Documentation in the Field: A Day at Discovery Park with Summer Field Studies

credit: workshop participants

On June 28, Portland-based artists Lisa Schonberg and Daniela Molnar led a multimedia documentation workshop at Discovery Park in conjunction with our Summer Field Studies project . Their goal was to enable participants to discover variable forms of observation and documentation, from drawing and note taking to field recording and music composition. Here is their report on the day:

We met at the visitor center on the east edge of Discovery Park. A persistent drizzle fell as we laid out a game plan. We divided into groups; each group would focus on a one square meter or one square foot plot. Each group received a set of prompts, a tape measure, and survey flags in order to mark a plot for study. The prompts were meant as a starting point for inquiry. For example, “Observe movement in and out of your plot. Document any inputs or outputs. Water, wind, flying organisms, walking organisms, etc.” or “Focus in on human presence or remnants of human presence.”

Based on their interests, participants chose from a variety of supplies — field guides, field recording equipment, hand lenses, insect nets, colored pencils, notebooks, and an aspirator (a whimsical contraption used to suck bugs into a container for examination). We set off towards the west end of the park.

As our group entered a wide meadow, the sun won out. Layers were shed as the groups dispersed to their chosen spots, navigating by intuition. One group found a hidden trail that led to a shady nook in the forest, two groups went to the edge of the meadow where a sheer drop led to Shilshole Bay, the Olympic Mountains gleaming in the distance. The fourth group found a spot in the tall grasses of the meadow, focusing on the intricate multi-layered diversity thriving in their small sample area.

After about an hour, we met up and shared our results. Below is some documentation of participant’s diverse approaches to understanding their plots. A larger gallery of work from this prolific event is at https://www.flickr.com/photos/documentationinthefield/. Lucinda Roanoke documented the documenting, and her photos can be viewed here.
photo credit Kerri Rosenstein

Kerri Rosenstein

photo credit Kerri Rosenstein

Kerri Rosenstein

photo credit Kerri Rosenstein

Kerri Rosenstein

photo credit Kerri Rosenstein

Kerri Rosenstein

photo credit Kerri Rosenstein

Kerri Rosenstein

photo credit Letty M Barnes

Letty M Barnes

photo credit Letty M Barnes

Letty M Barnes

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

The Week Ahead @ Henry

This week, take a break with us and chat about art.

Art Break!

Thursday, August 7, 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Join us this week as Elissa Favero walks us through Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

A few quick facts about your guide: Elissa Favero attended UW for her graduate studies in art and architectural history, has worked for the Seattle Art Museum, and is a volunteer exhibition guide here, at our very own Henry Art Gallery.

Thomas Struth. Louvre 2, Paris.

Thomas Struth. Louvre 2, Paris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and be sure to experience our current exhibitions:

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch & Stephen Vitiello

With Hidden Noise

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

 

 

 

 

 

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Art Break!

Thursday, July 31, 12:30-1 PM

Take a break and join us for an art walk and talk! This last tour of the month will be led by Nina Bozicnik, Assistant Curator, and focus on Ken Price: Inside/Outside. 

 

Summer Field Studies:

How to get THERE (the Dam) from HERE (Seattle) with Molly Mac

Saturday, August 2, 10 AM-10 PM

How to get back THERE (Seattle) from HERE (the Dam)

Sunday, August 3, 10 AM-10 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week, Summer Field Studies features a performance tour with Seattle artist Molly Mac. The artist invites you to join her on a weekend road trip to visit the Grand Coulee Dam and sites in and around Electric City.

 

Now on view:

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing 

With Hidden Noise

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

Agro-A-Go-Go with Joanna Lepore

Today’s post is written by Joanna Lepore, artist and our host for last week’s “Agro-A-Go-Go” cycling adventure.

