Meet the Northern Spark artist: Kate Casanova in collaboration with Ben Moren, Daniel Dean

(Editor's note: This Saturday night and Sunday morning is Northern Spark, an epic, city-wide party where hundreds of artists, performing groups, and creative organizations set up pop-up galleries, present theater pieces, and host other unexpected happenings throughout the city of Minneapolis. Before the big evening, we'll be taking a look at some of the people and places you may want to check out.)

Your name and your project's name: Kate Casanova. I'm collaborating with Ben Moren, Daniel Dean on Hotel Hotel.

Where we can find you this weekend?

Near the Mill City Museum at the south side of the Stone Arch Bridge. We will be projecting on the North Star Woolen Mill.

See also:

Meet the Northern Spark artist: Anthony Chapin and Erin Lavelle, Nighttime Post

Tell us about what you are doing at Northern Spark, and what visitors can expect:

Hotel Hotel is a collaboration between Daniel Dean, Ben Moren, and myself. Our project is a poetic exploration of the relationship between living organisms and architecture. The occupants are various species of insects, such as caterpillars, beetles, and moths. In Hotel Hotel, the insects are anthropomorphized, yet remain alien. This project inserts these distinct species into the center of an imagined urban interior. Through the mediated nature of projection, we see these insects populate a building, metaphorically embodying the complexity of peoples, customs, cultures, and individual traits that make up the citizens of contemporary cities.

Is this your first time participating in Northern Spark?

It is my first time participating in Northern Spark and the fourth time for my collaborators, Daniel Dean and Ben Moren.

Please tell us a little bit about what you do creatively and why:

As a visual artist, I strive to reveal and confront human perceptions of nature. I work primarily in the mediums of sculpture, video, performance, and collage. My work ranges from a car that grows mushrooms to a 17-year project that involves collecting cicadas.

Name three things that influence your work right now:

Entomology, posthumanism, and my studio mates.

Name three things that inspired and/or motivated you as a budding creative type:

Explorers, natural history museums, and rock concerts.

In addition to Northern Spark, what do you have going on now or coming up in the near future that should be on our radar?

I will be holding an Insect Tasting at the Katherine E. Nash gallery at the University of Minnesota in September as a part of the Social Practice exhibition. Ben Moren will be facilitating WZFR, a film residency taking place in rural Wisconsin this summer. Daniel Dean is a 2014 Art(ists) On the Verge fellow.


Northern Spark


9:01 p.m. to 5:25 a.m. Saturday, June 14

Various locations

For more info, and a complete schedule of happenings, visit