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 installation incorporating the published research journals, photographs, videos, documents, maps along with other collected ephemera and objects gathered over the four-year production period. The project was initially launched for Made in the Mojave at MOAH (Museum of Art & History) in Lancaster, CA during spring 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 is on exhibition at LACE from September 12 – November 18, 2018. In conjunction with this exhibition Stringfellow coordinated two Mojave Desert field trips to provide participants with an on-site immersive experience. Additionally, panel discussions and other related events were scheduled during exhibit.
Funding for The Mojave Project is provided though California Humanities, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, San Diego State University and a gift from Ed Ruscha. Additional project support was provided through a Guggenheim Fellowship awarded to Kim Stringfellow in 2015. The Mojave Project is a project of the Fulcrum Arts EMERGE Program. Project partners include KCET Artbound, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), MOAH (Museum of Art & History) and The Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association.
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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.