Born and raised in Minneapolis, it is rather unsettling to me that I had never experienced the magic of Open Field before this year. Lucky for me, the Field welcomed me – the intern – with open arms and heart and it didn’t take long for me to feel at home within all its chaos and beauty.
Open Field knows how to do it big.
We set a Guinness world record, made a salad and shared it with 274 people, and hosted a Cat Video Festival that attracted over 9,000 kitty fanatics. But we also know that the more intimate is just as valuable. Open Field offers a place and a time that allows us to connect, create, and explore – together, of course.
This year, Fluxus-related activities took over the field.
Fluxus also serves as an appropriate metaphor for the field and its various happenings: seemingly random and disorderly, yet in specific ways orchestrated and controlled, with ample space for inspiration, improvisation, and spontaneity.
Fluxus Running Club – Mike Haeg
Open Field is a place where the line between being a casual spectator and an active participant is thinly drawn, and where one is always gracefully toeing both sides.
No matter where you stand at any given moment, there is always an opportunity to sit back and take it all in; but never as an outsider.
We cracked our knuckles before coercing and refining our creative skills.
Into the Blue: The World of Cyanotype – Nathan Lewis
Drawing, Far Away So Close – Keith Braafladt and Margaret Pezalla
We stretched, expanded and exercised our minds and our bodies.
Open Field was even edible.
Get Soaked (With Local Muesli) – Karin Norby
Take a Bite, Shape the State! – Presley Martin
In the midst of all of this, communities were formed and connections were discovered because Open Field offered a place to do some cool stuff and meet some cool people. I took part in Paige Tighe’s Walk With Me project, where I walked and talked with someone whom I may never have done so with otherwise. I also watched as strangers collectively played “Find Your Spot” with Scooper.
I got to spend this summer learning, growing, and making new friends, and watched as art and other such crazy experiments united interesting people. Open Field would in no way be possible alone or within a vacuum – it really is what we make together.