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The Soapcast features interviews with curators and artists, providing the public with an inside view of what it takes to mount an exhibition, create complicated installations, or tackle theoretical questions through art. The Soap Factory is located in Minneapolis, MN.

Latest Episodes

International Residency Exchange 2017 with Sarita Zaleha, Moheb Soliman, Lela Pierce, and Larsen Husby

Four Minnesota based artists were selected to participate in The Soap Factory’s first ever international residency exchange. For our first exchange, The Soap Factory sent Sarita Zaleha, Moheb Soliman, Lela Pierce, and Larsen Husby to Kultivera, an Arts and Artist Residency organization in Tranås, Sweden. Kultivera aims to connect artists from various countries with the hope to promote democracy, diversity, quality, innovation, and cultural development. For more information, visit soapfactory.org

12 MIN2017 DEC 5
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International Residency Exchange 2017 with Sarita Zaleha, Moheb Soliman, Lela Pierce, and Larsen Husby

Exhibition Overview: Trestle Support Systems with Pete Driessen

The Soap Factory presents Rethinking Public Spaces project,Trestle Support Systems,by Pete Driessen at theNorthern Pacific Rail Yardsite in Brainerd, Mn. Created with red pine wood and metal hardware,Trestle Support Systemsis a solo public art project presenting two monumental site specific installations,TrestleandTrestle Worker,reflecting the architectural spatiality of the former rail yard spaces, referencing empowerment of the past community worker, and utilizing ideas of affective stimuli, physical embodiment and rural vacancy. Just off the Northern Pacific roundhouse courtyard in the Blacksmith Shop where the trains ran lengthwise through the building, Driessen has created an interior, site-specific abstract wooden sculpture installation,Trestleand its connection to the physicality of the interior train tracks, rail ties and site detritus.Trestlephysically explores the emblematic rail transportation support form, the trestle as figural representation, and expands the spatial ve...

7 MIN2017 OCT 16
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Exhibition Overview: Trestle Support Systems with Pete Driessen

Exhibition Overview: Collectively We Support Your Autonomy with Monica Sheets

Monica is installing a large-scale neon sign created in collaboration with Ne-Art Custom Neon in Northeast Minneapolis on the Soap Factory’s roof. The text – “collectively we support your autonomy” – isinspired by the participatory art projects she has previously initiated, offeringa reflection of and comment on the relationships between artist, participant, artwork and audience. According to Monica, “We can also see this relationship in The Soap Factory’s role in the Twin Cities’ art community. It is the support provided by organizations such as The Soap that enables artists’ autonomy in exploring their varied interests and contributing their knowledge to the world. It is also our collective support of these organizations as artists, audience and volunteers that ensures their continued existence. It seems fitting to me to emphasize these reciprocal roles on The Soap Factory’s exterior while its interior is closed in order to undertake renovations that ensure its own auton...

5 MIN2017 OCT 9
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Exhibition Overview: Collectively We Support Your Autonomy with Monica Sheets

Exhibition Overview: Emotional Platings with Jess Hirsch

Emotional Platingsis a series of picnic kits from trees that heal specific emotions, identified in the Bach Flower Essence philosophy developed by Edward Bach in the 1940s. Each picnic kit includes a blanket, servingware crafted by the artist, a notecard with conversational prompts, and a notebook. The public will check out a specific kit in advance, asked to bring food to share, and then paired with a stranger based on the emotion they have selected. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, Hirsch hopes to explore the rural/urban divide by traveling to 5 rural towns throughout Minnesota, asking 160 people to check out a kit and explore emotion together. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to accurately identify an emotion and react appropriately through awareness. This may seem simple, however, emotions convolute our behavior making us react quickly without recognizing our motivations. Hirsch hopes to connect people through shared experience of human emotions.With the ordinary act of ...

