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field trip: "testing ground" introduction

Download PDF of Testing Ground description.

Preview the Testing Ground MAP, SITE NOTES and CALENDAR.

oin us for live blogging, and more, at The Nevada Museum of Art's Art + Environment Conference and on the field tests that will follow.

Related links on the EMS main site:
Art + Environment SCAN
Creative Contagion FLASHPOINT

Testing Ground takes the contemporary intersections of art and science as its point of departure. It explores how these intersections can inspire creative responses to the particular conjuncture of humans, the landscape and built environment currently unfolding in the American Southwest.

We will live blog from the “Art + Environment” conference. We will select new ideas and perspectives generated there and take them on the road to
places where humans have “tested out” (often in extreme ways) their relationality with landscape and land use. Together with blog participants, we will improvise "field tests" for the ideas that we carry away from the conference. Our aim is to sense and learn what becomes possible and thinkable and when art and science cross-contaminate.

Conference and live blogging: October 2-5, 2008
Field tests: October 6-17, 2008

Conference: Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Field Test Sites: Reno, NV (“Art + Environment” Conference, Nevada Museum of Art); Las Vegas, NV (The Atomic Testing Museum, Liberace Museum); The Nevada Test Site; Hoover Dam/Lake Mead; Joshua Tree National Park, CA; Salton Sea, CA; Sun City, AZ; The Lightning Field (Quemado, NM); Santa Fe, NM (SITE Santa Fe), Los Alamos, NM (Los Alamos National Labratory’s Bradbury Museum); Albuquerque, NM (National Atomic Museum).

With this project, joins the Nevada Museum of Art in actively exploring the question: what urgently needed ways of knowing become possible when we think and make from the spaces between art and science, and when we use media creatively to fuse knowledge-construction with aesthetic experience?

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