May 26, 2016
10 PM through dawn
Antelope Hills Road
An all-night installation of Lucier’s Sferics (1981) on Antelope Hills ranch land inaugurated the first year of Marfa Sounding: one of the rare times this work has been successfully installed. Occupying space newly purchased by Fieldwork: Marfa, an international research program run by the Nantes School of Art and HEAD-Genève, Sferics transfigures electromagnetic disturbances in the ionosphere—radio waves—into sounds audible to the human ear. Following a lighted path into a darkened field from 10pm until dawn, visitors listened to those bonks, tweeks, and whistlers most active at night.
Technical Support by James Fei.
Lucier on Sferics: