The UnConvention is a non-partisan collaboration of local and national cultural organizations and citizens, initiated by Northern Lights, exploring the creative intersection of participatory media and participatory democracy. It exists as a counterpoint to the highly scripted and predetermined nature of the contemporary presidential nomination process and conventions.
Projects presented as part of the UnConvention included:
1000 Print Summer • Americans Who Tell the Truth • BackBone, Values, Hairstyle • Black Dog Block Party • Border Cruiser Video Sculpture • Dear President Blank • Dialog City :: Denver • Don’t You Feel It Too? • F-30 Pedal Cloud • Free Speech Surroate • Freedom of Assembly • I Approve This Message • IF/THEN: Honor Will Never Be Regained • INQ409 • Kulture Klub Art Shanties • Liberty Parade • Make an Effort • Minneapolis Art on Wheels • My Yard Our Message • New Stations • One-on-One Film Festival • Party Party in a Tweety Land b/w This Republic of Suffering • Peace Banners • Peace Island Picnic • Politaoke • Political Science 101 • Position and Imposition • Revolutionary Love 2: I Am Your Best Fantasy • Revolutionary Table • Soldier Billboard Project • Solutions Volume 3 • Spark 24 • Speaking of Home • Spontaneous Storefronts • The American Politics Sideshow • The Electoral College • The State of Things • The UnConvention @ Peavey Plaza • The UnConvention Show • The UnConvention Gathering Place • Translating Politics • UnConvention TV • UnConventional Wisdom * Urban Echo • Walk in their Shoes
Lead organizations for the UnConvention
Organizations participating in the UnConvention
Bedlam Theater • Black Dog Cafe • Campbell Mithun * Code Pink * Creative Time • Dialog City • Form + Content Gallery • Kulture Klub Collaborative • Liberty Parade • Minneapolis College of Art and Design • Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program • Minnesota Center for Book Arts • mnartists.org • Peace Island Picnic • Provisions Public Arts • Robischon Gallery • Sandbox Studios • Spark24 •Â St. Paul Neighborhood Network • Traffic Zone Gallery • University of Minnesota Collaborative Arts • The Uptake • Weisman Art Museum
The UnConvention received extensive press coverage including The New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, the StarTribune, The New Yorker, The Guardian (UK), Current TV, and many other publications, blogs, and media programs.