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Out in the Open: Life-Size Morphology

Public Program Organizer Matea Wasend checks in with us on Open Field and summertime Name: Matea Wasend Occupation: Marketing Morphologist (Morphology Games)  City/Neighborhood: Marcy-Holmes, Minneapolis Open Field Activity: Life-Size Morphology Description: Local board game inventor Kate Ryan Reiling has collaborated with McKnight Foundation Fellow Artist Bill Cravis to create a life-size version of the game […]

Matea Wasend of Life-Size Morphology. Photo courtesy of Ms. Wasend.

Public Program Organizer Matea Wasend checks in with us on Open Field and summertime

Name: Matea Wasend
Occupation: Marketing Morphologist (Morphology Games
City/Neighborhood: Marcy-Holmes, Minneapolis
Open Field Activity: Life-Size Morphology
Description: Local board game inventor Kate Ryan Reiling has collaborated with McKnight Foundation Fellow Artist Bill Cravis to create a life-size version of the game that was named TIME Magazine’s #2 Toy of the Year in 2009: Morphology (the hilarious guessing game where creativity wins!). This laugh-out-loud twist on Pictionary asks players to build words for their teammates to guess using 3-dimensional pieces. Come ready to laugh and play as you try to out-build and out-guess the other team—but on a giant scale!
Date of ActivityAugust 11, 2012, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

 

 

1. Fill-in-the-blank: _______________ is what we make together.

Play is what we make together.

Morphology figure. Photo courtesy of Matea Wasend.

2. What is your favorite public space in the Twin Cities or beyond? 

I live near the Stone Arch Bridge, which is one of the most beautiful public spots I’ve seen in any city (let alone Minneapolis). 

3. Who do you dream of attending your activity?

 One of our favorite things about Morphology (and games in general) is that it can unite eclectic groups of people, so we’d love to see a vibrant mix. That being said, Ellen DeGeneres is at the top of our invite list (though she doesn’t know yet).  

4. Describe your favorite summer memory.

The block I lived on when I was young had a great community of families and kids around my age, and we spent some amazing summer evenings playing soccer and having home-run derbies my back yard. 

Life-Size Morphology at the Walker in 2011. Photo from Morphology’s Facebook site.

5. What other Open Field activity are you looking forward to this summer?

 I’m really curious about “The Big String Thing“–team creation of massive string figures. It sounds like the hosts would be really good at Morphology. 

 6. What is your favorite summer song?

I don’t have a favorite summer song, but I do know a good poem that captures Minnesota summer pretty well: 

Here comes summer,
Here comes summer,
Chirping robin, budding rose.
Here comes summer,
Here comes summer,
Gentle showers, summer clothes.
Here comes summer,
Here comes summer –
Whoosh — shiver — there it goes.

-Shel Silverstein