10 October - 20 November 2018 • Atacama Desert, Chile.
WORKING WITH LOCAL COLLABORATORS IN THE ATACAMA DESERT. A REMOTE RESEARCH EXPEDITION INTO THE DRIEST ENVIRONMENT ON EARTH FOR ARTISTS, WRITERS + OTHERS TO EXPLORE PRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL + SOCIAL THEMES OF OUR TIME.
Located in the driest environment on the planet, this region closer resembles the surface of planet Mars than Earth. Despite the dry environment there is a diverse and rich ecosystem that exists thanks to the indigenous communities here that carry knowledge about the area and fight to protect it from destruction brought on by mining and intervention in the land. We are supporting sustainable eco-tourism run by indigenous groups that empowers locals to be financially autonomous and fight back to protect the environment.
The dry conditions of the Atacama desert make it the most optimal place in the world for astronomy. We have been working with leading observatories and astronomers in the region to co-ordinate research visits for participants to inform their practice.
This project presents a rare opportunity to support the development of new projects informed by this environment and engage in urgent and valuable debate, whilst presenting benefits for local communities socially + economically through cultural exchange, whilst spreading their message to others globally.
Special thanks to support for this project from Dashboard US, Neda Abghari Skelton of The Creatives Project, Anne Lambert Tracht of ConsultArt, Yu Kai Lin of Kai Lin Art, Ciara Cordasco of Jet Blue and Mr. Louis Corrigan. This research expedition and the resulting anticipated 2019 exhibition would not have been possible without the generous support of this Atlanta arts community.
18 February - 30 February 2019 • Sahara Desert, Mauritania
a travelling artists' residency desert trek in mauritania
We live in an age where online activities overshadow many other forms of human experience and interaction, we have felt the need for occasional digital disconnection and for establishing a more direct, physical relationship with your environment.
The Analog Extreme programme is organised by Waaw, an artist residency based in Saint-Louis on the Senegalese coast, on the border between Senegal and Mauritania.