Marfa Dialogues

stone circle | Reactivation

October 24, 2018


stone circle | Reactivation

Wednesday, October 24
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

6:00 Doors at Crowley Theater
6:30 Screening of PASSAGE, a short film by Jennifer Lane
7:05 Petroforms in West Texas, presentation & conversation with William A. Cloud from the Center for Big Bend Studies
7:20 Sunset at stone circle site
7:45 stone circle full moon activation


To celebrate the reactivation of Ballroom’s latest commission, Haroon Mirza’s stone circle, we are proud to present a very special program at the Crowley Theater on Wednesday the 24th.

Doors open at 6pm for a screening of PASSAGE, a short film by artist and co-founder of the CineMarfa film festival, Jennifer Lane, which documents megaliths across the Iberian Peninsula. The screening will be followed by a short presentation on West Texas petroforms – human-formed shapes made by lining up rocks into patterns on open ground – by William A. Cloud, Director of the Center for Big Bend Studies.

A conversation between filmmaker, archeologist, Ballroom’s director, and the public will follow.

After the program at the Crowley Theater, we will head to the installation, which is at the end of Golf Course Road, for a sunset viewing. The evening will culminate in a full moon activation of the stone circle, beginning at approximately 7:45pm.

More information on the film and our program participants:

PASSAGE explores profoundly ancient spaces that are seldom seen – megalithic dolmens and passage graves across the Iberian Peninsula. Using an experiential, first-person perspective closely connected to the human body, the thirty minute long film constructs a phenomenological landscape where stone temples built by Neolithic people prefigure modern-day earthworks. The Megaliths are pictured in surroundings that range from remote pastoral landscapes to urban spaces, underscoring the fluidity of distinctions between past, present, and future.

Jennifer Lane is an artist and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and festivals including the Hammer Museum, the ZKM Center for Art and Technology, Antimatter Media Art Festival, the Miami International Film Festival, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. She is the recipient of two grants from the Austin Film Society for her newest film PASSAGE. Along with partner David Hollander, Jennifer has produced a number of film and video projects for and about other visual artists. Lane is the co-founder and co-director of the CineMarfa film festival, now entering its eighth year, which showcases artist-made, archival, and other rarely screened films. She attended art school at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and is the mother of two sons ages 8 and 15.

William A. Cloud B.A., M.A., RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists) William A. (Andy) Cloud, a native Texan with over 35 years of experience in Texas archaeology, received both his B.A. (Archeological Studies—1978) and M.A. (Anthropology with a focus on Archeology—1987) degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. Since September 1995 he has worked for the Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) of Sul Ross State University in various capacities (Staff Archaeologist, Cultural Resources Management Coordinator, and Senior Project Archaeologist), and has served as the Director since 2008. While with the CBBS, he has supervised a wide variety of archaeological projects—all focused on the Big Bend and Panhandle regions of Texas. Prior to his time with the Center, he worked across much of the state during tenures with the Office of the State Archeologist at the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Big Bend National Park, the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin, and several private archeological firms. He has authored or coauthored over 40 archaeological reports, while fulfilling an avid interest in the archaeology of the Big Bend.

    This event is made possible by major support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.

    Strange Attractor Funders 20170110

    Special thanks to the Big Bend Sentinel; Michael Camacho; Center for Big Bend Studies; William A. Cloud; Crowley Theater; Rob Crowley; Tim Crowley; JD DiFabbio; Virginia Flores; Jennie Lyn Hamilton; Lisa Kettyle; Marfa Live Arts; Marfa Public Radio; Elise Pepple; Carolyn Pfeiffer; Emma Rogers; Emily Williams.