Spark invites submissions of art, dance, theater, and music works incorporating new media, including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica, theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture, artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres.
Submissions are accepted in the following categories:
- Installation+Visual Art
- Night Life
- Works for Outdoor Public Spaces
Spark receives submissions strictly through the online system. We encourage submitters to provide a URL to supporting audio/video media in the highest quality possible. In cases where high quality audio is not available online, file uploads are accepted (.wav or .aif, less than 128 MB in size). Video file uploads are not accepted.
Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts 2010
September 28 - October 3, 2010
University of Minnesota
Ali Momeni, Artistic Director
For one week each year, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts gathers creators and performers of new media arts from around the world to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, USA to showcase their work to the public.
The Spark Festival was founded by composer Doug Geers seven years ago. Now in its eighth year, the Spark Festival showcases groundbreaking works of music, art, theater, and dance that feature use of new technologies. Spark invites submissions of art, dance, theater, and music works incorporating new media, including electroacoustic concert music, experimental electronica, theatrical and dance works, installations, kinetic sculpture, artbots, video, and other non-traditional genres. Past Spark Festivals have featured a diverse array of guests, including Paul Demarinis, Richard Devine, Alvin Lucier, Morton Subotnick, DJ Spooky ,Wafaa Bilal, Kanta Horio, Scanner, Smith/Wymore Disappearing Acts, Phillipe Manoury, Paul Lansky, and others.
This coming year, the Spark Festival will take a leave from Minnesota's winter and move to the fall season. The next Spark Festival will take place in October of 2010. The call for works for the 2010 Spark Festival will be announced in March 1st, 2010 and submissions deadline will be May 1, 2010.
For all queries and proposals for the 2010 festivals please contact the festival director, Ali Momeni.
For audio and video documentation last year's festival please see the 2009 Spark Festival Documentation site.
Venue DetailsThe Spark Festival locations include many venues in the Cedar/Riverside area of Minneapolis. Venues have included:
- University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts
- Department of Art
- School of Music
- Minneapolis Art on Wheels and the MAW Artist In Residence Program
- Northern Lights.mn and the Art(ists) on the Verge 2 Program
- EMI Audio
Visual ArtsFor download: Map
For online viewing: Map
Download PDF of full performance program here.
Wednesday, September 29
Artist Visit, 10:00am-11:00am (Regis-East Room 134)
- Kyle Phillips, "Empathetic Architecture
Welcome Concert - food will be served: 6:00pm - 7:30pm (L)
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-wednesday-welcome-concert-heizerbaum.html">Heizerbaum</a>
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-wednesday-welcome-concert-pelzwik.html">Pelzwik</a>
Love Power I: 8:00pm - 9:00pm (L)
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-love-power-i-goodday-montags-laboratory-of-so-so-sounds.html">Goodday Montag's Laboratory of So-So Sounds</a>
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-love-power-i-angel-faraldo-yolanda-uriz-configuration-4.html">Angel Faraldo, Configuration #4</a>
1419 I: 9:00pm - 10:00pm (1419)
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-1419-i-kilkiilimikilii.html">Kilkiilimikilii</a>
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-1419-i-la-societe-des-amis-du-crime.html">La Société des Amis du Crime</a>
