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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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Find it at Open Field: Mindfulness

We are happy to introduce Dawn Bazarko, DNP, MPH, RN and Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, sharing information on Mindfulness: Be Here NowTM, an Open Field program brought to you by Moment HealthTM, a UnitedHealth Group business. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness — the practice of focusing attention in the present moment, with a stance of openness, acceptance […]

We are happy to introduce Dawn Bazarko, DNP, MPH, RN and Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, sharing information on Mindfulness: Be Here NowTM, an Open Field program brought to you by Moment HealthTM, a UnitedHealth Group business.

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What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness — the practice of focusing attention in the present moment, with a stance of openness, acceptance and non-judgment, is a powerful tool for enhancing health, happiness and well-being. Mindfulness has become mainstream, twice making the cover of Time Magazine, and has been the focus for numerous other news features.

Why mindfulness?

As a long time meditator and expert in the field of mindfulness, I have witnessed the profound benefits of living life in the moment and  believe that everyone can benefit in some way by slowing down, pausing versus reacting, and deepening relationships through the gift of presence. Mindfulness can be particularly helpful in dealing with the uncertainties and stress of daily living, which we all inevitably face from time to time. Mindfulness helps us to deal with life’s challenges more effectively by creating the space to respond in an even-keeled way, with less emotional reactivity.

Can you share some of the science behind mindfulness?

The scientific community now recognizes mindfulness practices as a means to improve focus, performance, health and well-being –  even our happiness. Mindfulness has been shown to result in a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral changes. In fact, research shows that even short-term mindfulness programs enhance the part of the brain associated with working memory and attention. We now know that we have the power to change our brains to increase focus and enhance our decision-making! And when we focus our attention on the present moment, studies indicate that we are happier, have less anxiety and have an increased sense of well-being.

How are you bringing mindfulness to Open Field?

We are delighted to be working with the Walker Art Center to introduce you to the practice of mindfulness as a part of Open Field. On Saturday  July 26 or Thursday July 31, we will be holding 30 minute free introductory mindfulness sessions which include a brief discussion of the science and benefits of mindfulness and then a short meditation. We hope you will join us.

Until then, there are a number of mindfulness practices you can try on your own to help focus on the present moment, including yoga, painting, or even spending time in nature. You can read here about one mindfulness practice mentioned in the Boston Globe that is particularly appropriate when spending time at the Walker Art Center. Wishing you all peace, ease and happiness.

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Mindfulness: Be Here Now will be presented at Open Field on Saturday, July 26 and Thursday, July 31.

Dr. Bazarko is the founder and Senior Vice President of UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Nursing Advancement and the founder of Moment HealthTM, a UnitedHealth Group business focused on bringing mindfulness solutions to the work place, to health care workers and into health care delivery to improve the patient care experience.

Open Field 2014 is sponsored by United Health Foundation

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:

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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.

Laurie Van Wieren Returns with 100 Choreographers

Nivea Cream Piece First performer comes on stage with a bottle of Nivea Cream or (if none is available) with a bottle of hand cream labeled ‘Nivea Cream.’ He pours the cream onto his hands and massages them in front of the microphone. Other performers enter, one by one, and do the same thing. Then […]

Nivea Cream Piece

First performer comes on stage with a bottle of Nivea Cream or (if none is available) with a bottle of hand cream labeled ‘Nivea Cream.’ He pours the cream onto his hands and massages them in front of the microphone. Other performers enter, one by one, and do the same thing. Then they join together in front of the microphone to make a mass of massaging hands. They leave in the reverse of the order in which they entered, on a signal from the first performer.

–Alison Knowles, 1962

Variation on Nivea Cream Piece

Large quantities of Nivea Cream must be available, at least one large jar per person. The performers enter and each lathers up his arms and face, then his colleagues, in a fragrant pig-pile.

–Alison Knowles, Date Unknown

Laurie Van Wieren performs in Nivea Cream Piece by Alison Knowles. Performed February 14, 1993, during the In the Spirit of Fluxus opening.

Laurie Van Wieren performs in Nivea Cream Piece by Alison Knowles. Performed February 14, 1993, during the In the Spirit of Fluxus opening.

At the Walker’s 1993 opening for In the Spirit of Fluxus, Twin Cities choreographer and curator Laurie Van Wieren performed in Nivea Cream Piece, an event score by Fluxus pioneer Alison Knowles. When Van Wieren reminisces about the event, she’s quick to point out that she and her four cohorts rehearsed with precision, detail and a bit of caution, making sure they got the score’s directions just right. Their efforts were interrupted by Alison Knowles herself giving stern feedback that they were rehearsing it all wrong– they needed to lather up with force. Van Wieren recalls that the five performers were soon in an enthusiastic, vigorous and maybe slightly inappropriate “fragrant pig-pile”, just as the second score describes.

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Before the ‘fragrant pig-pile.” Laurie Van Wieren performs Variation on Nivea Cream Piece.

