Tagged: Sierra Nelson
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.
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).
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.
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,”
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)
Video Poem “DOWNHILL”
Vis-a-Vis Society’s instructional video on “DOWN” and “HILL” that was part of their installation “IT’S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE” for NEPO 5k 2013.
Music by Kent Kessler
(photo credit: Rebecca Hoogs)
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