What We Leave Behind
Sean Connaughty reflects on the tales left behind in our garbage, stories about human choice and ignorance that will be parsed by generations to come, as seen through the lens of his recently released "Anthropocenic Midden Survey" and a new documentary on nuclear waste, "Containment."
Mined uranium is transformed into plutonium in the production of nuclear energy. It’s a highly radioactive material; the only place in the universe where plutonium occurs naturally is within stars and black holes. Its byproducts remain deadly for 10,000 years.…
All photos courtesy of Sean Connaughty, part of the artist's new "Anthropocenic Midden Survey" of garbage collected from Lake Hiawatha in 2015.
Repetition & Repair
Miranda Trimmier asks, how can we repair the wearisome effects of endless novelty? Her modest but surprisingly transgressive tonic? Simple repetition as a sort of detoxifying reparation for our shared cultural attraction to the easily blurbed.
Listen, there's something unsavory pooling in my joints. I am tired, in a deep way. And I have been thinking about it for some time; I believe I am beginning to know what this weariness is about:I am weary of novelty.I am weary of variety.…
Courtesy of the photographer, reproduced via Creative Commons license. http://www.flickr.com/people/tancread/
Why Does Minnesota Still Go Crazy for Prince?
Ira Brooker made a 2 a.m. pilgrimage to Paisley Park recently (and paid $50 for the privilege) on the off chance he might hear Prince play. It got him to wondering about the Purple One's enduring (maybe irrational) appeal for the hometown crowd.
I PULLED UP TO THE CURB OUTSIDE A NONDESCRIPT OFFICE building around 1:15 a.m., happy to have found parking within a quarter-mile of Paisley Park.…
Photo: 3rd Eye Girl website
What Surplus Should Taste Like
Writer Jay Orff wanders the aisles of Ax-Man Surplus, musing on aesthetic evolutions, beautiful ugliness, creative ironies and the irresistible invitation to put old things to new use.
I'm wandering the aisles of Ax-Man Surplus on University Avenue.…
Everything is Not Beautiful
Poet and dancer Lightsey Darst on her years in ballet class, giving a candid glimpse into what it feels like on the inside of the dance: both the devotion and the ordeal of daily practice, and the human moments of pain, pettiness, and triumph.
If you stay in ballet class long enough, everything happens. I just found out a girl from class killed herself. Or let herself die — she was found in her car in New York City, cold.…
The Family Business: Artists on Work and Motherhood
The first of three installments in an exchange between acclaimed artists, all mothers with children of varying ages, talking about their experiences juggling parenthood and their careers, with all the guilt and epiphany, joy and fatigue that entails.
We're pulling this lovely series of interviews on work and family from the archive this week in honor of the Free First Saturday programming at the Walker on February 6,…
Photo courtesy of Carrie Thompson
Sex, Death and David Bowie
Tracy K. Smith's poems function as a kind of confessional for humankind, resounding at once with the echoes of our worst deeds and our collective striving to forgive them, fueled by a hunger for faith and moral clarity.
I know you are decidingThat the body’s a question:What do you believe in?…
Photo: Tina Chang, courtesy of Graywolf Press