The Walker and Futurefarmers presents Auctions Speak Louder Than Words

Categories: Art

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Dapper Auctioneer Glen Fladeboe
Despite the Walker Art Center's Open Field drawing to a close on September 5, there are still plenty of activities planned on the field to make summer feel just a little bit longer.

Over the season, the space has brought together many different folks. Two of those people include Futurefarmers Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine, who were invited to participate in a residency. Futurefarmers is a group of artists and designers who support art projects, as well as research. Their common interests lie in creating work that challenges current social, political, and economic systems. They're inviting everyone to their final Open Field event Saturday, September 4, titled "Auctions Speak Louder Than Words."

It's described as an "event in which storytelling and the art of the auction come together." Only a few of the familiar elements of a traditional auction have been changed--it will still include professional auctioneers and objects of interest--but no real money will change hands. Franceschini and Swaine will provide custom-printed fake currency, and objects won't be auctioned off unless you volunteer them. The items you bring are what they intend to sell, along with the stories associated with those possessions.

The event will take place outside in a picnic setting (BYOB--as in bring your own blanket) and features two segments:

Part 1: Objects on Blankets (11:00 am-1:00 pm)

During this time Franceschini and Swaine will invite guests to consider their possessions (bring three to five objects), and what each says about them. Participants will be asked to share a story with others as special volunteers roam the field collecting the remembrances.

Part 2: Auction and Drawing (1:00 pm-2:00 pm)

This is when the auction begins. People will be invited to have professional auctioneers Glen and Dale Fladeboe sell objects by retelling participants' stories. Futurefarmers will also be making interpretive drawings of the selected auctioned objects. Owners will then choose which to keep--the drawing or the object--and which to be awarded to the winning bidder.

Check out this clip, where Futurefarmers provides a short summary of the afternoon event.

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