Ithaca, NY. 2013.
This site-specific installation within the Sibley Dome was conceived as a satellite of the FARGO HOUSE. Like the house, the satellite was a constellation of assembled and excavated matter. It was constructed from found objects that include ordinary building materials, furniture, and domestic artifacts, many of which were culled from Maher’s own living space. The overarching canopy of Sibley Dome and other canopy-like objects—such as tents, umbrellas, and a trampoline—provided a surrogate environment for the Fargo House’s displaced “furnishings.” When the satellite exhausted the duration of its mission at Sibley, it returned to the Fargo House. Then, the various pieces of the satellite, along with the documentation of its voyage, were used to realize a series of alterations to the house. The return of the satellite to this center and the reabsorption of its components into the house's matrix are essential in order for the house to expand its cosmology into previously unknown areas and to introduce new territories into the domestic sphere.
Project Assistants: Micaela Barker, Braedy Chapman, John Costello, Andrew delle Bovi, Juan Andres de Risio, Michael Gainer, Kathryn Hobert, Kyle Mcmindes, Matthew Rosen, Elizabeth Saleh, Daniel Salomon