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Tisha Turk ([personal profile] tishaturk) wrote2014-05-07 02:46 pm

Northern Spark, June 2015

I will respond to comments on yesterday's post later tonight, but: I just had a talk about vids and vidshows with Karen Tanaka, one of the office staff from IAS (the program where I'm on fellowship this semester). She was at the talk I gave last week and is now excited about vids (she's one of the people who wants to see Pacific Rim after seeing "King and Lionheart"), and she had an idea: Why not have an all-night vid show at Northern Spark?

Northern Spark is the Twin Cities' annual dusk-to-dawn arts festival held on the second Saturday of June each summer. It features thousands of people hanging out in various venues around town to see art, theater, film, dance, music, and new media produced by hundreds of artists.

The recently restored Northrop Memorial Auditorium, where IAS is based, has a small theater that, as Karen pointed out, would be perfect for a series of vidshows.

There's a lot to think about before I commit to trying to put this together, but I have to say that I have kind of fallen in love with the idea. I picture a series of 50-minute themed vidshows, like VividCon. (In fact, I'm wondering whether it might make sense to ask the VJs of some of my favorite recent VVC vidshows to let me use the shows they put together, crediting the VJs as well as the vidders, obviously, and checking with vidders for permission.)

It's too late to make it happen for this year--I don't have time to get the money for the space, for starters--but I may have to start applying for grants for next year. The necessary equipment's all in the theater, so the only expense would be the space itself.

I'm trying to think of the various populations it would make sense to reach out to: local media and SFF fans, obviously, but also students, especially film and art students, the film festival crowd... I need to keep thinking about this. And I need to think about how I, personally, feel about asking vidders to screen their work at such a public and not-specifically-fannish event. But when I think about how the reaction of everyone at last week's presentation was so positive and so "OMG this is really amazing art!", about last year's exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, about how much fun it would be to do this... I get excited. :D

Thoughts? Ideas? Cautions? Qualms?
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[personal profile] kass 2014-05-07 08:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I absolutely agree that it makes sense to ask vidders' permission to screen their vids in this way, and VJ's permission to screen the curated collections they've put together, but assuming agreement from all parties, I think this is a fabulous idea. Some vids, of course, play better to a broad audience than others; you'd want to try to choose a lot of vids which can speak to / move the uninitiated viewer. But with a year's notice, that shouldn't be so hard to pull together.

I love the idea of our creativity being seen and appreciated in this kind of artsy forum.

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[personal profile] renenet 2014-05-08 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, cool! I wanna come!