Get all the details about Northern Lights.mn‘s upcoming “nuit blanche” and the night-long assortment of projects, art installations, and performances across the Twin Cities June 4 & 5 on the website for the Northern Spark Festival. See below for more of our virtual meet-and-greet with the festival’s artists. Next up: Amanda Lovelee, Philip Blackburn, and Forecast Public Art with Melinda Childs.
Artist: Amanda Lovelee
Project: Call and Answer Project
Project description: As a society that faces the collapse of communities how do we continue to form visceral, face-to-face connections? This complex problem inspired the Call and Answer Project, which addresses the need for human connection, the value of touch, and the pleasure involved in community-oriented folk dance. As part of Northern Spark, the Call and Answer Project will be hosting an all-night Square Dance and book-making marathon at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The goal is to print 2000 booklets on four presses with the help of volunteers while also keeping an all night square dance going. We will have unlimited fiddle music, coffee and homemade pie! Be there and be square!
Night Owl or Early Bird? I am an early bird. I just need to make it through the middle of the night and then I am good to go!
All-nighter survival kit secret weapon: 3 lbs of donated coffee from Peace Coffee!
What were you doing last time you were up at 3 am? Catching a flight home from Nicaragua. Lucky I got on the right flight.
Favorite after-hours breakfast joint: Anywhere that has pancakes with real maple syrup. But then again I could eat that anytime of the day!
What is your go-to cure for insomnia? Yoga and then a book.
Soundtrack for a midnight ramble?
At Northern Spark, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is going to be keeping it alive with Old Time music!
Artist: Philip Blackburn
Projects: Sewer Pipe Organ, Car Horn Fanfare, and Wind Harps
Project description: I’m contributing three outdoor sounding projects that call attention to the urban landscape through our ears: subtle wind energies transformed into alien tones; intricate polyphonies of car horns honking; and the acoustic resonant cavities beneath our city streets.
Night Owl or Early Bird? Neither – I’m a periodic napper.
All-nighter survival kit secret weapon? A pillow.
What were you doing last time you were up at 3 am? Singing madrigals for a May Ball at college. Your lungs don’t respond at that hour.
What is your go-to cure for insomnia? Melatonin.
If you could choose anyone to stay up all night talking with, who would it be? My cat Percy
Soundtrack for a midnight ramble? A virtuoso frog pond at a distance through the palm trees.
Artist/Organization: Melinda Childs with Forecast Public Art
Projects: Dream Interpretation Station and Big Dreams
Project description: Forecast is hosting all the events at the Black Dog Cafe and as part of that I am doing my own project called the Dream Interpretation Station, where, upon encountering, visitors will have the opportunity to discover the deeper meaning of their most prominent dreams. In addition, Forecast Public Art, Springboard for the Arts and the Black Dog Café will host Dreamland, a carnival of dream activity in Lowertown St. Paul. The night will unfold with a mixture of science, community building, performative artistic brainstorming, live performances, dream-based participatory art projects, and early morning projections of the evening’s events.
Night Owl or Early Bird? Both, once I’m up I’m up and once I stay up past 10 I can hoot with the best of them although this will be tested at Northern Spark now that I am a mom.
All-nighter survival kit secret weapon? Something good to drink, but I can’t decide if it should be caffeinated, alcoholic, or drug free.
What were you doing last time you were up at 3 am? Feeding my one year old son Roan.
Favorite after-hours breakfast joint? Mickey’s Diner
What is your go-to cure for insomnia? Counting sheep.
If you could choose anyone to stay up all night talking with, who would it be? My husband, Jaron Childs
Soundtrack for a midnight ramble?