Category: Installations

The End: Vis-à-Vis Society Exhibition at V2

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:

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: and

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.

Burning Questions for Burning Bushes

An oldie, but a goodie. Back in August 2013, Vis-a-Vis Society installed this question/answer machine at Smoke Farm’s Lo-Fi Festival. Photos by Britta Johnson. Some of the resulting poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Fall/Winter 2014, Vol 31, No 3 & 4, which were declared “funny” by The New York Review of Books.

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Dr. Ink and Dr. Owning donned ghillie suits and proceeded to engage in dancing rituals in order to answer participants’ burning questions.

First, a participant inserts a question in the mailbox:


Then, after some processing through landscape ritual and song, one burning bush selects a question at random to dance, while the other bush records her interpretation, (without seeing the written question).


Burning Bush dances a Burning Question, participants study results in background



Then Q&A poems are hung out to dry