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Seminar 1 — INTRODUCING – 6 Sep 2016 – Chaco Canyon, NM

  • Program introduction and orientation. Archive protocols.
  • Canfield, Michael (editor). Field Notes on Science and Nature. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011, pp. viii-xiii, 161-185.
  • Lippard, Lucy (text) and Peter Goin (photographs and commentary). Time and Time Again: history, rephotography, and preservation in the Chaco world. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press, 2013, pp. 17-32, 59-69.
Supplemental reading:
Brody, J.J. "Chaco Canyon and the Interactions of Nature, Culture, Art and History" in Taylor, Chris and Bill Gilbert. Land Arts of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009, pp. 163-173.
Taussig, Michael. “Field Notebooks” in dOCUMENTA (13). Ostefildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2012, pp. 60-65.

Screening – 8 Sep 2016 — Muley Point, UT

  • Meek’s Cuttoff by Kelly Reichardt (2010) 104 minutes.

Seminar 2 — LOOKING – 9 Sep 2016 – Muley Point, UT

  • Solnit, Rebecca. “Blue of Distance” in A Field Guide to Getting Lost. New York: Viking, 2005, pp. 155-176.
  • Alonso, Pedro. “Atacama Deserta” in Deserta: ecologia e industia en el Deserta de Atacama. Santiago, Chile: Ediciones ARQ, Escuela de Arquitectura, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2012, pp. 14-37.

Supplemental reading:
Mann, Charles C. Excerpt from 1491: new revelations of the Americas before Columbus. New York: Knopf, 2005, published in The Atlantic Monthly, March 2002.
Manaugh, Geoff. Landscape Futures: instruments, devices and architectural interventions. Barcelona: Actar, 2013, pp. 15-53.
Turnbull, David. Maps are Territories: science is an atlas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993, pp. 18-27.

Seminar 3 — SPIRALLING – 11 Sep 2016 – Rozel Point, UT

  • Smithson, Robert. “The Spiral Jetty” in Holt, Nancy (editor). The Writings of Robert Smithson. New York: New York University Press, 1979, pp. 109-116.
  • Reynolds, Ann. “At the Jetty” in Robert Smithson: Spiral Jetty. Berkeley and New York: University of California Press and Dia Art Foundation, 2005, pp. 73-78.
Supplemental reading:
Kaiser, Philipp and Miwon Kwon. “Ends of the Earth and Back” in Ends of teh Earth: Land Art to 1974. Los Angles and Munich: Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angles and Prestel Verlag, 2012, pp. 16-31.
Zalasiewicz, Jan, et al. “Are we now living in the Anthropocene?” GSA Today. 18, no. 2, 2008, pp. 4-8.)

Screening – 12 Sep 2016 — Rozel Point, UT

  • Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson (1970) 35 minutes.

Seminar 4 — INDEXING – 14 Sep 2016 – Antelope Island, UT

  • Ballard, J.G. “Terminal Beach” in The Best Short Stories of J.G. Ballard. New York: Picador, 1978, pp. 244-264.
Supplemental reading:
Stellars, Simon. “‘Extreme Possibilities’: Mapping ‘the sea of time and space’ in JG Ballard’s Pacific fictions.” Colloquy, No. 17, August 2009, pp. 44-61.
Paglen, Trevor. “Experimental Geography: from cultural production to the production of space” in Experimental Geography, New York: Melville House, 2008, pp. 26-33.
Paglen, Trevor. “Frontier Photography: the other night sky.” Artforum International March 2009, pp. 224-229.

Screening – 15 Sep 2016 — Antelope Island, UT

  • O-er the Land by Deborah Stratman (2009) 51:40 minutes.

Seminar 5 — CENTERING – 17 Sep 2016 – Antelope Island, UT

  • Coolidge, Matthew. “Out There with the Center for Land Use Interpretation” in Land Arts of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009, pp. 202-213.
Supplemental reading:
Rugoff, Ralph. “Circling the Center” in Overlook: exploring the internal frings of America with the Center for Land Use Interpretation. New York: Metropolis Books, 2006, pp. 35-41.
Fox, William L. “The Myth of the Empty” in Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2002, pp. 2-19.

Screening – 20 Sep 2016 — Wendover, UT

  • Energy and How to Get It by Robert Frank and Rudy Wurlitzer (1981) 30 minutes.

Seminar 6 — WRENCHING – 22 Sep 2016 – Mormon Mesa, NV

  • William, Terry Tempest. “Canyonlands National Park” in The Hour of Land: a personal topography of America’s National Parks. New York: Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux (2016), pp. 254-299.
Supplemental reading:
Reisner, Marc. Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water. New York: Viking Press, 1986, pp. 1-13.
Scott, Emily Eliza and Kirsten Swenson. “Introduction: contemporary art and the politics of land use” in Critical Landscapes: art, space, politics. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015, pp. 1-15.

Screening – 23 Sep 2016 — Mormon Mesa, NV

  • Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio by Sam Wainwright Douglas (2010) 57 minutes.

