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Northern Spark 2017 (Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota)

Northern Lights.mn announces two years of artists addressing global climate change: Northern Spark 2016 (June 11) through Northern Spark 2017 (June 10). Under the united theme Climate Chaos | Climate Rising, these two incredible nights of art focused on Earth’s changing environment will be connected by interactive projects, events and workshops in sites across the Twin Cities, each exploring how artists grapple with and envision new approaches to the climate challenges we face globally.

Over the next two years Northern Spark takes on this challenge through the lenses of migration, nourishment, interconnectedness, perception and civic action. Our programming begins in winter of 2016 by delving into issues such as the future of food, new relationships to non-human species, and radical river ecologies, and culminates in the summer of 2017 in the biggest Northern Spark yet, with innovative, interactive art projects filling the landscape along the Green Line—from Minneapolis through the neighborhoods of St. Paul to its terminus in Lowertown.

On JUNE 10, 2017, Northern Spark 2017 will be the biggest, boldest, most exciting festival yet, with art projects responding to climate change spanning the Green Line transit corridor from downtown Minneapolis to Lowertown St Paul. From sunset to sunrise, artist-led and community-driven projects will flourish in neighborhoods along the Green Line, some marking the culmination of 18 months of community-hosted artist residencies and public-driven project collaborations. Northern Spark 2017 will bring internationally-known artists to Minnesota and create opportunities for local artists and organizations to participate with their own projects. Thousands of Minnesotans will participate in and be inspired by a dazzling variety of innovative projects that open up fresh possibilities and new ways of thinking about climate change, immersed in an urban mass-transit landscape spanning two cities.

Sidewalk Harp by Jen Lewin (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Sidewalk Harp is a permanent, outdoor interactive instrument in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the headquarters of the Be The Match Registry.

The Sidewalk Harp is played by passing your body through the 36 sensors capped with LEDs along the bottom of the 40-foot long stainless steel form. Much like plucking the string of a harp, passing through the sensors triggers custom circuitry and sensors to produce musical notes and LED colors. As the community gathers and plays together, they create a symphony of color that washes over the urban landscape. This act of engagement with others is just as much part of the art as the sculpture is itself.

http://jenlewinstudio.com/sidewalk-harp/

500 N 5th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Northern Spark 2016 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Northern Lights.mn announces two years of artists addressing global climate change: Northern Spark 2016 (June 11) through Northern Spark 2017 (June 10). Under the united theme Climate Chaos | Climate Rising, these two incredible nights of art focused on Earth’s changing environment will be connected by interactive projects, events and workshops in sites across the Twin Cities, each exploring how artists grapple with and envision new approaches to the climate challenges we face globally.

Over the next two years Northern Spark takes on this challenge through the lenses of migration, nourishment, interconnectedness, perception and civic action. Our programming begins in winter of 2016 by delving into issues such as the future of food, new relationships to non-human species, and radical river ecologies, and culminates in the summer of 2017 in the biggest Northern Spark yet, with innovative, interactive art projects filling the landscape along the Green Line—from Minneapolis through the neighborhoods of St. Paul to its terminus in Lowertown.

On JUNE 11, 2016, Northern Spark will ignite our theme with an immersive, thought-provoking art festival, workshops, and lectures on urgent questions around the future of Earth’s environment.

At dusk the festival will open at the Minneapolis Convention Center with the unveiling of the newest winner of the Creative City Challenge. The festival will continue all night long in Minneapolis’s Mill District as audiences explore climate topics—Move, Nourish, Interconnect, Perceive, Act—through giant video projections, performances and installations in the streets, and in green spaces and under bridges along the waterfront. Food trucks will offer snacks and drinks throughout the night and audiences can relax in a specially commissioned “chill” conversation space constructed out of ice harvested from Minnesota lakes during the winter.

In addition to the festival’s participatory artist projects, we’re adding a night-time track of inspiring talks by climate scientists, policy wonks, visionary engineers, political activists, and artists, as well as activities and workshops for audiences to further participate in.

