For the final installation of Talk Contemporary, join the Seattle Art Fair and Natalie Jeremijenko in discussing her important contribution to the emerging field of socio-ecological systems (or xDesign) crucial in the Anthropocene during her talk Placing the GOLDEN SPIKE of the Anthropocene: On the Great Participatory Pollinator Project and other Adventures in BiodiverCITY. Natalie is helping us reimagine our collective relationship to natural systems through the use of attractions and ongoing participatory research spectacles to address 21st Century challenges. In this panel, she will explore strategies to redesign energy, food and transportation systems that can contribute to the common good, increase soil, aquatic and terrestrial, biodiversity and improve human and environmental health.
A Singularity explores the rapidly incorporating relationship of human intelligence and technological advent. The exhibition features 15 works presented by six Seattle Art Fair exhibitors at the Living Computer Museum. The pieces showcase technology’s impact on each artist’s practice and his or her utilization of technology as a tool and an influence. A Singularity aims to explore and further understand the interweaving of society and our inventions, seeing both our past, our present and our exponentially growing future.
Curated by Max Fishko and Madison Harmer
Participating Galleries and Artists:
Catharine Clark Gallery | Chris Doyle and John Slepian
Edward Cella Art + Architecture | George LeGrady
Harmony Murphy Gallery | Joel Holmberg, Joseph Huppert and Anthony Marcellini
Pace Gallery | Michal Rovner
Samsøn | Mark Cooper
Upfor | Jack Featherly, Brenna Murphy and MSHR
GIGABOT presented by re:3D featuring work by Micah Ganske
Micah Ganske will collaborate with re:3D, creators of the Gigabot 3D-printer, to produce a limited edition object to be printed throughout the duration for select visitors.
Ocular EVA Pod by Micah Ganske
Creative Lab includes interactive spaces within CenturyLink Field Event Center, highlighting artists who use new technology. 101/Exhibit presents Micah Ganske’s 3D printed sculptural cockpit in which the viewer is immersed a short virtual tour through the world of Ganske’s paintings and sculpture.
Black Hawk Powder by Addie Wagenknecht
Creative Lab will include interactive spaces within CenturyLink Field Event Center, highlighting artists who use new technology. bitforms gallery presents Addie Wagenknecht’s mechanically assisted series of action paintings created with a small-scale drone aircraft. Among the most recent pieces are works on paper that incorporate heat- and UV-sensitive pigments, furthering her first explorations with liquid acrylics on canvas.
A signature exhibition within the fair focusing on new media, video, sound, and film works by some of today’s most compelling artists based in Pacific Rim & beyond.
Curated by Leeza Ahmady, Director of ACAW, as an extension of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW).
This exhibition activates Seattle’s geo-economic position in the Pacific Northwest of the United States as a significant new arena for transnational connectivity with creative communities based around the rim of the Pacific Ocean, and other regions of the Global South. THINKING CURRENTS consciously underscores individual art practices while examining common denominators and collective manifestations to stage the intensity of a wide range of pressing inquires launched by artists in recent years. Beyond a broad exploration of formal aesthetics, works reflecting issues of migration, the environment, identity, technology, nation building, conflict and stagnation within the various liquid and land territories of East and Southeast Asia are especially considered. “An investigation into the cartography of globalization—and the myths, realities, and dreams associated with our planet’s primordial yet last frontier: the ocean.”
Monira AL QADIRI (Kuwait City & Tokyo) • Burçak BINGÖL (Istanbul) • Patty CHANG (Boston) • Tiffany CHUNG (Ho Chi Minh City) • Alexis DESTOOP (Sydney & Brussels) • Jun NGUYEN-HATSUSHIBA (Ho Chi Minh City) • HO Tzu-Nyen (Singapore) • KATO Sawako (Tokyo) • KHVAY Samnang (Phnom Penh) • Lee KIT (Hong Kong & Taipei) • Charles LIM (Singapore) • Jawshing Arthur LIOU (Indiana & Taipei) • Tracey MOFFATT (New York & Brisbane) • QUI Shiming (Beijing) • Araya RASDJARMREARNSOOK (Chiang Mai) • Wael SHAWKY (Alexandria) • SUN Xun (Beijing) • Patrick TODD (New York) • Charwei TSAI (Ho Chi Minh City, Paris & Taipei) • Alexander UGAY (Almaty) • Tintin WULIA (Brisbane & Jakarta) • Jamie ZIGELBAUM (New York) • Polit-Sheer-Form Office, artist collective: HONG Hao, XIAO Yu, SONG Dong, LIU Jianhua, LENG Lin (Beijing) • MAP Office: Laurent GUTTIEREZ & Valerie PORTEFAIX (Hong Kong)
BLACK BOX is the first international festival in Seattle dedicated to experimental film, video and new media art. It provides a global perspective on how contemporary artists use technology to push creative boundaries and expand the language of cinema.
BLACK BOX includes renowned artists who are collected by major museums but have not yet been exhibited in this region. It is also an essential platform for emerging talent at the forefront of the avant-garde who work with mobile apps, interactive media, augmented reality, games, social media, generative software, surveillance and more.
Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) asked Stimulant to conceive, design, and build an anchor interactive for their new Bezos Center for Innovation. The exhibit investigates Seattle’s history as a key center for innovation, and MOHAI wanted an installation that would act as a coda to the experience, inspiring visitors to be innovative in their own lives and communities. We designed an experience that literally reflected the user in the exhibit, underscoring that anyone can be innovative if they simply cultivate certain habits of mind. We did this by creating a multi-touch interactive mirror, augmented by an array of depth-sensing cameras, that provided a series of activities to remind the user that innovative thinking is within everyone’s reach. This interactive experience featured a real-time, reactive particle system, and adaptively displayed interface elements based on the user’s actual height, allowing for high usability across an incredibly broad demographic of museum-goers.
In the playful context of Seattle Center’s festival grounds, Sonic Bloom is a permanent interactive art installation at the foot of Seattle’s Space Needle and a defining entry sculpture to the Pacific Science Center. 5 giant solar flowers absorb the sun’s energy and express it at night with patterned LED lighting and in the daytime with a chorus of interactive harmonic tones triggered by people’s movement around each flower. The striped stalks are also massive barcodes that allow inquisitive types to decode the supersized puzzle.