A Random Walk? – Summer 2015

Students at the Temple of Eckankar in Chanhassen MN
Students at the Temple of Eckankar in Chanhassen MN

In the summer of 2015, we held a week-long pilot run of the Winnebago Workshop with visiting artists Pao Houa Her and Andy Sturdevant.

On our first day we visited the Temple of ECK – the spiritual home of Eckenkar, a modern-day religion whose temple was founded in suburban Minneapolis in 1990. After our tour we were given a booklet entitled Is Life A Random Walk? Using this as inspiration, we threw a dart at a map of Minnesota. After driving to the seemingly vacant farmland where the dart landed, we found an elderly couple who graciously gave a tour of their homestead.

At the end of the workshop, we threw another dart at a map to determine the location of our first pop-up exhibition. In the parking lot of a small-engine repair shop, images were projected on the outside of the RV while installations and performances were held inside.

A Shotgun Artist Lecture with Minneapolis author Andy Sturdevant.
A Shotgun Artist Lecture with Minneapolis author Andy Sturdevant.
Farmers giving students a tour of the farm they've operated without assistance for decades.
Farmers giving students a tour of the farm they’ve operated without assistance for decades.
Students Max Hart and Jae Shin Cross
Students Max Hart and Jae Shin Cross
Alec and Annie working with a flower shop owner in St.Paul to make a collage
Alec and Annie working with a flower shop owner in St.Paul to make a collage
Shotgun Artist Lecture by Minneapolis photographer Pao Houa Her
Shotgun Artist Lecture by Minneapolis photographer Pao Houa Her
Sara Beth installing prints on RV exterior
Sara Beth installing prints on RV exterior
Eckankar Pamphlet
Eckankar Pamphlet
Eleanor Heberlein mosaic portrait installed on RV shower door
Eleanor Heberlein mosaic portrait installed on RV shower door
Students and staff photographed all the people we meet during the workshop and taped their portrait to the door
Students and staff photographed all the people we meet during the workshop and taped their portrait to the door
Impromptu pop-up exhibition at south Minneapolis small engine repair shop
Impromptu pop-up exhibition at South Minneapolis small-engine repair shop
Sara Beth's finished installation on the side of the RV
Sara Beth’s finished installation on the side of the RV

 

Exhibition visitors watch student Michael Hansen's slideshow
Exhibition visitors watch student Michael Hansen’s slideshow
Pop-up exhibition title on RV windshield
Pop-up exhibition title on RV windshield

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