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Marfa Diálogos 2012 en Español

4 Apr 2013

As part of our continuing Ballroom en Español project, we bring you this Spanish-language version of the 2012 Marfa Dialogues program. Stand by for more news about our plans for 2013’s Marfa Dialogues / NY.

Many thanks once again to Ballroom intern Cristina Garcés for her translation.

Ballroom Marfa, junto con el Washington Spectator, The Big Bend Sentinel, Marfa Public Radio y Marfa Book Company, se complace en anunciar la segunda bienal de Marfa Dialogues, un simposio de tres días que incluye charlas en torno al cambio climático y la sostenibilidad y en los que contaremos con la presencia de artistas, performers, escritores, científicos y empresarios – entre ellos Michael Pollan, autor de Botany of Desire and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, y Rebecca Solnit, distinguida crítica y autora de A Field Guide to Getting Lost y A Paradise Built in Hell. Otros participantes destacados serán David Buckland, Hamilton Fish, Hopkins Cynthia, Liverman Diana, John Nielsen-Gammon, Robert Potts, Rand Tom y Bonnie J. Warnock.

Marfa Dialogues 2012 comienza el viernes, 31 de agosto con la inauguración de Carbon 13, la exposición de Ballroom Marfa para el otoño 2012 que presenta trabajos recientes de artistas que proponen una respuesta creativa al cambio climático. Comisariada por David Buckland, fundador y director de Cape Farewell, en Carbon 13 intervienen ocho artistas internacionales que acompañados de científicos se han aventurado hacia algunos de los puntos de inflexión geográficos, lugares donde el calentamiento global destaca profundamente. El trabajo de estos creadores tiene como objetivo estimular un compromiso más amplio con el debate sobre el clima.

Seguir leyendo …

Rebecca Solnit on the Gold Rush, the Google Bus and the erosion of San Francisco

6 Feb 2013

Rebecca Solnit at the nature walk at Mimms Ranch, 2 September 2012. Photo by Elizabeth Chapman.

In her new diary entry for the London Review of Books, writer and Marfa Dialogues 2012 moderator Rebecca Solnit takes a deep look at the effect that the rise of the Bay Area’s tech industry has had on San Francisco, and “what was once a great city of refuge for dissidents, queers, pacifists and experimentalists.”

In classic Solnit fashion, she takes the analogy between the tech boom and the Gold Rush to its likely — and usually overlooked — end. “San Francisco’s tech boom has often been compared to the Gold Rush, but without much discussion about what the Gold Rush meant beyond the cute images of bearded men in plaid shirts with pickaxes looking a lot like gay men in the Castro in the 1970s.”

The essay is available in its entirety on the LRB website and is well worth a read.

[via Arthur Magazine]

Marfa Dialogues and Carbon 13 photo explosion, part 1

6 Sep 2012

We just got photos from the Marfa Dialogues and the Carbon 13 opening. So many thank yous, especially to our partners The Washington Spectator, Marfa Book Company, The Big Bend Sentinel, Dixon Water Foundation, and Marfa Public Radio (the streaming talks were terrific: radio for the people). And of course thanks to Lesley Brown for her amazing camera work, plus Elizabeth Chapman who snapped photos at FarmStand and the nature walk. Check out all the photos here and here.

And don’t miss the recordings of all the lectures and discussions — thanks to Marfa Recording Company for getting these on tape. –NI

Carbon 13 opening reception, 31 August 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Carbon 13 opening reception, 31 August 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Carbon 13 artists Adriane Colburn and Amy Balkin at the opening reception, 31 August 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Carbon 13 artists Adriane Colburn and Amy Balkin at the opening reception, 31 August 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Carbon 13 opening reception, 31 August 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Carbon 13 opening reception, 31 August 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Crowley Theater, 1 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Crowley Theater, 1 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Discussion: Art and Environmental Activism panel, featuring artists Amy Balkin, David Buckland and Adriane Colburn, moderated by Rebecca Solnit, 1 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Discussion: Art and Environmental Activism panel, featuring artists Amy Balkin, David Buckland and Adriane Colburn, moderated by Rebecca Solnit, 1 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Michael Pollan in discussion with Hamilton Fish, 1 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Michael Pollan in discussion with Hamilton Fish, 1 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Nature walk at Mimms Ranch, led by Bonnie Warnock and Robert Potts, 2 September 2012. Photo by Elizabeth Chapman.

Nature walk at Mimms Ranch, led by Bonnie Warnock and Robert Potts, 2 September 2012. Photo by Elizabeth Chapman.

Rebecca Solnit at the nature walk at Mimms Ranch, 2 September 2012. Photo by Elizabeth Chapman.

Rebecca Solnit at the nature walk at Mimms Ranch, 2 September 2012. Photo by Elizabeth Chapman.

rebecca Solnit at Marfa Book Company, 2 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Rebecca Solnit at Marfa Book Company, 2 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Tom Rand at Marfa Book Company, 2 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Tom Rand at Marfa Book Company, 2 September 2012. Photo by Lesley Brown.

Beautiful Sonnenzimmer poster

22 Aug 2012

Marfa Dialogues poster designed by Sonnenzimmer

We’re big fans of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, the amazing design duo at Sonnenzimmer, who designed our Yeasayer poster back in 2010, and just sent us this poster celebrating the Marfa Dialogues and Carbon 13. Knockout. What’s more, it’s printed on 100% post-consumer waste paper, courtesy of , an independent printer in Niles, Michigan, with their own hyrdro-plant for electricity (and they’ve been energy radicals for SIX GENERATIONS). Inspiring. Many thanks to Nick and Nadine (be sure to explore their site, I’m in love with that Walkmen poster) and buy the Marfa Dialogues poster now. –NI

Laura Flanders interviewing Charles Bowden at Marfa Dialogues

25 Sep 2010

Last weekend, we hosted the Marfa Dialogues, a conference addressing the complex issues that confront all of us who live in the border region that joins and divides the United States and Mexico. One of the highlights was Laura Flanders interviewing Charles Bowden, journalist and author of Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields and Down by the River.

Marfa Dialogues: Charles Bowden from Ballroom Marfa on Vimeo.

Special thanks to Karen Bernstein and Susan Simmons for documenting the conference.

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