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.
Opens in July 2017
Jason offers Impossible Science Labs and Festivals in science centers all over Southern California. Latimer’s events combine science fiction with hands-on interactive experiments. Learn Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Mathematics and more through workstations in Levitation, Invisibility, Mind Control, Super Powers and many other fields of impossible! The Impossible Science Initiative is designed to inspire wonder and curiosity in an academic environment.
Soundwalk Collective presents JUNGLE-IZED: an interactive audio art installation that transforms Times Square, transporting visitors to the heart of the Amazon, following the 73rd Meridian West that connects Times Square with the Amazon rainforest.
Presented in partnership with Times Square Arts, NYC & CO., Audio-Technica, The Lost Explorer and CXA+ART, this immersive, participatory audio experience encourages and celebrates a conversation with nature to bring a heightened awareness around climate change and the environmental impact of our everyday actions.
App by Motive.io for Soundwalk Collective featuring Amazon Rainforest Sound Environments Recorded by Francisco López Shipibo, Tribe Voices and songs recorded by Soundwalk Collective, and art direction by gpsmuseum.eu. Premium audio listening experiences available through Audio-Technica headphones at the NYC & Co. Kiosk in Times Square.
As part of the Times Square Arts’ At the Crossroads program, which includes installations and performances on the public plazas of Times Square, visitors will be invited to take self-guided audio tours of the Amazon by downloading the JUNGLE-IZED LITE or the full JUNGLE-IZED mobile app. From 8am to 7pm daily visitors can also borrow a pair of premium Audio-Technica headphones from the NYC & Co. kiosk located in Times Square, to begin the journey through a virtual soundscape that superimposes the Amazon ecosystem on the heart of Times Square, by following the 73rd line of longitude West that connects Times Square with the Amazon rainforest.
With the support of an Art Works grant through the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and generous support from local corporate sponsors, the City of Palo Alto will launch a festival called Code:ART June 1-3, 2017.
At the epicenter of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto’s population of 65,000 more than doubles each day with tech commuters and Stanford University affiliates. The sometimes secretive nature of the work taking place within these companies has occasionally limits interaction between the residential community and tech employees, and leaves the downtown corridor largely void of evidence of the creative minds at work. Code:ART will temporarily reframe the City as a laboratory for urban interventions and creative placemaking while engaging commuters, residents, students and visitors in dialogue to shape the future of the downtown corridor.
Exhibition closing date is an estimate.
Collecting Digital Art: Highlights + New Acquisitions from the Thoma Foundation will feature the first rotation of ongoing seasonal installations, showcasing significant artworks from the digital art collection that include new acquisitions of historic importance. The new installations feature artworks by Guillermo Galindo, Beryl Korot, Brigitte Kowanz, Vera Molnar, Laura Splan and Steina Vasulka.
The summer installations will include works by video art pioneers Beryl Korot and Steina Vasulka. Korot’s Dachau 1974 explores themes of the Nazi concentration camp as a tourist site, with an interplay of images across four monitors, resembling a basic hand-loom weaving pattern. Vasulka’s Violin Power, 1970-1978, a visionary work within the early history of experimental audiovisual art, uses recorded sound from her violin performance to generate optical video effects. In this innovative work, Vasulka adapts her training as a classical violinist, taming her instrument to convert sound waveforms into electronic signals that, when synthesized with video, produce abstracted imagery. Additionally, nine plotter drawings from the 1976 Transformations series by Vera Molnar, a 2016 Jacquard tapestry by Laura Splan that explores the use of computerized loom techniques to weave patterns derived from electromyography (EMG) readings, and Waveform Coded Landscape, 2015, by genre-defying performer, visual and sound artist Guillermo Galindo, will be on view.
Public reception: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 5-7pm
Glass Eye Shadow Pictures creates immersive, cinematic shadow performances that are like watching a live film bloom before your eyes. The Common Grounds Shadow Tunnel performance will be a unique, transformative and interactive experience. The tunnel will be transformed into many different environments. The audience is welcomed to walk through the changing shadow landscapes and become part of the story. The live music and all the props will be on display for the audience to see how all the shadows are created.
teamLab’s Graffiti Nature–Still Mountains and Movable Lakes (2017–) presents us with a virtual ecosystem of exaggerated wildlife and plant forms. The work invites viewers to become participants as they physically alter, express themselves within, and ultimately become a part of the work. Visitors can scan and add their own drawn additions to images of reptiles, amphibians, insects, and other creatures that grow, consume one another, and disappear, creating a live ecosystem. As participants pause to contemplate their surroundings, their stillness encourages the growth of flowers and plants.
The collective’s works often celebrate life, the essential element of water, and the regenerating capacity of pristine nature. Through its need for active participation, Graffiti Nature dissolves the boundaries between artwork and viewer, ultimately heightening our awareness of the connections between people and their environment.
Dolby Gallery celebrates Prime4, the final installment of the four-part Prime series by Hays + Ryan Holladay, with a special edition of Emergence, a live performance combining music and light, in the Dolby Cinema at 1275.
Come join the artists for an evening of cocktails, conversation, and memory making.
Choose your boldest and brightest cyber chic attire to wear to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual fundraiser, SMoCA Mix 2017: TECH Sublime. This year’s event provides an evening of interactive technology and media with an artistic perspective. Collaborating artists: Squidsoup, an international artists collective based in the United Kingdom; Los Angeles-based new media performance artist Tiffany Trenda; and Synthesis Center, David Tinapple and Charis Elliot from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, a collaborative initiative between the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Also on display: Nam June Paik’s 1992 work Electro-Symbio Phonics, a landmark video and neon sculpture featuring three robot figures containing 61 TV monitors and four neon panels depicting symbols of human communication, technology and biology.
All guests will experience SmoCA transformed by artist-driven technology and new media.
A conference, performances, workshops, and an exhibition surveying culture through the lens of art and technology.