PROJECT Flood Diversion brings together a number of artists who will use their work to address the issue of flooding. These works pose questions, present ideas, and offer solutions, building stronger relationships between and among artists and audiences along the way.
April 13 and 14
Andrea Stanislav, Reflect
Stanislav’s Reflect is a site specific interactive performance walk/sculpture. Two performers, a man and a woman, will walk from the Reflect site at the Museum, through downtown Fargo and surrounding locations, each wearing a garment entirely covered with thousands of mirrored circular buttons. As the performers walk, they will give away individual buttons to people they meet in exchange for their memories and observations about flooding in Fargo-Moorhead. The walks will be performed 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in downtown Fargo, the Museum, and a few high-traffic locations, so keep an eye out.
April 11 – May 15
Jeff Knight, Wishbones
Knight created 150 small, carved wooden wishbones that will be packaged in graphically designed boxes. They will function as artifacts meant to be broken as part of a wish for the future. They will be handed out to city workers and others who have fought flooding over recent years.
April 9 – May 12
Student artist prints
Students from Concordia college, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and North Dakota State University will display prints on the third floor of PAM inspired by “diversion” and “water.”
Rebecca Krinke, Flood Stories
Flood Stories is a temporary work of public storytelling about floods in Fargo-Moorhead, with stories told by those who experienced them in the places where those stories happened. The aim is to celebrate these stories and use the opportunity of a spring without flooding to reflect on the bravery, neighborliness, and caring that comes out in traumatic times. Krinke (above) is working with students under the guidance of art instructor Eric Syvertson to compile the flood stories, which will be shared in a walk along the river on April 28. The river walk will begin at 1 p.m. at Dike West and walk to the Museum, where more flood stories will be shared.
Late April – May 15
Engage U, R.I.S.E.: River Inspired Service Engine
Engage U, a social practice group based out of the NDSU Visual Arts Department, will use guerilla marketing tactics to inspire residents to recognize the amount of effort that went into defending the city over the past three years of flooding and celebrate the fact that no such effort is required this year.