MARFA SOUNDS INSTALLATION, MARFA, TX SUMMER 2019
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.
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.
Past residency (2018) at Newburgh Community Land Bank Artist in Vacancy in Newburgh, NY
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
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)
MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH: STAGES OF GRIEF
April 9, 2015
Show curated by Kathryn Sclavi
Untitled Hand Movie
FLUX FACTORY A.I.R. SHOW
NOVEMBER 7-14, 2015
FLUX FACTORY (39-31 29TH STREET, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY)
OTION FRONT yes, chef VIDEO SCREENING
JANUARY 24, 2015
OTION FRONT (1196 MYRTLE AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11221)
Michael Borowski, Andrew Murphy, & Caroline Partamian
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.