Northern Lights.mn seeks a Festival Intern for Northern Spark, an all night arts festival that lights up Minneapolis on the second Saturday of June. Now in it’s 6th year, Northern Spark will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
For more information, visit northernspark.org.
Job Description: Festival Intern
The Festival Intern works closely with Northern Spark staff on important functions of the festival including audience engagement and outreach, partnerships, research and content uploading, volunteer recruitment, and night-of involvement. This is an opportunity to learn the structure and organizing strategies of a beloved Twin Cities public art event.
I recently had the opportunity to be in Paris at the end of the COP21 – the 21st annual Congress of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change – which resulted in an historic accord on December 12 by 195 countries for planned reductions in CO2 emissions. My primary mission was to look at as much of the parallel arts program, know as ARTCOP21, which accompanied the Congress. While I arrived too late to attend the core cultural symposium, I had the opportunity to experience a number of works and, perhaps more importantly, think about Northern Spark’s focus on climate change in 2016 and 2017. Why? How? To what end? Stay tuned for some additional information about Northern Spark in our January newsletter. In the meantime, here are some thoughts about what I saw in Paris.
As a response to the intense global conversations on climate change now taking place in Paris at the COP21 talks, and around the world, we ask an important question: what is the role of art and culture in what some have called Year One of the climate revolution?
To explore this question, Northern Lights.mn announces a full year of artists addressing global climate change: Northern Spark 2016, June 11, through Northern Spark 2017, June 10. These two incredible nights of art focused on Earth’s changing environment will be connected by a year of interactive projects, events and workshops exploring climate challenges and solutions in sites across the Twin Cities.
We often talk about how one of the effects of a night of Northern Spark is to “see the city in a new light.” Since year 1, there has also been a remarkable range of sound and music projects from Phillip Blackburn’s festival opening Car Horn Fanfare to Monica Haller’s contemplative Can You Listen to the Same River Twice?
2015 is no exception, starting, of course, starting with Adam Levy, And the Professors, and the Mill City Summer Opera at the opening Northern Spark Launch Party (tickets) segueing to Cloud Cult’s outdoor concert on the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza presented with tpt Lowertown Line, and ending at dawn with Brian Engel of Hotpants and Hipshaker Minneapolis fame at the Pancake Feed (tickets).
In between are a medley of sounds for the ear:
March 27-28 join us for a conversation on art, surveillance and narrative plus an afternoon knowledge-share of strategies and tips every artist working with media in the public sphere needs to know.
Skill Share: A Northern Lights.mn Symposium
March 27-28, 2015 at the Soap Factory
Free, registration required.
Mark your calendars for a weekend of engagement with contemporary digital art(s) in conjunction with Art(ists) on the Verge 6. Part skills fair, part lecture and part happy hour, this gathering aims to build knowledge, peer learning and networks in our arts community.
Introducing fwd:// – Ding an Sich
When Piotr Szyhalski’s Ding an sich came out almost 20 years ago, the New York Times said: “Szyhalski’s user-controlled creation is deeply involving and richly allusive. It is his most fully realized work to date and one of the most accomplished pieces of art on the Web.” Since then, like the street cars that ran along the streets of Minneapolis or Saint Paul’s Union Depot, early net art projects like Ding an sich have been in a state of digital decline, no longer fully accessible because of changes in the Internet’s infrastructure and protocols.” More →
Congratulations to current and former Northern Lights artists and staff who received Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative support:
Alyssa E. Baguss
Eric W. Carroll
Aaron J. Dysart
Sam D. Hoolihan
Shanai H. Matteson
Benjamin J. Moren
Peter H. Thompson
We can’t wait to see your work in 2015!
Northern Spark 2015 food vendor applications are now open: https://northernlightsmn.wufoo
by Ann Klefstad
Art(ists) on the Verge is the second iteration of a fellowship program run by Northern Lights.mn with the support of the Jerome Foundation. Five artists who do interesting things with new media technology were chosen by a jury to create new works, four of which then were exhibited side by side with artists chosen to represent the visual side of the Spark Festival of electronic music and arts.
Artists on the Verge 2008-2009 at the Weisman Art Museum features works or documentation of works made by the inaugural group of Art(ists) on the Verge fellows. Installations of all six commissions are included. Artists are Aniccha Arts (led by Pramila Vasudevan), Avye Alexandres, Christopher Baker, Kevin Obstatz, Andrea Steudel, and Krista Kelley Walsh.