Sound & Color

The projection used on the day of Northern Spark uses a combination of sound and color mixing a range of visual and audio content.   The University of Wisconsin-Stout teamed with a student from the McNally Smith College of Music. Musician Tyler Straka wrote and performed two tracks including the track that accompanies the animations.   The video that…

Thank You Gracias Thank You

A lot of people helped us get this project out of the classroom and in front of the public, an incomparably valuable experience for students. The Northern Spark staff are peerless in their professionalism and organization. Philámayaye to Steve, Sarah, Shives, Elle, Ady, Teeko, Kristy and the whole crew. Our site leads pulled a 21 hour volunteer…

Installed at Northern Spark

From sunset on June 10 to sunrise on June 11, we joined dozens of fellow artists in hosting thousands of visitors at Northern Spark 2017. A hot and windy afternoon of setup yielded to a beautiful summer night at The Commons, a park in downtown Minneapolis that served as our site and the western most…

Putting It Together

Climate chaos indeed. The festival theme proved prescient as we setup in 96 degree heat (historic average for June 10 is only 77 degrees).  Gusting winds also required all hands on deck to secure our ethereal and lightweight curtain of up-cycled plastic bags, woven into fibers that evoke mycorrhizal strands. Months ago we established rules…

Breathe In…

Our exhibit focuses on the communications made between trees, and in our research we discovered the interesting connections that trees had with our own body’s systems. The fungal network between tree roots can act in the same way as brain synapses, sending chemical signals from one tree to another. Another system that we have in…

Featured on Northern Spark website

There have been lots of behind-the-scenes work with the awesome festival staff: meetings, site visits, artist gatherings. It’s exciting to see it all coming together and to learn more about the other projects that will be exhibited all along the Green Line on June 10-11, sunset to sunrise. Check out all the festival details, as…

Team Profile: Peter Sowinski

Grade/Major(s): Senior – Entertainment Design: Animation Team Roles: Pre-visualization, Site Planning What are you working on right now?: Most of my work deals with pre-visualization. Specifically, working on a digital recreation of the intended site, and making models to represent our installation and imagine ideas before actually creating them. What are you most excited about…

Visualization Team

We’re using Maya to 3D model an accurate test fit for our design on its site, The Commons in Minneapolis. Further, we’re using the Unreal game engine to create a virtual reality experience wherein the same site – anchored by maple and ginko trees – is reclaimed by nature.

Team Profile: Austin Lewer

Grade/Major(s): Junior with a BFA in Game Design & Development, Minor in Computer Science Team Roles: Music Lead Correspondent Contributions: Modeling, Gamification, Site, Music, Writing What are you working on right now?: Virtual & Augmented Reality in Unity and Unreal developed for Google Cardboard Android Devices Particle and Visual Effects in Maya What are you…