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    Michael J. Strand Workshop: “Navigating the Space Between Objects and Humanity”

    Michael J. Strand Workshop: “Navigating the Space Between Objects and Humanity”      

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

    This activity is made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board, through funding provided by the Minnesota State Legislature.

    Presented by Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center at Paramount Visual Arts Center

    April 26-April 28, 2013

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    Michael’s work has moved seamlessly into social practice while remaining dedicated to the traditional object as he investigates the potential of craft as a catalyst for social change.

    Formatively a potter, Strand’s work has been published internationally, with articles in Ceramics Technical, Studio Potter, Hemslojen, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Public Art Review. His recent Artstimulus projects were cited in the Yale University Press publication “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” by Renwick Gallery curator Nicholas Bell. In addition Strand recently presented a TEDxtalk titled “The Spaces Between: Art, Craft and Humanity”.

    Friday April 26th, 2013, 7:00 pm: Michael Strand artist lecture/meet and greet
    Location: Studio C in the Paramount VAC. FREE and open to the public

    Workshop: Saturday 4/27, 9:00 – 4:00 & Sunday 4/28, 9:00 – 2:00
    “Navigating the Space Between Objects and Humanity” in Studio C in the Paramount VAC
    Cost: $75.00 (Includes all materials)

    Please visit Michael’s website and watch the February 2012 TEDx Talk to learn more about it:

    Workshop Schedule: “Navigating the space between object and humanity: A Think-And-Do-Workshop“

    Saturday, April 27, 2013
    9am – 10:30 am – Introductions
    Casual demonstration and conversation about the relevance of the handmade in contemporary culture. Topics of conversation during the demonstration include – What do we collectively value? What do we make and how does it relate to the world?
    10:30 – 11:30 – Hands on make-shop – Creating the objects that we will move into the world and will be the subject of inquiry and development for the next two days.
    11:30- noon – Introduction to “The Spaces Between” – Presentation, case studies and philosophical inquiry into the space between object and humanity as a viable “design space” (ArtStimulus, EX.change)
    12:00 – 1:00 – Dine and HiJinks – Improv Everywhere shorts over lunch. (bring a bag lunch)
    1:00 – 2:00 pm – Access – Scale – Collaboration
    2:00 – 3:00 pm – Introduction to G.I.S.I. – Global Institute of Strategic Inefficiency — What opportunities are there to subvert our insistence on efficient systems. (case study – Fargo Sandbag Project, emergency management) Tapping into existing systems – civic, private, public (Bowls Around Town Project)
    3:00 – 4:00 – Think-and-do-Tank- First collective conversation about the community project, develop ideas, examine collective assets, examine interlocking value systems, synergies, etc. Assignment for the morning.
    4:00 – Break for the night.

    Sunday, April 28, 2013:
    9:00 am – Getting’ present. Quick re-introductions
    9:15 – 10:30 – Work-and-think-tank – collectively refine the objects we made the day before, finish and discuss the assignment. Brainstorm the potential function of the objects.
    10:30 – noon – Documentation, Harvesting the Narrative, Sharing the story - This session will examine strategies and personal experience with how a project lives beyond the project. The potential of the 3 minute video! Archiving your thought processes.
    Noon – 1pm – Working lunch, conversation and brainstorming about our target
    2:00 – 3:00 – THINKTANK – Finalizing the idea – Simple, Elegant, doable

    Michael J. Strand
    After 20 years away, Michael Strand has returned to his nordic roots, and lives and works in Fargo, North Dakota as the Department Head and Professor of Art at North Dakota State University.

    The journey between his time in North Dakota brought him to St. Cloud State University, where he recieved his BFA in ceramics in 1994 and his MA in painting in 1996. Michael then spent the next 13 years in Nebraska, where he earned his MFA at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with Gail Kendall, Pete Pinnell and Eddie Dominquez. Upon graduation from Nebraska, Strand did a residency at the Fundacio J.LLorens Artigas in Galifa, Spain, the ceramic studio of the art luminary Joan Miro who collaborated with master Spanish ceramist J. Llorens Artigas.

    “I make objects that…Extend beyond the walls of the museum or the confines of a gallery. Without this restriction I work to build bridges between people through shared experiences with functional objects and ideas. Relationship is my content. Working in collaboration is my process. Community outreach through Art Craft and Design is my mission.”

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        Paramount Visual Arts Center

        913 West St. Germain Street
        Saint Cloud, MN 56301

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        Cost: $75.00 (Includes all materials)

        Info Phone: 320-257-5928

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        April 26-April 28, 2013


        Michael Strand artist lecture/meet and greet: Friday April 26th, 2013, 7:00 pm

        Workshop: Saturday, April 27, 9:00 – 4:00 & Sunday April 28, 9:00 – 2:00

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