What to see and do at Northern Spark: Part 2



We couldn't narrow our top choices of things to see and do at Northern Spark to just five happenings, so here are five more intriguing possibilities. 
(Gold Medal Silos, 721-729 W. River Pkwy., Minneapolis)
9 p.m. to 5:26 a.m. 

Darkness provides the background for the outdoor activities of Northern Spark. That means there are usually quite a few art installations that come to life through the use of light. In E/x MN, Luke Savisky creates a giant light sculpture and interactive media piece that includes projections on the silos of the Gold Medal flour mill made from the faces and bodies of the audience. With a soundscape composed by Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride of Stars of the Lid, Savisky's E/x MN promises an interactive experience that explores spatial and personal relationships, confinement, public representation, self-perception, and transformation. 

Absolut Revolution: La Isla
(Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis)
Midnight to 5:30 a.m.

Absolut Revolution: La Isla gets its U.S. premiere at Northern Spark over at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Cuban husband-and-wife team Nelson Ramirez and Luidmila Velasco, who were featured in the the Venice Biennale in 2013, draw inspiration from Andy Warhol and Absolut vodka's Western advertising campaign for this video that will be projected throughout the evening. Velasco and Ramirez focus on an obelisk monument honoring Jose Marti, a key figure during Cuba's fight for independence from Spain in the 19th century. 

MN Orchestra Quartet
(Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)
10:15 p.m. 

A real treat this year will be getting to see the Minnesota Orchestra Quartet perform at Orchestra Hall after hours. The piece they'll play, "From Amber Frozen" by composer and DJ Mason Bates, finds inspiration from everything from electronica to Indonesian gamelan to create an experimental work. The music should be challenging, with moments of melody emerging out of more abstract sounds. 

"Don't You Feel It Too?"
(Weisman Art Museum's WAM Plaza, Washington Avenue Bridge)
Midnight to 1:30 a.m. 

Northern Spark is not just about seeing great art, but being part of it. That's why you won't want to miss Marcus Young's "Don't You Feel It Too?," a piece where you get to be part of the action. Bring a portable music device and headphones (and comfortable shoes, which is advisable for Northern Spark anyway), and be ready to be honest with your music. As your own choreographer, performer, and audience, you'll take part in a short info session before being let loose on the Washington Avenue Bridge as you dance through the night. 

Vietnam Romance
(Peavey Plaza, Corner of South 11th Street and Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)
9 p.m. to 5:26 a.m. 

A live-action game about the Vietnam War? Sure, why not. In Vietnam Romance, four players for each round are cast as a German doctor, a Vietnam War veteran, a young Vietnamese American computer war-gamer, and a female CEO of a memorabilia trading company. All are vying for a trip to Vietnam on a private jet called "Vietnam Romance." Watch out for flashbacks informed by popular culture and mass media in this theatrical game that uses hand-painted animations, performance, and technology to create an artsy experience gamers and non-gamers can enjoy thanks to creator Eddo Stern. 

Looking for more? Here are a few other events worth checking out if you have time: