Headlands Center for the Arts

Project Space

Project Space presents site-specific exhibitions that are guided by information and experiences gathered while work is in progress at Headlands. Home to select Artists in Residence each season, as well as occasional group exhibitions by visiting artists and curators, Project Space is a place of exchange among working artists and visitors—a place where ideas are germinated, conversations are shared, and new work is made.

Next in Project Space

Vishal K. Dar’s Edge of See: Twilight Engines
January 20–March 3, 2019

Part of an ambitious global project by artist Vishal K. Dar, Edge of See: Twilight Engines uses site-specific light sculptures viewed through an augmented reality app to push our senses of vision, scale, motion, and time. Dar brings his primary question—what is the edge of sight?—to the landscape of the Marin Headlands, using technology to overlay former artillery batteries with abstract light sculptures, or “engines,” that spin, turn, and tumble in response to the environment. In addition, in Project Space at Headlands, Dar has installed wooden architectural models of the batteries, also activated through the augmented reality app, as well as maps, sketches, and video work.

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Site-specific augmented reality light sculptures
Beginning January 20, 2019
Viewable at Batteries Mendell, Wallace, and Smith-Guthrie in the Marin Headlands
Free and open to the public; visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area website for park hours
Smart phone or tablet required to view sculptures—see below for details

Project Space installation
January 20–March 3, 2019
Sunday–Thursday, 12–5PM
Free and open to the public

This site-specific work was commissioned by Headlands Center for the Arts and was germinated when Dar was an Artist in Residence here in 2017. The first installation of Edge of See launched in November 2018 in Lulea, Sweden; upcoming installations are planned for Delft Island, Sri Lanka; Okinawa, Japan; and the Diomede Islands, situated in the Bering Strait between Russia and the United States. The app was created with Bay Area–based technology partner Okaynokay (Gabriel Dunne and Ryan Alexander).

To Experience Edge of See: Twilight Engines

  • Download the augmented reality app on your GPS-enabled iPhone or iPad (see technical specs below)
    • Before you come to the Marin Headlands (highly recommended)
    • At Headlands Main Building 944
    • Download information will be posted to this page and the app available in the iOS App Store on January 20, 2019
  • Stop by Headlands Main Building 944 to pick up a site map and visit Dar’s gallery installation in Project Space
  • Head out to use the augmented reality app in situ at Batteries Mendell, Wallace, and Smith-Guthrie
    • Locations are accessible from Headlands by car or on foot, and are walking distance from each other
    • Visiting all three batteries from Headlands Center for the Arts on foot takes approximately 1.5 hours hiking on paved and dirt paths.
    • Remember, you can only see the light sculptures using the augmented reality app on your GPS-enabled iOS mobile device. There is no cellphone reception or WiFi at the sites, so you must download the app before you go.
  • The batteries are located within the Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; visit the Park website for hours.
  • Most parking lots in the Park close at sunset; evening parking is available at the Headlands Center for the Arts parking lot on Rosenstock Road.
  • Don’t have an Apple phone or tablet? Visit Project Space to experience the augmented reality light sculptures on iPads provided in the gallery.

Technical requirements
The augmented reality app is compatible with iPhones and iPads running iOS 12 or later. The following models are supported: iPhone SE, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, and XS Max; iPad 5th generation, 6th generation, and Pro.

Previously in Project Space

Fiamma Montezemolo (Italy, California) | Yaloo (South Korea, Illinois)
September 12–October 25, 2018

Fiamma Montezemolo
Fiamma Montezemolo’s art practice is conceptual and grounded in fieldwork research. As an Artist in Residence at the Headlands, she has expanded this dual vocation by transforming Project Space into a “potential space” (after British psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott) in which the ex-military post is made into a playful laboratory of poetic, conceptual, and political interventions and collaborations. She thinks of the space as an atelier in which to collaborate with other creative producers and thinkers on temporary specific projects. The exhibition comprises four distinct projects that explore modes of existence between self and others. Each collaborative project inspired a second solo project by the artist, resulting in eight distinct new works. All are developed originally for what the artist calls a “collaborative solo,” with contributions from and/or relations to others.

Working in Project Space west, Artist in Residence Yaloo will produce and install a series of virtual sculptures, or 3-D video installations, created at Headlands. The artist will make a new sculpture each day she is in residence. Based in Chicago and Seoul, Yaloo uses video projection mapping and virtual reality to create technically rich, visually extravagant works that mine the poetic possibilities of digital media. Her works explore the image of wealth and longevity, as well as the spiritual relationship between consumerism and regionalism. At Headlands, she is continuing her longtime investigation of transcultural symbols while she experiments with new possibilities for video installation.