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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.

FutureEverything

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05.7.2010
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FutureEverything

The Lever Prize winning FutureEverything 2010 global festival of art, music and ideas features world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive citywide music programme, visionary thinkers from around the world, and awards for outstanding global innovators.

ASL for crane operators

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mediachef
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05.6.2010

Installing University Avenue Project(ion) site from Steve Dietz on Vimeo. Frank Frattalone was operating the crane, “Red” was directing, and John Hock and crew came down from Franconia Sculpture Park to assist with the rigging. It would have been impossible without you. Thanks.

Call for workshop leader for Futurefarmers project

Futurefarmers, call for workshop proposals

Futurefarmers, call for workshop proposals, deadline May 25.

This project is part of A People without a Voice Cannot Be Heard, a month-long project by Futurefarmers co-commissioned and co-presented by Northern Lights.mn and the Walker Art Center for the Walker’s Open Field initiative this summer.

Deadline May 25. More information.

A People without a Voice Cannot Be Heard

Futurefarmers, A People without a Voice Cannot Be Heard

Futurefarmers, A People without a Voice Cannot Be Heard, co-presented by Northern Lights.mn and Walker Art Center, August 2010

Futurefarmers’ A People without a Voice Cannot Be Heard is part of the Walker’s summer “Open Field” programming about the cultural commons.

Three Futurefarmers (Amy Franceschini, Michael Swaine, and Dan Allende, a new farmer who worked as an intern on the Reverse Ark project in Baltimore) came to Minneapolis to prep for their summer project A People Without a Voice Cannot Be Heard, which is being co-curated and co-presented by Northern Lights.mn and the Walker Art Center. Northern Lights artistic director Steve Dietz sat down with Amy and Michael to discuss their upcoming project after three days of meetings with Walker staff, local artists, and potential community collaborators.

Opening night, The University Avenue Project

Wing Young Huie, University Avenue Project opens tonight

Northern Lights was invited by Public Art Saint Paul and Wing Young Huie to participate in Wing’s University Avenue Project by proposing a “Project(ion) Site,” where there will be a nightly 2-hour show beginning at dusk of more than 450 of Wing’s photographs, which he has taken over the past 4 years, and which are […]

Spark Festival submissions open

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mediachef
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04.20.2010

Spark invites submissions of art, dance, theater, and music works incorporating new media, including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica, theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture, artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres. All submissions must be received by May 1, 2010 at 11:59PM Minneapolis Time (CST).

Relational architect

 image:  Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Vectorial Elevation (2010) English Bay, Vancouver, Canada, Winter Olympics 2010 Photo by Doug Farmer (www.douglasfarmerphotography.com)

Image: Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Vectorial Elevation (2010) English Bay, Vancouver, Canada, Winter Olympics 2010 Photo by Doug Farmer (www.douglasfarmerphotography.com)

Rafael has created remarkable “platforms for participation” around the world, with only one major U.S. public project to date, Pulse Park, at Madison Square Park in New York City. Great opportunity for those in Philadelphia area to hear him speak.

Public art and volcanoes

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mediachef
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04.17.2010
Theresa Himmer, Volcano, 2008

Theresa Himmer, Volcano, 2008

I know it’s a bit specious, but I might as well do something while I am here.

Mount Vesuvius emitting a column of smoke after its eruption on 8 August 1779. Coloured etching by Pietro Fabris, 1779.

Mount Vesuvius emitting a column of smoke after its eruption on 8 August 1779. Coloured etching by Pietro Fabris, 1779.

The art of the volcano has been around since at least the late 1700s when Sir William Hamilton studied the eruptions of Vesuvius and other volcanoes, commissioning many views such as this colored etching by Pietro Fabris from 1779, Mount Vesuvius emitting a column of smoke after its eruption on 8 August 1779. via Wellcome Library, London.

Straight talks – some plane “reading” on art in public places

Art and Architecture in the Public Sphere of Cities. Joshua Decter, director of the Master of Public Art Studies Program at USC, organized and moderated this event exploring art and architecture in the public sphere, and unorthodox ways of engaging the public. The panel featured Anne Pasternak, president and artistic director of Creative Time, New York; Los Angeles based installation artist Doug Aitken; and Peter Zellner, Los Angeles-based architect and founding principal of ZELLNERPLUS. The event was presented as part of Visions and Voices, and was held on February 2, 2009, at the Davidson Conference Center.

Wishes for the sky

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mediachef
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04.15.2010
Wishes for the Sky, 2008

Wishes for the Sky, 2008

Make a wish from your heart, have fun flying a kite, honor Earth Day, and celebrate the arrival of spring. Wishes for the Sky is a free public art event that celebrates inner harmony and community peace. Be a part of this annual day of collective wishing!

11 am to 5 pm, Sunday, April 25, Harriet Island, St. Paul. Directions.

Public Art Initiative

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mediachef
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03.25.2010

“The place and role of artworks and artistic practice in public spaces has long been a topic of interest, concern and debate within and outside the university, involving artists, institutions of government, and members of the public. At the same time, many artists and scholars have questioned and challenged both conventional definitions of the artwork per se, and the nature, possibilities, and limits of conceptions of “the public,” in cultural, historical and political terms.”

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