Dec 15, 2011
The Wary Feminist
We recently screened !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION for a panel discussion on feminist art with local artists. Miranda Trimmier offers a contrarian's view, making the case for critical ambivalence in lieu of tidy political messages or cathartic storytelling.
Oct 25, 2011
Developing a 'Taste' for Filmmaking
Novelist David Oppegaard describes how he briefly abandoned the solitary pursuits of the writer to pursue a couple of forays into filmmaking with his friend and collaborative partner, Todd Wardrope, in this 'tale of two indie films.'
Sep 27, 2011
Film for All
Marsha Trainer on MNKINO, a monthly meet-up for all walks of life to screen their videos -- whether animated, made on a cell phone, or just a collection of stills "It's not just for film school graduates, MFA candidates, or videographers. It's for you."
Aug 23, 2011
Coming Soon to a Coffeeshop Near You?
Local entrepreneur Lucas Rayala has come up with a new way to get independent film seen, and he's looking for content. Now, he just needs to inspire filmmakers and businesses to buy in on the idea and give ALTSIE a try.
Jun 20, 2011
Beyond DIY to Do-It-Together
Regan Smith (PAPER DARTS) offers a personal accounting of a trend she's noticed among Minnesota artists - a shifting focus away from strictly individual accomplishment, or DIY ethos, in favor of collaborative, interactive, "do-it-together" creative work.
May 18, 2011
Regan Smith previews Northern Lights' all-night festival, Northern Spark: Nuit Blanche, featuring dusk-to-dawn interactive art happenings throughout the Twin Cities, with 100 projects by more than 50 regional artists and organizations, on June 4 & 5.
Apr 13, 2011
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "Appetite for Art"
In this essay, jointly published by mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI, you'll find Betsy Altheimer's (Springboard for the Arts) manifesto for a new paradigm for arts support that emphasizes grassroots patronage and a direct link between artists and consumers.
Feb 8, 2011
Community Supported Art (CSA) - Spring 2011
mnartists.org/Springboard for the Arts
CSA returns this spring! With the same buy-local spirit as Community Supported Agriculture, mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts seek Minnesota artists, of all disciplines, for our third season of the Community Supported ART (CSA) program.
Jan 21, 2011
Conversations on Improvisation: George Cartwright
Pamela Espeland's interview series on the nature and practice of musical improvisation continues with acclaimed saxophonist/composer George Cartwright (of Curlew, Gloryland Ponycat, and others).
Jan 19, 2011
Currents in Minnesota Graphic Design
Camille LeFevre reports back from AIGA's recent roundtable, "evolvedesign: The Evolution and Future of Graphic Design in Minnesota," on the trends shaping local design -- from "design living" to the longstanding tensions between advertising and design.
Dec 30, 2010
Basel 2010: Mission Meta-Impossible - Art, Pray, F**K
Sean Smuda returns to Art Basel Miami for a third year - read on for an extensive photo essay and his dispatch for mnartists.org on the aesthetics, theory and commercial circus that dominated this year's fairs.
Dec 23, 2010
The Dancing Camera
Lightsey Darst reports back with some critical reflections on this year's Dance Film Project offerings, part of the annual Minnesota Dance Film Festival (organized by John Koch and Vanessa Voskuil) that took place December 11 - 18.
Dec 10, 2010
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Maggie Ryan Sandford reflects on SWIM, a new poetry-film project by writer Jen March and filmmaker Peter Hogan, who've recently formed a collaborative production outfit for more such creations, called Co-Kisser.
Nov 18, 2010
OPEN, a homegrown pandrogynous love story
Filmmaker Jake Yuzna’s path to winning the Berlin International Film Festival’s Teddy Jury Award this year reveals a deep debt to Twin Cities support from organizations both upstanding and underground.
Nov 4, 2010
The 2010 Asian Film Festival
Max Sparber previews some of the offerings at this year's Minneapolis/St. Paul Asian Film Festival, presented by the Mpls/St. Paul Film Society at St. Anthony Main Theatre from November 3 - 13.
Oct 13, 2010
Inside the Producer's Art
Filmmaker and writer Marsha Trainer profiles producer Christine Walker (HOWL, LIFE DURING WARTIME), co-founder of the Mpls-based film production company WercWerkWorks, to get to the heart of the question, "What does a film producer actually do?"
Oct 8, 2010
The Ear is the Place, Man
For a second essay in his new series on jazz, co-presented by mnartists.org and the Walker Art Center, musician and writer Jeremy Walker argues in defense of the idiosyncratic, ever-shifting, individual listener's ear.
Sep 8, 2010
Storytelling by Design in a Digital Age
Marsha Trainer chats with Martha Stewart Living Omni, Inc. chief creative & editorial director Gael Towey and her husband, acclaimed designer Stephen Doyle. Both will be at the W Hotel - Foshay on September 9 as part of the "Design Conversations" series.
Apr 26, 2010
Alison Morse profiles composer Tom Hambleton and animator Tom Schroeder, both of whom have become adept at the art of sound design in animation, using the complex interplay of sound and image to create "visual music."
Apr 12, 2010
On Location in "Cubicle"
Camille LeFevre has been watching Skewed Visions' monthly webcast, "Cubicle," and finds the series' genre-bending ruminations on place, work, and life in the modern office to be, on the whole, both intriguing and enlightening.
Apr 2, 2010
Saving the World One Gamer at a Time
Camille LeFevre reports back from a recent conference at the U of MN, the first in a proposed series called "Design Intersections." The symposium focused on crowdsourcing solutions for some of the world's most pressing problems through online gaming.
Apr 1, 2010
Envisioning an Art Ecology
Writer and landscape architect Diane Hellekson outlines a dynamic model for thinking about cultivation of the arts in Minnesota -- specifically, she makes the case for seeing the health of state's arts and artists in ecological rather than economic terms.
Mar 24, 2010
Poetry in Motion
Writer Alison Morse checks out a collaboration spearheaded by acclaimed poet Todd Boss and animator Angella Kassube, "Motionpoems," which aims to use moving images to "embed poems in people's consciousness," and to create a larger audience for both forms.
Dec 10, 2009
Choreography for Body and Camera
Lightsey Darst profiles the Dance Film Project, a yearly festival which aims to build a dance film community in Minnesota. The second annual festival was organized by John Koch and Vanessa Voskuil, and will be at Intermedia Arts Dec 11-12.
Oct 1, 2009
A Poet's Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain
Britt Aamodt profiles the documentary, "Cold Mountain: Han Shan," by filmmakers Mike Hazard and Deb Wallwork and poet Jim Lenfestey. The story is at once personal and historic, about kinship that crosses centuries and one man's quest to honor his muse.