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We recently talked with Rosemary Williams as she prepared for her project Mom’s Cookies. Mom’s Cookies is a series of short silent videos showing packaged convenience foods prepared from start to finish by a well-coiffed mother figure. The videos will be projected onto mill buildings near St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. These videos […]

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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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What: Northern Spark Bike Community Happy Hour When: Thursday, March 29, 4-6 pm, presentation at 4:30 pm. Where: Midtown Greenway Coalition at the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, on the Greenway between Chicago and 10th Avenues What kind of free beer: New Belgium Brewery Why? This year we are promoting cycling as the primary mode of […]

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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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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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One of the uncommon things about Northern Spark (aside from our nocturnal timing) is the very structure of the festival.  Northern curates a bunch of artist projects that appear in public space, but good amount of the art and events that comprise the festival are organized by many of the Twin Cities vibrant art, […]

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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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  On the designing of Kolam stencils, In Habit’s director Piotr Szyhalski writes: “For the IN HABIT project I have made a set of 16 stencils to be printed during the performances. This unusual aspect of the project is perhaps the most direct reference to the South Indian tradition of Kolam drawing. I found the […]

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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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We are thrilled to share that The Guthrie’s Endless Bridge will be open until 11pm tomorrow! If you’ve been up to the Endless Bridge before, you know it offers the perfect view of the Stone Arch Bridge – so be sure to wander up there and take in the scene from above! This would be […]

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