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Check out some of the great press coverage Northern Spark received around the festival. If you weren’t able to attend, or if you want to relive your Northern Spark experience, take a look at some of these articles, slideshows, and videos! recap by Sheila Regan recap by Michael Rietmulder Star Tribune photo gallery […]

We’re collecting links from partners, fans, and press who documented Northern Spark 2014! Here are just a few we’ve collected so far. Watch for our Flickr links to be sent out sometime next week. City Pages photo recap – ‪ – Star Tribune photos by Monica Herndon – ‪ TC Daily Planet: Heavy Table […]

Northern Spark is available on your smartphone! These apps will help plan your night and engage with a few of our partner projects.

Confluent seeks to immerse Northern Spark audiences in communal, environmental, and other commonalities—confluences—between here and there (Iraq). The project is a video of the Euphrates River projected onto to the underside of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, bringing together the Euphrates and the Mississippi—two rivers that hold a profound place in human history and culture—and the Arab and American worlds that surround them. Read about Mizna’s struggle to pull off this project and how it underscores the continued issues of agency, freedom of expression, and the right to inhabit and represent public space in the Arab world.

The winners of the 2014 Creative City Challenge share their experience working with one another on their public installation Balancing Ground.

The Bell Museum’s ExploraDome planetarium is a great metaphor for Northern Spark which boasts “hands-on, minds-on” learning as visitors travel from the subatomic realm to the edge of the known universe. It’s not a secret that our collective vision of the universe is cloaked in night. That mysterious quality of the Way Out There is […]

Jefferson Pinder, Relay If there were no inequity, then Relay would be a simple literal narrative with people performing actions in an environment without opposing forces. In today’s world, Jefferson Pinder’s video and performance installations fall into basic parables, applied to current conditions on race, class, the opportunity gap, immigration, and possibilities. You could decide to play out each one through the story […]

Luke Savisky, E/x MN   Beaming, bending, and animating light, Luke Savisky transforms natural and architectural environments into magical experiences. In today’s rapid world of high-speed Internet, high-definition video, cell phones, and tweets, it is easy to forget to stop, look, and listen. Much of the landscape is taken for granted because people are busy […]

Monkey with a Mustache, MysteryPhone: Art of Darkness An art heist. Missing persons. Missing cat. Jerry Belich is a master criminal. He plans his crimes with care. They are masterpieces of misdirection. They are executed with clockwork precision. Jerry Belich is the Napoleon of Crime and, like Napoleon, he is pretty short. Jerry Belich employs […]

HOTTEA, La Maroma It is remarkable how much personal and familial history informs the art of Eric Rieger, also known as HOTTEA. The assumed name of this public installation artist originates in the memories of his mother’s habitual dessert, hot tea and cornbread. His medium of choice is skeins of yarn, which he uses to […]