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-1419-i-colony-collapse-disorder.html">Colony Collapse Disorder</a>
Ambient Showcase I: 10:00pm - 11:00pm (L)
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-ambient-showcase-i-earworm-improv-ensemble.html">Earworm Improv Ensemble</a>
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-ambient-showcase-i-mkr.html">MKR</a>
Nightlife I: 11:00pm - 2:00am (L)
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-nightlife-i-ghostband.html">Ghostband</a>
Thursday, September 30
Spark Reception: 4:30pm - 6:30pm (R)
- <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-thursday-spark-reception-bryce-beverlin-ii-interface.html">Bryce Beverlin II, Interface</a>
- Coppice (Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer)
Love Power Dinner II: 6:30pm - 8:00pm (L)
- Max Thorson
Love Power II: 8:00pm - 9:30pm (L)
- Tajinder Dhami, Electrotuning
- Arash Radkia, The Radiologist's Room
- Juhyo, Power
- Izzi Ramkissoon, Domesticated Animalia
- Pineal Eye
- Kevin Ernste, Numia
Urban Caravan: 9:30pm - 10:00pm, meets at west side of Stone Arch Bridge
more info at urbancaravanblogspot.com
Ambient Showcase II: 10:00pm - 11:00pm (L)
Nightlife II: 11:00pm - 2:00pm (L)
- Alex Kotch
Friday, October 1Artist Visit, 10:00am-11:00am (R-East Room 138)
- Tyler Stefanich: "Re-presented Narratives"
Artists Talk: 2:00pm - 3:30pm (R)
Love Power III: 4:00pm - 6:00pm (L)
- Akira Takaoka, Responsorium
- Azumi Yokomizo, A toy guitar in nature
- John MacCallum, El Arbol de la noche triste
- Benjamin Taylor, Silounds
- Steve Wanna, (in)differenece/s
- Marcus Rubio, Sonata for Musical Saw and Electronics
- Philipp Blume, leuchtertrautfernemdnahes
- John Zuma-Saint Pelvyn
Love Power Dinner III: 6:00pm - 7:30pm (L)
- Mark Henrickson & He Can Jog
Talea Music Ensemble: 8:00pm - 9:00pm (L)
- Brian Ferneyhough, Time and Motion Study No. 2
- Steven Takasugi, Strange Autumn
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kontakte
1419 III: 9:30pm - 11:00pm (1419)
- Friction Brothers
- PAS with special guest FluiD
Nightlife III: 11:00pm - 2:00am (L)
- Kendall Station
- Puzzle Weasel
- VJ Veiss
Saturday, October 2
Artist Visit, 1:00pm-2:00pm (Regis-East Atrium)
- Arlene Birt, "Visualizing Grocery Impacts"
Artist Talk: 2:00pm - 3:30pm (R)
- Fred Frith
Concert: 4:30pm - 6:30pm (B)
- Fabian Winkler, Dolly
- Pramila Vasudevan, Words to Dead Lips
- David Bithell, YesNo
- Kristian Twombly, The Ship
- David Butler, Microfiche
- OINC (Oberlin Improv and Newmusic Collective), Improvisation 45
- Julien-Robert Legault Salvail, Fit into the crowd
- Jeffrey Hass, Magnetic Resonance Music
- Colin Holter, I Believe I Believe I Believe
Love Power Dinner IV: 6:30pm - 8:00pm (L)
- Ostraka ft John Keston
- Caly McMorrow
Love Power IV: 8:00pm - 11:00pm (L)
- Fred Frith
- Klaxon Gueule
Nightlife IV: 11:00pm - 2:00am (L)
- Mikkel Meyer
- Paul Birken
Please join us at the Love Power venue for dinner starting Wednesday and lunch starting Thursday, thanks to of the Jewel of India.
2010 Featured Artists
Fred Frith [guitarist, composer, improviser]
Fred Frith is an English multi-instrumentalist, composer and improvisor. Probably best-known for his guitar work, Frith first came to attention as one of the founding members of the English avant-rock group Henry Cow. Frith was also a member of Art Bears, Massacre and Skeleton Crew. He has collaborated with a number of prominent musicians, including Robert Wyatt, Brian Eno, Lars Hollmer, The Residents, Lol Coxhill, John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Derek Bailey, Iva Bittová and Bob Ostertag. He has also composed several long works, including Traffic Continues (1996, performed 1998 by Frith and Ensemble Modern) and Freedom in Fragments (1993, performed 1999 by Rova Saxophone Quartet).
Currently Frith is Professor of Composition in the Music Department at Mills College in Oakland, California.
