Tagged: Hing Hay Park

Vis-a-Vis Society’s NEW video poem an homage to Spaghetti Westerns and Sergio Leone

You can watch an excerpt of “The End” here.IMG_8670.jpg

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,”

where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
Dr. Ink, in the late stages of pregnancy, and Dr. Owning chomping on a cigar for the first time, donned their labcoats and white pumps, strapped on holsters and vintage Buck Rogers laser guns (thanks to the extraordinary Webster Crowell), and proceeded to conduct a series of movements testing theories on how to end.
IMG_8694.jpgAfter discovering 1,000 ways to end, and recording the results in Dr. Owning’s dad’s home laboratory, Ms. Johnson edited an incredible 23-minute video piece of this investigation. It premiered at the final installation of NEPO 5K “Don’t Run” in our “Registration” piece. This instructional video demonstrated ways to end as participants registered by selecting a race bib printed with an ending phrase. Photos below by Megumi Shawna Arai and Makenzie Stone.
You can watch an excerpt of “The End” .
Watch an excerpt of “The End” here.
We loved watching found poems form throughout the 5 kilometer art walk.

This young art walker loved the part where we fell down


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.



(photo credit: Rebecca Hoogs)


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


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

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