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Support Under Ice on Kickstarter Lighting and projection artist Michael Murnane attempts a rare and sometimes frightening glimpse into the living world under ice. After ice has formed on the surface of a lake or river, it becomes an eerie ghostly environment of darkness, with fleeting images of life, and of silence, broken only with […]

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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. Up first is Marc Pally, Artistic Director, Glow Festival, Santa Monica.

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In addition to a traditional printed guide we are happy to announce that Northern Spark 2012 has a mobile app available (now!!!) for both iPhone and Android.

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the Northern Spark mobile app
has landed!

A report from  artist Christopher Houltberg about the Wonder/Think Project.

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It’s been a busy past two weeks, but THINK AND WONDER is moving right along and coming to shape. After painting, I began screwing in light bulbs and got about halfway through (approx 2000 bulbs) by myself. Last night I had a “Light Bulb Screwing Party” where a group of AWESOME friends came by to […]

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With the festival being less than three weeks away, it is time to start thinking about your agenda for the night of! I am in the process of compiling a list of places to visit on June 9th to best see some of our incredible projects. First on the list is Robin Schwartzman’s THINK AND […]


The printed festival guide for Northern Spark 2012 was on press early this morning at John Roberts (which, poetically, is situated near the Mississippi River in Coon Rapids — maybe we should deliver the guidebooks down river on Leslie’s raft).

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The Kuramoto Model (1000 Fireflies) will distribute 1000 interactive blinking LED devices to bicyclists who attend Northern Spark 2012. The devices are outfitted with microcontrollers and radio units that allow them to mutually and observably synchronize with others, as do certain species of firefly. In isolation these devices look similar to conventional LED cycling safety […]

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“I think it was the transformative feeling—it really did induce a dreamlike state. It was really cool to experience the familiar (riding the bus, for example) as something new and reinvented.”

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Ride nice at Northern Spark! We’re excited to be working with Nice Ride, the Twin Cities bike share system to encourage cycling as a primary mode of transportation for this year’s festival.  We’ve marked the Nice Rice bike docks nearest to all the festival projects on our maps (mobile app, too) for easy navigation.  For […]

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