The Fargo House is a project by artist and architect Dennis Maher.
This one-night dinner event was conceived as a coordinated procession of people and food through nine distinct rooms of the Fargo House. The dinner, a collaboration between Maher and culinary expert Colleen Stillwell (Butter Block) and curated/organized by Claire Schneider (CS1 Projects), proceeded in stages over the course of the evening. Each dinner guest experienced nine different courses in nine different atmospheres of the house. The ingredients, presentation and taste of each course were designed to resonate with the rooms within which each plate is set. The cycling of guests and culinary delights through the house was meant to echo the movements of objects and materials that are continually re-organized within Maher’s own living space. As guests moved from “Parlor Play Room” to “Bridge Room” to “Library” to “Wardrobe Room,” the corresponding dishes allowed for senses of taste and smell to be brought into alignment with those of touch, sound, and sight. Participants in this experience “consumed” the house—its walls, floors, ceilings, furnishings and objects— by simultaneously consuming its culinary equivalents. (see DINNER MENU)
Projects by students of architecture at University at Buffalo. 2015 - 2016.
Site visits to the Fargo House by architecture students have focused upon recording aspects of the house's interior, while emphasizing the importance of measure, scale, plan and section. These exercises have asked students to describe a 1' cubic fragment of the house's contents. The resulting axonometric drawings effectively transform localized details of the house into new spatial propositions which, devoid of scale, context, and materiality, inch the house impossibly closer toward the abstraction of pure form.
Projects by students of architecture at University at Buffalo. 2015.
These constructions interpret the often ambiguous formal and spatial attributes of the House Fragment Drawings, projecting the 2D abstractions back into the material realm. The resulting objects demonstrate yet another aspect of the Fargo House's malleability, solidifying its disparate contents into homologous model environments.