Vis-à-Vis Society (lead by Drs. Ink and Owning, a.k.a. Sierra Nelson and Rachel Kessler) will be showing “The End,” a selection of their interactive installations and video works spanning over a decade, at Velocity’s V2 art space for its final month of exhibitions and events.
Stop by the OPENING PARTY DECEMBER 8th (Capitol Hill 2nd Thurs Art Walk), 5:00-8:00 p.m. at V2. when the Vis-à-Vis Society will be performing and facilitating interaction with their work throughout the evening.
The exhibition opening will be followed by a Feelings Open Mic at V2 hosted by Velocity, with brief audience-interactive poem intro by Vis-à-Vis Society. (Feelings Open Mic sign-up starts 5:00 p.m., first come first serve; feelings soapbox begin 8:00 p.m.) For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1149965351754631/
LOCATION: Velocity: V2, 1525 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (in the Old Value Village)
EXHIBITION: December 1—December 17, 2016
OPENING PARTY: 2nd Thursday, December 8, 5-8 pm (Feelings Open Mic 8-9 pm)
GALLERY HOURS: Wed—Fri 12-2 pm (and by appointment)
SPECIAL WEEKEND HOURS: Sunday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, 2-6 pm
2ND PARTY: Saturday, December 10, 9:30 pm-12:00 am (“Last Dance” V2 closing party, $5 cover charge)
This exhibition is concurrent with the “American Painting Today” exhibition at V2, organized by Matthew Offenbacher, showcasing an encyclopedic collection of paintings by artists from the greater Seattle area. For more info: http://americanpaintingtoday.xyz/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/983944645050665/
V2 is an initiative of the Capitol Hill Arts District, managed by Velocity Dance Center, in partnership with One Reel. It is a temporary collaborative arts space in Capitol Hill’s old Value Village, providing 30,000 square feet of arts space for community rental for artists and art organizations, as well as a gathering place for events, exhibitions, rehearsals, artist residencies, performances and community forums. Sadly, V2 will come to a close at the end of December. All are invited back to the closing party on December 10th to celebrate again these exhibitions and V2 itself.
Shot on super 8 to accompany Vis-a-Vis Society’s survey-poem “Coats,” from our book Who Are We?
You can watch an excerpt of “The End” here.
The Vis-a-Vis Society teamed up with Britta Johnson and drove out to the desert last summer to shoot some Spaghetti Western, Sergio-Leone-esque choreography experiments, when the forest fires leaped over I-90, forcing us to re-route to Umtanum. We drove and drove, topped off the hot engine’s oil, until we found this remote site, strewn with bullet casings and shattered glass, just like T.S. Eliot described it in “The Wasteland,”
This video by the Vis-a-Vis Society debuted at the NEPO 5K Don’t Run on September 8th, 2012. nepohouse.org/nepo5k2012.html It was created by Drs. Ink and Owning as an instructional demonstration for DOWN + HILL to encourage participants at the event.
At the start of the 5K course, participants checked in with the Vis-a-Vis Society to select one (1) unique verb for Going Down from a list of 580 verbs and phrases generated in the Vis-a-Vis Society laboratory. After selecting a unique verb, the participant then pinned the word onto his/her front or back for the duration of the 5K experience; each participant was also asked to demonstrate in some physical manner, at least once but preferably multiple times, the selected verb while on the course. The 2012 NEPO 5K Don’t Run traversed from Beacon Hill down to the International District in Seattle, beginning under a large banner created by the Vis-a-Vis Society which read: IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE.
* Video Credits*
Scientists: Drs. Ink & Owning (a.k.a. Sierra Nelson and Rachel Kessler).
Intrepid Cameraperson for “Hill” sections: Britta Johnson.
Music: Kent Kessler.
Nancy Guppy and her amazing crew at the Seattle Channel made this short documentary about the Vis-a-Vis Society a few years back while Dr. Ink and Owning were at work on their first evening-length performance piece and installation “Who Are We?” at the Northwest Film Forum.