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This year the Soap Factory’s Ten Second Film Festival is happening at Northern Spark, and some of the viewing will be from specially commissioned, interactive seating in the “iLounge” by Mona El Khafif and Marcella Del Signore. Come early and check it out.

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 “I like to think that I’m making a kind of social interstice, and that something like Guy Debord’s dérive might simultaneously play out for thousands of people in Minneapolis on June 9.” Read all of David Rueter’s interview about The Kuramoto Model on the Huffington Post. 

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My Night is a feature that lets you create a customized list of the projects you want to see at Northern Spark. Add (or remove) projects using the “My Night” button — look for it on the Artists & Projects list as well as on individual project pages.Your “My Night” list can be printed, shared, or transferred to the festival’s mobile app.

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We had a soggy start to the LynLake Street Festival today, but our hearty volunteers stuck it out in the rain with us anyway.  Here they are, sporting the Kuramoto Model lights, corsage style. Thanks Isabel, Birdie, Angie, Sarah, and David!     

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Be certain to get your Kuramoto Model bike light by supporting David Rueter’s Kickstarter campaign for Northern Spark and join us on a midnight ride of synchronized light across the Stone Arch Bridge.

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Meet Nina. She’s signed up to volunteer at one of our six Information tents from 8pm on June 9 to 6am on June 10. I recently asked her to tell me a little about herself. Here’s what she had to say: A brief bio? I’m a Web + Multimedia Environments major at MCAD. In other words, […]

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Team Northern Spark met on the roof top deck of Joe’s Garage tonight to watch the tests of Jim Campbell’s work projected on the lights atop the Target building in downtown Minneapolis. A beautiful night for viewing art in the skyline. Better pics to come, but for now, here is a blurry homage to Campbell’s […]

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  I liked how different it was from the typical art festival that has rows of tents with individuals selling their wares. I felt like more of a participant than a patron. —response to Northern Spark survey (over 500 people participated in person during the festival and online afterwards).

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Imagine riding your bike through the darkened streets of Minneapolis on a warm summer night and coming upon another cyclist with a red blinking light. Alright, that isn’t hard to envision—most cyclists have flashing tail lights. But imagine that upon approaching said bicycle, your light and its light begin to blink in unison. Now picture […]

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Aside from all of the fabulous works of art, what stands out in my mind is the variety of people who experienced Northern Spark. A friend commented that she expected the “usual art-nerd suspects” but we saw many people who may have never participated in a public art event before. What a great way to […]

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