I wrote a piece about Northern Spark. It’s not a preview so much as a contextual evaluation, or something like that. Critique? I don’t know what to call it. It represents my mixed feelings about the event well, I think, and I got to compare it to the Fiberglass Animals In Cities trend, as well as the Main Street Electrical Parade, and cite Debord in the process.
It’s not really criticism, but it’s my first real in-depth attempt at writing for a publication that might share an audience with Cabinet. If you hit up my suggestions, read Sheila Regan’s preview in City Pages (my admiration for Regan trumps dislike for City Pages), and go see the choir-off at 9pm at the Walker, on which I couldn’t get enough info for the preview, I think you should be pretty set for the night, which will be fun, no matter what.
Anyway, if you like public art, community art, art criticism, or the word “coastie,” I’d suggest clicking on the above.