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 was 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 in order to build a new dome within the house. The return of the satellite to this center and the re-absorption of its components into the house's matrix were 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 House Furnishings are miniature monuments that hint at new hybridized dwellings and other unstable micro-structures. Each component enters the front door as an independent, utilitarian thing, but, over time, rebels against the autonomy of use and embraces the unity of aggregated form. As the inhabitant of the FARGO HOUSE directs the flow of tables, chairs, lamps and other domestic objects through the matrix of the dwelling space, the House Furnishings stake out new territories within each room.
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.