Pictures from the opening: AOV3


AOV3 opening Saturday evening

We did a walk through of all the Art(ists) on the Verge projects this morning, and everything is looking good for the opening tomorrow at 7 pm at the Soap Factory. Above is a short vid of Caly McMorrow’s Status Update. Beautiful.

Great article in MN Daily about the show “Digital Immersion As Art.”

Tomorrow morning WCCO will do a couple of segments on AOV around 8 am and 8:30 am.


Patricia Briggs to write for Art(ists) On the Verge


Art(ists) On the Verge opens at The Soap Factory

Participating Artists: Drew Anderson, Michael Hoyt, Caly McMorrow, Anthony Tran, Aaron Westre

Northern Lights.mn presents the third edition of Art(ists) On the Verge (AOV3) at The Soap Factory. This exhibition features new work from five Minnesota-based artists. AOV3 is an intensive, year-long, mentor-based fellowship program for emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. Previous exhibitions of work by AOV fellows have been at the Weisman Art Museum (2009) and the Spark Festival at the University of Minnesota (2010).

Feel your heart race as you pull the trigger of Drew Anderson’s “shotgun projector” illuminating the point of view of an animatronic hunter in the north woods of Minnesota. Zero in on Mike Hoyt’s video paintings of the Powderhorn neighborhood and join the online civic dialog. Get on the horn and leave a status update for Caly McMorrow’s sound and light installation. See yourself and the world around you differently in Anthony Tran’s hertzian funhouse mirror. Make your mark on the environment with Aaron Westre’s urban planning video game.

A related symposium on creative solutions for public discourse, “Discourse and Dischord: Architecture of Agonism from the Kitchen Table to the City Street,” will be co-presented with and at the Walker Art Center, April 12-14.

Northern Lights.mn is a collaborative, interactive media-oriented arts agency from the Twin Cities for the world. It presents innovative art in the public sphere, both physical and virtual, focusing on artists creatively using technology, both old and new, to engender new relations between audience and artwork and more broadly between citizenry and their built environment.

Art(ists) On the Verge is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.


Art(ists) On the Verge – 4(!)

Northern Lights.mn announces a fourth round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV4). AOV4 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 network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. AOV4 is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.

Full call here.


AOV3 Fellows

Northern Lights.mn announces the recipients of the third round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV3). AOV3 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 network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. AOV3 is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.

Drew Anderson
Michael Hoyt
Caly McMorrow
Anthony Tran
Aaron Westre

Congratulations from the jury: Steve Dietz, Artistic Director, Northern Lights.mn; Ben Heywood, Executive Director, The Soap Factory; and Amanda McDonald Crowley, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center. And from AOV3 Co-Director Christopher Baker.

More information.


Art(ists) On the Verge 3

Northern Lights.mn announces a third round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV3). AOV3 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 network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. AOV3 is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.

Deadline: April 11, 2011

Informational sessions (optional) will be held at the following times and locations:

More information.


Watch Art(ists) On the Verge @ the Spark Festival

Arlene Birt, Visualizing Grocery Footprints; Kyle Phillips, Indexical Architecture; Tyler Stefanich, Re-Presented Narratives; and tectonic industries, Perhaps this is the only way of knowing if anything was ever important to you.

Former AOV grantee and current Northern Spark producer, Andrea Steudel documented each of the Art(ists) On the Verge projects at the recent Spark Festival at the University of Minnesota’s Regis Art Center.

Ann Klefstad visited the installations and wrote an essay “The Inside and the Outside” about the projects. Some excerpts.

“The house of visual art’s only restrictiveness is its institutionality, and choice of media has little effect on this. The house of art is already more like a ruin: open to the sky, a site where almost anything did happen and can continue to happen. It is the site that defines what occurs on it.”

“Where Stefanich’s and Philips’ pieces are inward-turning, looking at the relations of human beings to each other, to memory, to the past, the works of Arlene Birt and tectonic industries (Lars Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow) turn outward, to the social and commercial spaces that constitute the public matrix in which we all swim.”

“Electronica and virtuality bring us, again, to the root questions of humanness: Can we create our selves? Can we create our own world? Are we at the mercy of our creations? Are they, rather, under our control? What do we want from what we make?”

Read on


N.B. AVO2 grantee Janaki Ranpura was participating in the Gwacheon Hanmadang Festival in South Korea during Spark. She will present Egg and Sperm Ride at Northern Spark in June, and she also presented it at the 01SJ Biennial in September.


AOV2 @Spark Festival

Spark Festival. Regis Art Center. tectonic industries, Perhaps this is the only way of knowing if anything was ever important to you.

For one week each year, the Spark Festival gathers creators and performers of new media arts from around the world to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, USA, to showcase their work to the public.

Art(ists) On the Verge is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. This is the second round of Art(ists) On the Verge grants, which are generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.

Arlene Birt, Kyle Phillips, Tyler Stefanich , and tectonic industries are presenting their Northern Lights.mn supported projects for Art(ists) On the Verge at the 8th Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, which opened Wednesday, September 29.