Laurie Van Wieren is known as a driving force in the Twin Cities dance scene. She creates idiosyncratic performance works, helps steer Dance MN (the Twin Cities’ dance newsletter and website), and founded 9×22 Dance/Lab as a space for choreographers both established and emerging to experiment with movement. But what’s less known about Van Wieren’s choreographic career is that it has strong roots at the Walker, where she worked from 1975-85. Though she was formally a guard, she often stationed at the front desk where she greeted everyone and secretly worked on grants: “I was lucky. I got to meet most every dance artist who came into town, and I saw everything. The first show I worked at night was Merce [Cunningham]. I was also awe-struck by Grand Union.”

Laurie Van Wieren rehearses at Open Field. Photo by Megan Mayer.

Laurie Van Wieren rehearses at Open Field. Photo by Megan Mayer.

At the same time Van Wieren, who formally trained at the Art Insitute of Chicago in visual and performance art, began studying dance and teaching improvisation. Many of her fellow guards (also artists) took her class. In 1981 they decided to audition Van Wieren’s work for Choreographer’s Evening at the Walker and the piece was accepted. The event changed how her work was perceived: “People have been calling me a choreographer ever since.”

Chris Holman rehearses 4x4 = 100 Dancing Outside. Photo by Laurie Van Wieren.

Chris Holman rehearses 4×4 = 100 Dancing Outside. Photo by Laurie Van Wieren.

Twenty-three years later, Laurie Van Wieren has curated the Walker’s Choreographer’s Evening twice and continued to share her performance work at the event. This Saturday she returns to the Walker with her newest piece, 4×4 = 100 Dancing Outside presented as part of Open Field. The work places one hundred choreographers within four- by- four foot squares where Van Wieren has instructed them to move in any way they like for intervals of ten, twenty, or thirty minutes. The piece explores Van Wieren’s dual role as choreographer and curator, providing a platform for local dance makers to present their work en masse: “I really like putting people together and seeing what happens. I want people to know how many choreographers there are in town. There are many more than 100—but 100 is a nice number to work with.” In a turn of serendipity, Alison Knowles also returns to the Walker with a performance score this week. She and her collaborator Joshua Selman will re-stage Proposition #2, Make a Salad Thursday evening at Open Field. If the event is anything like Van Wieren’s story of the Nivea Cream scores, we can expect a most exuberant salad-making experience.

Open Field: a glance at the week ahead

Open Field found a week of dry weather at last, just in time for us to contribute to breaking a world record, listen to Anonymous Choir croon Neil Young covers, and create a stop motion animation at the Animation Creation Station. Did you miss out on the fun? Don’t worry: here’s a look at what you can […]

Toussaint Morrison performs at last week's Acoustic Campfire. Photo by Ben McGinley.

Photo by Ben McGinley

Open Field found a week of dry weather at last, just in time for us to contribute to breaking a world record, listen to Anonymous Choir croon Neil Young covers, and create a stop motion animation at the Animation Creation Station. Did you miss out on the fun? Don’t worry: here’s a look at what you can find in the week ahead.

(Note: all activities take place outside unless otherwise indicated)

Thursday

Chops, Inc. Drum & Bugle Corps, Anatomy of a Drum & Bugle Corps, 6-8 PM 

Photo by Jessica Hoffman

Photo by Jessica Hoffman

Experience a behind-the-scenes and up-close view of a drum and bugle corps! Chops, Inc. invites you to observe, listen, dance, clap, enjoy, and otherwise soak in the entire experience of pulling together a drum and bugle corps performance. Help conduct or try an instrument; experience a marching band standing still! It might remind you of a parade– minus the politicians and princesses.

Dylan Hester’s Conservatory Listening Project, 6-8 PM

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Share in a curated soundscape experience in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s  Cowles Conservatory. Visitors are invited to stay as long as they please to soak up the sounds of contemporary drone and ambient music in a unique setting where sound and environment work hand-in-hand.  The experience might leave you feeling relaxed, meditative or creatively inspired.

Beatrix *Jar, 33 1/3 + 6 Toys, 5-8 PM (Perlman Gallery)

Local sound duo Beatrix*JAR invitse you to create a hands-on sonic dialogue with John Cage’s 33 1/3 in the exhibition Art Expanded, 1958–1978.

Acoustic Campfire: Michelle Kinney & Gary Waryan, 8 PM; Fort Wilson Riot, 9 PM

Our summertime Thursday night performances continue this week with sets from Michelle Kinney and Gary Wilson, and Fort Wilson Riot.

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Photo by Ward Robinson

Gary Waryan and Michelle Kinney of Jelloslave have been forging paths through the worlds of classical music, rock/pop and improvisational new music, and music for theater and dance. On Thursday, we’ll get a peek into their work as a duo – from their exploration of their Western and Indian classical foundations, to their work in genre-blending and improvisational performance.

Fort Wilson Riot recently celebrated the release of their new album trllllun at the Triple Rock and are looking ahead to a slew of shows in the coming months. In their Campfire performance we will be treated to a more intimate show with just Amy Hager and Jacob Mullis, which will offer a unique experience of their sultry, electro-psychedelic sound.

