Census is a public performance project about how systematic information gathering affects the body, our everyday lives, and our broader communities. This piece will be performed by 100 people across a quarter mile of public space from dusk till dawn at the 2016 Northern Spark Festival. This project was conceived by Piotr Szyhalski, Jasmine Kar Tang, and Pramila Vasudevan.

9pm June 11th 2016 - 5:30am June 12th 2016


West River Parkway, between Portland Ave S and 11th
St. Minneapolis, MN 55401

The cohort of performers will be spaced 10 feet apart in a line across a 170 yards, employing text, technology, objects, movement, light, and sound. At various intervals during the night, performers will move away from their individual activities and merge with other performers to create collective patterns in critical mass.
Founded in 2004, Aniccha Arts is an experimental arts group that creates immersive performance environments primarily made of dance and electronic media. This interdisciplinary arts collaborative produces site-specific performances that examine agency, voice, and group dynamics within community histories, institutions, and systems.
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Pramila Vasudevan has a background in classical and contemporary Indian dance, visual media design, and political science, all which are reflected in her interdisciplinary voice as she pursues a socially conscious performance practice. Through years of researching audience methods, how technology supports the integration of artistic disciplines, and in thoughtfully acknowledging the hybridity of knowledge in our bodies as performers, Vasudevan is committed to the creation of site- specific performances. Major influences and teachers include Dr. Bala Nandakumar, Roshan Vajifdar Ghosh, Ranee Ramaswamy, Nirmala Rajasekar, Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, Piotr Szyhalski, Steve Dietz and Dr. Ali Momeni.
Northern Spark is an all-night art festival that lights up the night on June 11, 2016. When the sun sets at 9:00 pm, the city awakes to a new sense of possibility. For 8 hours and 26 minutes the city surprises you: friendly crowds, ambitious art projects, an unexpected path through the urban landscape, the magic of sunrise after a night of amazing experiences.
Upstream Arts, Northern Lights.mn, Pillsbury House + Theatre
Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Northern Lights.mn and 120 individual donors.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.