Against the Grain - Northern Spark 2016


"Against the Grain" refers to how the train once symbolized exploration, migration, recreation, and transportation of energy and food. Now, coal and grain cargo is being replaced by highly explosive fracked-oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota turning them into rolling ‘bomb-trains’. Award-winning filmmaker and photographer Keri Pickett teams up with Anishinaabe environmental activist Charlie Thayer and projection artist Jason Takahashi from the band Papadosio.

The visual projection will take place upon the "Gold Medal" grain silos along the banks of the Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis, reminding participants of the past role of the river in creating the state’s wealth, and brings awareness of how the river and our 10,000 lakes are evolving into our most valued resource. By combining projected moving images of oil transport and water with locally-created street art, we aim to deliver a powerful message for the love of water.

This project is an edgy and provocative experimental projection project focusing on how Minnesota’s oil transport by rail is the new emblem for extreme energy extraction.

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June 11, 2016 at 9pm - June 12, 2016
Mill City Museum

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