Minneapolis is a glorious city for an art fanatic. Case in point: the currently ongoing Spark Festival, an annual 6-day celebration of electronic innovation in both arts and music. Activities held under the Spark banner range from visual art, dance pieces, and concerts to an array of talks held on subjects like "Social Class and Creativity," and, um, "Cyberactions and Cyberinstruments via Physical Modeling: Extending Physical Realities". Heady stuff. But, don't be put off by some of the dizzying academic athleticism on display; if you enjoy any kind of expression, there's something here for you. Take a tour through the multiple art installations, attend an experimental orchestral performance, or head over to the Barker Center for Dance to witness a bodily interpretation of electronic soundscapes. Or, maybe, you'd be more interested in moving your own body at the multiple late-night parties that are also a part of Spark.
The festival is centered around the U of M campus and West Bank area, with most of the nightly festivities being held at the tucked-away Bedlam Theater. Most of the events are free, though the parties might come with a small price tag. To plan what you'd most like to see and how much it might cost, consult the extensive schedule at the Spark Festival website. Take advantage of living in an art fanatic's paradise.
The Spark Festival, February 17-22, 2009. See website for schedule and price details.