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  Starting at June 9th at dusk you’ll have 8 1/2 hours to take in a variety of art across all of Minneapolis. With 200+ artists and 120 projects, to say there is a lot going on is an understatement. We will be using social media to keep you updated on any changes in locations […]

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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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  In celebration of the lead up to Norther Spark 2012 and the new iteration of Mobile Experiential Cinema: The Parade, artists Daniel Dean and Ben Moren will be doing a re-performance of the 2011 iteration of Mobile Experiential Cinema!   Join in to see the 2011 version, Mobile Experiential Cinema: Second Bridge Is Wider But […]

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“Performing in Northern Spark, walking over the electrified Stone Arch Bridge at 3 am, and playing ping-pong as the sun came up! Minneapolis became (for a moment) an all-night city!”

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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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  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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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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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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  As part of The Kuramoto Model (1000 Fireflies) we will be making interactive blinking LED devices available for $10 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 […]

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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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