We asked five of the most inventive Twin Cities arts organizations to take over our air, studio, and web for five Friday nights of eclectic, artsy, television-making events. Each event was uniquely curated by that week’s partner, featuring art, media, dance, music, and food and drinks. Many of you came out to our studios to be part of the action, and for that, we thank you!
TV Takeover is a project of Rewire, a tpt initiative focused on bringing public media to life for a new generation. TV Takeover is supported in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as well as through an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists. You probably know them best through inventive, groundbreaking projects like CSA (Community Supported Art), a model for subscription-based art support, and Irrigate, the pioneering placemaking they led in which artists collaborate across sectors to bring local artists, neighborhoods, and businesses in addressing the challenges associated with the construction of the Saint Paul Green Line.
Springboard’s TV Takeover episode focused on “Your Secret Art” and in it, viewers met a series of folks who spend their days in “normal” jobs but are–gasp!–artists by night!
Northern Lights.mn, producer of the annual Northern Spark festival, is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to transform our sense of what’s possible in public space.
Northern Spark is the one-night arts event people talk about for the rest of the year. On the second Saturday in June each summer, tens of thousands of people gather along the Minneapolis riverfront and throughout the city to explore giant video projections, play in temporary installations in the streets, and enjoy experimental performances in green spaces and under bridges. Through TV Takeover, Northern Lights.mn brought a “mini Northern Spark” to our airwaves, with a night of experimental television that celebrated the 2014 festival theme “projecting the city.”
Founded in 2009 by Chris Cloud and Kevin Albertson, MPLS.TV is a Minneapolis-centric video network that features both original and curated/submitted content. Through video, they highlight and champion the unique cultures that make Minneapolis thrive. MPLS.TV strives to make the familiar unfamiliar, to consistently give their viewers fresh new views of the city and its inhabitants. From musical cooking shows featuring your favorite local rappers to short art films, if you’re watching MPLS.TV, you can be sure to expect the unexpected.
That’s why we were downright thrilled to have the MPLS.TV team bring their vision to life on our air– with an episode of TV Takeover that amused, confused, and surprised.
Works Progress Studio is an artist-led LLC based in Minneapolis-St. Paul and led by husband-wife Collaborative Directors Colin Kloecker and Shanai Matteson. Together, they engage a cross sector network of artists, scientists, organizers and citizens to realize imaginative public art and design projects rooted in place and purpose.
The theme of the Works Progress Studio episode of TV Takeover was “Dear River,” and the audience (both live and at home) experienced immersive, inventive and soulful reflection on what it means to be a community alongside the Mighty Mississippi. Featuring: ecological fortunes by artist Christine Baeumler, the inventive new “Water Bar” staffed by environmental scientists, and live performance by Jayanthi Kyle.
Saint Paul Almanac’s mission is to share stories and foster dialogue that create understanding, learning, new relationships, and collaborative action among our city’s diverse individuals, families, and neighborhoods.
The final episode of TV Takeover was an all-out, no-holds-barred celebration of Saint Paul based on the theme “Where Are You Going?”– with stories that flew out of the pages of the physical Almanac, and came to life on screen and in our studios.
Audience members experienced a live mural by Ta-coumba Aiken, got a peek at the brand new Storymobile, an interactive map, animated poems, and more!
Thank you for your interest in attending a live taping of TV Takeover!
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All live TV Takeover episodes have aired.
Watch the full episodes above, and keep in touch here to hear about upcoming seasons!