Saturday

Free First Saturday Activities: Sonic Circus, 10 AM – 3 PM

Photo by Emily Floyd

Photo by Emily Floyd

As always, gallery admission is free on First Saturdays, with activities designed for kids ages 6-12 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

This month, Beatrix*JAR shares a curated a day of activities in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Activities include beatmaking, sound collage creation with vintage records and turntables, song-recognition quizzes, DIY wind harps, and a wind chime laboratory. Enjoy live performances by King Baron and Dreamland Faces. A full description of the day’s events can be found on the Walker Art Center website.

Gorilla Yogis present Yoga On the Field, class from 12:00 – 1:30 PM with picnic to follow (bring your own mat and water!)

Gorilla Yogis aim to make yoga accessible to all! Come experience yoga on an open field and explore the community and connection through breath and movement. This program is great for experienced practitioners and first time yogis alike, and offers a great excuse to play in the grass while exploring breath and movement.

Find it at Open Field: Painting with Our Feet

Introducing:  Alison Anderson Holland‘s Painting with Our Feet People of all ages are invited to paint with their feet while moving and/or dancing across a large piece of fabric. We’ll experiment with a range of strategies for creating foot painted artwork that includes everything from a movement free-for-all to a game of “Simon Says”. Play for […]

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Introducing:  Alison Anderson Holland‘s Painting with Our Feet

People of all ages are invited to paint with their feet while moving and/or dancing across a large piece of fabric. We’ll experiment with a range of strategies for creating foot painted artwork that includes everything from a movement free-for-all to a game of “Simon Says”. Play for a few minutes, or stay for the whole afternoon.

Come from an interest in: using dance to connect people to one another and their community spaces. I want participants to feel playful, connected to one another, and validated by their contribution to the collaborative artwork.

Feels: playful, inviting, and probably a little silly

Might remind you of: finger painting, but on a much larger scale and done collaboratively.

Might be a good fit if you’re looking for: a fun, easy and creative activity appropriate for all ages– from toddlers to grandparents; a way to get out of the house for a while to play, while leaving the mess behind!  We’ll have water to clean off paint. Come with a group or on your own.

Find Alison: on twitter @andersonholland or at alisonandersonholland.com

Find Painting with Our Feet at Open Field Saturday, June 26 from 12-3 PM

Thursday at Acoustic Campfire: Toussaint Morrison & Anonymous Choir

Introducing: Toussaint Morrison (vocals), joined by Linden Killam (keys), Jesse Mattila (drums), Matt Brandes (guitar) and Josh Ackerley (bass) Toussaint Morrison is a hip-hop artist specializing in confrontation and soul singing too loud in the shower. His past mixtape charted #17 on the CMJ national hip-hop charts for 2013, as his new mixtape debuts this […]

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Introducing: Toussaint Morrison (vocals), joined by Linden Killam (keys), Jesse Mattila (drums), Matt Brandes (guitar) and Josh Ackerley (bass)

Toussaint Morrison is a hip-hop artist specializing in confrontation and soul singing too loud in the shower. His past mixtape charted #17 on the CMJ national hip-hop charts for 2013, as his new mixtape debuts this week.

Sounds like: Ice Cube and Aerosmith in a bar fight

Expect: music filling an awkward Minnesotan silence

Good if you’re in the mood for: dancing or reckless abandon

In awe of: Minnesota-based poet Bao Phi. I can credit him for lighting my creative fire when I was young wandering writer in high school.

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Introducing: Anonymous Choir– 12 women, one piano

Anonymous Choir sings your favorite songs.

Sounds like: siren songs

Expect: a sun-kissed serenade

Good if you’re in the mood for: a night of sweetness

Inspired by: swimming at cedar lake!

Find Toussaint Morrison & Anonymous Choir at Acoustic Campfire Thursday, June 26 from 8-10 PM

Find it at Open Field: Recess Games with Grown-up Club

Introducing: Taylor Baldry’s  Recess Games with Grown-up Club  Join Grown-up Club in reliving your glory days through recess-style games, such as Kick the Can and Capture the Flag. Meet on the grassy knoll and get ready for an evening of dodging, capturing, and sweatbanding.  Aims to: take you back to the springtime of your youth. This […]

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Introducing: Taylor Baldry’s  Recess Games with Grown-up Club 

Join Grown-up Club in reliving your glory days through recess-style games, such as Kick the Can and Capture the Flag. Meet on the grassy knoll and get ready for an evening of dodging, capturing, and sweatbanding. 

Aims to: take you back to the springtime of your youth. This event is presented by Grown-up Club, which works to connect and empower wayward adults through a diverse monthly event series.

Looks like: a group of plucky adolescents trapped in less-spry adult bodies running around the grounds of the Walker.

Will remind you of: a simpler time. A time when anything was possible. Also, it will rekindle your love of classic schoolyard games.

Useful if: you want a greater sense of belonging; if you experience shame about not fully enjoying the summer;  if you enjoy lightly-competitive outdoor physical activities and sweatbands; if you like free events!

Find Recess Games at Open Field Thursdays, June 26 & July 31 from 6-8 PM

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