eStudio seminar description

This seminar will take the form of a collaborative research situation in which we explore ephemeral, mobile, and responsive ways of engaging with public space. With the eStudio* as our catalyst, we will experiment with a broad range of materials, fabrication modalities, and technologies that emphasize a conceptually and physically light approach to public presence.

Included in our palette of possibilities are: inflatables, floatables, membrane structures, responsive surfaces, second skins, transformable volumes, soft circuits, mobile environments, and wearable architecture. A series of guest artists, architects, scientists, designers, engineers, and curators will enliven our discussions and expand the ways that we imagine and realize interdisciplinary collaborations.

This seminar is open to new and combined forms of media, making, theorizing, and imagineering. It is designed to attract people with a broad range of interests, disciplinary perspectives, and prior knowledge. Prerequisites include: a lively sense of curiosity • an interest in exploring new materials, technologies, and ways of thinking • an experimental approach to participatory engagement with public space • and an enjoyment of collaborative learning processes.

Weekly seminars emphasize the process of conceptualizing and prototyping ephemeral, mobile and responsive insertions into and enhancements of public spaces. An eclectic set of readings, student-generated presentations, and guest presenters introduce new concepts, perspectives, and techniques through lectures and studio workshops. This project-based seminar will include individual and collaborative research, public fieldwork, articulate blog documentation, active concept sketches, experimental processes, and public installations of project prototypes.

Diane Willow :::::


The eStudio is a catalyst for digital dialogues that explore creative processes connecting tangible materials in hand and digital modes of fabrication with programmable machines. The eStudio is designed to create an inclusive and participatory environment that invites a reimagining of the permeable boundaries shaped by digital design and fabrication technologies, emerging materials and sustainable practices, experimental modes of making and tacit knowledge. The physical space provides a clean room required by the machines and a conceptual and cooperative learning place intended to enhance the experience of artists engaged in this creative research.


eStudio Seminar
Thursdays 1:25 to 4:25 pm
Regis W206 / W123


Guest Lecturers include:

Blaine Brownell ::: Assistant Professor, Architecture • UMN | author, Transmaterial
Bruce Wright ::: Editor, Fabric Architecture
Gail Dubrow ::: Professor, History • Architecture • Landscape Architecture • Public Affairs and Planning • UMN | Public History, Public Art, Placemaking
Jack Becker ::: Director, Forecast Public Art
Janaki Ranpura ::: Artist, Interactive Theatre Events
Marc Swackhamer ::: Associate Professor, Architecture • UMN | Houmin
Michael Sommers ::: Assistant Professor, Theatre • UMN | Open Eye Figure Theatre
Russell Holmes ::: Assistant Professor, Material Science • UMN
Steve Dietz :::, SJ01| serial platform creator



eStudio Schedule :::::
week 1) 1/20
week 2) 1/27
*Guest: Bruce Wright, Fabric Architecture
• eStudio ultrasonic welder intro
week 3) 2/3
*Guest: Paul Linden: orientation to public space in Regis
• proposals for transformations of public space: Regis East atrium
week 4) 2/10
*Guest: Marc Swackhamer • Digital Fabrication |OSW
• identify nodes for action and participation in the ephemeral
transformation of the Regis East atrium
week 5) 2/17
* experience and/or access documentation of iteration #1
• eStudio time
week 6) 2/24
*Guest: Tasoulla Hadjiyanni • cultural context
* experience and/or access documentation of iteration #2
* IAS - Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson
week 7) 3/3
*Guest: Gail Dubrow • public history
Introduce the corner project
week 8) 3/10
* Guest: Sam Gould Red76 • social engagement, community pedagogy
• experience and/or access documentation of iteration #3
• artist presentations
week 9) 3/24
*Guest: Janaki Ranpuri • public art + animation
• post corner project iterations
• discuss independent project
week 10) 3/31
*Jack Becker: Public Art • onsite at Forecast Public Art
• post corner project iterations
• discuss independent project concept sketches
week 11) 4/7
• post corner project iterations
• revisit independent project proposals
• artist presentations
week 12) 4/14
• Guest: Michael Sommers • everyday transformations
• post corner project iterations
• artist presentations
week 13) 4/21
• Guest: Eleanor Savage • Jerome Foundation
• studio time
• artist presentations
week 14) 4/28
*Guest: Blaine Brownell • transmaterial
• studio time
• artist presentations
week 15) 5/5
•eStudio independent project presentation - offsite presentations can be schedule at a mutually agreeable time
week 16) 5/15
• all documentation of projects, sketches, reflections & responses due


Artist Open House: Learn about The Bakken's Green Energy Art Garden exhibit

Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55416-4623

Thursday, February 3, 2011
4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

To Suzy Piper, Promotions Coordinator at call 612-926-3878 ext. 251


greenroof250The Bakken is a one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world that seeks to convey innovative means of generating electricity to demonstrate the value of sustainable, renewable and alternative energy sources to museum visitors.

Twin Cities' artists are invited to an Artist Open House on Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to learn about a partnership between The Bakken Museum and Forecast Public Art to develop a Green Energy Art Garden. The project offers artists an opportunity to participate in a new creative enterprise that will transform the museum's rooftop terrace into a unique gallery. The garden will showcase seasonal and permanent works of art that display the electrical power potential in sun, wind and water, and will connect artists with scientists, inventors and engineers working in the field of renewable energy.

I set up 28 round reflector panels underneath the bridge at Lake and Stevens in a double arrow ( ) design. On each of the panels I wrote the words "Saint Christopher Protect Us." My attempt was to transform the panels into amulet medallions. I posted two signs encouraging passer-bys to remove and take a medallion. I asked, furthermore that if they lived towards Hennepin they take one from the left and if they lived towards Hiawatha they take one from the right.
The piece is meant to be about choices, travel, traffic currents,different speeds of looking and walking, protection and being protected and possibly throwing away things that protect you and history and new ways of looking at the old, new ways of looking at things from a distance, new ways of approaching a crossroads and arbitrary midpoints in space (a position we arguably occupy everyday, destruction and equibrium in the evolution of an image over time (the arrows should transform into a scattered cluster of dots after a while), and my family's history with Lake Street (Stevens is the midpoint between Hennepin and 13th where my mother and her siblings lived 30 years ago).

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