FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Erin Elder
NEW INITIATIVE PROCLAIMS:
PRACTICE LIBERATING ART THROUGH NECESSARY DISLOCATION!
TAOS, NEW MEXICO â€“ Announcing the formal launch of PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program that supports the development of experimental and research-based projects in the context of the Taos mesa.Â PLAND was conceived of and founded in July 2009, when creative trio Erin Elder, Nina Elder, and Nancy Zastudil banded together to acquire a small parcel of land near the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Rio Grande Gorge. The arid plot is currently void of amenities such as water and electricity, with terrain defined by sage brush, chamisa, and breath-taking vistas of open sky. The region is home to alternative communities including the Taos Pueblo, several Earthship developments, and a scattering of off-the-grid homesteaders.
The three founders describe PLAND as:
â€œA program that focuses on open-ended projects that facilitate collaboration, experimentation, and hyper-local engagement. We do not hold expectations about prescribed outcomes. We privilege process over product. We believe artists can do amazing things when supported and encouraged in new contexts. We believe that no context exists like that of the Taos mesa.
We find our inspiration in a legacy of pioneers, entrepenuers, homesteaders, artists, and other counterculturalists who â€“ through both radical and mundane activities â€“ reclaim and reframe a land-based notion of the American Dream.â€
During Summer 2010, PLAND will host a motley crew of thinkers and doers in a series of work parties, idea-testing workshops, and inaugural project-based residencies in order to transform the land into a more inhabitable outpost while challenging artists to create, experiment, and produce their own work within this unique context. These activities are funded in part by The Idea Fund and supported by the hard work of students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Please note that the application deadline isÂ May 10th and due via email.