Housing—as an aesthetic, conceptual, political, and environmental concern—has captured the imaginations and passions of artists and architects in recent years. In a flourishing yet undefined field, Rick Lowe, Rirkrit Tiravanija, N55, the Rural Studio, and others are prototyping creative solutions that range from portable architecture to squatting to long-term community-based design projects.
Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges
“I love spatial relationships and dimensionality,” says Jim Hodges. “I’m interested in theatrical moments and choreographing experiences in space. I think as a drawer and make as a sculptor.” In conversations spanning three years, the artist and the Walker’s Olga Viso delved into Hodges’ art practice, life, and influences, touching on themes from love and loss to politics, spirituality, and mortality.
Truth, Not Necessarily Reconciliation: Lola Arias Confronts Dictatorships
Lola Arias will not forgive and forget. When it comes to the military dictatorships that haunt the recent past of Chile and her home country of Argentina, the writer/director doesn’t think it’s possible. In El Año en que nací (The Year I Was Born), she brings together the Chilean sons and daughters born during Pinochet’s rule to confront, discuss, and understand—not to force a happy ending.
Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian on Tech, Epic Fails, and Social Change
With millions of users worldwide, Reddit.com has become a bona fide cultural force. It’s hosted Q&As with the likes of Barack Obama and Stephen Colbert, launched web memes like Grumpy Cat, and championed activist causes, from fighting the PROTECT IP Act to winning a Greenpeace whale-naming contest. In a wide-ranging interview, cofounder Alexis Ohanian discusses failure, activism, and the Internet.
Penino Envy: Kuro Tanino on the Architecture of the Inner Life
The ubiquitous phallic symbols in Niwa Gekidan Penino’s The Room Nobody Knows—including penis-shaped furniture—stem in part from Toyko-based director Kuro Tanino’s former career as a psychiatrist. But they also represents the confusing Freudian power dynamic that exists between the play’s brothers—a nod to the “complex relationships” he had with his own brothers.
Caliann Lum from Minneapolis Has Been a Walker Member Since 2010
What do you appreciate most about the Walker? Its artistic vitality and willingness to explore and explain visual, audiovisual, and performance art that sometimes goes way beyond what is familiar to me. I’m a retired transplant surgeon who now works as a consultant, and I find the Walker to be a place where I can lose myself for a few hours and re-emerge rejuvenated and energized. What do you enjoy…
“We have so little in common but we have deep love for each other,” says Sufjan Stevens of collaborators Son Lux and Serengeti. “And we’re pushing that stone together.” Formerly S/S/S, the trio Sisyphus is set to release a new self-titled LP. Commissioned by the Walker and SPCO’s Liquid Music, it takes inspiration—and its name—from the art of Jim Hodges, whose shining boulders are on the Walker hillside.
Year in Review
As I reflect on the past year, the final words of the Walker’s mission statement resonate profoundly in my mind: “Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.” The fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, saw an art center animated by exactly this aim—an active engagement with the world around us, from organizing exhibitions, screenings, and…