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SWITCH is a new project by M12 Studio, and the third piece in a trilogy exploring equine culture in rural America. It is located in the Horse Barn at the Iowa State Fair, Stall #406, from August 11-21, 2016. Photo by M12 Studio (source)


SWITCH is a new project by M12 Studio, and the third piece in a trilogy exploring equine culture in rural America. The work overlaps between two sister spaces in Des Moines, Iowa. The Des Moines project was commissioned by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation.

Located in the Horse Barn at the Iowa StateFair, Stall #406, from August 11-21, 2016, is the Equine Archive, a collection of equine objects, images, and texts. The installation combines shelving units and printed paper reproductions pertaining to equine husbandry and rural culture. The stacks of paper reproductions are held in place by some 60 plus used horseshoes collected from fair presenters and beyond. Visitors are encouraged to both peruse this archive and to take away printed materials that are relevant to their own experiences with equine culture. The centerpiece of the archive is a molded horse head used for tack display, rodeo and rope training. This piece is designed so that the eyes of the horse-head operate as a camera. This work simultaneously doubles as a transmission site for images that are captured in the barn. Captured images from the horse-head camera are projected onto a storefront of the Capitol Square building, at 400 Locust Street in downtown Des Moines.



T H U R S D A Y :

6 PM - Sustaining Artists Series: Mapping the Digital Terrain Omaha

7 PM - Ways of Looking: How to Experience & Enjoy Contemporary Art Des Moines Art Center

F R I D A Y :

6 PM - SWITCH: New Project by M12 Iowa State Fair

S U N D A Y :

1:30 PM - Artist’s Choice Film Series: The Mirror Des Moines Art Center


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