Virtual Reality: Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program at Northern Spark (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Beginning on June 11 at the 6th annual Northern Spark festival and continuing at the Walker Art Center until June 16, 2016, step into a new immersive medium and roam with bison in the wild, swim with whales in the deep ocean or explore a mysterious asteroid. Virtual Reality: The New Frontier is an international selection of virtual reality works that represents some of the most compelling narrative and documentary VR storytelling being independently created today. The lineup also includes three specially selected pieces simRvR, Let’s Go Crazy, and Black Lives Matter MPLS by Minnesota artists. Visit Sundance.org/vr to view and download the full selection of virtual reality works.

simRVR by Bill Gorcica, Mark Gill, Matt Julius, and Kristian Twombly invites you to witness the growing toxicity of a river and ways that the smallest changes impact the farthest reaches of our food web. Black Lives Matter MPLS by Chuck Olsen allows you to experience one peaceful night at the Black Lives Matter protest in North Minneapolis this past winter. In Let’s Go Crazy, also by Chuck Olsen, witness Dem Atlas perform a tribute to Prince in front of thousands of fans who gathered outside of First Avenue after his death in April 2016.

In addition to being able to view the works using phones and Samsung GearVR on-site, you’ll receive an official Sundance Institute New Frontier 10th-anniversary special-edition Google cardboard VR viewer, which you can bring home to continue the adventure. In preparation for mobile VR viewing, download apps for Android or iOS smartphone from the Sundance.org/vr.

Virtual Reality: The New Frontier is presented in collaboration with Sundance Institute’s New Frontier program and the Walker Art Center.

Body and Machine 2016 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

April 2016 dates TBD

Body and Machine 2016 will be the second juried exhibition of kinetic and interactive work of artists living in the American Midwest. This exhibition will be held in April of 2016 at the Northrup King Building 3rd Floor Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The exhibition will be composed of 25 to 30 artists selected by a three-person jury in late February of 2016.

Clouds, Temporarily Visible (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

We’re on cloud nine about Clouds, Temporarily Visible, the exhibition that explores the puffy, comfy, and daydream-inducing particles of water suspended above us. In the centenary year of the artist Jon Schueler’s birth, celebrate the scientific and romantic ambitions of clouds in art. View a documentary about Jon Schueler projected from 16 mm film, visit with artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett and interact with their light bulb cloud installation, view a performance of Pramila Vasudevan of Ancchia Arts, and join the Cloud Appreciation Society.

Other artworks featured will include early twentieth-century American photographer Edward Weston’s cloud studies, video installation work by contemporary, Boston-based artist Yu-Wen Wu, prints by famed nineteenth-century British landscape artist John Constable, a Scotch tape cloud by mixed media artist Spencer Finch, and paintings by nineteenth-century explorer William Henry Jackson.

INST-INT 2015 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

A gathering focused on the Art of Interactivity for objects, environments & experiences.

INSTINT assembles an international roster of acclaimed creators to explore the intersection of art, technology and interaction. If you’re interested in installation art, interactive art, responsive environments, smart objects, and the art of creating engaging experiences this is the place for you. It’s a fantastic chance to learn and connect with super fascinating people in the field today.

Great ideas and technology create ever-new opportunities to bring projects to life everywhere and anywhere imaginable. Along with this opportunity comes the inevitable trials and challenges of physical and site specific work. One-off projects made for one-off locations can make you pull your hair out, and/or go broke in the process. The volume of variables, old and new, can be overwhelming: unpredictable environments, bleeding edge technology, custom fabrication, code, bugs, insects, greasy fingers, hackers, crashers, crashes, caches, spoilers, laws, landlords, curators, committees, workers, shippers, solder, electricity, sunlight, moonlight, fluorescent light, reflections, bad ideas, egos, feasibility, durability, production planning, scope, scale, budgets, and on, and on.

What knowledge can be applied from previous experiences and what has to be learned on-the-fly, on a per project basis? Do you always have to start from square one?

INSTINT aims to arm you with insights and inspiration, and expand your ability to execute projects in this exciting, but complex, sometimes harrowing, and ever-shifting field.

Northern Spark 2015 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Northern Spark is an all-night arts festival that lights up Minneapolis on June 13, 2015.

On the second Saturday in June, tens of thousands of people gather along the Minneapolis riverfront and throughout the city to explore giant video projections, play in temporary installations in the streets, and enjoy experimental performances in green spaces. From dusk to dawn the city surprises you: friendly crowds, glowing groups of cyclists, an unexpected path through the urban landscape, the magic of sunrise after a night of amazing art and experiences. Northern Spark is the one-night arts event people talk about for the rest of the year.

Eyeo Festival 2015 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Eyeo assembles an incredible set of creative coders, data designers and artists, and attendees — expect enthralling talks, unique workshops and interactions with open source instigators and super fascinating practitioners. Join us for an extraordinary festival.