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Peter Haakon Thompson

Peter Haakon Thompson is an artist based in Minneapolis, MN whose primary mediums are participation, interaction and conversation. Since December he has been working with the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) on a project related to sound and listening which resulted in The Listening Tent.

Some of his previous works include: The A Project, an effort to create solidarity among artists in their neighborhoods with the use of window signs with a large red ‘A’ indicating a household of artists/artist supporters. In 2004, he co-founded a participatory, temporary community called The Art Shanty Projects, existing every winter for five weeks on frozen Medicine Lake in suburban Minneapolis. Teach Me Your Language, is a work designed to ask passers-by to teach the artist their language with the aid of a chalkboard-sidewalk sign. His current project Tent Services, a free service providing Expeditionary Conversation Tents for use outside the museum, is showing at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis until October 2010. He earned a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts and completed his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2010.