Northern Spark: Nightshift


Walker Art Center and Open Field
10pm June 4th – 6am June 5th, 2011

The Walker Art Center’s contribution to the Northern Spark Festival explores quiet, intimate experiences and nocturnal activities within public and communal space.  Nightshift presents a range of activities spread throughout the Walker Art Center and Open Field including live headphone concerts in the James Turrell SkyPesher, bedtime stories with local writers, stargazing, choreographed and impromptu sleep position performances and many more surprises.  The Walker galleries and building amenities will be open for late night viewing and relaxation. The programming will close with fresh donuts delivered at sunrise.

Nightshift is presented partnership with and Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Midnight Party/Exposed 10pm – 2am

The Walker Galleries will open for late night viewing of the Midnight Party and Exposed exhibitions.

Drawing NIGHTCLUB 10pm to 1am

Join local artists and the public in making collaborative drawings under the twinkling lights of the Open Field Grove. Think neon and blacklights for this nocturnal round of social art making.

Bedtime Stories 2am to Dawn

Local writers, poets, comedians and songwriters will gather in small groups to exchange tales around small “campfires” on the Open Field.  The public is encouraged to join in and contribute to the story filibuster till dawn.

Nightshift: Headphone Concert 10pm – 5am

Headphone festivals emerged as an alternative performance environment for electronic musicians in response to noise regulations placed on live music venues throughout Europe. The Headphone Concert for Nightshift places this unique concert model inside the confines of the James Turrell Sky Pesher on the Walker Greenspace. Local musicians will perform live compositions through a series of headphone jacks and amps. The audience will be invited to sit around the performers on the Skyspace benches, plug-in their headphones and enjoy the show under the night sky. The program merges a collective concert experience with the intimate listening experience of headphones.

Performers include:

Ryan Olcott (FoodTeam)

Grant Cutler

Caly McMorrow

Chris Strouth

Sean Connaughty 


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