For more information please visit www.fredfrith.com
Furt [London-based Electronic Duo]
Montreal's Klaxon Gueule is Michel F. Cote (percussion, microphones), Alexandre St- Onge (basses, electronics), and Bernard Falaise (electric guitar). While all three individuals compose and perform extensively in and around the vast Montreal experimental music scene, Klaxon Gueule's format is one of reduction, space, and refined tension.
more info at: http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/klaxongueule_/
Talea Ensemble [New York-based contemporary music ensemble]
The Talea Ensemble is committed to promoting new, groundbreaking music through innovative programming thereby communicating the distinctive voices of composers that deserve to be heard. By commissioning and programming these progressive works alongside the established literature of modern and contemporary repertoire, the ensemble creates a dialogue that challenges the boundaries of music and fosters a greater understanding of the works today. By developing an interactive relationship between the composers, performers and audience, the Talea Ensemble builds an environment of reciprocal inspiration that sparks the imagination of all.
Talea's performance at Spark is presented by the University of Minnesota's Contemporary Music Workshop. For more information please visit taleaensemble.org
The Friction Brothers [Chicago-based experimental trio]
Chicago's The Friction Brothers consists of Michael Colligan (dry ice, implements), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello, implements), and Michael Zerang (percussion, piano insides). While each member has a lengthy resume on his own, their combined forces have produced an endlessly interesting repetrois full of harmonic resonances, grinding objects, manipulated dry ice, and, of course, heavy friction.
More info at: http://sortofrecords.com/the-friction-brothers/
Patrick Flanagan - Jazari [Interactive mechanical orchestra ensemble]
Robots get a bad rap. If they're not rebelling against their
creators and taking over the world, they're stealing your job. The gears
of progress grind into a dark, antiseptic future. Or so movies would
have you believe.
But imagine machines that layer rhythms, automatically syncopate backwards looping beats, and trade licks with you. Where is that summer blockbuster? The film-adaptation may not exist yet, but the machines do. The one-man band Jazari consists of machines that play the djembe drum, the bongos, and a variety of hand percussion instruments, all under the control Patrick Flanagan, who wields a custom-built controller and a Wiimote to improvise through his mechanical band-mates. Jazari has played between punk bands at outdoor rock festivals and in darkened, reverent art spaces. No humans have been hurt or made obsolete.
Prior to working on Jazari, Patrick earned a Master's degree in music composition at the University of Minnesota, where he studied primarily with Dr. Noel Zahler. As an undergraduate, he studied composition at Columbia University, where he encountered numerous luminaries of new music and music theory, including Fred Lehrdahl, Tristan Murail, Joseph Dubiel, and John McGuire. After college, a Fulbright scholarship brought Patrick to Germany to study composition at the Musik Hochschule in Cologne, where he took classes with two brilliant composers of the Feedback school, the late Johannes Fritsch and Clarence Barlow.For more information visit jazarimusic.com
Paul Birken [Hacker, Composer, Performer and Sound Artist]
For more information visit www.discogs.com/viewimages?artist=Paul+Birken
Moe Espinoza - Drumcell [Los Angeles-based beat maker]
Drumcell is the founder of Droid Recordings and co-founder of Droid Behavior along with the Vargas brothers of techno duo Acid Circus. Since the mid Nineties Drumcell has been a firm believer in the power of techno and over the past decade become one of Southern California's greatest champions.
As a graduate of the Musician's Institute, a veteran performer at parties, and longtime recording engineer Drumcell harnesses a strong musical background with a gifted sense of technological intuition. The delicate balance keeps him pushing the limits of his gear continually as a way to develop his artistic express. Forming the Droid Behavior collective with Acid Circus earlier this decade was another other major step in this ongoing development. In turn, the collective has helped expose other local artists as well as established DJs to the growing legion of techno fans in the Los Angeles basin. In the past five years, he's played alongside nearly every major DJ in the genre via the trio's signature Interface parties. This year he also did a mini-tour of the US which culminated in him playing the main stage at the prestigious Movement festival in DetroiFor more information visit www.droidbehavior.com/blog/artists-team/drumcell.
