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MAW Night Light Challenge

MAW, in collaboration with Northern is accepting proposals for the MAW Night Light Challenge (NLC). The NLC invites projects that leverage the MAW mobile projection platform (bikes, projectors, batteries, generators, computers, in public spaces) to create participatory experiences with light during the 2011 Northern Spark festival. Specifically, the MAW NLC seeks projects that are deployed from a single self-sufficient mobile projection vehicle. While MAW’s platform offers a variety of bike-powered projection vehicles (trikes, trailers, backpacks), we also invite proposals that involve assembly of new mobile vehicles for urban projection. MAW NLC accepts submissions in street theater, puppetry, real-time/interactive video, and live audio/visual performance. Each project proposal may only be submitted to one Northern Spark open call.


This program will commission up to five projects for exhibition during the 2011 Northern Spark festival. MAW and Northern Spark will provide the following to selected projects:

  • Mobile projection hardware and software (please explore MAW for possibilities)
  • A week-long production residency is provided at the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota from Monday May 30th to Saturday June 4, 2011
  • A $1,000 production budget

Selection criteria

  • Strength of conceptual framework for proposed project
  • Feasibility of project in regards to the practical and technological constraints of urban mobile projection
  • Compatibility of project with Northern Spark’s proposed sites and modalities
  • Potential for public engagement and participation
  • Candidates’ past experiences and likelihood for success

Application materials

The application process is online. Applicants are required to submit:

  • Primary contact information
  • Proposal concept – (max 1 page, pdf)
  • Supporting materials, such as site diagrams, including technical specifications – (max 2 pages, pdf)
  • Captions with links to no more than 10 images and 1 video of past, preferably reated work – (max 1 page, pdf)
  • A budget that fits within the parameters of the grant and/or clearly identifies and confirms additional resources (max 1 page, pdf)
  • A brief bio and CV (max 2 pages for each primary participant, pdf)


This call will be juried by past and present MAW members and collaborators

Application submission

Application deadline, 11:59 pm March 7, 2011

Post your submission here:

Selected project(s) will be announced by March 21, 2011.