Art Shanty Projects transforms a frozen lake surface into a creative community space that is part art gallery, part art residency and part social experiment. Thousand of people are drawn to our outdoor event during a time of year when weather often keeps residents isolated. The unpredictable wind-swept, snow-covered location challenges artists to generate platforms for unique experiences while contending with natural and human elements.
Past shanty artists have elicited public interactions around such varied activities and inspirations as stress-relieving practices in a geodesic dome, curling competitions, lively debate forums and soap-box proclamations, kinetsthetic pedal-powered polar bear puppet rides, a life-sized music box, a giant zoetrope, and an imaginative elevator ride. Artist-audience interactions have become integral to our mission.
In addition to the interactive multidisciplinary component of the shanties, programs of performance art happen throughout the four weekends of the festival. This work takes the form of multiple, smaller performances and interactions that are not necessarily tied to a particular shanty, sometimes take place withing a structure, and sometimes happen in and among the visitors walking on ice. Past programming has included creation of a living snow globe, 'snowga' (yoga in snowsuits), spontaneous a cappella singing on the ice and art car parades.
Air Hockey On Ice (Artists:: Alexander Hanson, Kyle Peets, Anthony Zappa)
This shanty takes the familiar form of a video arcade that showcases one game and one game only; Air Hockey. Visitors will get a chance to give into our “bad joke,” and participate in an approximation of the real game of hockey removed from the very ice where you might find a “normal,” game of hockey. The arcade will allow the participant to experience the absurdity of the games we play and the way in which the spectacle of those games mediate our experience of the world, or at the very least, allow them to play a game or two of air hockey on a frozen lake.
Artetarium (Artists:: Gabriel Bodkin, Alex Schluender)
A domed structure, like a planetarium, inside which visitors recline and view silhouetted "constellations" on the darkened ceiling, while listening to live storytelling and atmospheric music. The purpose of the Artetarium is to provide a place for visitors to reflect on the archetypes and myths that make up their understanding of the human story.
Birdhouse of Arthur J. E. Wren (Artist:: Simon Sutherland)
An anachronistic, otherworldly space for wanderers will draw in the curious, playfully encouraging them to investigate and explorer, but ultimately aiming to create a space to step out of their habitual rush. Visitors are encouraged to take a moment, be in the moment, and share some intimacy with close friends or even oneself.
Chef Shanty (Artist:: Jeremy Bue)
This shanty, inspired by cooking and craft, brings art and food together with interactive projects, demonstrations and tastes in one inspired space. Visitors will engage with various fun and educational food-connected projects as well as presentations by a wide group of culinary artists, visual artists and food inspired folks.
Conversation Booth (Artists:: Alexandra Eninsche, Caitlin Dippo, Nick Kramer)
A place that invites strangers to meet each other and slowly reveal themselves. Visitors can stop and make contact with the other festival attendees, prompting conversations that might not otherwise happen.
The Dance Shanty (Artists:: Brady Clark, John Each, Bethany Hall, John Pedersen, Stu Ralston, Mike Rasmussen, Jake Ryan)
Dancing, a universal language, seeps into the corners of our beings not touched by light, but rather felt by sound and vision. We open our floor to all and continue to break down boundaries between strangers through dance. Returning visitors will find a familiarity and new visitors will get to experience the energy and pulse the shanty brings.
GHOST SHANTY (Artists:: Sam Clausen, Lauren Fleming, Sean Higgins, Perri Kinsman, Tyler MacNeal, Joe Mollen)
A collection of artifacts from across the region, selected to express the diverse character of a Minnesota experience. The visitor is encouraged to interact with / translate / interpret / and/or abstract the artifacts through art-making, leaving behind a trace (or ghost) and thereby furthering / complicating a layered understanding of what Minnesota means to the individual.
I-C SPArkle-matic (Artists:: Richelle Soper, Cole Zrostlik)
Like a human carwash, the I-C-SPArkle-Matic is a long enclosure with found objects that prod and poke the visitor as they make their way through the shanty. This interactive spa experience invites the audience to participate in a humorous and affectionate interaction.
Leaf Your Fears Behind (Artist:: Giuliana Pinto)
An interactive installation piece in which visitors are asked to reflect on their fears and comforts. As the installation grows with participation, the structure will blossom, reminding us that we are not alone. A singular and personal experience will become a collective creation, bringing the piece to life.
Sci-Fi Book Club (Artists:: Brent Aldrich, Sun Di, Adam Dick, Jon Love, Steve Smolinski, Audrey Svane)
Traveling through time and space from 900 years in the future, the Sci-Fi Book Club's escape pod has crashed onto the surface of a frozen lake! Visitors to the pod can write letters to the future that are placed in a time capsule; work on collaborative extraterrestrial drawings; or check out books from the sci-fi library, all while trying to get the hyperdrive up and running.
Sensa-station Story Shanty (Artists:: Krista Beier, Andy Fischer, Laura Olson, Asfia Rizwy)
A sensory experience with two unique dreamscapes. One is soft, wispy and whimsical. The other is a rough landscape much like Martian territory; spiky, sharp and corroding. Following the exploration of the rooms, participants will engage in community story writing, inspired by the environments within the shanty.
Shanty National Park (Artists:: Eli Edleson-Stein, Sarah Rusch)
Shanty National Park is not a replica of an existing park, rather it is a park of imaginations and memories. In Shanty National Park you will find vast expanses, lush greenery, critters large and small. Visitors are invited to experience the mystical power and tranquility of nature.
Slumber Party Shanty (Artists:: Anthony Chapin, Sarah Chapman, Alex Eninsche, Erin Lavelle, Thomas Menke, Tami Traeger, Ryan Weber)
A giant enclosed bed on ice where guests of all ages attend slumber party up top after a visit with the monster underneath. Visitors enter the shanty through a secret passage and make their way through the dark corners under the bed. An opportunity to don costumes is presented before guests head up to the slumber party to meet the host and play games with other attendees.
Snow Blind (Artist:: Robin Garwood)
Snow Blind is a moire-immersion shanty. Moire is a visually evident pattern created by overlapping grids.
String Box Shanty (Artists:: Christopher Brenny, Dave Dammar, Mark Dunsworth, Adam Jarvi, Monica Russell [NewStudio Architecture], Sean Wagner)
String Box is an art installation that reacts to the ever-changing environment of the lake and its surroundings through the use of string. From an empty frame to a maze of overlapping, threaded colored string (rope), the installation will showcase the effect of the human touch over time. Every weekend, the frames will be threaded with string by visitors to evolve during the duration of the event.
The Justice Shack (Artists:: Jennifer Byers, Colleen Cook, Hortense MacLeod, Angela Maki-North)
Through poetry, meditation, and community engagement, the Justice Shack offers opportunities to grapple with issues of justice in our world.
The Sky is Falling (Artists:: Raymond Finzel, JP Merz, Jane Rennick)
This shanty provides an interactive light and sound biofeedback experience as the audience participates directly with the shanty and artists to explore the cyclical relationship between our inner world and the environment.
Vehicle of Expression (Artists:: Valerie Borey, Matthew Everett, Christine Jaspers, Jaymee Kjelland, Elizabeth Sowden)
A shanty with a literary bent: a vehicle for writers and readers of poetry, drama, and literature in its many forms. The bus will be host to a variety of writing activities, readings, and even theatrical performances.
Winter Parasol (Artist:: Kerrik Wessel)
For those who love to be in the sun during the winter, experience a parasol with colorful red translucent panels. The panels are beautiful in appearance but also serve another function to collect the sun's energy (luminescent solar concentrators), thus generating electricity.
Welcome Shanty (Designed and originally constructed by David Pitman)
In the center of the artist-driven temporary community is the gathering point for artists, performers, and audiences to warm their hands and hearts as they learn more about Art Shanty Projects from the board members, volunteers and contracted staff who give life to this uniquely Minnesotan festival each year.