MARFA SOUNDING by Various Artists
14 x 21.5cm, 200 pages, Full colour printed, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2021
“A program of performances, sound installations, projections, and conversations, to explore the relationship between sound, movement, and the social and geographic specifics of Marfa, Texas, at the intersection of music, minimalism, and the political.This book is an extension of conversations begun at Marfa Sounding, a three-year exploration into the acoustic processes of a specific place, which began as a 2015 curatorial residency with Fieldwork Marfa, an international program run by Beaux-Arts Nantes Saint-Nazaire, France; the University of Houston School of Art; and HEAD, Geneva. Focusing on "place-shifting" in music, particularly as it relates to early experiments in Minimalism and artists whose practices run from the 1960s into the present, Marfa Sounding hosted writers from many different backgrounds—composers, sound theorists, art critics, dance historians, filmmakers, educators, students, curators, and archivists—who treat performance as a point of departure for thinking through the intersection of music, minimalism, and the political. Marfa Sounding treated sound as a frame for understanding how art integrates with, invades, and is effectively produced by its context. The spaces of Marfa also became frames for sound as individual and collective experience, where people come together at a specific place and time, in a site that enfolds them.”
Edited by Jennifer Burris and Ida Soulard.Texts by Alvin Lucier and Éliane Radigue with Charles Curtis; James Fei; Jennifer Burris; Erik DeLuca; Ida Soulard; Maria Chávez; Anna Halprin with Phillip Greenlief, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Nina Martin, and Stephen Petronio; Janice Ross; Andrew Abrahams in conversation with Cate Cole Schrim; Wendy Vogel; Claudia La Rocco; Tarek Atoui with Amma Ateria, Jad Atoui, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe; Ian Lewis; Amma Ateria in conversation with Caitlin Murray; Jad Atoui in conversation with Claire Amiot; Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe in conversation with Anthony Elms; Sabrina Tarasoff.