The Light House Shanty is:

Matt Sand, Laura Klecker, Jenna Hines, Dane Steinlicht, Joseph Lochner, Jana Larson, Ross Keim








With the light house, we intend to gather as much energy as possible, so that we can give it away freely. From the Sun and each other, we will capture and retain energy, so that we may manipulate it into visual, thermal, playful and creative forms that, when consumed, bring much needed winter-time energy to our visitors.

Medicine Lake, Minnesota, Bahamas

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The whole thing would be cooler, but batteries don't like the cold!!!

Light House Shanty build from dane on Vimeo.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Lighthouse Shanty Event Schedule

January 16

10 am, 2 pm, Fade-in - 15 minutes
A structural film performance

noon Lighthouse Reading Series - 30 to 60 minutes
essays and poems about light by local writers

ongoing Turning - A group will be physically rotating our shanty on a structural axis as the sun moves through the sky

January 17

10 am, 2 pm, Fade-in - 15 minutes
A structural film performance

noon Alternative photography techniques workshop

ongoing Turning - A group will be physically rotating our shanty on a structural axis as the sun moves through the sky

January 23

10 am, 2 pm, Fade-in - 15 minutes
A structural film performance

noon Ice Action - a short, fluxus-inspired happening

ongoing Turning - A group will be physically rotating our shanty on a structural axis as the sun moves through the sky

January 24

10 am, 2 pm, Fade-in - 15 minutes
A structural film performance

noon Alternative photography techniques workshop

January 30 -

10 am, 2 pm, Fade-in - 15 minutes
A structural film performance

noon Alternative photography techniques workshop

ongoing Turning - A group will be physically rotating our shanty on a structural axis as the sun moves through the sky

January 31
10 am, 2 pm, Fade-in - 15 minutes
A structural film performance

noon Lighthouse Reading Series - 30 to 60 minutes
essays and poems about light by local writers

ongoing Turning - A group will be physically rotating our shanty on a structural axis as the sun moves through the sky

February 6 -

10 am, 2 pm, Fade-in - 15 minutes
A structural film performance

noon Ice Action - a short, fluxus-inspired happening

ongoing Turning - A group will be physically rotating our shanty on a structural axis as the sun moves through the sky

February 7-

10 am, 2 pm, Fade-in - 15 minutes
A structural film performance

noon Alternative photography techniques workshop

ongoing Turning - A group will be physically rotating our shanty on a structural axis as the sun moves through the sky

LIghthouse Shanty opens this weekend on Medicine Lake

January 15, 2010

Several teams of artists are working furiously on Medicine Lake to get ready for the opening weekend of the Art Shanty Project, an art festival that features artist-built structures that riff on the idea of ice-fishing houses.

The Lighthouse Art Shanty, a towering glass and metal art installation, is
a collaborative project of three architects, a photographer, a set designer and a filmmaker. The structure is designed to harness light and energy from the winter sun in order to present projected images and a vision of sustainability.

Speaking about the process of creating the shanty, filmmaker Jana Larson says, “The most impressive part of this process has been the collaboration. Initially, I just wanted to create a space for presenting a film using only lenses and light that would bring the viewer into the present space and into their bodies rather than transporting them into some fantasy. At first, when I proposed that idea to the group there was silence and then someone said, ‘It’s winter ⎯ people are already light deprived. I’m worried that putting them in a dark room would be depressing.’” She laughs. “Eventually we decided on light as our theme because light in the winter is scarce and really beautiful. But the structure itself isn't a dark room any more. It's got huge windows!"

Principal architect Matt Sand says, “For me the theme of light was interesting because I wanted to make a point about sustainability. I wanted to make a building that gets so hot people are surprised by it and see what we can do with just a little sun and insulation, even in the middle of a frozen lake. We don’t need gas and electricity all the time.”

Lighthouse is a model for sustainable practices. It’s built from scavenged and recycled materials, employs a simple solar heating system made from copper coils and plastic tubing, and even has a solar rotisserie outside for cooking hot dogs. “Or tofu dogs if you prefer,” says Larson.

“If you’re talking about sustainability, don’t forget cooperation and shared vision. As an artist, I’ve learned that collaborating with other people is more fun and often produces something more awesome. Right now, if we want a sustainable future, we have to figure that out. We have the technology for the most part to create an amazing future for ourselves, but we have to get everyone to work together toward that goal.”

Over the next month, Lighthouse will be hosting readings on light by local writers, alternative photography workshops by Laura Klecker, fluxus-inspired performances and Larson’s film “Fade-in.” (For more info and a schedule go to lighthouseshanty.blogspot.com/)

Art Shanty projects runs weekends through February 7. For more information, visit http://artshantyprojects.org/

Thursday, January 14, 2010

light ... defined as

1. an energy source
2. something that makes vision possible; electromagnetic radiation from about 390 - 740 nm in wavelength
3. something that enlightens or informs; truth
4. psychologically light; especially free from sadness or troubles (a light heart)
5. easy; not difficult
6. beacon (a lighthouse)
7. spiritual illumination; inner light
8. a medium (as a window, lamp) through which light is admitted
9. plural: a set of principles, standards, or opinions
10. a noteworthy person in a particular place or field (a leader)
11. an expression in someone’s eye
12. of little intensity or power or force
13. an area that is brighter or paler than its surroundings
14. a device producing a flame or spark
15. a comparatively light physical weight or density
16. a particular perspective or aspect of a situation

Wednesday, January 13, 2010




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