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.
Participate: Creative City Challenge Discovery Day
As part of the Creative City Challenge’s summer-long programming, there are three themed activity days: Play Day, July 19; Discovery Day, August 16; and Maker Day, September 13. For Play Day, over a dozen artists performed and presented projects at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza for more than 750 people throughout the course of the […]
Survey Takers: Creative City Challenge Days
Northern Lights.mn in coordination with the City of Minneapolis is hiring individuals for the following tasks:
Administer a short survey to the Creative City Challenge* attendees on July 19th at the Minneapolis Convention Center plaza. The shift would include attending an hour long survey training followed by a three hour working session. Must be friendly and willing to approach and speak with a diverse group of people.
Northern Lights.mn is partnering with Twin Cities Public Television to host TV Takeover, an art-filled party, broadcast live on tpt on June 6th. The party will showcase Northern Spark artists and their projects in a showcase of past years’ projects and a sneak peek of what you’ll see at this year’s festival on June 14th. […]
Creative City Challenges Receives Greening Award
Northern Lights.mn is pleased to announce that the Creative City Challenge has received a Greening Award from the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District. The Greening Public Realm Awards recognize projects that create and maintain public green spaces that help to enhance the vibrancy of Downtown Minneapolis.
Big Watershed Game Feedback Sessions
While snow was falling and the ground was covered in ice last month, we were dreaming of liquid water — lakes, creeks, watersheds. Ken Eklund was in town to workshop our concept for the Big Watershed Game, a project we’re creating in partnership with him and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and with funding from […]
Amateur Intelligence Radio is Live
The beta version of Amateur Intelligence Radio is now live at Union Depot and online at airstories.mn. Spending some time in the Waiting Room at Union Depot? Plug your headphones into one of the AIR stations to hear the building tell its stories. Contribute your own stories and listen remotely at airstories.mn. Have you found […]
Jim Campbell: Rhythms of Perception
Jim Campbell: Rhythms of Perception at the Museum of the Moving Image, March 21 – June 1
Guest Curator: Steve Dietz
Jim Campbell’s art gets under your skin. Standing in the middle of the gallery, you can see nearly all of his work. The odd thing is that for much of it, as you get closer, the work becomes more abstract. As you move back, it comes more clearly into focus. There is something magical about this, like finally locking in on the stars of a constellation in the vast night sky, suddenly recognizable as a dipper or belt or chair. But only barely. Waveringly. Profoundly.
Art(ists) On the Verge 6 Fellows
Peter Sowinski, Autonomous, Art(ists) On the Verge 5 Fellowship Northern Lights.mn announces the recipients of the 6th round of Art(ists) On the Verge commissions (AOV6). AOV6 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 […]
ArtPlace America Finalist
Northern Lights.mn is pleased to announce that we have been chosen as a finalist for an ArtPlace America Community Placemaking grant. Creative CityLab, the proposed project, will build on existing creative placemaking efforts to introduce experimental artist projects and prototypes into the long-range planning process of the City of Minneapolis. NL was chosen from a […]
Creative City Challenge public presenation
Monday, February 10, 6:00pm, Rapson Hall, School of Architecture and Design on the East Bank campus of the University of Minnesota In collaboration with former Mayor R.T. Rybak’s “Mayor 101” class at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, the three Creative City Challenge finalists will present […]
Amateur Intelligence Radio Installation
After months of planning, designing, and fabricating, Daily tous les jours, a Montreal-based design studio, is in town to install Amateur Intelligence Radio (AIR) at Union Depot this week as part of Northern Lights.mn’s Interactive Multimedia Artwork Platform.
Night Visions (173 days)
My goal as Artistic Director and our goal as an organization is to support the artists, build the audiences, and create the environment that enable these “night-vision-driveway-moments” to occur. It is also our goal and desire to understand them. If you have a night-vision-driveway-moment, we’d love hear about it and for you to share it.
Northern Spark: 175 Days
Over the next 175 days, I want to give an insider perspective on putting together Northern Spark. Not just the daily what-I-had-for-breakfast minutia or the here-comes-the-next-appeal appeal, although I’m sure some of that will be mixed in. It’s part of our friending, tweeting, rough and tumblring micro-cultures that sustain the new environment of Sustainability, Resiliency, and Innovation we all find ourselves in.