Mobile Hotspot is an exploration of freedom through experiments in alternative energy, the reclamation of public space, and utilization of global social networks. As a response to the rising fuels costs and blind consumption of energy in U.S. society, this project explores the potential of alternative energy production for everyday use by developing a mobile energy production platform from scrap car parts and exercise equipment, all in a compact mobile broadcast unit. These explorations are founded on the concept of freedom, from reliance on energy firstly, but more broadly by the social freedoms demanded in the recent uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and even Wisconsin. What does it mean to have the right to free speech and how can we energize public space by creating a forum that asks questions about the nature of our own sense of freedom, or lack thereof? The Mobile Hotspot will be tracking thoughts on freedom across the world by projecting live feeds of tweets containing #freedom and #mobilehotspot twitter hashtags. Please participate in this event by tweeting your thoughts on freedom with any of these tags during Northern Spark to have them projected onto various buildings around Minneapolis’ first center of energy, St. Anthony Falls. This mobile hotspot will also allow the general public to use lasers to literally write onto buildings and will offer free DIY plans to build your very own electricity generator.
Show times for this event will vary throughout the night beginning at 10 pm at the Southeast Steam Plant near the East end of the Stone Arch Bridge and will move throughout the festival grounds via pedal power.