I'll be living in Duluth, Minnesota for three months this summer working on a collaborative image-making project for the Duluth Art Institute. Lincoln Park is another neighborhood on the edge of transformation, with new businesses moving in at a moderate pace and the older, working-class neighborhood shifting with it. Culturally, the neighborhood reminds me of Superior, Wisconsin - a hard-drinking, hard-working, practical place with a deep industrial identity (even as that industry, primarily Taconite shipping and processing, is also changing rapidly). As usual, my interest is in the history of the landscape and the ways people make sense of their place in it.
My work will be in the mold of my East Macon polaroid project, driven by a street-based collaborative image-making process. In other words, free pictures! I'm planning a storefront show on West Superior street as a culmination in September. Stay tuned! I'll be actively posting on facebook, instagram and on the project's site (http://www.nikspictures.com/west-duluth-journals/).
Hey all! I have some really exciting Minnesota screenings coming up this spring and summer. For starters, my film 13 Roads in Otter Tail County will screen at the 2017 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival this April 27th. This is soon, I know - so if you can't see it then, don't despair, because you can still catch it on the good-old-fashioned television. Twin Cities Public Television is showing the film as part of it's MNTV showcase on Sunday May 14th at 10:30 PM on TPT2 & Monday May 15th at 4:30 PM on TPT2. Next, it's showing at the Altered Esthetics Experimental Film Festival this June 1-3, which, by its past curation, looks like it's going to be a remarkable event (coincidentally falling on my birthday, June 2nd). Finally, the film will screen at the Walker Art Center this August 3rd as part of MNTV's museum run! This is a big life for such a little film, and I'm really happy about the love it's receiving. And finally, these rural roads will also be seen in the big city of San Francisco as part of Other Cinema's Psychogeography show on May 6th. Huzzah!
Scott Knudson at Lakeland Public TV in Bemidji made a great short documentary about my art practice. My friend Christer and my dad Kent also make appearances!
I've been living and working up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, for the past several weeks, with the support of Springboard For The Arts. I'm working on several new projects, including this strange little flick I made one day in North Dakota. Watch it!
I've been very slow about promoting this great show I've got coming up, but better late than never! I'm screening some films in San Francisco on Saturday, 4/30. Please come! I'll be there and I'd love to see some familiar faces. Craig Baldwin, the mind behind the legendary screening series Other Cinema, which has defined the microcinema scene for over two decades, wrote this great description of the show. I'm honored to have my work held up so!
"Erstwhile OC miracle-worker, the now at-large Mr. Nerburn bounces back into our Mission District safe-house for a feature-length review of his "punk-documentarian" practice. "In the Shadow of Paul Bunyan" criss-crosses the outsized myth of the jolly logger with the hidden history of the US-Dakota Indian War, told from the perspective of a native Minnesotan. "Today I Am Going to Kill Myself but First I Am Going to Dance" is Nik's other Midwestern historiography, in this case about an immense insane asylum in Fergus Falls, where he excavated the ghosts in the graveyard and the local community that keeps their memory alive. "MANIUM" is an abstract exploration of the folk knowledge surrounding the black houses of Olympia, Washington, while "Officer-Involved Shooting" surveys the landscapes where Trayvon Martin, Walter Scott, and Jordan Davis died at the hands of white policemen."
Take a look at the show, which is the fourth in Craig's psychogeography lineup, here.
I'm thrilled to announce that I've been accepted as a resident artist by Hinge Arts in Fergus Falls, Minnesota! This means that I'll be spending the spring on the humble plains of west central Minnesota, living in the old Fergus Falls State Hospital, also known as the Third Minnesota State Hospital for the Insane, working on an experimental/expanded documentary film project. I can't wait to find out what stories and memories are waiting to be dusted off inside this awe-inspiring, haunting and melancholy place.
More updates to come!
My great friends at Antiquated Future are now carrying DVDs of the film, along with a hodgepodge of my other Paul Bunyan creations. For those of you who missed the tour, or the kickstarter, you can still get your mitts on the film!
It's finally up! Please take a look and consider donating.
"In the Shadow of Paul Bunyan is an experimental first person documentary about colonial heritage, mythmaking in northern Minnesota, the US/Dakota war of 1862 and a certain iconic pair of roadside attractions in Bemidji, Minnesota. The film explores the way the Anglo-American caricature of Paul Bunyan overshadows the many complex histories of this state. Using rarely seen archival materials and observational 16mm film, In the Shadow of Paul Bunyan is an expedition into the hidden corners of this land we call Minnesota."
Northern Spark is an annual, dusk until dawn arts festival that lights up Minneapolis on the second Saturday of June each summer. The festival is presented by Northern Lights.mn, a small but mighty Minneapolis-based non-profit arts organization whose mission is to transform our sense of what’s possible in public space. Learn more about why they need your $$$ here.
I'm honored to be included in Northern Spark's 2014 lineup! Northern Spark is a nonprofit all-night arts festival that lights up Minneapolis on June 14. I'll be projecting archival, found and original Paul Bunyan material on the side of the Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis, directly across the street from the old Lumber Exchange Building. Read more about it here!