Tearing Up the Lawn
Fritz Haeg’s garden-based art has grown all over the world, but now he’s returned to dig in the dirt of his hometown—the Twin Cities. In his six-month Walker residency, Haeg has overturned a Woodbury front lawn, built a geodesic dome in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, grown community connections, and turned out plenty of vegetables. “It’s about shifting ideas of what’s beautiful.”
2012: The Year According to Julian Bleecker
For a futurist, our request might have been unwelcome: look back. Thankfully, artist and technologist Julian Bleecker agreed, offering his top 10 moments from 2012 in a list that ranges from acts of God (Hurricane Sandy) to the completely man-made (Instagram and “computational photography” cameras) to the pop cultural and artistic (Frank Ocean, Tom Sachs, and the death of the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch).
Expanding the Book: An Interview with Badlands Unlimited
Under the motto “books in an expanded field,” Badlands Unlimited aims to challenge ideas about publishing to encompass everything from art shows curated for the Kindle and iPad to experimental typography and artist e-books. In an interview with Barcelona-based Latitudes, Badlands’ Paul Chan, Ian Cheng, and Micaela Durand discuss their work “embracing every facet of a book’s social life today.”
Eyal Weizman and Architecture as Political Intervention
Interested in a subjective, confrontational approach to architecture, Israeli writer-architect Eyal Weizman seeks to expand discourse in his field and put it in dialogue with disciplines like military strategy, forensics, and humanitarian law. In advance of his October 3 lecture, the Walker’s Yesomi Umolu caught up with Weizman to discuss his ideas on confronting politics through architecture.
ROLU’s Field Tests: Merging the Digital and the Actual in Open Field
In its design work and on its blog, Minneapolis’ ROLU explores ideas at the nexus of architecture, landscape design, and conceptual art. Artists-in-residence at Open Field this month, they aim to link the digital and the actual. “We are interested in reaching into [the Web’s] river of images and make something tangible from them,” says ROLU’s Matt Olson. “Creating something physical—taking an action.”
The Next Frontier for Minneapolis Parks
Already known nationally for its parks system, Minneapolis stands to burnish that reputation with a new plan for the upper reaches of the Mississippi. RiverFirst aims to establish parks as an engine for economic development along the river corridor, from St. Anthony Falls to the city limits some five miles to the north. City officials call it the park system’s “next frontier.”
The Art of Placemaking
A new kind of planning process is focusing on cultural organizations, creative placemaking, and the insights of artists in order to reinvent downtown Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue. In the process, it’s bringing artists to the fore, and developing a sustainable alternative to traditional, big-money revitalization efforts.
Fill-in-the-Blank: Candy Chang’s Urban Interventions and Open-Ended Questions
A graphic designer, guerrilla artist, and urban planner, Candy Chang has spent the last decade instigating site-specific interventions, from chalk stencils indicating nice spots for trees to a boarded house turned into a chalkboard for New Orleanians to share dreams. In advance of her Minneapolis visit, she paused to discuss street art, listening to community voices, and reclaiming public space.
Uncharted territories, even in a relatively sparsely populated state like Minnesota, are few and far between. But each January, when the average temperature lingers around 7 degrees Fahrenheit, one such place comes into being, briefly, on the frozen surface of Medicine Lake, where artists reimagine ice-fishing shacks as the locus for a vibrant pop-up community.