In the spring of 2013, PerFarmance Project implemented an artist residency in the agriculturally rich County Tipperary in Ireland. Our residency used two modes of production to collaboratively generate an exchange between farmers and performers discussing food concerns from both rural and urban perspectives.
After much success across the Atlantic, PerFarmance Project will be conducting an artist residency in Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota. This time around, we are partnering with the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society and Museum.
Through the artist residency in rural Minnesota there will be an exchange between rural and urban artists and the community.
- Throughout the month of June, PerFarmance Project members will be traveling to various townships in the county to conduct conversations with local farmers. Artist-researchers and residents discuss local histories in the community and impacts of global trends on rural life. The interviews will become part of the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society’s archives as well as serve as the material for an original performance.
- On the evening of June 25th, PerFarmance Project and the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society and Museum will be hosting an Open Invitation Town Meeting to discuss the residency and opportunities for involvement.
- The residency itself will take place July 26th to August 1st. Artists and interested community members will be leading workshops, such as: -movement-based workshops -story telling workshops -explaining farm machinery tools -documenting farm practices
- Through the cumulative ideas sparked in the workshops, the community interviews, ethnographic documentation and reflection around the community dinners, the artists and community will produce a culminating performance piece to be presented at the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society and Museum.
-PerFarmance Project has been awarded an arts project grant from the Madison Community Foundation, as well as donated space and advertising. Now, we need the your support to help us reach our goal. Your support will cover the costs of food for the workshop participants, project supplies, and travel between cities.
The project finds sustenance in the sharing and receiving of ideas around food health and security. As a greenhouse nurtures growth of breathing and organic fibers through focused energy and heat, this residency seeks to capture, activate and invigorate the farm to table, rural to urban, local and global debate with a thorough and genuine approach. In this space, visiting artists and local community share energies and expand participant knowledge bases through collaborative processes. Ultimately, through this performance exchange, both farmers and artists are able to workshop the concept of community, which is positively transferred to the larger movement for sustainable living. It is through the farm that the city gains sustenance.
Risks and challenges
As with any community project, there is always the challenge of securing local participation. Our joint international experience working with various communities (e.g., USA, Mexico, Ireland, Serbia) will be coupled with local contact with family and history in Lac qui Parle County; adjusting to the receptivity and availability of community members.
International projects typically have logistical and production bottle necks due to the coordination of many people across countries. Our experience managing PerFarmance Project in Cloneen, Ireland has equipped us with practical skills in dealing with time sensitive demands and coordination of people dispersed across the world. We will overcome any transportation problems by keeping traveling to and from the farm to a minimum. Technical issues and any documentation problems will be overcome by having various backup equipment readily available. Our team member Juan Aldape has produced shows and exhibitions in USA, Mexico and England.
Any site-specific project is always in danger of being delayed by severe weather conditions. In addition to expecting rain in the region, the production team will stay up-to-date and adjust accordingly to any possible severe storms that may affect the production of the final performance.
There is the risk of mailed materials to be delayed or lost after they have been shipped. We will honor all of our pledges and any materials lost or damages during shipment will be replaced.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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