7 MIN2017 OCT 4
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Exhibition Overview: Emotional Platings with Jess Hirsch

Exhibition Overview: Poetry of Resistance and Change with Monica Edwards Larson

Monica Edwards Larson / Sister Black (Bike) Press’sproject “Poetry of Resistance & Change” consists of two parts; a temporary installation of letterpress printed poetry cards, and a Poetry reading and DIY printing event, using the mobile bicycle press, at the Soap Factory. The installation will consist of hundreds of letterpress printed poetry cards and broadsides featuring the work of local poets whose work bears witness to the many challenges facing our democracy, the health of our planet, and all aspects of human rights, that inspire action. Featuring excerpts from poems by D. Allen, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Marion Gomez, Junauda Petrus, Maitreyi Ray, Hawona Sullivan-Janzen, and Ben Weaver. Music: "Nighlight" by Lee Rosevere For more information, visit soapfactory.org

8 MIN2017 SEP 9
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Exhibition Overview: Poetry of Resistance and Change with Monica Edwards Larson

Exhibition Overview: Destroy// Minneapolis with Leyya Mona Tawil

Dance artist and composer Leyya Mona Tawil discusses her project and performance Destroy// Minneapolis. Music byMilo Fine (percussion), Cyrus Pireh (electric guitar), and Benjamin J Mansavage Klein (tuba). For more information, visit soapfactory.org

8 MIN2017 SEP 5
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Exhibition Overview: Destroy// Minneapolis with Leyya Mona Tawil

Exhibition Overview: Surface with Aaron Dysart

Featured artist Aaron Dysart discusses his project Surface. Music: On The Banks of the River Blank by Kevin Bryce For more information, visit soapfactory.org

7 MIN2017 AUG 28
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Exhibition Overview: Surface with Aaron Dysart

Common Room 2017 with Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant

Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant discuss the Common Room 2017 tours. Music: "A Tourist In His Hometown" by Zero V For more information, visit soapfactory.org or

10 MIN2017 JUL 31
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Common Room 2017 with Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant

Exhibition Overview: Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still? with Maria Cameron

Featured artist Maria Cameron discusses her project Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still? installed in Rochester, MN. Music: "What Up In The Streets" by Black Ant For more information, visit soapfactory.org

5 MIN2017 JUL 28
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Exhibition Overview: Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still? with Maria Cameron

Exhibition Overview: The Wall with Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah

EFeatured artistsLamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah discuss their projectThe Wall. Music:Övre Tådås by Ars Sonor For more information, visit soapfactory.org

5 MIN2017 JUL 26
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Exhibition Overview: The Wall with Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah

Latest Episodes

International Residency Exchange 2017 with Sarita Zaleha, Moheb Soliman, Lela Pierce, and Larsen Husby

Four Minnesota based artists were selected to participate in The Soap Factory’s first ever international residency exchange. For our first exchange, The Soap Factory sent Sarita Zaleha, Moheb Soliman, Lela Pierce, and Larsen Husby to Kultivera, an Arts and Artist Residency organization in Tranås, Sweden. Kultivera aims to connect artists from various countries with the hope to promote democracy, diversity, quality, innovation, and cultural development. For more information, visit soapfactory.org

12 MIN2017 DEC 5
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International Residency Exchange 2017 with Sarita Zaleha, Moheb Soliman, Lela Pierce, and Larsen Husby

Exhibition Overview: Trestle Support Systems with Pete Driessen

The Soap Factory presents Rethinking Public Spaces project,Trestle Support Systems,by Pete Driessen at theNorthern Pacific Rail Yardsite in Brainerd, Mn. Created with red pine wood and metal hardware,Trestle Support Systemsis a solo public art project presenting two monumental site specific installations,TrestleandTrestle Worker,reflecting the architectural spatiality of the former rail yard spaces, referencing empowerment of the past community worker, and utilizing ideas of affective stimuli, physical embodiment and rural vacancy. Just off the Northern Pacific roundhouse courtyard in the Blacksmith Shop where the trains ran lengthwise through the building, Driessen has created an interior, site-specific abstract wooden sculpture installation,Trestleand its connection to the physicality of the interior train tracks, rail ties and site detritus.Trestlephysically explores the emblematic rail transportation support form, the trestle as figural representation, and expands the spatial ve...

7 MIN2017 OCT 16
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Exhibition Overview: Trestle Support Systems with Pete Driessen

Exhibition Overview: Collectively We Support Your Autonomy with Monica Sheets

Monica is installing a large-scale neon sign created in collaboration with Ne-Art Custom Neon in Northeast Minneapolis on the Soap Factory’s roof. The text – “collectively we support your autonomy” – isinspired by the participatory art projects she has previously initiated, offeringa reflection of and comment on the relationships between artist, participant, artwork and audience. According to Monica, “We can also see this relationship in The Soap Factory’s role in the Twin Cities’ art community. It is the support provided by organizations such as The Soap that enables artists’ autonomy in exploring their varied interests and contributing their knowledge to the world. It is also our collective support of these organizations as artists, audience and volunteers that ensures their continued existence. It seems fitting to me to emphasize these reciprocal roles on The Soap Factory’s exterior while its interior is closed in order to undertake renovations that ensure its own auton...

5 MIN2017 OCT 9
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Exhibition Overview: Collectively We Support Your Autonomy with Monica Sheets

Exhibition Overview: Emotional Platings with Jess Hirsch

Emotional Platingsis a series of picnic kits from trees that heal specific emotions, identified in the Bach Flower Essence philosophy developed by Edward Bach in the 1940s. Each picnic kit includes a blanket, servingware crafted by the artist, a notecard with conversational prompts, and a notebook. The public will check out a specific kit in advance, asked to bring food to share, and then paired with a stranger based on the emotion they have selected. Having grown up in rural Minnesota, Hirsch hopes to explore the rural/urban divide by traveling to 5 rural towns throughout Minnesota, asking 160 people to check out a kit and explore emotion together. Emotional Intelligence is the ability to accurately identify an emotion and react appropriately through awareness. This may seem simple, however, emotions convolute our behavior making us react quickly without recognizing our motivations. Hirsch hopes to connect people through shared experience of human emotions.With the ordinary act of ...

7 MIN2017 OCT 4
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Exhibition Overview: Emotional Platings with Jess Hirsch

Exhibition Overview: Poetry of Resistance and Change with Monica Edwards Larson

Monica Edwards Larson / Sister Black (Bike) Press’sproject “Poetry of Resistance & Change” consists of two parts; a temporary installation of letterpress printed poetry cards, and a Poetry reading and DIY printing event, using the mobile bicycle press, at the Soap Factory. The installation will consist of hundreds of letterpress printed poetry cards and broadsides featuring the work of local poets whose work bears witness to the many challenges facing our democracy, the health of our planet, and all aspects of human rights, that inspire action. Featuring excerpts from poems by D. Allen, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Marion Gomez, Junauda Petrus, Maitreyi Ray, Hawona Sullivan-Janzen, and Ben Weaver. Music: "Nighlight" by Lee Rosevere For more information, visit soapfactory.org

8 MIN2017 SEP 9
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Exhibition Overview: Poetry of Resistance and Change with Monica Edwards Larson

Exhibition Overview: Destroy// Minneapolis with Leyya Mona Tawil

Dance artist and composer Leyya Mona Tawil discusses her project and performance Destroy// Minneapolis. Music byMilo Fine (percussion), Cyrus Pireh (electric guitar), and Benjamin J Mansavage Klein (tuba). For more information, visit soapfactory.org

8 MIN2017 SEP 5
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Exhibition Overview: Destroy// Minneapolis with Leyya Mona Tawil

Exhibition Overview: Surface with Aaron Dysart

Featured artist Aaron Dysart discusses his project Surface. Music: On The Banks of the River Blank by Kevin Bryce For more information, visit soapfactory.org

7 MIN2017 AUG 28
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Exhibition Overview: Surface with Aaron Dysart

Common Room 2017 with Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant

Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant discuss the Common Room 2017 tours. Music: "A Tourist In His Hometown" by Zero V For more information, visit soapfactory.org or

10 MIN2017 JUL 31
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Common Room 2017 with Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant

Exhibition Overview: Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still? with Maria Cameron

Featured artist Maria Cameron discusses her project Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still? installed in Rochester, MN. Music: "What Up In The Streets" by Black Ant For more information, visit soapfactory.org

5 MIN2017 JUL 28
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Exhibition Overview: Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still? with Maria Cameron

Exhibition Overview: The Wall with Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah

EFeatured artistsLamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah discuss their projectThe Wall. Music:Övre Tådås by Ars Sonor For more information, visit soapfactory.org

5 MIN2017 JUL 26
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Exhibition Overview: The Wall with Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah