Participatory art event coming to Corcoran

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Experience will visualize time and space on South High Athletic Field on October 11

“Take the Field” will transform the South High Athletic Field into an arts space on the evening of October 11, 2013. Using giant projections and audio, 500+ attendees, including high school students, will experience the yard lines of the athletic field as a timeline and a ruler. Participants will use accessible, directed movements to create a group visualization of exceptionally large expanses of time and space. Audience members will be on the field immersed in the visualization. They also have the option to sit in the bleachers and watch the field transform. “Take the Field” will use the vastness of the playing field as a tool to grasp our particular place in the cosmos.

This unique art event will increase community contact between high school students, the residents of Corcoran neighborhood, and the larger Twin Cities arts community at a key point of transition for the neighborhood. The yellow school buses that have previously brought South students to school will no longer be used starting this school year. A block party adjacent to the athletic field will bring students and community members into dialogue about the transition in the neighborhood’s mobility patterns. Community awareness of the changes in foot, bike, and car traffic will more successfully turn 21st Ave S into a safe thoroughfare for students in the coming year.

The sequence of activities on the night of “Take the Field” will consist of a block party along the east edge of the field, “Take the Field” interactive projection event, then a picnic and movie screening on the field. Bring a blanket, bring a friend, and take the field on Friday, Oct 11th. For updates please visit www.corcoranneighborhood.org/takethefield.

This event is a collaboration between three public space artists — Janaki Ranpura, Andrea Steudel, and Meena Mangalvedhekar (JAM) –and the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, Forecast Public Art and South High School.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Contact Meena Mangalvedhekar for further information: Phone 651-274-1289, Email meenanew@gmail.com

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