Video Poem “O, GO”

Vis-a-Vis Society’s “O, GO” instructional video on how to begin again. Part of their “Registration” installation at NEPO 5K Don’t Run in Seattle WA September 6, 2014. Cinematography by Ben Kasulke.

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(photo credit: Rebecca Hoogs)

3rd Report from Occidental Park 9/19/14

For Vis-a-Vis Society’s final experiment in Occidental Park’s outdoor laboratory as part of ARTSparks, Dr Ink and Dr Owning collected data from passerby, including several licks from what is statistically the cutest puppy in the history of science:

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After petting this creature, Dr Owning’s sensible shoes melted onto her pantyhose.

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After finding oneself on the “Perception of Time-Speed in Relation to Distance from Optimal Position” graph (X=How fast does time seem to be moving?, Y=How far are you from where you want to be?) :

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participants filled out a short exit survey, which Dr Ink and Dr Owning performed as a list poem inside the graph, transcribed below.

 

Things That Spark

When two or more people start an action

Flint & Steel

Some kind of chemical process?

An idea?

Chemistry?

Ignition

A good thought

A thought, either bad or good

Serendipity

My husband

Living from bliss

Laughing

Ambition

Beauty

Fun

Heart

Two electrons bounce off each other

Sense of humor

Love

Community

The small things that happen when you least expect them

MAGIC!

Release of energy

People who are present

A decision

Connections

Passion & timing

Flint

Family

Walking to work

Happiness

Connections between people

Electricity

The arising and passing away of energy at every moment

 

 

What Brought Us to the Park

A universal conscience

I am a neuron

Lunch

Visiting a friend and passing through

I live a few blocks away

My puppy loves leaves!

Nice walk during my lunch break

Random walk

Food

A place to regroup on journey to resources

Family

Live nearby – been here 20 years

Fun

Love

Life

Scavenging

We are tourists on the prowl

Trying to keep it all moving

A love of people!

“Just Be Your Selfie” exhibit

Choosing a thought

Transition

I live two blocks away

Work

Looking for pedi-cab fares

Lunch

On my way to work

Walking to towne

ART

The graph – the piece

A wandering adventure

2nd Report from Occidental Park 9/17/14

Dr Ink and Dr Owning laid out a second graph, one week later, next to the first “Perception of Time-Speed in Relation to Distance from Optimal Position” self-graphing experiment in Seattle’s Occidental Park, as part of ARTSparks.

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(photo credit: Robert Wade)

In these two poems formed from passerby answers to our survey questions, the people in the park report on Things That Spark and What Brings you to the Park:

 

Things That Spark

Science.

Friction and excitement.

Zig-zags.

An electronic connection between two people,

two people, two things, two thoughts, two events.

Instant, unexpected inspiration toward joy.

Friction, physical or metaphysical

Solar power acceleration.

Community coming to life.

A chemical reaction.

Connection.

A match.

Everything and everyone I see.

If it’s at the right time, the spark will happen.

Two things colliding.

The intersection of two divergent beings.

Electricity.

Fires.

The right things coming together at the right time.

Two objects colliding at a fast pace.

Shared art.

Alchemy.

Energy, emotion, love.

Instant connection with people.

Food and life.

People who smile.

Energy exchange.

Some sort of emotion.

Photosynthesis.

Coincidence

Many things!

NO idea.

Variety in life.

Flint.

Love or flint,

a sharpness.

Baby smile

Two high energy particles coming close

Excitement and something new

Passion and drive

Anything – if struck in the right way.

 

What Brought Us to the Park

Art!

Checking out your beautiful city

‘Cause it’s fun

Catapulting lapse in time while falling into space

The farmer’s market and bread store

Destination coordination within prefabricated reasoning

A quick stroll through Seattle

Farmer’s market

Lunch

Green space

I’m a neighbor

We were just walking around, while waiting for a friend and saw this beautiful park

Walking home from the doctor

We live just a block away

Art interactions!

Friends

Fruit

Visiting from London for a friend’s wedding

Lunch with a friend

Fate

It is the center of good and evil

A walk with my family

Visiting on my way to Portland

Chess and friends

Free bus

Moving through time and space from woods to city to home

I am travelling

The farmer’s market today

Fruit and vegetable and love

Air

Good Karma

Just walking by

Following, like sheep, a friend

Paternity leave

Spending time with family

Flowers

Time and space conspiring

Green

Walking path

Bike lanes

Visit to underground

Lunch at Pioneer Square

To drop off a slideshow

See some art

Just walked by

Chance

Report from Occidental Park 9/10/14

Vis-a-Vis Society installed a temporary graph on the street in Occidental Park, Seattle, as part of ARTSparks, asking passerby to chalk in a point on the graph by finding X = How fast does time seem to be moving? and Y = How far are you from where you want to be?

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Test subjects then filled out a short exit survey, answering the questions:

 

What makes a SPARK?

What brings you to the PARK?