Seminar 7 — LISTENING – 24 Sep 2016 – Fire Point, AZ

  • Lippard, Lucy. “Postmodern Ambush” in Afterall: A Journal of Art, Context, and Enquiry, Issue 39 (Summer 2015), pp. 14-25. Published by the University of Chicago Press on behalf of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Univeristy of the Arts London.
  • Bowden, Charles. “Contested Ground” in Orion. Nov/Dec 2009, pp. 18-25.
Supplemental reading:
Adams, John Luther. The Place Where You Go to Listen: in search of the ecology of music. Middleton, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2009, pp. 1-10.
Denk, Jeremy. “Earth Music: The Great Animal Orchestra, by Bernie Krause.” New York Times, April 12, 2012, p. BR1.

Seminar 8 — DECAYING – 26 Sep 2016 – Fire Point, AZ

  • Kuletz, Valerie L. “Introduction.” The Tainted Desert: environmental and social ruin in the American West. New York: Routledge, 1998, pp. 3-18.
  • Reflection on past readings, experience summary, break prep.
Supplemental reading:
Masco, Joseph. "Desert Modernism." Cabinet. Issue 13, Futures 2004, pp. 66-74.

Seminar 9 — RETURNING – 7 Oct 2016 – Madrid, NM

  • Reynolds, Ann. “The Problem of Return” in Land Arts of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009, pp. 122-129.
Supplemental reading:
Reynolds, Ann. “Culture as a Way of Seeing” in Robert Smithson: learning from New Jersey and Elsewhere. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003, pp. 1-10.

Screening – 9 Oct 2016 — Plains of San Agustin, NM

  • No Country for Old Men by Ethan and Joel Cohen (2007) 122 minutes.

Seminar 10 — EXPANDING – 12 Oct 2016 – Twin Butes, NM

  • Molesworth, Helen. “Josiah McElheny: A Dictionary of 1deas” in Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite. Ostfildern, Germany and Boston: Hatje Cantz and ICA Boston, 2012, pp. 8-27.
Supplemental reading:
Smithson, Robert. “Tour of the Monuments of Passiac, New Jersey” in Holt, Nancy (editor). The Writings of Robert Smithson. New York: New York University Press, 1979, pp. 52-57.
Lopez, Barry. The rediscovery of North America. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1990, pp. 3-58.

Seminar 11 — LAYERING – 16 Oct 2016 – Cabinetlandia, NM

  • Smithson, Robert. “A Sedmentation of the Mind: Earth Projects” in Jack Flam (ed.), Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings. Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press, 1996, pp. 100-113.
  • Sorlin, Sverker. “Uncovering the Non-Site: Robert Smithson on Art, Layers, and Time” in Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain, Vapor, Ray. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2015, pp. 32-44.
Supplemental reading:
Lippard, Lucy. “Peripheral Vision” in Land Arts of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009, pp. 337-345.
Hodge, Roger. “Blood and Time: Cormac McCarthy and the Twilight of the West.” Harper’s February 2006, pp. 65-72.

Screening – 17 Oct 2015 — Chiricahua Mountains, AZ

  • Who Is Dayani Cristal? by Marc Silver (2014) 89 minutes.

Screening – 20 Oct 2015 — Mimbres River, NM

  • DamNation by Ben Knight and Travis Rummel (2014) 87 minutes.

Seminar 12 — COOLING – 23 Oct 2016 – Chiricahua Mountains, AZ

  • Zoline, Pamela. Heat Death of the Universe. Kingston, New York: McPherson, 1988, pp. 13-29.
Supplemental reading:
Banham, Reyner. “Home is not a House.” Art in America No. 2, April, 1965.
Shepheard, Paul. “Grounds for Dispersal” in Harvard Design Magazine, Winter/Spring 2002, pp. 48-51.

Screening – 26 Oct 2016 — Cabinetlandia, NM

  • The Counselor by Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy (2013) 117 minutes.

Seminar 13 — SITUATING – 28 Oct 2016 – Marfa, TX

  • Greaves, Brendan. “Today’s Rainbow is Tomorrow’s Tamale: El Corrido de Juarez” included with Terry Allen. Juarez. Paradise of Bachelors, 2016. CD and vinyl recording.
Supplemental reading:
Hickey, Dave. “Born in a Trailer: borne forth upon the perfect ship” included with Terry Allen. Juarez. Paradise of Bachelors, 2016. CD and vinyl recording.
Jonas, Joan, Lynne Cooke with Karen Kelly (ed.). Joan Jonas: The shape, the scent, the feel of things.. New York: Dia Art Foundation, 2006, pp. 7, 46-51, 61-66.

Screening – 29 Oct 2016 — Marfa, TX

  • Moving Mountains: Land Art in the New West by Sam Wainwright Douglas (2016) 72 minutes.

Seminar 14 — UTILIZING – 1 Nov 2016 – Marfa, TX

  • Reflection on past readings and experience summary.
Supplemental reading:
Ginsberg, Allen, Howl. New York: Harper & Row, 1986, pp. 3-8.

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