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Press Releases When Does Something Become Something Else? Open Field Presents Minneapolis-Based Design Studio ROLU as Artists-in-Residence July 17-29

Minneapolis, June 22, 2012—Join members of Minneapolis-based design studio ROLU to create an open-air version of a Walker gallery on Open Field, complete with artworks from the collection. For their two-week residency, they have developed a series of hands-on public activities organized around the ideas and people that have influenced them, as well as their wideranging interests: landscape and architectural design, urban planning, furniture design, modern and contemporary art history, collaborative public art, and more. Your contribution to the residency is not a coincidence or a passing moment of interaction with ROLU; to the contrary, you are a necessary and important part of ROLU’s art exploration at Open Field.

Open Field Artists-in-Residence: ROLU

When Does Something Become Something Else? The Apparent is the Bridge to the Real

July 17–29

Open Field

Making as Thinking

ROLU invites you to help re-create artworks from the Walker’s collection to be staged on Open Field. The collective believes that by remaking an artwork, you add to its life and its meaning, as well as your own. Pay homage to and learn about works by Richard Serra, Yoko Ono, Carl Andre, and many other artists in ways that traditional art-viewing doesn’t allow. Pick up a power tool and join ROLU in these daily explorations of “making as thinking.”

Attention as Place

Imagine that you physically exist wherever it is that you focus your attention. For instance, when you are Facebooking, aren’t you really with your friends? To demonstrate this notion, ROLU’s favorite thinkers and makers, scattered all over the world, appear at Open Field via Skype and also through works they have contributed to the residency. By listening, watching, and participating, you and the contributors—among them, Andreas Angelidakis, Uta Barth, Matt Connors, Luke Fischbeck, John Fleischer, David Horvitz, Mary Manning, Keegan McHargue, Sarah Rara, Jo-ey Tang—create a third space where your collective attention resides. ROLU thinks of your “attention as place.”

Participation as Performance

What is the difference between being on stage and wearing a brightly colored outfit to work? Maybe we are all performers more often than we think. Step outside of yourself and into an original garment designed for ROLU by Various Projects—the design collaboration between Elizabeth Beer and Brian Janusiak—and experience what it feels like to be seen as an art object. The garments will let others know of your “participation as performance.”

ROLU Residency Schedule

Join ROLU at Open Field anytime during gallery hours (Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–5 pm; Thursdays, 11 am–10 pm) or visit walkerart.

About ROLU

ROLU is an experimental design studio located in Minneapolis focused on exploring the relationship between life, our surroundings and the objects and ideas that fill those spaces. Its practice was founded and continues to have a strong connection to landscape design but also extends to furniture design and collaborative architectural projects as well as urban planning work and public art. The studio, founded in 2003, consists of Matt Olson, Mike Brady, Sammie Warren and intern Claudette Gacuti. The studio believes in learning something every day and blogs daily about art, design, and visual culture. For more information visit www.rolu.terapad.com.

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