Arlene Birt, Visualizing Sustainability: Tracing Grocery Purchases

Arlene Birt, Visualizing Sustainability: Tracing Grocery Purchases

Visualizing Sustainability: Tracing Grocery Purchases is part of a larger project, TRACEPRODUCT.INFO , which, is a prototype for an in-store, retail-wide system for displaying information on grocery product backgrounds at point-of-sale. It aims to “visualize the narratives behind the seemingly ubiquitous everyday objects that we interact with as consumers; focusing on the ways in which these products connect us to the larger world. By bringing the attention of the shopper to the detailed and factual backgrounds of their everyday choices, TRACEPRODUCT.INFO seeks to inspire people to understand more about how their individual purchases impact global environment and society.”

The project was going to be displayed as a proof of concept at a local store but last minute technical difficulties at the partner store prevented this. In the Regis Center, blow ups of sample “receipts” are displayed along with their corresponding basket of groceries. Via a kiosk, viewers can enter product IDs and review a visualization of the “localness” of the products. To try this online, go to http://traceproduct.appspot.com/ and enter any of these codes: 1a2b3c, 4d5e6f, 7g8h9i, 1x2y3z, or 4x5y6z.

Kyle Phillips, Indexical Architecture

Kyle Phillips, Indexical Architecture

Kyle’s original Art(ists) On the Verage proposa l for “Empathetic Architecture” stated “I would like to create an empathetic space, which explores the network and relationship between itself and the people that inhabit it.” In part, the past 9 months have been spent understanding just how difficult it is to create a successful and compelling responsive architecture. Kyle’s installation in the Regis Center has at least 3 components. A shotgun microphone in the gallery captures conversations and sound in a very localized part of installation. These sounds are played back after an offset by speakers at the entrance to the room as a kind of attract sequence. Once inside, the viewer inevitably moves toward a shrouded space with a projection surface, which alternates between a grid of faces previously inhabiting the space and a real-time overlay of one of those faces and yours, as you gaze at the projection. Finally, projected spots on the floor indicate the “weight” of where the most people have stood, and a faint glow follows you one the floor as you walk around. Each of these reactive elements of the installation remind you of all the others who have been through the installation, also trying to figure it out.

Tyler Stefanich, Re-presented Narratives

Tyler Stefanich, Re-Presented Narratives

Tyler’s work is also about memory. When you walk into the room, there are four chairs, each facing a projection of a person, with a raw speaker hanging on its own speaker wires next to each chair. You sit and put the speaker to your ear. The person is describing an event. An event which happens to have been Tyler’s graduation show at MCAD, where he told stories in person about project home movies that were not his own. Each person it becomes apparent is describing what they remember of their encounter with this performance. Their memories are not always precise, and if you sit through a couple of iterations or as you move from chair to chair, you may notice that each telling becomes less clear. It is physically degraded like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy. Eventually, by the end of the show, the stories may be little more than white noise, which may also be the end of our own “shows,” eventually…

tectonic industries, Perhaps this is the only way of knowing if anything was ever important to you.


tectonic industries (Lars Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow) are endurance artists–although that’s probably not how they would describe themselves. Or at least endurance is only part of their practice. For The One Year Project (2007) they cooked one meal a day in chronological order from the Rachael Ray cookery book, “365: No Repeats A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners.” For their AOV2 grant , they proposed “for the duration of 2010, tectonic industries will transcribe from spoken word to text, every new episode of the Oprah Winfrey show and publish the results online every weekday, with summaries posted to Facebook and Twitter.” For this Another One Year Project , tectonic industries creates three versions of each Oprah show. One is not a verbatim transcript, but it is an honest attempt to “report” the entirety of the program. The second version is a distillation into the top 5 lessons learned from the day’s episode. And finally, there is a 140 character Twitter feed of the episode, from which the title of this installation derives. While the project is not yet completed, tectonic industries is streaming across the facade of the Regis Center, the Tweets of the episodes viewed to date.


Art-a-Whirl this weekend

Northern.Lights.mn, Art(ists) On the Verge, works-in-progress @ Art-a-Whirl

Art(ists) On the Verge will again be participating in the Art-a-Whirl Open Studio and Gallery Tour in the historic Thorp Building on Central Avenue, this Friday, May 14 – Sunday, May 16.

Works-in-Progress

Arlene Birt, tectonic industries, Kyle Phillips, Janaki Ranpura, Tyler Stefanich

Arlene Birt Visualizing sustainability.An in-store grocery products tracking system
Kyle PhillipsEmpathetic Architecture. An interactive exploration of previous inhabitants in a space
Janaki RanpuraEgg Alley Cat bike race. Interactive costumes
Tyler Stefanich – Exploring strategies for interpretation of the digital cultural archive
tectonic industriesThe Oprah Winfrey Show. We watch so you don’t have to

1618-1620 CENTRAL AVENUE NE . MINNEAPOLIS . MN 55413

1618-1620 CENTRAL AVENUE NE . MINNEAPOLIS . MN 55413


Art(ists) On the Verge info session

Are you an emerging artist? Do you work experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory Do you live in Minnesota? Would you like $5,000? I can help answer at least some of these questions. Come find out more about the new round of Art(ists) On the Verge grants.
http://tylerstefanich.com/clients/northernlights/programs/aov2/

Information session – Influx, Regis Center, Univeristy of MN at 12 30 pm this Friday, October 9. Everyone welcome.