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.
Heading Home: Michael Pollan and Fritz Haeg on Reviving Domesticity
Michael Pollan and Fritz Haeg are on parallel paths—from the garden into the home. For Pollan, that shift is manifest in his new book Cooked, which brings ideas from his bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma into his own kitchen. For Haeg, it’s reflected in Domestic Integrities, which brings the harvest into the gallery. Here the pair chats about ecology, domesticity, and how “eating is an agricultural act.”
Animating Space: Martin Friedman on the Sculpture Garden
Martin Friedman recalls the snowy day in 1987 when Claes Oldenburg unveiled a “captivating object”—his concept for the focal point of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. “There it was—a spoon, whose bowl rested on a small island in the center of a free-form pond and contained a rubicund cherry.” In his 1988 essay from Design Quarterly, Friedman discusses this and the other animating ideas behind the Garden.