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 – October
October AAA: What is the Anthropocene? Photo: Beyond Neon, Worried Snow Monkey, [Flickr] is licensed under CC BY 2.0. AAA: What is the Anthropocene? Wednesday, October 19th, 7-8pm Fulton Taproom 414 6th Ave N, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401 Facebook event Perhaps you’ve heard of our new club AAA: Anthropocene Awareness Association, and maybe you’ve been at a party and overheard […]
Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – September
Feeling Overwhelmed about Climate Change? Join AAA: Anthropocene Awareness Association Image: Holbergsgade Cyclists by Tony Webster [Flickr] is licensed under CC BY 2.0 We’ve entered the Anthropocene — a new planetary age when human activities exert a dominant influence on Earth’s geology and ecosystems. As a way of exploring (and coping) with this reality, Northern Lights.mn invites you […]
Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – August
IN Light IN Northern Lights.mn is heading to Indianapolis! Check out IN Light IN, a historic “100 year event” in Indianapolis, August 26 and 27 from 9 pm to 1 am. From interactive projection mapping of the largest Scottish Rite cathedral in the US to projected documentation of the oldest African American church in Indianapolis. From shadow sculptures […]
Northern Lights.mn Newsletter – July
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 […]
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
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
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
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 […]
Beyond Green: The Arts as a Catalyst for Sustainability
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 Spark Festival Intern
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
“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 […]
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.