Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – October
October AAA: What is the Anthropocene?
Photo: Beyond Neon, Worried Snow Monkey, [Flickr] is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Perhaps you’ve heard of our new club AAA: Anthropocene Awareness Association, and maybe you’ve been at a party and overheard someone using the descriptor “anthropogenic.” (Or you yourself have boldly spoken of such.) What do these terms really mean? What do we make of a new scientific era, who created this term and why, and use does it have in a broader understanding of our relationship to the rest of the world?
Toss back a Fulton brew and join the discussion with three area scholars who will share their take on the meaning — and value — of the anthropocene.
Matthew Tucker is a designer with a strong background in ecologically and culturally sensitive site design that is informed by the changing patterns and processes of place.
Roopali Padke’s research and teaching is at the nexus of environmental studies, international development and science and technology studies with current research on private and public development of water and energy resources.
Kyungsoo Yoo studies genesis of soils. His research goal is to understand interactions among minerals, organic matter, and organisms as they move in soils and across landscapes and to understand how these interactions have been altered by humans.
Jessica Hellman directs the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota and researches global change ecology and climate adaptation.
Become a member of AAA and receive your bonafide club patch! Available along with a Fulton beer of your choice for only $10 at the event.
Save the Date for the next meeting of AAA: November 17th, 7 pm with Eben Kirksey, author of Emergent Ecologies.
Announcing Artist Opportunities for Northern Spark 2017
Cedarside 2016 Artists with Muna Ahmed, Blessing the Boats. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec.
Northern Lights.mn is thrilled to announce the launch of our artist open calls for Northern Spark 2017. The festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 10th, will be the culmination of a full-year of urgent & imaginative programming around the theme of Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. The Light Rail Green Line will act as the creative spine of the festival, spanning US Bank Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis and CHS Field Stadium in Lowertown, Saint Paul. All along the Green Line, neighborhoods will light up with participatory art projects, weaving global questions about climate change into the fabric of community celebrations. Even trains themselves will be animated by artists throughout the night, making the entire festival experience feel like one unforgettable ride.
This year, we have several open calls ranging in medium and scale, and focusing on different communities. Please note that deadlines vary by call. Basic descriptions are listed below, to read our calls in full, please visit our website. Submissions links will also be posted there.
Open Call Categories:
Artworks in Any Medium – projects in any medium that relate to Climate Chaos | Climate Rising, to be presented at selected stations – due January 16th, 2017
West Bank, Little Africa and Little Mekong – projects in any medium by artists of color and indigenous artists with cultural connections to West Bank, Little Africa and Little Mekong neighborhoods – due January 16th, 2017
Lowertown – projects in any medium designed for sites in the Lowertown neighborhood – due January 16th, 2017
Stay tuned for more artist opportunities coming soon.
Northern Spark Workshops for Artists
Northern Lights.mn and our festival partners are conducting workshops for artists who are interested in submitting proposals to Northern Spark 2017 Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. Each workshop will include information on climate change and a walk through the open call process with tips for more successful artist submissions. Workshops will be located in the vicinity of our core partners’ business district.
– November 2nd, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Little Africa District: African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS)
– November 9th, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Little Mekong District: Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA)
– November 14th, 6pm-8pm, West Bank: Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood: West Bank Business Association (WBBA)
Please sign up here for updates on locations and additional information.
Northern Lights.mn is excited to welcome our first-ever Northern Spark 2017 Program Council!
When we received Knight Foundation support to site Northern Spark 2017 along the Green Line, Northern Lights.mn decided to work in a different way to plan the festival: we wanted to engage neighborhoods and cultural communities directly.
In the spirit of forging these new relationships, we’ve assembled Northern Spark’s first-ever Program Council, made up of 9 artists with cultural connections to neighborhoods on the Green Line where the festival programming will take place: West Bank, Little Africaand Little Mekong. Their role is to work with Northern Spark staff to shape the open call process, jury projects, and encourage greater participation and neighborhood engagement. We are incredibly lucky to work with, support, and partner with such great visionaries. Please find their brief bio and photos below, with more info here on our website.
Northern Spark 2017 Partners Update
Let’s give a very warm welcome to our Presenting Partners for this year’s Northern Spark! Northern Spark actively engages with amazing organizations and institutions every year. Their programming contributions make the festival the vibrant night it has become.
We want to extend a special thanks to our core Green Line Neighborhood Partners:
Here are 2017’s Presenting Partners; stay tuned as the list grows! If you are interested in partnering with Northern Spark, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Rising Collaboration
Photo: Elin O’Hara Slavick, A persimmon tree in an exclusion zone / contaminated area near Iwate Village, Fukushima, 2015
“The fruit can not be harvested or eaten. An A-bombed persimmon tree in Nagasaki that survived the 1945 A-Bomb and still bears fruit, 2016. Both trees are damaged – one invisibly, the other dramatically – but both survived the invisible and deadly levels of radiation (from a bomb in 1945 and the nuclear accident at Dai’ichi in 2011).” – Elin O’ Hara Slavick
Elin O’Hara Slavick is a conceptual photographer focusing on the invisibility of radiation and all that is lost (and what remains) as a result of nuclear weapons, power and accidents.
See more photographs at the Neighborhood Climate Change tumblr.
Plotform to Host Water Support Group and Dance Party
Plotform, Water Quality Sing-Along, Mill Ruins Park, Northern Spark 2016. Photo: Max Haynes.
Water Support Group & Dance Party
Plotform, the artist collective behind the 2016 Northern Spark project Water Quality Sing-Along, will be hosting a Water Quality Support Group followed by a dance party at the Water Bar in Minneapolis. The event will feature an evening of storytellers who will share personal short stories of nitrate-affected water that highlight water crisis, failure, challenge, solution, and more. The goal: to paint a rich and varied picture of all of the ways that we are agents as well as victims of the nutrient pollution that impacts the health of freshwater throughout the state. Come and hear stories, drink water and dance!
Projects We Like
– Hennepin County is currently seeking professional artists and technologists to volunteer to work with youth participants at What the Hack?, a one-day, free event creating opportunities for North Minneapolis youth ages 14 to 18 to learn, play and work with arts and technology. All are encouraged to join in sharing their passion and talent: Painters, programmers, inventors, illustrators, actors, sound, website and game designers, DJs, dancers, musicians, makers, 3D printers, and fashion and wearable tech designers. What the Hack? will take place Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at The Soap Factory. Interested? Contact Kelly Clausen with your availability and questions.
– INSTINT assembles an international roster of acclaimed creators to explore the intersection of art, technology and interaction. Located in New Orleans from January 22nd – 24th, INSTINT utitlizes presentations, discussions, workshops, show & tell, and social events, all to bring creators together in community and potential collaboration. Tickets are still available! Find out more information and register on their website.