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Public Address is a platform for wide-ranging discussion of innovative projects, and practices.

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.

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – July

Author
Leslie Barlow
Post
09.5.2016

    Visit Us at Summer 4Play @Fort Snelling State Park Robin Schwartzman and Desiree Moore, Minnesotan Ice. Northern Spark 2016. Photo: Dusty Hoskovec Northern Spark @ Summer 4Play Saturday, July 30 at Fort Snelling State Park 11am – 4pm More details on Facebook. Northern Lights.mn returns to Fort Snelling State Park this July with a bevy […]

Business Manager

Author
mediachef
Post
08.11.2016

Help Northern Spark take care of business. We are looking for an energetic individual with good communication skills willing to sell the arts as critical to the region and help identify and implement ways for the Twin Cities community to support Northern Spark. From sponsorships to food vendors to merchandise to advertising, you will be a key member of the Northern Spark team, helping to make this annual festival a successful and sustainable event. More information

Eating with Strangers to Save the Earth

Author
Tyler Stefanich
Post
06.9.2016

With Northern Spark 2016 and 2017 as bookends, Making the Best of It: Dandelion(MtBoI:D) is a 12-month experiment in hospitality and companionship. Through a series of pop-up community meals hosted throughout different neighborhoods across Minnesota, collaborators Marina Zurkow, Valentine Cadieux, Aaron Marx, and Sarah Petersen will sustain conversations about “the risks of climate chaos, our […]

Northern Spark Partnership and Outreach Coordinator

Author
Ady8182
Post
05.5.2016

Northern Lights.mn seeks a Partnership and Outreach Coordinator to support the partnership work of the Northern Spark festival. Northern Lights.mn is a collaborative, interactive media-oriented, arts organization from the Twin Cities for the world. We create platforms with and for artists, audiences, and partners to experiment with and experience innovative art in the public sphere. […]

A Murmuration of People in the Streets

Author
Tyler Stefanich
Post
04.6.2016

  Walk outside during lunchtime on any given day in downtown Minneapolis and you could count out about 100 people crossing the street, waving cars to keep going, or sidestepping each other on a clogged sidewalk, all doing the familiar pedestrian dance. Now imagine about 100 performers arranged alongside West River Parkway all moving together […]

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – March

Author
Michael Karadshah
Post
03.9.2016

AOV7 Exhibition Opens March 12 Open Call for VR Projects for Northern Spark net.works.mn is Back! Climatic Conditions Introducing the AOV8 Fellows Report from Salzburg Climate Link of the Month In the News

Beyond Green: The Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainability

Author
mediachef
Post
03.3.2016

Opening Conversation: Artists Inspiring Change: Alexis Frasz, Kalyanee Mam, Frances Whitehead

With Northern Lights.mn’s decision to devote the next two years of Northern Spark and related year-round programming to the effects of climate change under the rubric Climate Chaos | Climate Rising, team, we have been thinking a lot about the possible relations of art and artists to the future of humanity.

I was thrilled, therefore, to get the opportunity recently, with the support of the Bush Foundation, to attend a Salzburg Global Seminar (the 561st since 1947), Beyond Green: The Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainability. With a worldwide roster of incredibly accomplished attendees, it promised to be fertile grounds for research and thoughtful discussion.

Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – February

Author
Michael Karadshah
Post
02.16.2016

net.works.mn Northern Spark 2016 call for proposals Announcing the winner of the Creative City Challenge Prairie Grass Ballet at Jamestown Arts Park Thanks for coming out to the ARTathlon Climate Link of the Month In the News Projects we like

Northern Spark Festival Intern

Author
Ady8182
Post
01.27.2016

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 […]

Stefanie Motta, She Lives Free

Author
Michael Karadshah
Post
01.22.2016

“Throughout the night these collaborative pieces will be exposed, ending at dawn with a trace of an entire night’s reflections.” She Lives Free Throughout the night you are invited to interact with women who will tell the real stories of sex trafficking, and the devastating impact it has on countless lives everyday.  The Silenced!, written […]

ARTCOP21

Author
mediachef
Post
12.30.2015

https://vimeo.com/150305837
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.

Announcing Northern Spark 2016 and 2017: A Year of Climate Change

Author
Ady8182
Post
12.9.2015

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 […]

Listen to the city in a new timbre

Author
mediachef
Post
05.30.2015
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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).

Skill Share: A Northern Lights.mn Symposium

Author
Ady8182
Post
02.12.2015

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.

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