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