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Each summer for two weeks in early June tourists flock to Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee to witness one of the natural world’s magic shows: thousands of synchronized, blinking fire flies. Photinus carolinus, are the only species of “lightning bugs” in America that can sync their flashing light patterns, according to the National Park Service. Some […]

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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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From $5 to $5,000 your support can help support the work of dozens of artists at Northern Spark.

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Northern is thrilled to be teaming up with the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and Sustology on a new project at the Stone Arch Bridge, which will be launched at Northern Spark and feature Wil Natzel’s installation Night Blooms.

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Thanks to all of our supporters and partners for the success of our Kickstarter campaign.

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Matthew’s revised design for our Northern Spark sticker. Every contributor at to our Kickstarter campaign at the $10 level and above will receive one with their selected reward.

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Our friends at Lunalux–a letterpress print shop and new partner for this year’s festival– chose an apt quote for a poster made specially for our Kickstarter campaign:  “We all do better when we all do better.”  Indeed, in a wholistic view of things, helping others helps ourselves. In that spirit, help yourself to a limited-edition, hand-printed Lunalux gem and lend […]

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As you may already know, David Rueter’s project The Kuramoto Model (1000 Fireflies) will culminate in a midnight ride across the Stone Arch Bridge. Rueter has crafted 1000 synchronizing LED bike lights that will be distributed to Northern Spark visitors Saturday night at various information tents. Everyone who gets one of these lights is invited […]

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