A/D/O debuted its 2019/2020 Research Program, At The Border, with a presentation by researchers-in-residence Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual of Studio Folder.

For their residency, Studio Folder will investigate America’s often overlooked inner frontiers of National Parks and Tribal Reservations - lands that are shadowed by a history of displacement, dispossession, and violent transformation of territory. On August 6th, they introduced “A Line Shall Be Drawn” with a presentation of their research methodologies and intentions, and an assessment of the project’s contemporary importance.

“A Line Shall Be Drawn” will inquire into the appropriation of Native lands for the creation of National Parks and the current materiality of these spaces. By surveying historical maps and documents, Studio Folder aims to reveal alternative accounts of histories that have been suppressed, and how this has shaped the current debate around issues of sovereignty, climate injustice and management of territory.

This event was the first in a yearlong research program at A/D/O: At The Border. Curated in collaboration with Jan Boelen and Charlotte Dumoncel d’Argence, the program examines how design can help reimagine and redefine boundaries, frontiers and limits, and unfolds in three distinct cycles: Charting the Border, Crossing the Border and Imagining the Border.

Cycle one, Charting the Border, takes place from August to October and invites participants to consider the relationships between natural and political borders, the versatility of man-made borders and the legal significance attributed to the landscape.

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About Studio Folder

Studio Folder is a design and research agency founded by Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual in 2011. The studio’s work spans across different disciplines and fields of design, including exhibition, art direction, editorial and digital publishing, data visualization and cartography. Beyond commissioned work for public institutions and private clients worldwide, the studio is actively engaged in independent research projects around the issues of territory and representation.


Studio Folder

August 06, 2019
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
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