ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.- The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents Mobile Observation (Transmitting and Receiving) Station, a new commission by Lisi Raskin, CCS Bard's first artist in residence.
Raskin, a Brooklyn-based artist, often juxtaposes a highly personal worldview with a factual situation that has palpable political implications. Over the past five years, she has been investigating land use and its relationship to the architecture of war. For her residency at CCS Bard, Raskin will take a custom van on a monthlong tour of the American West, visiting historic sites of nuclear testing and development.
Since 1943, the American landscape has played a critical role in the race to build the atomic bomb. The land has hosted the testing of nuclear weapons and housed the fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles that could be activated at a moment's notice during the cold war. Raskin's itinerary for this project will track a selection of sites that range in function from atomic laboratories to underground missile silos and test sites. Locations to be toured by the artist may include, but are not limited to, the Titan Missile Museum in Tucson, Arizona; Wendover Air Force Base in Wendover, Utah; Nevada test sites in Las Vegas; and in New Mexico, White Sands Missile Range and Trinity Site, the location of the world's first atomic blast.
"The perimeters of Mobile Observation Station" Raskin writes, "offer a slight departure from my usual process and an opportunity to deepen my relationship to my subject matter. The Mobile Observation Station is a roving work space equipped with the tools and materials I need for the project. This enables me to make artwork directly in the landscape through which I travel."
Throughout her journey, Raskin will mail artworks and ephemera back to headquarters at the Center for Curatorial Studies, where they will be processed and displayed by CCS Bard graduate students in a post office/receiving station constructed specifically for the project. The entire Audrey and Sydney Irmas Atrium at CCS Bard has been reconfigured into a plywood bunker-cum-post-office, replete with satellite dish, artworkreceiving station, and an audio and video diary station that will be updated with intermittent transmissions from the field. The installation is on view daily through September 7.
Mobile Observation (Transmitting and Receiving) Station is a continuation of Mobile Observation Station: Command and Control, a new work commissioned by CCS Bard in February 2008 for the exhibition High Resolution, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.