The Mojave Project
The Mojave Project is an experimental transmedia documentary and curatorial project led by Kim Stringfellow exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert. The Mojave Project reconsiders and establishes multiple ways in which to interpret this unique and complex landscape, through association and connection of seemingly unrelated sites, themes, and subjects thus creating a speculative and immersive experience for its audience.
The Mojave Project explores the following themes: Desert as Wasteland; Geological Time vs. Human Time; Sacrifice and Exploitation; Danger and Consequence; Space and Perception; Mobility and Movement; Desert as Staging Ground; Transformation and Reinvention.
The Mojave Project materializes over time through deep research and direct field inquiry involving interviews, reportage and personal journaling supported with still photography, audio and video documentation. Field Dispatches are shared throughout the production period at mojaveproject.org and through our publishing partner KCET Artbound. Installments will include those of notable guest contributors. A program of public field trip experiences and satellite events explore the diverse communities and sites of the Mojave Desert. The initial phase of the project is designed to make ongoing research transparent, inviting the audience into the conversation as the project develops.
The Mojave Project will culminate as large-scale video installation incorporating the published research journals, photographs, documents, maps along with other collected ephemera and objects gathered over the four-year production period. The project will be initially launched at MOAH (Museum of Art & History) in Lancaster, CA in May 2017. Partnering with LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) through support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship program The Mojave Project will be exhibited during late Fall 2018. In addition to the LACE exhibition, Stringfellow is coordinating two desert field trips to the eastern and western Mojave to provide on-site immersion, and two, free day-long panel discussions on themes and sites related to the project.
Funding for The Mojave Project is provided through a California Humanities 2015 California Documentary Project production grant, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts with additional support from San Diego State University. The Mojave Project is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Program. The Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association and KCET Artbound are project partners.
Visit Artbound’s Mojave Project page at: http://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/projects/the-mojave-project
Photo Credits: Brightsource Ivanpah Solar Power Plant. Photo: Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images for Bechtel. Press image courtesy Brightsource Energy. The Space Shuttle Columbia on Rodgers Dry Lake at Edwards AFB after completing its first orbital mission on April 14, 1981. Photo: NASA.