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Looking for a way to experience the energy of Northern Spark before Saturday night? Come see an early performance of Annicha Arts’ In Habit: Living Patterns ! The group has choreographed a 9-hour outdoor performance piece for Northern Spark, and will have two 1- hour pre-festival performances. If you’re interested in seeing their work without […]

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Viewers at this year's Ten Second Film Festival at The Soap Factory will get to watch the mini videos in high style: pink, fuzzy, and technologically responsive.  Here is what the architect/designers of iLounge say about it:  Public social space is all around us and permanently changing. iLounge provides a social stage to create a […]

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Saturday June 2 was the launch of the Northern Spark Festival. We talked with Northern Spark’s Artistic Director Steve Dietz during the launch party and cerimonial lighting of the Stone Arch Bridge. Check for more events leading up to the festival night on June 9th! Video by Tricia Towey & Allison Osberg Sunrise to […]

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Saturday I had the pleasure of checking in with Caly McMorrow as she began installing Observation Tape Deck. This reiteration of her Artist on the Verge project, Status Update, is well on its way to being a hit at the top of the Foshay Tower! When I stopped in, Caly and her installation crew were […]

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To help you navigate the festival’s over 120 activities, we’ve invited a few people to make a list of projects they don’t want to miss. This list comes from Lara Roy, the Director of Continuing Studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and mom to Emerson (age 9) and Milo (age 4).

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The printed guidebooks are here! If you prefer flipping real pages to swiping screens on a mobile app, this is the tool for you. Pick one up before June 9 at one of the many festival venues during their regular hours such as Lunalux, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Open Book, Burnet Gallery at […]

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Want to join the blinking mass of Kuramoto riders in a ride leading up to the Stone Arch ride? Nice Ride staff will be leading a group ride departing from The Walker at 10:30 pm. The group will progress to Loring Park, stop at Hennepin and 4th Street, and then continue on to Father Hennepin […]

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Janaki Ranpura and her team are hard at work constructing The Peloton! This interactive biking project takes its participants on a stationary ride through a South Minneapolis neighborhood. What do I mean by a stationary ride, you might ask. Ranpura asks visitors to pedal on the bikes within this incredible structure to generate the electricity […]

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For the past several months the staff of Northern Spark have held our weekly meetings at the Works Progress office above Roberts Shoes on the corner of Lake and Chicago.  Last Thursday was our final meeting there, since we move into our week-of-festival tactical headquarters at the Soap Factory on Sunday. For weeks now I’ve […]

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Had the occasion to look at documentation of Battle of Everyouth from Northern Spark last year. Really great. Jenny Schmid, one of the co-creators with Ali Momeni, is doing a new piece this year, nightdemons  at the Weisman Art Museum  with Drew Anderson, who had an amazing piece, Near the Ghosts of Sugarloaf, at the AOV3 exhibition at The Soap Factory a couple of months ago. Can’t wait to see their newest work with MAW.

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