THE WANDERING HOUSE

SCULPTURE GARDEN
ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM

CECILIA CORNEJO

Is home necessarily tied to a physical place or is it an overall feeling of having arrived? What does it mean, and what does it take, to belong to a place? What are the rights and responsibilities that come with being part of a community? How can we create spaces where all of us feel valued? These are some of the questions that artist Cecilia Cornejo explores with her ongoing multimedia project, The Wandering House, that she is bringing to Red Wing October 3 -31!

Based in Northfield and originally from Chile, Cecilia is a documentary filmmaker, artist, and educator engaging rural communities in southern Minnesota in a multilayered exploration of home. As an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Center during the month of October 2022, Cecilia is utilizing The Wandering House, an ice-fishing house retrofitted as a mobile audio-recording studio, to offer an opportunity for Red Wing residents and visitors to speak candidly and privately about their understanding of home, along with their vision of and for their respective towns.

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“The house is like a modern-day confessional,” explains Cecilia. “You go in alone. While there is always someone outside ready to help and answer questions, inside the house it’s just you.” Participants record audio only and are not asked to identify themselves by name. If participants prefer not to record their voice, they have the option to complete a written questionnaire and leave it in the house’s mailbox. The questions are posted and shared ahead of time to give participants a chance to reflect before recording. “This is about creating a welcoming space for introspection and for re-learning how to listen,” says the artist. “Similar to the act of ice-fishing, The Wandering House searches for the bounty that lies below the surface.” 

“The house is like a modern-day confessional,” explains Cecilia. “You go in alone. While there is always someone outside ready to help and answer questions, inside the house it’s just you.” Participants record audio only and are not asked to identify themselves by name. If participants prefer not to record their voice, they have the option to complete a written questionnaire and leave it in the house’s mailbox. The questions are posted and shared ahead of time to give participants a chance to reflect before recording. “This is about creating a welcoming space for introspection and for re-learning how to listen,” says the artist. “Similar to the act of ice-fishing, The Wandering House searches for the bounty that lies below the surface.”

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Cecilia’s work is known for placing community members at the center of the creative process, engaging them as active participants, co-creators of meaning, and architects of their representation. Cecilia, along with a group of volunteers, will be collecting stories and testimonies related to “home” at various locations around Red Wing. The Anderson Center invites you to contribute your testimony to this growing archive, or to simply stop by and find out more about the project and its next steps.

Since launching the project in 2019 with the communities of Northfield and Lanesboro in southeastern Minnesota, Cecilia has developed a multi-media body of work that is fostering dialogue across language, class and culture. Listen, learn and explore via The Wandering House website.

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Public Events

Tues. Oct 4 at 6:30 p.m.
The Wandering House Welcome Reception
with excerpts from Ways of Being Home Documentary

Sat. Oct 8 & Sun. Oct 9 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Story collecting in The Wandering House at Red Wing Arts Fall Festival

Wed. Oct 19, Thurs. Oct 20, Fri. Oct 21, & Fri. Oct 28 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m
Story collecting in The Wandering House at Central Park

Sat. Oct 15 & Sat. Oct 29 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Story collecting in The Wandering House at the Red Wing Farmers Market

Sat. Oct 22 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Story Collecting in The Wandering House at the Anderson Center

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the MN State Arts Board.

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