Art & Events
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Experience the magic of a Northern Spark sunrise with a delicious pancake breakfast, whether you’re tired out from all-night fun or an early-riser.
Kick off your Northern Spark adventure at the Northern Spark Launch Party in the plein air splendor of the Mill City Museum Ruin Courtyard.
Creative City Challenge: Kubota/Reynolds/Roth •
Music by CLOUD CULT
Watch as mini_polis is unveiled and start your night with Cloud Cult at sunset!
Wondering what to see at #NSPK15? Leave the route-planning to us! Join a late-night guided bike tour of festival highlights and help support the art.
UCLA Game Lab artists are exhibiting several games made for the HappyFunTimes platform—an open-source, browser environment that allows up to 50 people to play together via WiFi-connected mobile phones on a shared screen.
An Overture in Seven Parts is a continuous sound composition & multi-channel installation created in real time by a collective of 7 artists.
Picture-a-Farmer: Farmer Photo Booth, where people construct portraits to illustrate their perceptions of farming by comparing stories in Minnesota and Austria. Thresh-Code / Dresch Code!
Sparkle Smash! is a fast, fun game where you team up to take over the lights on top of the Target HQ building using your smartphone. Click to play: Target.com/sparklesmash
Engage, embrace and summon your inner child! Come roller skate to the sounds of the 1970s while you experiment with printmaking techniques.
Stars hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires; The eye wink at the hand; yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see.
Don’t you feel it too? Grab your headphones and dance on the Washington Ave Bridge. Practice bravery and vulnerability with Marcus Young.
Mobile JXTA is a small fleet of artist-designed bikes that create an oasis of light, sound, and play in the public right of way. Play a game (illuminated chess, dominos and more), charge your phone, make a music request, or do an art activity to take away. #mobileJXTA
BUMFACK Co. is a ceramic production sweatshop facility that specializes in (re)producing one-of-a-kind objects by famous artists. BUMFACK Co.—Making the things you want, today!
Plunge into an “orchestra” of sine waves, pulsed images, sound, and vector sketches on your mobile device. Then, come closer. (Log in to millcity.io on your smart phone.)
Mill City Summer Opera Next: When opera and rock collide. Famous opera arias and scenes twisted into different musical genres and styles.
CityScope creates a field of kinetic follies that simultaneously invite participation and new ways of seeing and recall industrial histories of Minneapolis.
You Are Hear is the interactive 3D soundtrack of Northern Spark—GPS-located audio tracks, visualizations and giant glowing balloons that everyone experiences together. Bring headphones!
Marketopia: a flea market quite unlike any other. Part financial counseling session, part walk-through board game, part hands-on microeconomics lesson, and part flea market from another planet.
Human Foosball + Tron = Tron Human Foosball. Join us for a rousing night of retro futurist space foosball after dark.
Unleashing a child’s vision of the world through experimental films, a balloon poppy field, a Royal Croquet Game, and an Arcade Backpack.
In Ruins is a 3D submersive projected environmental multimedia performance experience that transports the audience into connection with the lives lived and stories told through diverse cultural and historical ethos.
An interactive work for screen, stage, and audience that uses public video gaming for direct engagement with the sublimated consequences of America’s “first televised war.”
This nationally touring seminar helps attendees achieve their dreams of material wealth and spiritual fulfillment, and meet the challenges of the 1990s and beyond.
Sumunar presents an all-night music performance of traditional and contemporary Javanese gamelan music. The first half of the evening includes dance.
Kinect with others to create a furious snowstorm, explore a beautiful summer landscape, or sit back and watch the seasons change over night.
Make a really big book on “Really Big Table” and explore art from the handmade to the digitally wrought. Think “Big expansive bobbing quiet.”
Relax under the stars on the inside of the museum. A park will be set up in the galleries where you can picnic, define a space for yourself, have your portrait sketched by an artist, listen to live music, and enjoy the stars with the Minnesota Astronomical Society.