TAKE 5: Five quick questions for activity organizers on Open Field this summer
Name: Olive Bieringa
Open Field Activity: EcoSomatics Classroom
Come participate in the EcoSomatics Classroom, an experiment in transforming our understanding of the environment.
The session will be lead by Olive Bieringa (dance artist and Body-Mind Centering Practitioner, BodyCartography Project) and John Schade (Ecosystem Ecologist, St Olaf College). Through simple movement practices and simple scientific explanations we will investigate the relationship between our own body systems and the earths systems. Our specific focus for the day will be water and global warming as John as been researching changing permafrost conditions in Russia for the past several years.
Some of the topics we may dive into : Russia and climate change, agriculture and the Mississippi River, metabolism, energy use by body linked to agriculture, pollution, fossil fuels, climate change, embryology, the fluids in the body, and the immune system.
Come ready to move and ask questions…
Date of Activity: August 25th, 2011 (2-7pm)
1) What’s your favorite public space, in the Twin Cities or beyond?
The St Croix river
2) How did you find out about Open Field and why did you decide to host your own activity on Open Field?
Having been involved in conversation about Open field since its inception it will be an honour to finally contribute something within the actual event.
3) If you could learn any skill on Open Field, what would it be?
I would love to attend a whole series of art science events on the commons of the open field. If I had the time I would love to sit and learn French once a week with a class of good red wine.
4) What is the ideal audience for your Open Field activity?
Anyone interested in learning more about the environment and their own body and the relationship between the two.
5) If Open Field had a mascot, who/what would it be?
As I a New Zealander I’m not so good with mascot ideas but maybe some kind of automated groundhog/gopher that lives in the parking garage?