Changing Theater’s Nature
Intrigued by the way people tell their stories—in looping, often tangential tales—Pavol Liska phoned a fellow member of Nature Theater of Oklahoma. Over 10 calls and 16 hours, the script unfolded for Life and Times, a 10-part work in which an entire life—birth to the present day—will be sung verbatim onstage. Maddy Costa uses the piece as a window into the company’s ingenious, mischievous style.
Station to Station: Doug Aitken’s Polyphonic Culture Train
“Human beings need a starting point.” The motto for The Source, Doug Aitken’s video series on creativity’s origins, could easily be the slogan for Station to Station, the art train he’s taking across the US this month. While the trip has its concrete elements—a starting point, an ending point, some really heavy train cars—he sees it as entirely open-ended: whatever happens along the way is anybody’s guess.
The Nine Lives of the Internet Cat Video Festival
Paul Schmelzer & Scott Stulen
The world’s first Internet Cat Video Festival brought 10,000 people—some in costumes, others cradling kitty companions—to the Walker last August. Since then, the event has spawned other lives, from an international tour to 2013’s edition, held at the Minnesota State Fair. Festival producer Scott Stulen discusses cat culture, viral trends, and how the Internet is the cat lover’s version of the dog park.
Art for Eat’s Sake
“Art farmers”—from Matthew Moore and Fritz Haeg to Futurefarmers—have been turning their focus to food, writes Joseph Hart. Offering critiques of industrialized food, they’re also engaged in the search for solutions. Whether by demonstrating more holistic techniques and sources of food production or by exploring new forms of community interaction, they’re helping to define a new day for agriculture.