INTERACTIVE MINI GOLF ART INSTALLATION
Mini golf is no longer just a cool, interactive way to go on a first date. It’s now a cool, interactive way to go on a first date that is also a cultured first date at a museum. The Walker Art Center is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with two eight-hole courses designed by artists and engineers alike.
Walker On The Green includes holes that pay homage to a bagatelle board, a gnome table football pitch, a geodesic dome housing mini replicas of the gallery itself and a great Willy Wonka-style play on perspective dreamt up by students from the University of Minnesota. It’s enough to make tiny windmills pale into insignificance.
The installation, which includes everything from ant farms to zen gardens, is up until September 8th.
Nathaniel Mellors. ‘hippy dialectics (ourhouse)’, 2011, double-headed animatronic sculpture
The parenthetical ‘ourhouse’ in the title refers to a video work by Mellors, a surrealist sitcom about an eccentric family featuring two central figures,
‘daddy’ and ‘the object.’ ‘hippy dialectics’ features two versions of the ‘daddy’ character - one blue, one yellow - connected by a ribbon of hair.
Cast from the face of the actor in the film, the latex heads are brought to life by means of electronics and software.
They deliver a looped kind of pep talk, including a range of compliments (‘god, you’re looking buff. no seriously, you look great!’ and ‘cool, you are cool!’), before reaching an absurdist conclusion of rebutting ‘yes’ with ‘no’.