The Fargo House is a project by artist and architect Dennis Maher.
Sibley Dome, Cornell University. 2013.
This site-specific installation within the Sibley Dome is a satellite of the Fargo House. Like the house, the satellite is a constellation of assembled and excavated matter. It is constructed from found objects that include ordinary building materials, furniture, and domestic artifacts, many of which have been 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—provide a surrogate environment for the Fargo House’s displaced “furnishings.” When the satellite exhausts the duration of its mission at Sibley, it will return to the Fargo House. Then, the various pieces of the satellite, along with the documentation of its voyage, will be used in order to build a new dome within 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
The inhabitant of the house directs the flow of tables, chairs, lamps and other domestic objects through the matrix of the dwelling space. These elements enter the front door as independent, utilitarian things, but, over time, they rebel against the autonomy of use and embrace the unity of aggregated form. As miniature house models, they hint at new hybridized dwellings and other unstable micro-structures.
The house mirages are the visions that are generated as the Fargo House gazes back at itself. They appear as amalgamated afterimages of collection, reassembly and repair. The mirages distort the house's objects and furnishings, conjuring an illusory world from existing surfaces, textures, and forms. In so doing, they reveal the lucidity of the house's apertures, conflating the everyday with realm of the dream.