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Contemporary art is increasingly “untethered” and moves from the white cube of the gallery to any site – including the virtual – to engage the public in its own realm. Public art is an ever-expanding field of inquiry, with artists of all stripes exploring the public realm. Beyond murals, monuments, memorials (and the occasional mime) public art has become a vibrant and engaging practice. From the spectacular to the quotidian, permanent to ephemeral, sited to virtual, material to performative, conceptual to cinematic, we believe there are unprecedented opportunities for new art practices in our shared environment. This is the critical focus of Public Address.

More artists selected for Northern Spark

Author
mediachef
Post
03.23.2011

We recently juried a number of open calls, and selected an amazing group of artists to present work at Northern Spark on June 4-5. This is not a complete list, yet. These projects will join those presented by Northern Lights and our more than 40 partners, many of which are listed on the Northern Spark website. Congratulations to these artists:

Emily Darnell, Molly Roth, Terese Elhard; Daniel Dean and Ben Moren; Ben Garthus; Leslie Kelman and Mark O’Brien; Osman Khan; Mina Leierwood and Mike Haeg; Norbert Lucas, Jerry Riess, Craig Mary Verhoeven; Aaron Marx; Megan Mertaugh; The Notion Collective (Andy Dayton, Jason Bahling, Michael Eckblad, Candice Heberer, Jon Wohl); Angela Olson; Stephen Rife; Carissa Samaniego and Bridget Beck; Skewed Visions (Charles Campbell, Gulgun Kayim, Sean Kelley-Pegg); Angela Sprunge, Dana Maiden , Julie Kesti , Scott Kesti, Kaara Nilsso.

Midnight concerts recorded

Art(ists) On the Verge 3

Author
mediachef
Post
03.6.2011

Northern Lights.mn announces a third round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV3). AOV3 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. AOV3 is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.

More information.

url for Northern Spark submissions

Author
mediachef
Post
03.3.2011

Post your submissions to Northern Spark here http://submissions.northern.lights.mn/northernspark Deadline March 7 midnight CST Northern Lights and our partners are sponsoring more than 20 calls for participation in the Northern Spark nuit blanche. Some are based on specific locations, some on specific media, and others are free form. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 7, […]

Imagining Northern Spark

Author
mediachef
Post
02.20.2011
maquette and photography by Rasun Mehringer | northernspark.org

Maquette and photography by Rasun Mehringer | northernspark.org

It’s always hard to imagine something new before it happens. Rasun Mehringer’s fanciful photo of Northern Spark taking place on the banks of the Mississippi with the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul on either side playfully hints at the transformation planned for the Twin Cities between sunset on June 4 and sunrise on June 5. See the cardboard construction maquette from which she worked her magic.

Houseboat wanted

Author
mediachef
Post
02.19.2011
"Lagoon," Photo Craig Simcox

"Lagoon," Photo Craig Simcox

The BodyCartography Project seeks houseboat for a performance commissioned by Northern Spark Festival. It is an intimate performance work for small audiences in a boat that travels on the Mississippi from Boom Island through the lock and dam and back again. Looking for a boat with character, electricity and a working toilet. Size of boat from 30-60 feet. The boat is needed for roughly a week, end of May until June 4th, with performances happening on one night only.

Northern Spark nuit blanche

Northern Spark

Northern Spark homepage

For one night only, more than 60 regional and national artists together with the Twin Cities’ arts community will display new art installations at public places and unexpected locations throughout the city. Directed and produced by Northern Lights.mn and funded by the MN State Arts Board, Northern Spark takes place this summer from sunset on June 4 (8:55 p.m.) until the morning of June 5, 2011 (sunrise 5:28 a.m.).

Art in odd places – call

Author
mediachef
Post
02.6.2011
Art in odd places - A festival exploring the odd, ordinary and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life.

Art in odd places. A festival exploring the odd, ordinary and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life.

Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.

Art in odd places – call

Author
mediachef
Post
02.6.2011
Art in odd places - A festival exploring the odd, ordinary and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life.

Art in odd places. A festival exploring the odd, ordinary and ingenious in the spectacle of daily life.

Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.

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