Residency Period: May 2014
Erin Elder is a curator, writer, educator, and serves as the Visual Arts Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she cultivates interests in experimental collaboration, sense of place, and expanded notions of culture. Her independent research has focused on counter-cultural education and art practices, with particular interest in those activities happening in the 1960s American Southwest.
Her writing has been published by University of Minnesota Press and University of Houston Press, as well as various print and online magazines. She has produced projects with a variety of institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Creative Time, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, International Symposium on Electronic Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. She is a visiting lecturer at numerous schools and universities. Since 2009, she has cooperatively run PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM. Erin holds dual self-designed BAs from Prescott College, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts.
During her month-long residency at Cannonball, Erin will produce a multi-pronged project that explores hidden, secret, abandoned, or forgotten places. As a visitor to Miami, Erin will solicit input from various publics that will, in turn, shape the process of her investigation. Responding to the history of these places, as well as their architecture, access, local lore, and contemporary relevance, Erin will produce what might be called “a collaboration with place” that will result in an event or series of events that intimately activate the senses, the imagination, and the hidden qualities of space.