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We are bringing interactive Art to the Northern Spark 2013 Festival in Saint Paul, MN. Steel, Exquisite corpse of, Strange Attractors, and Siege Engines
David Bryan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
3 Team Members

Hack Factory of MN, 501(c)3

We are the Hack Factory, and we are launching a campaign to help fund our three projects that we are creating for Northern Spark 2013.  Northern Spark is an overnight art festival that starts at 8:58pm on June 8th 2013. 

Artists David Bryan, Riley Harrison, Cali Mastny, and Aaron Prust who are part of the Hack Factory have come together to create a hacker pavilion, if you will, at Northern Spark.  Launching throwies, mimicking nature, and welding sculpture in real time.

All of these projects are being designed, created, and backed by The Hack Factory, a 501c3 non-profit organization in the Seward neighborhood. Hack Factory of MN’s goal is have a collaborative shop space where people can come to work on projects, and foster an environment for learning, teaching, and making. The Hack Factory offers classes in diverse subjects such as electronics, woodworking, welding, etc.

The budget for this event and projects can be found in our Google Spreadsheet.

Project 1: Steel, Exquisite Corpse of

Building art on-site over the course of the night.

Contribute your vision to an evolving metal sculpture. Make a drawing and watch as artists weld it into 3-D form. Come back to see how the work changes over the course of the night.

And for the Exquisite Corpse of Steel project, we’re looking for inspiration for the first section of the sculpture related to the theme Underground (which will be followed by Above Ground, and Sky). Tweet @HackFactoryMN a drawing with the hashtags of #nspk38 and #underground. First 20 people to tweet us before June 8th with photos of their drawings will receive two LED throwies on the night of the event.

Project 2: Strange Attractors

Inspiration for Strange Attractors. Image credit: Alex Weber, http://www.flickr.com/people/8123185@N02/
Inspiration for Strange Attractors. Image credit: Alex Weber, http://www.flickr.com/people/8123185@N02/

Strange Attractors is a 6' long x  4' high wall of blinking lights that simulates the behavior of individual fireflies in a large mass. In a natural landscape, fireflies' blinking will synchronize. The blinking is effected by the level of light exposure. Participants can shine flashlights on the wall and get real-time feedback on how their outside influence impacts the fireflies' behavior.

Project 3: Siege Engines


The Foshaybuchet is a large model of the Foshay tower in trebuchet form. It will hurl illuminated objects across the night sky, creating an arc of light and a wall of blinking and glowing participatory art.

Our illuminated projectiles will be water balloons with a magnetic light inside called an LED throwie. We will teach people to make their own throwie balloons. Throughout the night the Foshaybuchet will fire them onto a magnetic wall, where they will accumulate to create a changing glowing work of art.

We are giving away 1,000 LED throwies to the general public.  Each particpant will get the chance to make a throwie to launch, and bring one home. Each person will pull the cord, and launch it at the large steel target on the Union Depot train deck.

One the really cool rewards that we are offereing is a Desktop Trebuchet kit!  Riley has spent countless hours creating laser cut trebuchets, and these will be an awesome reward for anyone who like seige engines.

Lastly, if you don't have the funds to donate, please considering sharing or bloging about our projects.  Any and all support will help this project!


Also consider volunteering for the festival.  We need people to help make these things happen!  To signup for our projects, fill out this form.  To sign up with Northern Spark visit their volunteer page.

T-Shirt Design!

Cali Mastny and Laura Gerald help co-design the T-Shirt!  Here is the final design.



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  • $5USD
    Support our projects!

    The artists will send you a thank you email for supporting our project!

    0 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $15USD
    Northern Spark Postcard!

    You will receive a postcard, addressed to you with photos from the NS2013 festival. This will be taken by a professional photographer.

    1 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $20USD
    Limited Edition Postcards 4pk

    Receive a 4 pack of limited edition postcards with photos from all of the art being displayed at NS2013

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    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $25USD
    LED Throwie Kit!

    Led throwie kit with 10 LEDs, 10 magnets, and 10 batteries + NS2013 single postcard.

    7 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $25USD

    T-Shirt reward! You will recive a special Hack Factory Northern Spark 2013 t-shirt.

    16 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $35USD
    Throwies + Postcard pack

    Led throwie package + 4 pack of special limited run postcards featuring images from the night events.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $50USD
    Desktop trebuchet!

    Receive a desktop, laser cut trebuchet kit ready to assemble!

    5 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $55USD
    T-Shirt + LEDs + 4pk Postcards

    Receive a 4 pack of limited edition postcards from NS2013 + Led throwie kit with 10 LEDs, 10 magnets, and 10 batteries + T-Shirt reward! This is a $70 value for $45! Can't decide which one you like the best? Get them all!

    3 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100USD
    Tax deductable donation!

    Donate to the campaign and receive a tax deductible donation receipt!

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  • $450USD
    Steel, Equist corpse of

    You get to take home one of the two sculptures from "Steel, Equist corpse of" project. Local delivery can be arranged.

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  • $5,000USD
    Strange Attractors

    You get to take home the "Strange Attractors" art piece after the NS2013 art festival. Local delivery can be arranged.

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