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Northern Spark 2014 Activities at MCAD and MIA

June 2, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, June 2 -- Minneapolis College of Art and Design issued the following news release:

This dusk-to-dawn urban art festival takes place in five connected zones of Minneapolis. We invite you to come along for a nocturnal adventure where together we'll project the city we aspire to be with our actions, voices, ideas, and technologies. MCAD is looking forward to participating in Northern Spark, the Twin Cities' fourth annual all-night arts festival. The MCAD/MIA campus will once again be a major hub from dusk until dawn.

Northern Spark Details

Theme: Deja Vu

When: Saturday, June 14 from dusk to dawn, 9:01 p.m. to 5:26 a.m.

Where: MCAD campus, 2501 Stevens Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404

The overall theme for MCAD's event is "Deja Vu," and in that spirit, ten projects that are reincarnations of something you might have seen before will be featured, on or off our campus. MCAD is re-installing Keetra Dean Dixon's "Swing Hall, Swing All" project from Northern Spark 2012 in the MCAD skyway; projecting "The Magic Hand of Chance," an algorithmic computer program by digital pioneer Roman Verostko that was first shown in 1982; hosting a participatory TASK party in our main gallery (bigger than the one we hosted in 2010); spotlighting the teaching talents of our students, alumni, and staff in a series of 15-minute art classes; and showcasing a series of alumni short films and animations from past commencement shows.

Additionally, just in time for Northern Spark, new alumni art will be installed in the MCAD Sculpture Garden (

MCAD/MIA Projects Include:

15-Minute Art Classes (

Primary artist names: Various

Hours of project: All night

Project location: Various locations around campus

Have you always wanted to make art but couldn't find the time? There are a dozen opportunities to learn from MCAD-affiliated artists in fifteen minutes or less.

Archive Fever (

Primary artist names: Christopher Alday, Nathan Lewis, Jo Yeh

Hours of project: All night

Project location: Concourse Gallery, north stairwell, various locations, Main Building

An artistic interpretation of MCAD's archives, from 1886 to the present.

Blasts from the Past (

Primary artist names: MCAD students

Hours of project: All night

Project location: East lawn

Sit back and sample some of the creative films, videos, and animations that MCAD students have presented over the past decades. Appropriate for kids ages 1 to 99.

Fragment, why we do this (

Primary artist name: Andy Ducett

Hours of project: All night

Project location: Corridor Gallery, first floor, Main Building

Reexperience the sounds and sensations of bubble wrap under your feet and popping balloons, fragments from Andy Ducett's installation why we do this.

FutureKave (

Primary artist names: Taylor Carik, Lori Erickson, Maxwell Hoaglund, Allegra Lockstadt, Chuck Olsen

Hours of project: All night

Project location: In front of Auditorium 150, Main Gallery, and MIA's Target Park

Presented by: VidTiger

Sculpt the future in FutureKave, a participatory 3D game that puts you on the moon with the power to bring colorful life to a desolate world.

Lost, Found & Wanted Shanty (

Primary artist names: Christopher Alday, Kara Gregory, Jennifer Hibbard, Natasha Pestich

Hours of project: All night

Project location: East Lawn

Lost, Found & Wanted Shanty will be making connections all over Minneapolis. Write up and post what you've lost, what you've found, a personal ad, or something to trade.

The Magic Hand of Chance (

Primary artist name: Roman Verostko

Hours of project: All Night

Project location: North entrance wall, Main Building

This pioneering work by Roman Verostko presents a nostalgic display of early "computer art" created in 1982.

Shape Shifting: A Reinstallation of the MCAD Sculpture Garden (

Primary artist name: Gary Batzloff, Vince Donarski, Shannon Estlund, Kelly Ludeking, Alissa

McCourt, Scott Szarkowicz

Hours of project: All Night

Project location: Sculpture Garden, south of Main Building along 26th St.

It's a map, it's a house . . . it's a lot of new art populating the MCAD sculpture garden! Six alumni reshape projects to fit the campus theme of "deja-vu."

Sky Opens Twice

Primary artist name: Abinadi Meza

Hours of project: 9:01 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Project location: Minneapolis Institute of Arts Target Wing Rotunda

A site-specific aural 'film' composed around an original script and spatial design. The sounds and silences, including a machine-voice that narrates the meta-fiction, float up as well as cascade down all three stories of the Target Wing rotunda.

Swing Hall, Swing All (

Primary artist name: Keetra Dean Dixon

Hours of project: All night

Project location: Skywalk

Keetra Dean Dixon's collective high in the sky swing installation in MCAD's skyway.

TASK Party (

Primary artist name: Oliver Herring

Hours of project: All night

Project location: Main Gallery

TASK is an improvisational participatory event with a simple structure and very few rules. Write a task, pull a task, interpret a task--the possibilities are endless.

Arcade Backpack (

Primary artist name: Stephen Amrhein, Tyler Stefanich

Hours of project: All night

Project location: Mobile unit around campus

Take your turn playing the ultimate portable arcade machine designed to be worn as a backpack.

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