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August 22, 2018, Wednesday - The Soap Factory Common Room Tour

Time:  Meet at the Soap Factory, 6:30pm walking tour

Location: Soap Factory, 514 Second Street SE

The Bathroom Tour

Restroom vs. bathroom vs. WC vs. potty vs. toilet? Gendered vs. unisex? Political wedge? ADA compliance? Pristine or horrific? To talk or avoid eye contact? To graffiti or not? Hand washing! Visiting the bathroom is a universal experience that can also be a fraught social and cultural touchpoint. Join Common Room in an exploration of some local bathrooms while discussing some global bathroom issues.

The Soap Factory continues its ongoing site-specific public program, Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, welcoming back Common Room for its 10th iteration of artist-led tours through the Twin Cities. Through August, themed tours will take place every Wednesday evening. Common Room topics provide a focus through which to explore multiple facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, sacred spaces, islands and more. The tours this year include The Casino Tour, The Piped Music Tour, The Bathroom Tour, and The Mobile Dance Party Tour to celebrate Common Room’s Tenth Anniversary.

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

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.

This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, the Soap Factory’s ongoing site-specific public program. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.