January 29, 2016 – April 23, 2016
Curated by: Sara Clugage, Carole Frances Lung, Otto Von Busch
The Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency (CARPA) is a central state agency of the United States Department of Defense. Developed by Officers Sara Clugage, Carole Frances Lung, and Otto Von Busch, CARPA’s mission is to maintain the technological superiority of U.S. artisans and to prevent technological surprise from negatively impacting our collective craft heritage. CARPA operates for the benefit of the United States and its Free West allies.
The focus of CARPA is the strategic advancement of craft. In order to shape and sustain conditions for stability and progress, the agency develops new craft technologies for use by the artisans of United States and for strategic export overseas. CARPA sponsors innovative, high-payoff research that bridges the gap between the disciplines of craft, art, and information warfare. While CARPA events and challenges are finite in duration, they create lasting revolutionary change.
Since its founding in 1947, CARPA has worked to enhance our craft security by funding research, technological development, and craft sciences. Despite continued attempts to infiltrate and disrupt its research by the rogue agency CARPAleaks, our craft capabilities remain secure and unparalleled. Our endeavors have not only improved our craft capabilities but have also solved practical problems through applied research and technological invention. CARPA has been a catalyst for collaborative contemporary craft practices, cultivating advanced ideas that have the potential to lead to groundbreaking transformation.
2013 CARPA Field Activities were supported by:
At Museum of Contemporary Craft, CARPA: Craft Advanced Research Projects Agency will be presented in three phases:
Phase 01 | Recruitment
August 7, 2015 – April 23, 2016
CARPA presents selections from the archive of Camp CARPA, an operation that deployed 17 Craft Advanced Research Agents to the Shangri La base in Joshua Tree, CA, October 16 – 19, 2013, (supported by California State University, Los Angeles, and the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design). Featured artists include: Solomon Bothwell; Steven Frost; Anna Gray and Ryan Paulsen; Betsy Greer; Jack Heard; Marnia Johnston; Johnnie Jungleguts; Theo Knox; Jennifer Leary; Jordan Wayne Long; Katie McGowan; Rob Mertens; Lauren Ross; Ellen Rothenberg; Josh Short; Corkey Sinks; Stephanie Syjuco; Christine Tarkowski; Lisa Vinebaum; Jon Winet; Jemima Wyman.
Phase 02 | Deployment
Lab and Upper Gallery
A new cohort of agents will be deployed to Camp CARPA 2016, taking place in Portland from Camp CARPA 2016 headquarters at Museum of Contemporary Craft. Officers Clugage, Lung, and Von Busch will select a cohort of recruits representing the best minds in American craft, who will be contracted by CARPA to investigate some of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) most challenging technological hurdles. The ultimate goal of Camp CARPA is to go beyond current research to provide new paths toward tomorrow’s national security capabilities. CARPA intends for these recruits will accelerate CARPA’s program research while providing new ideas and a fresh perspective.
Phase 03 | Stabilization
January 29 – April 23, 2016
Residuum from Camp CARPA 2016 will be presented alongside the Camp CARPA complete archive. The public will be welcomed into CARPA’s war room, invited to engage in the discourses and activities of the Agency.
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE SUPPORTED BY:
Anonymous · The Autzen Foundation · The Boeing Company · Broughton and Mary Bishop Family Advised Fund · J & S Bishop Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation · The Collins Foundation · Ed Cauduro Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation · The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation · The Ford Family Foundation · H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation · James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation · Native Arts & Cultures Foundation · Oregon Arts Commission · RACC and Work for Art · Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust · Walter Clay Hill and Family Foundation