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Relevance of Place: Laura Viklund

Shannon Jackson interviews architect Laura Viklund on how the community principles of timber-framing have informed her architectural designs as well as her role as an interpreter between artists and the Tippet Rise site. In this episode, Viklund recalls the early stages of development at Tippet Rise and how it changed her architectural practice. Watch to hear her describe the process of building the Olivier Music Barn and to hear her unique take on the installation of Stephen Talasnik’s Satellite #5: Pioneer, together with local carpenters.

Filmed in May 2022.

Laura Viklund

Originally from Boston, Laura Viklund is a practicing architect in Montana and Wyoming. She has been involved with Tippet Rise Art Center from its early days, serving as the architect for the Olivier Music Barn, Will’s Shed, Artist Residences, and four new buildings soon to be constructed for administrative and artist use.

At Tippet Rise, Laura has worked closely with artists Francis Kéré (Xylem) and Stephen Talasnik (Satellite #5: Pioneer) as the local Architect of Record. As co-owner of the timber construction company, Gunnstock Timber Frames in Powell, Wyoming, she combined her background in sculpture and construction with her experience in 3D computer modelling and fabrication to help determine the process of construction for these large-scale artworks and communicate this information to the craftsmen.

Viklund is a graduate of Boston College, Massachusetts College of Art and holds a Master’s of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Shannon Jackson

Shannon Jackson holds the Hadidi Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley, where she currently serves as Chair of the History of Art Department. Jackson is a scholar and educator of cross-media art practice and of socially-engaged art. A Guggenheim fellow and award-winning author, she has published several books and online platforms, including Back Stages (2022), Public Servants (2016), The Builders Association (2015), Social Works (2011) as well as In Terms of Performance and Media Art 21. Jackson serves on the boards of several arts organizations, including Oakland Museum of the Arts, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Minnesota Street Project Foundation, and the Kramlich Art Foundation. As a guest program advisor to Tippet Rise, Jackson helped to create the Relevance of Place series of site-specific dialogues.

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