Social Places: Mildred’s Lane

August 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m just back from a residency at Mildred’s Lane where I lead a session on Practical Aesthesis and Sustained Attention as part of The Order of the Third Bird (along with D. Graham Burnett, Jeff Dolven and Joshua Dubler).

Mildred’s Lane is artist’s land and social artwork, hosted & created by J. Morgan Puett in collaboration with Mark Dion and countless others.  It works in a convivial nexus of school, residency, and artists laboratory, with buildings that are both art installations and living/working spaces. Puett encourages a mingling of art making, teaching, talking, thinking, eating, sleeping, swimming, walking, cooking and cleaning through her ideas of “workstyles” (manners of working that fuse work, life, and pleasure), “comportment” (ways of living together communally with grace), and “hooshing” (treating living and working spaces as installations and creating them together as a kind of choreography).  Her favorite terms are “complexity” and “entanglement.”

Work is aesthetic:


The kitchen and eating porch:


The barn:


The corn crib:

corn crib

Deep green in the lazy afternoons:


I slept in the horse shed:

horse shed

horse shed desk

horse shed interior

A session with the Order of the Third Bird down at the swimming hole:


After we left, Brian Holmes lead a session of Continental Drift.

More about hooshing and life at Mildred’s Lane from J. Morgan Puett in this interview by Scott Oliver. Or listen to a longer version on Bad at Sports.

More photos: J. Morgan Puett & Mildred’s Lane in the New York Times, 2008

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