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Northern Spark | Commonality

June 15 and June 16 | 9:02 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

WAM at Minneapolis Central Library, Downtown Minneapolis

This year Northern Spark is experimenting. The annual night of public art and friendly people enjoys extra time over a two-night span. Promising to explore how the collective “we” can function in a city and work for the common good, poignantly the festival tackles commonality as a theme, asking, “What do we have in common? What do we share when we gather together in physical space?” To address these questions, WAM presents two projects at the Minneapolis Central Library.


Section of Disapproved Books | Daniel McCarthy Clifford

Ever wonder where in the Minneapolis Central Library you should look to find books banned in prisons? The Section of Disapproved Books, of course. Prison environments suppress the diversity of all that can be controlled—which is, eventually, nearly everything beyond the body. The commonality based on shared interests, histories, and cultures gives way to the reinforced commonality of denied access and prescribed behavior. Little illustrates this better than a bookshelf of publications subjected to an opaque and arbitrary process of prison censorship.

In addition to seeing Section of Disapproved Books on display, make sure to stop by for the following special events related to McCarthy Clifford’s project:

Friday, June 15 at 9:30 p.m. Disapproved Knowledge

Panel discussion on causes and consequences of knowledge censorship in correctional facilities.

Saturday, June 16 at 9:30 p.m. Poetry Readings

Poetry readings by graduates of the prison poetry writing program


FALLS | Anna Marie Shogren

FALLS is a ride—a cheerful reconceptualization of physical interactions that will meet us all someday in moments of illness or trauma. Anna Marie Shogren uses the language of contact in care facilities to send individual audience members through a chain reaction of assisted falls, ambulation, lifts, and cascading through the Minneapolis Central Library lobby. Featuring performers, Alan Yu Wah Tse, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Ambryn Melius, Clare Driscoll, Emily Michaels King, Rachel Clark, and Terry Hempfling.