In the spirit of nurturing creative research, development, and action, The Goat Farm Arts Center and The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences and have again joined forces to proudly present an unconventional public action project in Atlanta. FIELD EXPERIMENT 2016 aims to bring groundbreaking work to the surface with the following support: $20,000 commission, a residency, and & collaborative production assistance to realize a prodigious vision for Atlanta.

[Field Experiment: developing transformative ideas for Atlanta
through widely observable public action

Field Experiment 2016 winner:
Pablo Gnecco, Christopher Derek Bruno, Travis Broyles
// 9to5

People’s Choice Award:
Martha Whittington & Rae Long // Contemplation - Resolution - Unity

Selected from 77 applications received from 32 cities, 16 states, and 4 countries including Thailand, Chile, Canada & Norway. The Field Experiment 2016 proposals included experimentation in the natural sciences & applied sciences, new media, movement, sound based work, transportation, architecture & design computation, music composition, participatory interventions, urban planning, 2D & 3D visual art & robotics.

The 5 finalists each received $2,000 to complete a concept of their projects for display at the annual Hambidge Auction ​at The Goat Farm Arts Center ​on April 23rd, 2016​. As the winning team, Pablo Gnecco, Travis Broyles and Christopher Derek Bruno will be awarded $20,000, a two week Hambidge residency, and administration and production support.

Votes for the People's Choice Award were collected at the Hambidge Art Auction + Field Experiment Gala on April 23. Martha Whittington and Rae Long will receive a two week Hambidge residency.



Martha Whittington & Rae Long // Contemplation - Resolution - Unity >>

A series of surround-sound sculptures intended for deactivated smokestacks in metro Atlanta. Smoke from smokestacks used to paint the sky, signaling abundance, but this prosperity was conspicuously not shared with people from different racial, economic, and cultural origins. “Contemplation - Resolution - Unity” is presented as three concepts, each embodied in a smokestack. Musical treatises are composed for each environment, inviting Atlantans to find meaning and clarity through the immersive sounds animated from within.<<


Maya Gurantz // Ghosting Atlanta >>

A site-specific series of interactive public video and audio installations triangulating history, the body, and the landscape through song, dance, and visual spectacle. Operating like a massive séance to allow history to bleed though the architecture and haunt public space, the pieces that make up “Ghosting Atlanta” unsettle our assumptions about the streets and spaces we take for granted. The series invites Atlanta to experience the diverse histories that make the city what it is today. <<


T. Lang, Jessica Anderson, Mikhail Jacobs, John Osburn, Hebru Brantley // Post >>

A merging of contemporary dance and emergent techniques in artificial intelligence interaction, “Post” yields a space where dancers can perform with AI-driven accompaniment in a responsive environment for performance. “Post” is being designed for a large geodesic dome installation that creates a shadow theater space for dance-reactive interaction. The project will host public activations, performances and community interactions with Atlantans. <<


Pablo Gnecco, Christopher Derek Bruno, Travis Broyles
// 9to5 >>

An interactive co-working space and ongoing art project that focuses on experimental approaches to the collaborative process in Atlanta. As a digital presence, through livestreaming, the space allows the world to engage with interactive projects curated by the project team. Though the initial iteration is intended as a pop-up, the goal is to make “9to5” a permanent installation by threading itself into an Atlanta community space. <<


Beau Martin & Sam Crane // Color Slug >>

A robotics project where semi-autonomous, wall-climbing ‘slugs’ are pre-programmed to paint drab surfaces across the city. In Atlanta there’s a disturbing lack of color, a sea of grays — concrete, drywall, and asphalt. “Color Slug” focuses on painting large urban structures and adding color to the city. More color would lead to a more vibrant ATL, not only visually but socially. A more animated city would create a greater sense of community: all of Atlanta united by a fleet of color-printing robot slugs.


Field Experiment 2016 Panel
Jamie Badoud, Executive Director of The Hambidge Center  
Teresa Bramlette Reeves, Director of Curatorial Affairs, Zuckerman Museum of Art
Madison Cario, Director of the Office of the Arts at Georgia Tech
Bethany Collins, Multidisciplinary Artist
Anthony Harper, Co-founder of The Goat Farm Arts Center

February 5 - Proposals Due
February 23 - Phase 01 finalists announced
April 23 - Phase 01 projects presented in Atlanta
April 25-30 - Phase 01 projects open to the public
May 2 - Winner announced
2016 - Phase 02 winning project presented in Atlanta

Field Experiment 2016 asks the world to examine ATL’s unruly laboratory. The selection and realization of this compelling installation/event/performance/happening had two phases.

Phase 01:

Finalists were selected to present their concepts in a compelling fashion to the public at the Goat Farm Arts Center on April 23rd for the Hambidge Gala attracting over 1000 attendees. Each finalist received $2,000 plus technical and production assistance.

The winning project was selected by the panelists and announced on May 2nd, 2016.

Phase 02:

Presentation of the full-scale winning project in fall of 2016 in streets and/or skies of Atlanta.

The creator/creative team for the winning project will receive $20,000, technical and production support, and a two week residency at The Hambidge Center.

The Goat Farm Arts Center, a creative industrial complex in Atlanta, has re-positioned a 19th century factory into one of Atlanta’s largest Centers for contemporary thought, vanguard art & performance.

For over 80 years, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences has awarded residency fellowships to distinguished artists and scientists at its 600-acre creative sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Center is a non-profit funded in part by the Fulton County Commission under the guidance of Fulton County Arts & Culture, the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



Winner:  Mel Chin and Severn Eaton

JAM-D-JAM! is a response to a dilemma shared by all Atlantans, traffic congestion. This radio-based intervention will invite participants to use rush hour moments to contribute to an ever-changing soundscape. Calling in from vehicles, commuters’ unscripted words of frustration & anxiety will be transformed into musical invention and looped back to the public through their radios.



Jeffery Collins - Envelope

Kris Pilcher, Kevin Byrd & Dale Adams - The Dream Collection Agency

Micah & Whitney Stansell - Inversion (with Land)

Mark Wentzel - Flow Fields

See more about FIELD EXPERIMENT 2015, the finalists, and the projects at