speakers include Pierre-Jean Galdin, head of Nantes School of Art, France; Jean-Pierre Greff, director of HEAD-Genève, Switzerland; Ida Soulard, art historian, associate professor at Nantes School of Art, Fieldwork Marfa artistic director; and Abinadi Meza, artist and associate professor, School of Art, University of Houston.

The second part of the conference, at 3pm, will present the work of the French artist Fabrice Hyber, with French art historians and professors Alexandra Midal and Pascal Rousseau.


Crowley Theater | 98 S. Austin Street, Marfa, TX
Free and open to the public

01:30 — 02:45 pm
Fieldwork Marfa—step two: Presentation of Fieldwork Marfa’s new projects and partners

Table talk with:
- Pierre-Jean Galdin, director of Nantes School of Art, France
- Jean-Pierre Greff, director of HEA D-Genève, Switzerland
- Ida Soulard, art historian, associate professor at Nantes School of Art, France, Fieldwork Marfa artistic director
- Abinadi Meza, artist and associate professor, School of Art, University of Houston

03:00 — 04:30 pm
Presentations on French artist Fabrice Hyber’s work

- "Shift", by Fabrice Hyber, artist
- "Hybert’s POF: Emotional Prosthesis", by Alexandra Midal, art and design historian, professor at HEAD-Genève, Switzerland
- "Fabrice Hyber. The invent ion of the third kind", by Pascal Rousseau, art historian, professor at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, France

A new territory for artists and students in Marfa, TX

Since 2011, Fieldwork Marfa, an international program run by Nantes School of Art (France), HEAD–Genève (Switzerland) and the School of Art at the University of Houston (Texas),  welcomed 33 artists-in-residence from all over the world as well as 40 students and 10 professors from Nantes for two to three weeks. Over the last months, the project has reached a decisive turning point with the purchase of 20 acres of land on Antelope Hill Road, 2.5 miles from Marfa, TX by the Fieldwork Marfa Foundation. Dedicated to American and European artists and art students, this project provides an exceptional site for artistic studies and research on land art, art in public space, border and territory, cinema and design.

The Nantes School of Art (France), with the University of Houston School of Art and Geneva School of Art and Design, have joined forces to develop an ambitious new program at the intersection of critical theory and contemporary art. Fieldwork Marfa aims to formalize an innovative, contemporary space for learning in visual arts and to provide a new context for artistic experimentation.

Merging humanities and the arts, this project is part of a renewed interest in spatial questions. Drawing on Marfa’s minimalist legacy, facilities, and the multidisciplinary approach to education, Fieldwork Marfa aims to provide a new generation of artists with the tools to intervene artistically outside the gallery space, taking into account their environment, while critically reflecting on complex contemporary landscapes.

A Joint Practice and Research–based Master in Fine Arts

Fieldwork Marfa is also developing a joint practice and research–based Master in Fine Arts. The degree will offer practice and research-based training to a new generation of artists who will be able to intervene artistically outside the gallery space, taking into account their urban or rural environment and to critically reflect on contemporary complex landscapes or situations through an array of disciplines and cultural perspectives.

Art projects on Antelope Hills land by Fabrice Hyber

The Homme de Bessines (the man from Bessines) is a green figure of a 87 cm tall man, representing half the height of artist Fabrice Hyber. The sculpture also functions as a fountain, with water coming out of each of orifice.

The Homme has been fabricated in a multitude of materials such as bronze, resin, porcelain, cast iron, compost and soon in vermeil. Their size varies too, either enlarged or minimized. It is moulded and presented intentionally with the moulding flaws and imperfections, which makes every Homme unique.

As the first public art commission made by Hyber in Nantes in 1990 for the city of Bessines, the Homme de Bessines was initially realized to be installed all over the world. What may seem like an iconic figure is in fact made to symbolize the image of every man, the other; alien, a stranger, with no specific identity. Thus, he is creating a global community around the universe.

In the desert of Texas, this green man will be the biggest of all Hommes de Bessines, rising to a height of five meters. Signifying the relation between man and nature, of humanity on earth, its giant body concours the surface with its strangeness not in order to control but to do the opposite: it seeks to efface questions of nationality and borders. Remaining empty and hollow, without a permanent water flow, it portrays the metaphor of the desert, at the same time respecting nature but also symbolizing endless possibilities - the desert as a carte blanche signifying potential and imagination.

Cameras in his eyes will both surveil the campus and broadcast to Nantes, permitting a direct connection with the school, presenting constantly an additional perspective, a piece of a globalized world. The materialisation of ideas is one of the basic elements in the work of Hyber, with behaviors growing and deconstructing. With the mould of the green man students will be able to make new green men, using the mineral trash of the campus...The green evasion.

MORE INFORMATION: info@fieldworkmarfa.org