Blogs Field Guide Gabby Coll

A First-Timer’s Take on Open Field (2014)

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 […]

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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.

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Fluxus Running Club – Mike Haeg

OF2014_Baseball_07 (2) (1024x768)Play Catch, All Together – Chris Kallmyer

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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.

OF2014_Choreographers_0712_21 (2) (1024x768)4×4=100 Dancing Outside – Laurie Van Wieren

OF2014_ChopsInc_0703_06Anatomy of a Drum and Bugle Corps – Chops, Inc.

OF2014_StereoTrees_0719_04Stereo Trees – Areca Roe

OF2014_Compline_0720_4113Pesher Compline – Brian Dowdy

We cracked our knuckles before coercing and refining our creative skills.

OF2014_Cursive_02 (2) (768x1024)Cursive Writing for the Contemporary Artist – Alyssa Baguss and Jenni Undis

OF2014_AnimationCreation_0628_08Animation Creation Station – Peter Nelson and Michon Weeks

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Into the Blue: The World of Cyanotype – Nathan Lewis

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Drawing, Far Away So Close – Keith Braafladt and Margaret Pezalla

We stretched, expanded and exercised our minds and our bodies.

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Gorilla Yogis

OF2014_StarTrekYoga_0731_03Star Trek: A Narrated Yogic Adventure – Yoga Quest

Open Field was even edible.

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Get Soaked (With Local Muesli) – Karin Norby

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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.

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A final Pesher Compline Performance – August 3rd

For the past two Sunday evenings, Sky Pesher has been filled with the melodic harmonies of compline set against a sunset backdrop. If you are unfamiliar with compline performance, check out choral director and musician Brian Dawdy‘s description and discussion on why he chose to bring compline to Sky Pesher. There’s no mistaking that this is a unique […]

For the past two Sunday evenings, Sky Pesher has been filled with the melodic harmonies of compline set against a sunset backdrop. If you are unfamiliar with compline performance, check out choral director and musician Brian Dawdy‘s description and discussion on why he chose to bring compline to Sky Pesher.

There’s no mistaking that this is a unique space in which to perform compline; with the sunlight waning, the humming melodies and play between silence and subtle sound become increasingly distinct and tangible. Entering and exiting one by one, meditating on each movement and sound, the performers invite audience members to sit and relax in peaceful contemplation.

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When: Sunday, August 3rd

Where: Sky Pesher (at the top of the hill)

What: A compline performance sung by 4 choral performers

 

Find it at Open Field: Clothing + Story Swap

Introducing Asher Edes & Dan Hnilicka’s Clothing + Story Swap What memories are woven into your clothes? Are you ready to hand them on? Bring an item of clothing or an accessory you used to wear. You’ll be invited to scribble a story or drawing about its personal history onto a tag. Attach the tag, pin the […]

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Introducing Asher Edes & Dan Hnilicka’s Clothing + Story Swap

What memories are woven into your clothes? Are you ready to hand them on? Bring an item of clothing or an accessory you used to wear. You’ll be invited to scribble a story or drawing about its personal history onto a tag. Attach the tag, pin the garment to a clothesline on Open Field, and pick a garment and story that used to belong to a stranger to take home.

Aims to: Bring together strangers to swap used clothes and the stories that accompany them (through words or a drawing). Come to explore the blurring of personal identities when possessions are traded.

Looks like: Conversations, connections, chaos and compliments.

Will remind you of: A treasure chest or a time machine.

Useful if: You want/need new clothes, want to make room in your closet or want to hear or share a story with a stranger.

Invite your friends on Facebook and come prepared to share (more than just clothing) on Saturday.

Stereo Trees: Visual Transportation Through Miniature Viewfinders

Stereoscopic \ster-ē-ə-ˈskä-pik\ photographs are created using a stereoscope, a method which produces images that appear 3-dimensional and solid in form. This description does not begin to give credit to the magic of the images in Areca Roe’s Stereo Trees project, which she shared with us at Open Field on Saturday. If you didn’t get a […]

Stereoscopic \ster-ē-ə-ˈskä-pik\ photographs are created using a stereoscope, a method which produces images that appear 3-dimensional and solid in form. This description does not begin to give credit to the magic of the images in Areca Roe’s Stereo Trees project, which she shared with us at Open Field on Saturday. If you didn’t get a chance to visit, the photos were hung from trees with colorful chords, visible through small viewfinders.

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The photos served as portals to hyper-real natural scenes: crackling campfires frozen in pristine 3-dimensionality, forests shooting high up into the clouds above, and waters perfectly captured mid-crash. The images are an exaggerated version of reality, immaculately frozen and magnified in front of one’s eyes.

