March 12, 2019

Addressing immigrant rights, Radio Rhizome combines art and academia

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration bustled with students, faculty, and community members. People chatted and greeted each other upon entrance to the gallery space, careful not to step on one of the many hand-held radios scattered across the floor. Other visitors scanned the room in anticipation of the…

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February 28, 2019

bs: Getting Ready

Can Skates Pants from Terry Hempfling on Vimeo.   TERRY SPEAKING                                 RACHEL TYPING [But here’s the real conversation.] I was a dishwasher in a cafeteria. [What was your first job growing up? Where?] [What do you do…] At Antioch College….

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February 14, 2019

Monica Sheets on the “Feminist Strip Club”

In 1991, I didn’t anticipate the reactions of my art school peers when I told them I had been working as an “exotic dancer” for the past year and a half. Of course I knew that it was a somewhat transgressive job and might bring me some notoriety, but I hadn’t expected to be pitied,…

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February 8, 2019

Ways of Knowing Water—Psíŋ and Mní

By Shanai Matteson What does it meant to really, truly know water?  Not to know about it—but know it, learn with it, teach in it? These are some of the questions guiding the Ways of Knowing Water research collaborative, which began convening in December to explore new models for knowing and teaching water at the University of Minnesota and beyond. Our collaborative—which is…

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January 16, 2019

Discovery is the Journey.

“… When cells don’t receive signals from one another they can die. The lack of communication can cause cells to simply shut down.” -Rebecca Hortensius (Brenda Ogle’s System Regeneration Lab Team)                       Even the basic building blocks of living organisms can die from loneliness. The…

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December 29, 2018

Experiment: Anna Marie Shogren

So, here is a very low-pressure experiment. An exploration in the use of dance as a means of enhancing the culture of empathy and sustainability in senior assisted living communities. Close your eyes. Imagine you are reaching both arms out in front of your body, bent at the elbows, aligned with the horizon. Loose fists…

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September 28, 2018

Reflections on Sensory Loss Symposium

The Sensory Loss and Art Symposium at the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) was the end result of my summer-long residency with the Center for Applied Translational Sensory Science (CATSS) at the University of Minnesota. All summer I met with scientists studying all facets of vision and hearing loss, and learned about their individual research interests….

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August 1, 2018

Visceral. Political. Dance. | An Interview with BodyCartography Project

  Introduction BodyCartography Project (BCP), a Minneapolis-based dance collective of Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad, celebrate their twentieth anniversary with a tour that concludes at the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) in Minneapolis in the summer of 2018.  It began in the Performance Arcade festival in Wellington (New Zealand), and continued in SFMOMA (San Francisco). During…

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