For the past five years, Northern Spark has taken over the Twin Cities to create an evening of pop-up installations, activities, performances, and more. Past happenings have included letter messengers on bikes, short-film screenings on the sides of buildings, yarn bombing by HOTTEA, and giant swing sets.
Last year's event managed to carry on as best as possible despite torrential downpours most of the night. We're hoping for clear skies and nice temps at this year's event. The organization recently announced the festival date and some planned projects for 2015's all-night art party.
One of those commissioned projects, mill city requiem, will use mobile devices to create sounds and visual experiences influenced by other participants nearby and by mastermind Kathy McTavish. Meanwhile, mini_polis by Niko Kubota, Jon Reynolds, and Micah Roth will allow guests to view a plywood replica of the city that features an interactive map sharing the hopes and dreams of people in the city.
Other planned happenings include a giant light sculpture; Marketopia, a flea market and educational walk-through board game the seeks to educate folks about finances; and a public and playable video game.
This year's festival will take place Saturday, June 13 from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., and is free. Areas of activity will be found in and around the Minneapolis Convention Center, West River Parkway and Mill City Museum, Walker Art Center, MCAD and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and around the University of Minnesota.
For more info on events and what to expect, check out 2015.northernspark.org.