March 2012 Archives

The Secret Knots Gallery presents:

Light as a Feather Stiff, as a Board
New Works by Jess Hirsch
Join us for an opening party Saturday March 24th
from 9 pm - Midnight
We will have cheap beer & wine as well as music from Jamie Kinroy

At the height of London's final battle with the Bubonic plague, a naval administer witnessed the game Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. Samuel Pepys documented his observation in conversation with a friend. He recounted seeing four little girls lift a young boy who was laying flat on his back like corpse. As the tiny girls hoisted the boy, they chanted:

Here is a dead body
Stiff as a stick,
Cold as marble
Light as a spirit,
Lift yourself, in the name of Jesus Christ!

Pepys concluded the game was an attempt to ward off disease. The game continues to be played, but the chant has changed to the simple phrase, "light as a feather, stiff as a board." There are many hypotheses of how this phenomenon of levitation could be possible. Most argue it is perfect weight distribution that allows four people to lift one with the mere strength of a pinkie finger. Others believe it is the chanting that tricks the mind to believe the body is featherweight light. Some believe it is the ritual that allows the supernatural to occur. Regardless, the body levitates despite gravity. If you believe it to be true, it will be.

View more of Jess's work here.

Yes!Lets Collective presents "Light / Dark Show: Isolating the Senses" on March 17 at The Third Place Gallery (3730 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis) Time: 7:00-9:00pm; Followed by pingpong and karaoke. Cost: $5-10 Suggested Donation; Refreshments served


Yes!Lets Collective, in partnership with The Third Place Gallery, is teaming up with an array of local, emerging visual artists, including Colin Kopp, Alfonso Fernandez and Stephanie Thompson, Bridget Blatzheim and Ali Rogers to present "The Light / Dark Show: Isolating the Senses."

In a time when we are constantly over stimulated by lights and sounds, images and advertisement, the Yes!Lets Collective invites you to this rare opportunity to isolate your senses for an evening of visual and audio art, themed Light / Dark.

The event begins in complete silence, allowing participants to isolate their sense of sight to fully engage with visual art. Participants will then be guided into complete darkness, isolating their sense of hearing to fully engage with live music performed by members of Yes!Lets. Interactive elements and optional sensory isolation assistance, such as earplugs and blindfolds, will be available. The event will culminate in a discussion with the artists, followed by ping-pong and karaoke.

See links below for more information:
Yes!Lets Collective -
Third Place Gallery -