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The stereoscopic viewfinders were hung at various heights, allowing for those of smaller stature the opportunity to enjoy the images as well. Friends, families and strangers gathered to view the individual pieces. Though individual faces were obscured and the resulting experience seemed to be completely solitary, responses of surprise and awe were collectively shared as pictures passed from hand-to-hand and eye-to-eye.

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Stereo Trees embodied the true spirit of Open Field, bringing together strangers and friends, and made a direct experience with art accessible to visitors of all ages.

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Learning Together: Saturday, July 19th at Open Field

Some incredible opportunities to learn as a community await at Open Field this Saturday. Several workshops will be taking place: Saturday, July 19th Karen Norby, Get Soaked (with local muesli) Soaking grains is no joke. Join Karen Norby to learn quick, easy ways to make a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack or treat.  Soak local muesli in […]

Some incredible opportunities to learn as a community await at Open Field this Saturday. Several workshops will be taking place:

Saturday, July 19th

Karen Norby, Get Soaked (with local muesli)

Soaking grains is no joke. Join Karen Norby to learn quick, easy ways to make a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack or treat.  Soak local muesli in organic milk or almond milk and create your own parfaits- with yogurt, fresh fruit, or dark chocolate. Learn the magic of local, sustainable foods, and enjoy something delicious that will make you feel great. On Saturday, prepare to fall in love with breakfast again.

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Monica Howell, Infant Massage

In many cultures around the world, massaging infants is an age-old tradition. Bring your 0-6 month-old and a mat (activity will be outside); massage oil and instructions will be provided in this hands-on bonding experience with your infant. Infant massage is fun and beneficial for both babies and adults. For parents and other caregivers, it can be a way to get to know your baby’s responses, gain confidence as a caregiver, demonstrate respectful touch, and communicate caring. Babies enjoy massage as well, and it can be especially beneficial for those with symptoms of colic or gas.

 

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Jake Voit, Organic Soil Solutions

Soil is an ecosystem that your plants grow in, called the Soil Food Web. Unfortunately, most gardens and landscapes use chemicals and techniques that hurt the ecosystem and create a downward spiral of bad health. Much like the ecosystem that is your body, soil ecosystems must be nurtured and cared for in healthy, sustainable ways. This Saturday, Jake Voit will teach visitors the importance of sustainable, healthy agriculture, and how to do your part to add to the health of  this ecosystem – with benefits such as 50% reduced water use, the elimination of pesticides and fertilizers, the protection of plants from disease, reduced waste from landfills, and improved nutrition levels in food.

Bring a handful of your own soil and receive a free consultation. View this soil through a microscope, marvel at the wonders of the microbes that thrive within it, and receive a to-do list of techniques and natural products to create a flourishing soil and garden.

If you are interested in learning more about sustainable, healthy agriculture, visit Jake Voit’s Blog: http://communityearth.tumblr.com/

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Coming Soon to Open Field

Head over to our Facebook page to get a recap of the whirlwind of events that took place on the Field last week. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store on Saturday, July 12th: Into the Blue: The World of Cyanotype – Nathan Lewis Did you know you can create a photograph without a camera? Are you […]

Head over to our Facebook page to get a recap of the whirlwind of events that took place on the Field last week.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store on Saturday, July 12th:

081812_Cyanotypes_Hair-1024x768Into the Blue: The World of Cyanotype Nathan Lewis

Did you know you can create a photograph without a camera? Are you fascinated by the antiquated processes of creation and creativity? Do you know what the root of the word photography is? (Hint: photo = light, graphy = writing). In this project, Nathan Lewis will provide supplies, instruction for a process that dates back to the 1840s, and inspiration for creating images with found objects using only light. Visitors will learn the mechanics of exposure and what it means to create a photograph as opposed to just take one.

 

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This exploration of the mundane and/or the extraordinary will encourage participants to step outside of their comfort zone (or stay within it), talk to a stranger (or don’t), and do something adventurous (or un-adventurous). Share a moment of intimacy with a stranger or a friend in a world that is becoming increasingly un-intimate in this seemingly simple exercise of walking while holding someone’s hand.

 

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In this communal dance performance, 100 choreographers will simultaneously perform a piece within a 4×4 foot space (together forming a 40×40 foot square) on the field. In this performance, the thriving dance community of the Twin Cities will come together on a large scale, and as an audience we will have the opportunity to experience the work of an array of movement artists in a unique setting.

 

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Let Them Eat Cake! – Genna Deprey

Join pastry chef Genna Deprey to learn how to make buttercream frosting, practice piping, and eat cake! Share a pipette with a friend and take advantage of good company while making and enjoying cake.

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