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.
Help Spark 5 Projects for 2015 now through December 31, 2014
To celebrate our 5th festival, we’re challenging our friends to help fund five artist commissions for Northern Spark 2015.
Creative City Challenge Info Session Slides
Monday, December 1 at 4:30 pm is the deadline to submit your proposal to the Creative City Challenge. Here is the direct link for the online submission form. These are slides from the Information Session about the Challenge. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artistic Innovation, Like the Web, Is Often Hidden
Heard a segment on The World tonight on the “Dark Side of the Web.” The piece focused on police action against illegal activities on the “dark web,” many of them reprehensible, but it also made me think of Lisa Jevbratt’s project 1:1, which she first created when part of the artist collaborative C5 in 1999 – only a year after Google was founded.
Creative City Challenge Info Session
Find out about the $75,000 Creative City Challenge. How can you make the best proposal possible? What will the jury be looking for? What are the pragmatic issues of producing a project on the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza? What does it mean for the public to participate in your project? What are some of the ways to think about site specificity? What has been the experience in past years?
Jeff Johnson, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Convention Center, Gulgun Kayim, Director of the Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy Program of the City of Minneapolis, and Steve Dietz, Artistic Director of Northern Lights.mn will be on hand to talk about the competition and to answer your questions.
Come with your questions. There will be a chance to tour the Plaza at 5:30 pm before the info session at at 7 pm afterwards.
Call for Performers – Ruination: City of Dust
Northern Lights.mn seeks performers for Ruination: City of Dust, an interactive, site-specific game produced with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and game designer WriterGuy Ken Eklund, and in partnership with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board.
Luftwerk, INsite test, 2012. Photo: Kate Joyce From October 17-20, 2014 the critically-acclaimed artist duo of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, known as Luftwerk, will bring INsite, a temporary public art exhibition, to Farnsworth House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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.