After 3 months, a competitive multi-step process, and much deliberation by a six-member jury, the artists of the 2015 Farm/Art DTour have been selected! Artists and creative teams from around the country will create ten site-specific installations along the 50-mile DTour route during Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence this October.
Each of these installations is designed to invite attention from passersby as they drive the route, drawing inspiration from the Wisconsin landscape and its rich cultural and ecological history.
Molly Rideout, a writer originally from Madison, will delve into the area’s recent past with a series of story segments based on the 2008 Sauk County flood. These stories will appear on storefront windows in the communities affected most, bringing history to life through a mixture of fact and fiction.
The Baraboo Range Preservation Association will combine art and ecology in a project that highlights the natural beauty of the region while drawing attention to the presence of invasive species. Executive Director Todd Persche will lead a team of volunteers in creating an installation that is part art and part conservation.
While the DTour features a range of visual installations, this year’s route will also include musical and auditory experiences. Joshua Lantzy and Jamie Topper will create a “soundscape” with their project Land Chimes, while Joshua Pablo Rosenstock will harness the power of fermentation in his unique original instrument, the Fermentophone.
Artists will use a wide range of materials to create their installations—from fabric and lumber to steel and buckthorn. These installations will join the myriad of other stops along the DTour that punctuate the beautiful landscape of central Sauk County. For more information about the artists of the 2015 Farm/Art DTour, like Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence on Facebook, keep an eye out for the Fest Event Guide or visit fermentationfest.com starting in early August.
2015 DTour Artists:
- Baraboo Range Preservation Association, Baraboo WI
- Brenda Baker, Madison WI
- Erika Nelson, Lucas KS
- Joshua Lantzy & Jamie Topper, Chicago IL
- Joshua Rosenstock, Somerville MA
- Molly Rideout, Grinnell IA
- Peter Krsko, Washington DC
- Christopher Field & Sarah West, Mt. Sterling KY
- Thomas Ferrella, Madison WI
- Chris Lutter, Minneapolis, MN
Fermentation Fest is presented by Wormfarm Institute and made possible in part through grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, UW Extension Sauk County Arts and Culture Committee, Sauk County Community Foundation, Alliant Energy Foundation and The Reedsburg Area United Way.