2010 Media

For the full Spark 2010 documentation archive click here.


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
  • Composer+Performer
  • Night Life
  • Improvisation
  • Noise+Industrial
  • Theater+Dance
  • Works for Outdoor Public Spaces
  • Animation/Video
While the festival provides technical support for the accepted works, we do not provide musicians. Submissions are therefore limited to works that are performed by the composer or by musicians/performers congregated by the composer.

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.

The submissions period has now ended. Notifications have already been sent out.

Bellow are the submissions that were selected for programing.

Sub. ID Title Submitter Name
5 Wet Sounds Joel cahen Cahen
13 Ghostband Jon Davis
21 leuchtertrautfernemdnahes Philipp Blume
35 2l2code Pedro Lopez
38 Mine ?
42 Davis / Henrickson / Schoster / Varis Erik Schoster
44 greyfield michael trommer
53 YesNo David Bithell
56 Suite intermediale - Part I Joerg U. Lensing
57 2001: A Space Odyssey Matthew Ostrowski
69 Le Rossignol et Lafrance Francis Rossignol
79 Time Sculptures III - Excerpt Ge-Suk Yeo
87 Automated Voice Response 5-6 Andrew Armstrong
88 So/On Patrick Scott
94 Goodday Montag's So-So Sound Lab Todd Reubold
95 The Ship Kristian Twombly
97 Sinus Aestum Bret Battey
103 VLAD TRIO Vladan Milenkovic
123 Microfiche David Butler
128 Scant Intone Constantine Katsiris
153 I Believe I Believe I Believe Colin Holter
160 Sonata for Musical Saw and Electronics Marcus Rubio
166 Heckadecimal Josh Bestgen
169 Kendall Station Live PA Mike Simpkins
173 Eiliyas and Zano Nicholas Kelly
176 alphabet games David Kim-Boyle
180 FDS Joao Ricardo
188 PAS Audio/Video Project Robert Pepper
193 Mikkel Meyer Mikkel Meyer
206 Improvisation45 Per Bloland
210 Domesticated Animalia Izzi Ramkissoon
212 Alex Kotch Alex Kotch
218 Arnaldo Morales Arnaldo Morales
233 ELECTROTUNING tajinder dhami
244 mobile Wave Field Synthesis / The Game of Life Gilles Huygen
250 Improvised Score, Mvt 1: Interface bryce beverlin II
252 Fit into the crowd Julien-Robert Legault Salvail
254 Coppice Noe Cuellar
259 Colony Collapse Disorder Nathan Wheeler
261 Click for details Alessandro Perini
264 lumen memoria Richard Dawson
267 Magnetic Resonance Music Jeffrey Hass
283 (in)difference/s Steve WANNA
301 houseluna Ryan Weber
309 Words To Dead Lips Pramila Vasudevan
311 Silounds Benjamin Taylor
312 Wind Music Laszlo Kiss
318 Where is your art? Marton Andras Juhasz
339 none paul hegarty
342 Vultures Quartet Will Connor
343 Shugoran Dayvid Masky
344 STIMULINE Lynn Pook
348 OVERCAST SOUND Michael Pettit
357 Ascension/ Immersion Coble/Riley Projects
365 Sans Mouvement II Tomas Phillips
367 An Uncommon Affair At Tooting Bec Common Mark-David Hosale
372 Configuration #2 Angel Faraldo
379 Merkaba Live Visuals Eric Gelehrter
382 Jazari Patrick Flanagan
394 HIDden Lyn Goeringer
395 earWorm Improv Ensemble james holdman
405 John Zuma Saint-Pelvyn John Saint-Pelvyn
410 Taking a Query="line" for a Walk Cristobal Mendoza
413 . . . silence of things secret . . . Matthew Goodheart
414 MAN QUA MAN Andrew Grathwohl
415 Give More Expect Less Michael Doocey
416 Responsorium: for soprano and computer Akira Takaoka
417 Power Bill Henson
421 Awry Ricardo Tejero
424 Untitled (TBD) Jeff Lubow
425 Dolly Fabian Winkler
426 The Elocuter: I must remind you we live in DADA times... Shannon McMullen
427 Numina (for flute, viola and harp) Kevin Ernste
428 A toy guitar in nature Azumi Yokomizo
438 Charged Objects Jared Nielsen
439 MKR Lucas Melchior
440 Pineal Eye Richard Korepanow
442 El Arbol de la noche triste John MacCallum
447 The Radiologist's Room Arash Radkia
448 The Tehran Zoo Arash Radkia


Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts 2010

September 28 - October 3, 2010
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, USA

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 Details

The Spark Festival locations include many venues in the Cedar/Riverside area of Minneapolis. Venues have included:


The 2010 Spark Festival is sponsored by:

Spark 2010 extends special thanks to the LovePower Music and Miracles Ministries for their collaboration in allowing the festival to take place in the historic "Love Power" building.  Without their help, the 2010 festival would not have been possible.


Visual Arts

For 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)

Love Power I: 8:00pm - 9:00pm (L)

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)

  • GreyField
  • <a href="http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ali/spark2010doc/2011/01/spark-2010-nightlife-i-ghostband.html">Ghostband</a>
  • houseluna

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>
  • Jazari
  • Coppice (Noé Cuéllar & Joseph Kramer)

Love Power Dinner II: 6:30pm - 8:00pm (L)

  • Max Thorson
  • WARY

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)

  • So/On
  • Taylor/Henrickson/Hamer/Grosse

Nightlife II: 11:00pm - 2:00pm (L)

  • Alex Kotch
  • S.M.B.H
  • VladTrio

Friday, October 1

Artist Visit, 10:00am-11:00am (R-East Room 138)

  • Tyler Stefanich: "Re-presented Narratives"

Artists Talk: 2:00pm - 3:30pm (R)

  • FURT

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
  • Vultures

Nightlife III: 11:00pm - 2:00am (L)

  • Heckadecimal
  • 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
  • FURT

Nightlife IV: 11:00pm - 2:00am (L)

  • Mikkel Meyer
  • Paul Birken
  • Drumcell w/ VJ Weiss


Please join us at the Love Power venue for dinner starting Wednesday and lunch starting Thursday, thanks to of the Jewel of India.

Location Key:
B = Barker Center
L = Love Power Church
R = Regis Center for Art
1419 = 1419 Washington

Featured Artists

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.

Source: wikipedia
For more information please visit www.fredfrith.com

Furt [London-based Electronic Duo]

FURT is the electronic composition/performance duo formed by Richard Barrett and Paul Obermayer in London in 1986. FURT's dense and intricate musical forms are produced at every level by an interpenetration between free improvisation and systematic composition, and use primarily concrete (sampled/processed) materials. This activity is concerned above all with allying the physicality and expressivity of sound-structures to FURT's vision - but also with deriving methods of musical production from the nature of the (electronic) medium itself.

"Furt, in dicts. explained - 'theft', is a misprint in the later edd. of Tomkis' Albumasar for 'furie'."

For more information please visit furtlogic.com

Klaxon Gueule [Montreal-based composer/performer 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]

Paul Birken
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 Detroi

For more information visit www.droidbehavior.com/blog/artists-team/drumcell.

Mikkel Meyer [Danish electronic musician]

Mikke-Meyer.jpgAs 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]

Acid-Circus.jpgLos 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_270.jpgVultures 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]

ArleneBirt.png 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]

KylePhillips.png 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.png 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.

Tectonic Industries [AOV New Media Artist team]

TectonicIndustries.png tectonic industries is a collaborative art partnership of the Danish artist Lars Jerlach and the British artist Helen Stringfellow. The members began collaborating in 1999, while pursuing their MFA's in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. In 2001 they relocated to the USA, and they currently live in the Twin Cities. tectonic industries create mixed-media installations scrutinizing our all-encompassing desire for instant gratification and immediate satisfaction. Their work focuses on the artifice inherent within the creation of the modern myths and belief systems of popular culture, with a concentration on our seemingly endless quest for self-improvement. They recently had solo exhibitions at Franklin Art Works (MN), artDC (DC), and ONEZERO Projects (UK), and have participated in group exhibitions and festivals including The Soap Factory (MN), Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (MI), Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (MI) and You Are Here Festival (UK).

2009 Media

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2008 Media

2007 Media


2006 Media