Mikkel Meyer [Danish electronic musician]As a teenager in the 90s Mikkel Meyer was eager to make electronic music, but first one major problem had to be dealt with; little access to instruments and no ability to buy them due to a restricted amount of pocket money. This led the youngster into recycling. Old broken stuff found in dumpsters was restored to new life and even today a lot of Mikkel's gear is homemade, found, modified or in some way fixed.
For more information, visit mikkelmeyer.dk/
Vidal and Vangelis Vargas - Acid Circus [Los Angeles-based electro duo]Los Angeles born and bred, Vangelis and Vidal Vargas were raised in the '80s on a steady diet of Latin freestyle, electro, and new wave that pervaded their urban environment. Their father also exposed them to cutting edge progressive acts Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, planting early seeds for aural exploration. By the mid '90s they were sampling LA's underground club scene and heavily researching electronic music's roots. After years of influence they began to express their musical vision through their own recordings and performances. Vidal and Vangelis eventually found common ground with producer / performer Drumcell, and in 2002 they formed the Droid Behavior event production group and record label out of frustration with the city's lack of knowledge, acceptance, and understanding for Midwest-bred techno and house music and their European counterparts.
For more information, visit www.droidbehavior.com/blog/artists-team/acid-circus/
Vultures [London-based Noise Artists]
Vultures started as a discussion that led to a noise making venture which has taken on it's own life and is carrying us with it. The musicians involved come from industrial, jazz, improv, rock, classical, and various goth style backgrounds. We never know where Vultures is going to take us, but we are unbelievably excited to see how various combinations of these influences will manifest themselves into new, exciting sounds with which we hope we can entertain and inspire others to do the same!
For more information please visit http://www.myspace.com/justvultures
Arlene Birt [AOV New Media Artist]
Arlene Birt is a visual storyteller, artist and information designer. Her work focuses on visually communicating sustainability by highlighting the cultural, environmental and political stories behind products. Arlene's work visually explains the significance of the every-day within the context of the big picture in order to engage people in their role as consumers. Arlene graduated in Visualization at MCAD, and shortly thereafter received a Fulbright grant to research visual communication methods to explain sustainability. Arlene received a Masters in Design in the Netherlands, and is adjunct faculty in MCAD's Sustainability Certificate program. She has consulted with the UN's Environment Program and her work on sustainability, which rides the line between art and communication, has been featured in Creative Review (UK), U.S. News and World Report, BusinessWeek.com, worldchanging.com, SEED Magazine, and at the Barcelona Design Museum.
Kyle Phillips [AOV New Media Artist]
In 2006, during my Sophomore year at MCAD, I began developing a tool for dynamic artwork and an attempt to put composition into a set of rules. This was my active project until the summer of 2007 when I moved to Brooklyn, New York and worked at The Studio for Interactive Media. I was introduced to people that have forever changed my course, showing me new ways that interactive media was integrating into the world around me. While in Brooklyn, I won an Adobe Design Achievement Award for my work in generative compositions. My work was exhibited at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and then later Adobe's headquarters in San Jose. Since graduating in December 2008, I continue to work actively on web-based projects as well as physical spaces and have continued to be noticed and have success in both.
Tyler Stefanich [AOV New Media Artist]
Tyler Stefanich received his BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in fall of 2009. Last spring he had the privilege to travel to the Burren College of Art stay there for 5 months. This allowed him easy access to the rest of Europe and traveled to such places as Scotland, Germany, and Italy. His work has been shown in such exhibitions as Decorated, Project UFO, Me Myself and Ireland, and Made At MCAD, also he won Creative Commons 2007 Photo Contest. He also has been the recipient of the BFA Visual Scholarship, Senior Media Arts Scholarship and is on the Dean's List.