Northern Spark 2013

Northern Spark
June 8, 2013

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design is proud to be participating in Northern Spark 2013! This year the event is centered around the Depot in Lowertown, St. Paul. We are pleased to be hosting three activities:

Lacey Prpić Hedtke and Nathan Lewis
This project will provide the experience of a 19th century spiritualist séance parlor while contextualizing and paying homage to the history of the Depot’s transitory space. Artists Lacey Prpić Hedtke and Nathan Lewis will be the guides through this ethereal installation and will help to conjure the spirits of St. Paul and beyond. Attendees will have the option to participate in several activities including: foretelling their own fates with divination cards and planchettes; viewing 3D spirit photographs; reading tales from St. Paul denizens (of days gone by); rifling through the relics of travelers; interacting with a medium; entering the Spirit Chamber to collaborate on a unique photographic take-home memento; and more!

This event serves to connect visitors to people and neighborhoods of the city that have disappeared, and inform them about the once thriving phenomena of Spiritualism practiced by all strata of the American public—from presidents to peddlers.
Original work by the artists will be incorporated throughout the installation—much of it produced using processes popular in the 19th century. At key hours throughout, the event will be punctuated with ghostly surprises!

Matte Szklarz
War Drum Hero
Interactive digital and sound installation
In this acidic send-up of Guitar Hero, beat a war drum and have your digital soldiers fall into rank behind you. How large an army can you amass?

War Drum Hero is an interactive installation imitating the popular video game series Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Striking the bass drum in time with the projected game, the player builds a sequentially larger army—from foot soldiers to predator drones—to lead on an endless forward-march. The work examines domestication and remoteness; just as Guitar Hero concerts take place in our living rooms through the veil of screens and non-human entertainers, our warfare is waged against dehumanized combatants from the safety of control consoles far from enemy lines.

Nina Rivera
Messier 4
Interactive digital installation
Messier 4 is an interactive piece inspired by falling dreams and the manipulation of constellations. Think virtual ball pit—but more fun. 


MCAD connected projects:

Piotr Szyhalski, Professor of Media Arts—Permanent Labor

Amanda Lovelee MFA ’08, Seitu Jones, Colin Harris and Emily Stover—Create: The Community Meal

John Keston MFA ’13—Instant Cinema: Teleportation Platform X

Lea Sorrentino MFA ’12—Forever Young Dance Installation

Monica Haller—Can you listen to the same river twice?