 

The answers to these questions formed a list poem, performed by Dr Ink and Dr Owning on site. A transcription:

 

Things that spark

a rock thrown against bricks

my old broken stove in Germany

connection

energetic connection

my sweetheart

my Joe

rocks

excitement

a flash of idea

the motivation to make that idea become tangible

living big

breathing deeply

being authentic

movement in friction

spontaneous ideation

travelling

no plans/no schedule

that special something

an ember

serendipity

when two people come together to develop/create something special

another person

a dream

the weather

collision

timing

spacing

matches on sidewalks

friction

connection

more than one

making a connection

new friends

a lighter

a match

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energy

doing what you love

life

friendship, too

lunch

beautiful weather

meter

moving

thinking

seeing the moment while travelling through

humor

Charts?

Marts?

life

marks

loose change

choose change

a person’s smile

oxygen and energy

the night sky

excitement

new ideas

love

 

What brought us to the park

Taking a walk with an old friend

Walking with my pregnant friend who just moved to Seattle as I’m on my way to train back home to Oregon

Walking by

Just walking by

Work nearby

Wandering

Opportunity brought me near the park right when the Farmer’s market was on

Sunshine and blue skies

ice cream

picnic

on way to lunch

billiards

to see the old town of Seattle

working on bringing art to the people!

work

serendipity

I work here

to watch chess

trees

safe crosswalks

by-the-seat-of-the-pants Seattle vacation

my friend, Kristin

talking

walking

taking a walk

day with Mom

waiting for a Bolt bus

the work of the Lord

Neighborhood dweller

Wednesday Farmer’s Market

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meeting new people

seeing new things

Plato

photo-ops!

Lunch

Pizza Pros

seeing different things

relaxing

relaxing with myself and etc.

sightseeing

going to get lunch

time away from work

spark my inner self

exploration

love and family

air and water

the beautiful

breakfast

family

home

the atmosphere

history

warm weather

 

 

NEPO 5K DON’T RUN 2014

Vis-a-Vis Society is excited to take part for the fourth year running in NEPO 5K DON’T RUN

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6th 2014

From Hing Hay Park (ID) to NEPO House (Beacon Hill)

For just one day local artists transform nearly 5km of ordinary city streets into an urban wonderland. Come see their site-specific installations and performances, bring your friends, kids, uncles and aunts, and remember: hop, skip and jump – just don’t run!

Dr. Ink & Dr. Owning will be running “Registration” at the START line banner “DON’T STOP!” To register, select your very own Noun That Begins Again racebib from our wall of words, then get inspired by our palindrome heavy metal instructional video.

START IN HING HAY PARK (423 Maynard Ave S) 1:00 PM
ADMISSION $15. Children are free. Please bring cash.
Registration by Vis-a-Vis Society 12:00 – 3:00 PM
MC Willie Fitzgerald
Art Tours by the Frye Art Museum docents

ARTWALK 1:00 – 6:00 pm

FINISH LINE AT NEPO HOUSE (1723 S Lander St)
DJ Sharlese / Performances curated by Alice Gosti 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Chastity Belt / Dude York 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Music organized by Help Yourself Records
Drink or Don’t Drink Garden 3:00 – 9:00 PM
Food trucks: Chopstix Mobile and Curb Jumper Street Eats

IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE

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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.
Dog: Smudge.

MANIFESTO

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VIS-À-VIS SOCIETY MANIFESTO

The Vis-à-vis Society is dedicated to the poetic analysis of the everyday.

When we look in the mirror, we see 100 scientists in labcoats standing in a field of flowers.

We believe in song, dance, and live hot graphs.

We believe in the full range of human emotions.  The beauty of their data could break your heart.

We heart science.

We love to play the overhead projector, portable record player, autoharp. glockenspiel & accordion.  We love to sing in the multiple choice choir.

We believe in polka. We believe in robots. We believe in teaching each other to waltz. We believe in crying into telephones. We believe in secret calls from the broom closet. We believe in public payphones and drinking fountains. We believe in clog dancing down the shame quotient. We believe in better science through snacking.

We believe in you, because we are you.

The Vis-à-vis Society wants to know more about who people are, how they are experiencing, and why they live.

We hope our scientific work helps people have a good time, feel a range of emotions, learn something new about themselves and/or their fellow humans, be surprised at least once, laugh at least once, go away still thinking about something they saw/heard/experienced, and maybe dancing on the inside.

Polka is our vodka.

The Vis-à-Vis Society wants to bring its findings to people who like poetry and people who are afraid of poetry. People who like to sing and dance, and people who are afraid to sing and dance.  People who enjoy filling out surveys, and people who usually hate filling out surveys but find themselves surprised at how strange and delightful our surveys can be.

We have found a correlation between pocket utilization and our experience of jealousy.

We’d love to meet you in a park, bar, library or cafe.  We would like to learn how you dance around in your living room. We’d like to watch old films with you, quietly breathing.

We want to touch your analog technology.

Our hearts come equipped with VU meters. Our hive-minds hum collectively.

We are not afraid to be sad.  We hope we might make you laugh really really hard.