From sundown to sunup, Northern Spark was a splash and arts lovers braved the howling winds to fill the Walker on a soggy Saturday night. With an interactive multimedia projection, poetry tarot, a roving accordion player, and the opening of two exhibitions, it was a popular place to dry off, pass the time, and grab a cup of coffee before heading back out into the city to explore more projects.
Graffiti Angel in Sophronia incorporated video, images, music, and text inspired by Italo Calvino’s imaginary city of Sophronia. Improvising on audience suggestions sent via Twitter, a team of writers wove together words to tell a story projected on the walls of Medtronic Gallery.
Poetry tarot offered a chance to confer with a poet for a personalized poem-fortune.
Some chose to pass the time with Christian Marclay’s looping, 24-hour film, The Clock.
Although the storm moved much of the action indoors, people dressed up—in their best costumes or rain gear—and went out into the evening to celebrate the vibrant and boisterous arts community that pulls together every year around Northern Spark.