Multitouch Kiosks Highlight Collection
It’s difficult to blog about a collections-focused touch screen in a museum without drawing comparisons to the amazing Collections Wall at the Cleveland Museum of Art — and feeling entirely inadequate. We’re not (yet!) anywhere near that scale, but luckily for our egos we weren’t aiming there with this project. We wanted a simple, intuitive interface and […] It’s difficult to blog about a…
From Lawn to Garden: Edible Estate #15
In a weekend that involved a sod cutter, 17 bags of leaf litter mulch, 30 yards of compost, 40 shovels, a wood chipper, thousands of plants, and an army of volunteers, a suburban front yard in Woodbury, Minn., was transformed into Edible Estate #15, the last garden in artist Fritz Haeg’s global series. Here’s a photo essay documenting the evolution of the Schoenherr family’s front lawn.
Noticing the Feedback: A Proposal to the Contemporary Dance Field, and/or This Revolution Will Be Crowdsourced
The Green Room
When I asked a room filled with my peers to imagine an ideal future for presenting contemporary dance performances, they agreed on a set of qualities: a flexible space, a blurring of art and life, a place of abundance, a performance of life, a ridding of greed, intolerance and self doubt. Here, everyone finds time […] When I asked a room filled with my peers to imagine an ideal future for presenting…
8-Ball (Eyeo Edition): Cédric Sam
With the Eyeo Festival bringing an international array of coders, designers, and artists to the Walker this week, we decided to open the Media Lab blog to conference speakers. To give all presenters a chance to introduce themselves, we’ve sent out our 8-Ball artist questionnaire, in which we pose some of life’s most–and possibly least–pressing […] With the Eyeo Festival bringing an international array…
The Columnest: A Manifesto (of Sorts)
Lester Bangs. Greil Marcus. Robert Christgau. Pauline Kael. Dave Hickey. Just as cowboy boots have figured into my footwear rotation off and on since I was a kid, critics have been among my writer heroes since long before my first published byline — which was for a book review (of poetry) in some scholarly humanities […] Lester Bangs. Greil Marcus. Robert Christgau. Pauline Kael. Dave Hickey. Just as cowboy…
luciana achugar: Reclaiming Pleasure and Revealing Labor (Equality)
The Green Room
Uruguayan choreographer luciana achugar believes that dance has the power to do many things. She deliberately chooses to write her name without capital letters in a way to minimize hierarchy. Through her creations and the process of making each one, she deliberately instills philosophies in the dance’s structure and performance qualities to transmit her beliefs. […] Uruguayan choreographer luciana…
Mini Golf, Accessorized: The Necklaces of Be a Sculpture!
When we’re not at the Walker working as interns in the Performing Arts department, Nicola Carpenter and I make miniature golf holes. For this year’s Artist-Designed Mini Golf in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, we collaborated with Nicola’s parents on a piece called Be a Sculpture! On the course, players are encouraged to stand on the […] When we’re not at the Walker working as interns in the…
“Note: Performance Contains Joyous Nudity”
The Green Room
The Walker Performing Arts department has long alerted audience members about adult content or atmospheric irritations like fog or strobe lights in shows it hosts. But in recent years, generic warnings have given way to more creative alerts that better reflect the spirit of each work. Michéle Steinwald discusses the writing process and shares how “joyous nudity” became a department catchphrase.
What to Take to the Bridge?
ArtPrize and mnartists.org have partnered up to give a Minnesota artist a unique opportunity: $5,000 and their artwork installed on/around/under the Gillett Bridge in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the city-wide art competition. This initiative, a “regional grant program,” as described by ArtPrize’s Director of Exhibitions Kevin Buist, will reach its denouement this Thursday for ArtPrize […] ArtPrize and…