curated by Shelly Leavens and Jana Brevick
We find ourselves deep in the seductive age of the all-powerful and hyper-programmed machine, from 3D printers to robotic technology. What are artist's responses to this age and do they embrace or reject the chance to experiment with new technology for art-making? Reactionary and temporal, Enigma Machine artworks examine, in part, age-old questions of human-machine interaction. Visitors will see 2-D works created by machine, mechanical sculpture, electronic and light works that rely on the artist's programmed process to create, or ask for the viewer's participation.
Artwork featured will include new and recent pieces from Seattle artists Claude Zervas, Maggie Orth, Mark Vonrosenstiel and Meghan Trainor, the classic film Der Lauf Der Dinge (The Way Things Go) by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, performative kinetic sculpture 56L by Danish artist Henrik Menné, interactive electronic work by Samson Young of Hong Kong and early and mid-career works by seminal light artist Thomas Wilfred.
Reel Grrls is joined for workshops and performances by artists Anna Oxygen, Gender Failure, Tender Forever, and Molly Mac - as well as presenting new work by Reel Grrls participants in Wynne Greenewood's Video and Performance classes.
Reel Grrls Summer Film Showcase: 5:30 PM (following the Mayor’s Arts Awards.) Visit Reel Grrls’ installation of youth media created in Reel Grrls summer programs – premiering at Bumbershoot and running throughout the festival.
Tender Forever: Melanie Valera‘s Franco-American pop project spans nationalities and leaps forward towards a world where we can close the gaps between countries, ideologies and ultimately hearts. Move closer.
Gender Failure: Two of Canada’s most treasured and celebrated trans artists, Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon, present their acclaimed multimedia show “Gender Failure,” featuring animation and video elements from Seattle artist Clyde Petersen. Through visuals, words, sounds, and original music, “Gender Failure” explores and exposes the prolific pair’s failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary—and ultimately how the gender binary doesn’t add up. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, Coyote brings her razor-sharp timing and powerful narrative, while Spoon adds an ethereal voice and poetic turns of phrase to the dynamic duo’s now seven-year-old artistic partnership.
Anna Oxygen: Anna Huff is a multi-media artist, composer and performer. She has extensively toured Europe and the United States under the name Anna Oxygen, performing dance pop recitals and interactive performance pieces. Best known for her aerobics live performances, she has released several albums of electronic and acoustic music, most recently "This is an Exercise” on indie label Kill Rock Stars. Her performance and video work has been presented at PS1 MOMA Contemporary, The Seattle Art Museum, NYU, The Hammer Museum, PICA, and the Rohsska Museet in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Molly Mac is a multimedia storyteller and video installation artist. She has a BFA in printmaking from UW, an MFA in combined media from Hunter College, and is currently teaching and pursuing postgraduate research at the the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media at the University of Washington. Molly performs her work locally in multimedia poetry readings and her video installations have been shown across the US and UK. She started mentoring with Reel Grrls in fall 2012.
Long have Redd Kross rocked, and long have critics, devoted fans, and fellow musicians—such as Nirvana and Sonic Youth—bowed before the Kross and their self-aware brand of garage-born and psych-soaked rock and roll. Degenerate, sweet, tongue-in-cheek, and utterly fearless, Redd Kross have endured because they have always had the best possible attitude, combining smarts, smiles, and a total commitment to hair-spinning showmanship. After disbanding in the late ’90s, they reformed in 2007, playing sporadically to their fiercely faithful fans. Their latest album, Researching the Blues, was released on Merge Records in late 2012.