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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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  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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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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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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  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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  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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Dancer and choreographer Vanessa Voskuil and multimedia artist, Scott Sayre and are currently looking for 20 volunteer participants for a 10-15min movement-based, media performance event to be presented by Northern Spark at the Walker Art Center on June 9, 2012. Each performer will possess and manipulate an Apple iPad, which will contain a pre-programmed visual […]

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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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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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