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Auctions Speak Louder Than Words

Part of Futurefarmers, Walker Open Field

Futurefarmers’ month-long Open Field residency A People Without A Voice Cannot be Heard culminates in a lively and unusual take on the auction in which everyone is invited to participate. Custom-designed Futurefarmers “currency” is provided gratis for an event in which story-telling and the art of the auction come together. Bring a picnic or grab food at the Garden Grill. You won’t want to miss this event!

Here is how it works:

Part 1: Objects on Blankets

11 am–1 pm
Futurefarmers invite us to consider what our possessions say about us in this unusual auction. Bring a blanket and three objects from home and spread out on the Field prepared to share a story with others. Throughout the morning, Futurefarmers will collect these stories as special “vocal” guests roam the field.

Part 2: Auction and Drawing

1–2 pm
An auction commences where you may be invited to have professional auctioneers Glen and Dale Fladeboe auction one of your objects by retelling your story in their own inimitable voice. Futurefarmers will be making interpretive drawings of the selected auctioned objects and the owner of the object can choose which to keep—drawing or object—and which one is awarded to the winning bidder.


A People Without a Voice Cannot Be Heard is commissioned by Northern Lights.mn and the Walker Art Center.

Open Field and Target Free Thursday Nights sponsored by
Major support for Open Field is generously provided by Margaret and Angus Wurtele.