Eat Me: Food Gets Fussy in the Cities

Eat Me: Food Gets Fussy in the Cities

Written By: Thomas O. Haakenson Constellation 24 6.1.13

BY Thomas O. Haakenson
As we transition toward summer in the land of the big cherry, it’s time for us to reflect on what’s on our plates. Literally.
While some might celebrate the eruption of gastronomical grandeur in the Twin Cities, there are lots of reasons to find the new “food fussy” set quite [...]

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The “Ballet Works Project” Project

The “Ballet Works Project” Project

Written By: Thomas O. Haakenson Constellation 23 3.1.13

By Thomas O. Haakenson

Orange, Marge-Simpson-like hair floats above tight, neon green jackets and swaying, tapping bodies. Undulating into and out of each other like agitated lovers, Nic Lincoln and Erin Thompson engage each other as hyperkinetic specters, then overflow from a video feed into the performance space [...]

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Gender Displacement: Rethinking Rogue Buddha

Gender Displacement: Rethinking Rogue Buddha

Written By: Thomas O. Haakenson Constellation 20 6.1.12

By Thomas O. Haakenson
Snuggly placed amidst the gastronomical delights and chic scenery of the Northeast Art District of Minneapolis, Rogue Buddha’s dark walls, low lighting, and atmospheric interior isn’t positioned to provide “the next big thing” in contemporary art, be it the next big thing nationally or merely locally. Yet [...]

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Wit in Wood: Carving Vision in Castle Stone

Wit in Wood: Carving Vision in Castle Stone

Written By: Thomas O. Haakenson Constellation 18 2.1.12

By Thomas O. Haakenson
Works by master carvers and whittlers act as testaments to a seemingly forgotten past in the current exhibit, Wit in Wood: Nordic Figure Carving, on view through April 29, 2012, at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in Minneapolis. Curated by one of the most accomplished Scandinavian-style figure carvers in the United States, [...]

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Berlin, or Against the New Provincialism

Berlin, or Against the New Provincialism

Written By: Thomas O. Haakenson Constellation 15 8.1.11

Short-term installations and community-based art “events” have become de rigueur, it seems. I wish this were only a U.S. phenomenon. But a summer of travel in Europe—Berlin, Istanbul, Paris, and Leipzig—reveals that other cities are “celebrating the local”—which often unfortunately translates into, “Look at the crap anyone can make.”
The desire to attract audiences, to [...]

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Hardly a Foot:  Erik Brandt’s Typografika / Detailien: Process and Installation

Hardly a Foot: Erik Brandt’s Typografika / Detailien: Process and Installation

Written By: Thomas O. Haakenson Constellation 14 6.1.11

By Thomas O. Haakenson
The storefront of Robert’s Shoes at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Lake Street would seem an unusual place for art displays, let alone for design work. Yet the Shoebox Gallery’s current show, Erik Brandt’s Typografika / Detailien: Process and Installation, on view through June 30th, rewrites the [...]

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An Archive, A Forest: John Bell, Ginny Maki, and Branden Martz at the Bell Museum of Natural Histor.y

An Archive, A Forest: John Bell, Ginny Maki, and Branden Martz at the Bell Museum of Natural Histor.y

Written By: Thomas O. Haakenson Constellation 08 6.1.10

By Tom Haakenson
Observation is not objectivity, a claim which may appear obvious to some, sacrilegious to others. Yet historians of science such as Lorraine Daston and Peter Gallison have argued convincingly that the history of Science’s supposedly unadulterated observations reveals just how subjective “objectivity” can be. Intended or not, the exhibition of John Bell’s, Ginny [...]

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Dada Deception

Dada Deception

Written By: Thomas O. Haakenson Constellation 07 4.1.10

Munich, Germany. – The scene would be disturbing to anyone familiar with modern history:  Angry crowds protesting museums, galleries, and cultural institutions.  For many, such demonstrations are undoubtedly reminiscent of the National Socialists’ efforts to eradicate what was labeled “degenerate” music and art.  The most unbelievable aspect of the more recent campaign, coordinated by a [...]

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- Constellation 25

2.18.2014 You may not have noticed, but Quodlibetica has been on a hiatus of sorts. While we figure out what to do next, we offer a few recent reviews and essays, all previously published elsewhere. If you need a platform for your writing and want to get involved, email us at quodlibetica@gmail.com.

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