The Mediatheque Tour

Utilizing the collection of the Walker Art Center’s Mediatheque library of over 100 titles, Common Room will offer a progressive mobile screening across the Twin Cities. Various sites across town, both private and public, will be paired with short films selected with the assistance of Ruth Hodgins, the Walker’s Bentson Archivist and Programmer. Running the gamut from experimental films to documentary shorts, the tour will explore how world filmmakers have responded to the landscape and physical spaces over the past one hundred years. Total ride will be approximately 2.5 – 3 hours, and be about a 5-mile round trip. Alternative transportation is available upon request. Participants should bring swimming trunks and a towel. Please note this will have a later start.


Wednesday, August 9th at 8:30PM


Lake Nokomis Main Beach
4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55417

This is a bike tour, please bring a bike to ride or use a bike from a Nice Ride station, the nearest station to our meetup location is located at 2029 E Minnehaha Pkwy.

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About Common Room

Common Room is a series of artist-led tours of Twin Cities sites, with each tour themed around a specific concept that the group uses as a lens to explore facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, alleys, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, and many more. Common Room is the work by Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant, along with a rotating lineup of contributors. Now in its eighth year, is using the occasion of the Rethinking Public Spaces project to expand the scope of its' programming for this summer to travel beyond The Soap Factory, and various neighborhoods of the Twin Cities by foot, bicycle and bus. Common Room’s themes in 2017 include silence, sacredness, islands, neighborhood music, and more.

About the Artists
Sergio Vucci is a Minneapolis-based artist. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his work focuses primarily on engaging his surroundings outside of gallery spaces and on relational interactions, co-authoring ephemeral creative experiences with participants in response to place.

Andy Sturdevant is an artist and writer living in Minneapolis. He is the author of two books of nonfiction, and his artistic projects have been exhibited at venues in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle and elsewhere.

Other Upcoming Tours
Sacred Space Tour

August 16th 

Island Tour

August 23rd

Neighborhood Mixtape

August 30th 

Here & There
Common Room is one of several public projects being presented by The Soap Factory as a part of Here & There. Here & There is  The Soap Factory's out-of-building programming during 2017 while the building undergoes renovation. Here & There includes a residency exchange program with Kultivera in Trånas, Sweden and Rethinking Public Spaces, public projects that will take place directly outside of The Soap Factory and around the state of Minnesota including locations such as; Rochester, Willmar, and Brainerd. 

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The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art in a unique and historic environment. Based in the historic National Purity Soap Factory in downtown Minneapolis, The Soap Factory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Media Contact
Joni Van Bockel
(612) 623-9176
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
 The  Soap Factory  
  514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis MN 55414