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Update #2

Say it with art

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Valentine special. Robin Schwartzman will create a special Valentine's illustration on the 20" inch letter of your choice with a personal message by you painted on the back.

20" letter with Valentine's illustration and your message.


Update #1

New reward: iPad case from cardboard + bike tires....

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Check out this new reward for supporting Northern Spark: Neal Cuthbert's hand built, artisan-made iPad case constructed from recycled and reclaimed materials: Paper Mache, cardboard, and bike tires. 


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    Were you one of the thousands of people who enjoyed Northern Spark last year? Are you planning to join us this year? Everyone who supports Northern Spark will have their name posted on a monumental "backer wall" projection at a key venue. Even $5 helps show your support.

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    Custom, auto-synchronizing bike light. The devices are outfitted with simple electronics that allow them to synchronize with others, so that all nearby devices automatically and mutually engage in an observable process of synchronization. These devices, in isolation, will appear to be no different from conventional LED cycling safety lights, but in groups will exhibit an immediately noticeable and striking phenomenon. For pick up at Northern Spark ($10 extra to be shipped).

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    Piotr Szyhalski's IF/THEN set of leaflets reverse engineers American PSYOPS in Iraq.

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    What do we mean by prophetic texts?That is the question asked by Red76's "Follow the Light, Let the Light be Your Guide." broadsheet from NS 2011

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    Amanda Lovelee, Choose 1 of 4 books by Amanda Lovelee: "Honor your Partner Honor your Neighbor," "Walking Side by Side," ""Home you are and Home you be," All Jump Up and Never Come Down" ; handmade books from the Call and Answer project.

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    Paper the town with Matthew Rezac's "memo #1 (WAR IS FOREVER)" set of 4 risograph printed posters.

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    Do you know that 10 times as many people claim to have attended Woodstock than could have? Get a jumpstart on history and retrofit your Northern Spark t-shirt collection with this 2011 edition.

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    Piotr Szyhalski "We Are Working All the Time!" Need we say more? Poster #2, printed as part of Empty Words (so that we can do our living) at the 2011 Northern Spark.

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    Who doesn't want their own Mobile Experiential Cinema logo? Laser cut in wood or acrylic by co-creators Ben Moren and Daniel Dean.

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    BE the SPARK. Show your support for Northern Spark by wearing this Mathew Rezac designed Northern Spark 2012 t-shirt, which can be picked up the night of the festival.

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    Amanda Lovelee, set of 4: "Honor your Partner Honor your Neighbor," "Walking Side by Side," ""Home you are and Home you be," All Jump Up and Never Come Down" ; handmade books from the Call and Answer project.

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    In the age of Siri, do you ever feel like you're all thumbs with your smart phone? Vince Leo captures the found poetry of his cell stenography in this 8 x 10" pigmented inkjet print.

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    Wing Young Huie, "Wing's Ping Pong Retrospective, West Bank, Minneapolis, 2011." 8 x 10 color photograph. "The event started at 9 pm and we didn’t have an open table until 2:30 am and the last players finally left at 6:30 am!"

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    Signed 8" x 10" print of your choice of dozens of rock legends from Johnny Cash to Cher to Mick Jagger to Bonnie Raitt. See http://bit.ly/NS-Smaby

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    "We All Do Better When We All Do Better." Signed/numbered edition of 30 posters, designed and printed by Jenni Undis of Lunalux

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    Make a joyful noise! Take home one of the handmade instruments from the opening processional for GLOW-a-BOUT. http://bit.ly/yhFGNF

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    Original drawing by members of the Open Field Drawing Club. (Selection random.)

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    Show your support and fly the flag for Northern Spark.

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    Amber Ginsburg and Joseph Madrigal, FLO(we){u}R - terra cotta "bombs" for seed bombing using a custom flour and seed mix to mark and grow the landsape.

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    Ticket to Northern Spark VIP launch party with Artistic Director and special guests, featuring mouth-watering fare by Red Stag Supperclub, open bar, great views, and a few surprises.

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    Amber Ginsburg and Joseph Madrigal, FLO(we){u}R - the molds used to make terra cotta "bombs" for seed bombing using a custom flour and seed mix to mark and grow the landsape.

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    Personal tour by Elizabeth Armstrong, curator of "More Real" exhibition opening March 2013 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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    Ticket for exclusive curator-guided Northern Spark bus tour. Sit back and let us do the driving. Visit festival venues and hear stories from NS insiders. 9-midnight.

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    Neal Cuthbert's hand built, artisan-made iPad case constructed from recycled and reclaimed materials: Paper Mache, cardboard, and bike tires.

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    Valentine special. Robin Schwartzman will create a special Valentine's illustration on the 20" inch letter of your choice with a personal message by you painted on the back.

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    Light up the night, every night. Take home a light bulb plucked from Jim Campbell's beloved work "Scattered Light." Each bulb is a self-contained working pixel that blinks according to its pixel location in the original installation.

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    Valentine special. Robin Schwartzman will create a special Valentine's illustration on the 20" inch letter of your choice with a personal message by you painted on the back.

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    The design/art studio ROLU began making furniture in 2010. The "x chair" & the "+ chair" are from their first line "Field Recordings Made Of Wood."

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    Ali Momeni, "Before I Die." The sculpture visualizes Kaaba, the most sacred site of Islam in Mecca, and its surrounding terrain. A green bow-tied piece of yarn, alluding to the symbol of the opposition to the 2010 Iranian Presidential elections, marks the exact location of Kaaba.

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    In the words of creator Carissa Samaniego, "I will make one pretty badass costume for a lucky participant of GLOW-a-BOUT."

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    Robin Schwartzman, 8' high, illuminated letters from "THINK AND WONDER, WONDER AND THINK." Check to see if the letter you'd like is still available.

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    Rasun Mehringer, "Imagining Northern Spark," maquette. This cardboard rendering of Mpls and St. Paul complete with a Grain Belt bottle cap, with some Photoshop magic, became the iconic image of Northern Spark 2011.

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    A unique artwork by Andréa Stanislav, "I wanna be sedated," 2009. glitter, vinyl, resin, board, 24”x24”x1".

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    Pramila Vasudevan, Personalized “habitus” choreographed by the artist.

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    Andrea Stanislav work.

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    Wil Natzel, full-size "Night Bloom," 15-20' tall.

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    A dinner party for 6-10 people of gourmet "home style" foraged, invasive, and exotic species that redefine the local. By artist Marina Zurkow and friends. Will include limited edition art work, wine, and information. Local only.

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