MARFA SOUNDS INSTALLATION, MARFA, TX SUMMER 2019

360 Video of ‘Marfa Sounds’ Installation

an exhibition by caroline partamian + ethan primason

This exhibition is the culminating presentation of a daily ritualized practice we conducted during our six week residency at Marfa Open in the summer of 2019. This ritual involved listening to, recording, and drawing the sounds we encountered at distinct locations throughout Marfa and the surrounding landscape as an automatic and unbiased practice to intentionally absorb, reflect and reinterpret the sonic character of a place.

This collection of glyphs and recordings became the material for an immersive sculptural sound installation. Mounted with springs and hung within frames constructed from materials found throughout Marfa, a series of six industrial steel sheets were built, chemically treated, engraved and fixed with tactile transducers, creating a six channel reverberating sound system. Through these drawings and metal speakers, a new context was revealed by our practice - a work created through the process of constant reinterpretation - repetitive daily encounters, a visual record of sonic impressions, the modulation of natural sound, and the unforeseen character of amplified raw material.

We also created a book to accompany the exhibition: Purchase here or view the digital copy here.

SONIC TRANSMISSION ARCHIVE

The Sonic Transmission Archive is a collaborative sonic time capsule designed to perpetually collect and transmit contributions to this question 

WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO
LEAVE AS YOUR LEGACY?

To access the archive and leave your own contribution at any time, call 914.326.2906. The hotline is open forever.

Join your fellow humans now and transmit your voice into the unknown. 

Current residency in Marfa, Texas at Marfa Open
Phonebooth for Sonic Transmission Archive Currently Installed at the 2019 Wassaic Project Summer Festival

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Past residency (2018) at Newburgh Community Land Bank Artist in Vacancy in Newburgh, NY

VIDEO

ASMR Hand Movie Selections

ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES, OBJECT SUBJECT program curated by Maya Suess during NYC Feminist Film Week
MARCH 10, 2019
ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES

Taraz Yeraz

BABYCASTLES, Talk to Me in Parsley and Tambourines: Artists of the Armenian Diaspora, curated by Alina Gregorian
April 24, 2018
BABYCASTLES (145 W 14th Street, New York, NY)

Installation show by Suzana Poghosyan

 

MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH: STAGES OF GRIEF

FLUX FACTORY
April 9, 2015
Show curated by Kathryn Sclavi
 

David Bowie died on January 10, 2016. I did not know him personally but his death was a big deal to me, as one of my favorite musicians to date and a man of extreme sexual attraction. These projections distort images of the pop star with glass, crystal, and other charged ‘healing’ devices to cope with the grief of losing the celebrated individual, drawing parallels and inspiration from Wilhelm Reich’s orgone energy to ‘heal’ cancerous patients to providing world peace.

includes footage from:
David Bowie – Life on Mars?
David Bowie – Space Oddity
David Bowie – Starman Live 197

Untitled Hand Movie

FLUX FACTORY A.I.R. SHOW
NOVEMBER 7-14, 2015
FLUX FACTORY (39-31 29TH STREET, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY)

Untitled Hand Movie (Flux Manifesto), 2015, by Caroline Partamian

Hand Movie (Flux Manifesto) is a reaction to Partamian’s residency term at Flux Factory. The time spent at Flux could at moments be indeterminate, random, lonely, but also reassuring, taking comfort in flux. A new sequence of events lie behind every door, every action, every sound, every dream. A set of commands in the video demands of the viewer to participate in the actions which he is dictated and indulge in the uncertainty of how it makes him feel. What do you see?

 

butterbean

OTION FRONT yes, chef VIDEO SCREENING
JANUARY 24, 2015
OTION FRONT (1196 MYRTLE AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11221)

boredom prevails. created during 2015 residency at flux factory. featured in Otion Front studio's monthly danceart-video screening. YES, CHEF was an evening of video works illuminating the emotional and varied ways we relate to the food that sustains us. Through taste and distaste, this is an open-forum exploration of the tactile, sensorial, and emotional avenues navigated by our own pleasure, anxiety, and science.

curated by Sarah Kinlaw in collaboration with Bad Taste. otionfront.com www.badtaste.biz

CHOREOGRAPHY

Hospitality, "I Miss Your Bones," Directed by Lara Gallagher, Merge Records 2014 at 1:01

Ty Segall "Goodbye Bread" Directed by Matt Yoka Drag City 2011 at 2:10

PROPOSALS

HDTS 2013 Proposal

Michael Borowski, Andrew Murphy, & Caroline Partamian
1.22.13

Tree Mirage
Proposed Site:
Arcosanti, Mayer, AZ

The goal of our project is to create a sense of relief in the desert and a place for meditation and reflection using important sight lines. In the desert one can quickly find themselves in harsh and unforgiving environments. We drew inspiration from Bugs Bunny’s missed left turn at Albuquerque that detours him from the beaches and resorts where he intended to arrive, landing him in Germany instead of Las Vegas, or the Sahara desert instead of Miami Beach, chasing mirages in the desert rather than The Mirage Hotel.