Northern Spark Nuit Blanche Twin Cities June 9-10, 2012, 8:58pm-5:26am
For Northern Spark 2012 the Minneapolis College of Art and Design has been transformed into a midnight playground—so stop by and play! A variety of interactive installations and gallery exhibitions will keep visitors awake for hours.
Gallery 148, MCAD’s student-curated exhibition program, is sponsoring four projects around campus. Visitors can make their way among a bouncing stream of glowing super balls in Lightfall, enter into the 8-bit world of Midnight Mario, create zines and play illuminated games at Spark in the Park, and delight in the improvisational and multi-sensory light and sound show Door to the River.
Above the entranceway to MCAD Gallery, discover a threatened bog ecosystem once prevalent in Minnesota with Reconstructing the Tamarack Rooftop Restoration. An outdoor spectral tamarack projection and indoor “field stations” accompany this rooftop installation by 2011/12 McKnight Visual Artist fellow Christine Baeumler. In the campus skywalk, alumna Keetra Dean Dixon has adapted the pedestrian thoroughfare into a collective swing installation. Swing Hall, Swing All is presented in conjunction with About Change, a group show that presents the transformative ideas and practices of a dozen MCAD alumni over the institution’s 125-year history.
Christopher Alday and Kate Thomas
Spark in the Park
North of the Morrison Building Entrance
Make a zine under the glowing “think” sign, and partake in luminescent games under the “wonder” sign. The two collide into a dance party on the hour.
Ryan Hughes and Matt Reimers
Door to the River
Enjoy a live sound / video work that evolves and builds throughout the night. Cycling waves and rhythms overtake each other in this improvisational piece.
Reconstituting the Landscape: A Tamarack Rooftop Restoration
Entranceway to MCAD Gallery
Discover an endangered landscape that challenges conventional green roof design and be awed by a spectral tamarack forest projection. The installation was made possible thanks to generous support from The McKnight Foundation, Smaby Family Foundation, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Barr Engineering,Prairie Restoration, Inc., and Plaisted Companies.
MCAD Gallery Exhibition
About Change: MCAD Alumni and Acts of Transformation
Learn how a dozen artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, all MCAD alumni, have transformed the cultural landscape, in Minnesota and beyond.
These projects are presented as part of Northern Spark 2012, produced by Northern Lights.mn.