On a cool summer morning, a small but merry band of bicycles departed from Cal Anderson park en route to the Beacon Food Forest. Led by artist Joanna Lepore, the group set out to discover the edible understory of Seattle’s most dense neighborhoods.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Ford-Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We paused at Community Supported Vertical Agriculture (CSVA), a multimedia living pallet garden on Sound Transit’s Red Wall, created by Lepore.  The pallet is watered by gravity-fed drip irrigation, leading us into a discussion about watering needs during the dry season.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Ford-Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a detour through a pocket P-Patch in the heart of Capitol Hill, we arrived at Alleycat Acres on 22nd and Union.  The borage flowers were in full swing, swarmed by honeybees. We were impressed by the farm’s professional trellising system for tomatoes and marveled over the plants’ heavy fruit set.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Ford-Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We meandered through the Central District to Columbia Street, spotting parking strip raspberry bushes and carefully cultivated traffic circles amidst barren lots and construction zones. Zipping east along the Pollinator Pathway, we caught bursts of color and the scent of lavender. We took a detour to a private home near Dearborn & MLK famous for unique stacked container gardens- an inspiration for the re-use of household junk!

Photo courtesy of Whitney Ford-Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a fast ride through I-90 trail to Beacon Hill Greenway, we climbed up 18th S.; our labor brightened by the presence of vibrant flower gardens and terraced vegetables. Cresting the hill at Lander Street, we headed to the Cesar Chavez Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden at El Centro de la Raza.

 

We stopped by several lively urban farms as we followed the Greenway to the end of our journey, the Beacon Food Forest. The sun shining brightly, we were treated to a tour and history of the project by co-founder Glenn. The Forest was in a full swing work-party; volunteers were mulching new trees and tending veggies in the ‘sharing garden.’

Photo courtesy of Whitney Ford-Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Whitney Ford-Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Whitney Ford-Terry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to see or ride it for yourself? Download this map here for a full list of site and locations.

 

Photos by Adam Balfour and Joanna Lepore.

The Week Ahead @ Henry

This week will be an auditory adventure — full of sounds, sun, and… paddles?

 

Performance: Seattle Phonographers Union

Thursday, July 24, 7-9 PM

Field Recording a Glacier. Photo courtesy of Steve Peters.

Field Recording a Glacier. Photo courtesy of Steve Peters.

 

 

 

Join exhibiting artist Steve Peters for a live performance and sonic investigation with the Seattle Phonographers Union in conjunction with With Hidden Noise, on view through September 7.

The Seattle Phonographers Union is a collective that improvises with unprocessed field recordings to explore the ways in which we recognize, differentiate, map, and navigate our sonic environment.

$5 Henry members

$10 General public

Buy your tickets HERE!

 

Summer Field Studies: Friendship Trail

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 1-5 PM

 

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This week, Summer Field Studies features an afternoon in which participants will paddle through the Lake Washington Arboretum in search of musical acts, hidden in the bushes. Led by Nautical Adventure Seeker Clyde Petersen of Boating with Clyde.

The event is BYOBoat, and will meet on Foster Island.

 

Now on view:

Electro-dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello

With Hidden Noise 

Rineke Dijkstra and Thomas Struth: See•ing

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

 

Upcoming events:

Thursday, July 31, 12:30-1 PM

Public Tour: Art Break!

Saturday, August 2, 10 AM-10 PM

Performance Tour: How to get THERE (the Dam) from HERE (Seattle) with Molly Mac

Sunday, August 3, 10 AM-10 PM

Performance Tour: How to get back THERE (Seattle) from HERE (the Dam)

Be sure to check out Molly Mac’s second post on the blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Road is ON with Molly Mac (part 2)

Today’s post is the second of three written by artist Molly Mac, who will be host/tour guide/performer for “How to get THERE (the Dam) from HERE (Seattle) with Molly Mac.” 

 

 

So far the biggest hurdle in my project is the way we use or don’t use these silly QR codes. It only takes 60 seconds or so to download a QR code reader on your phone.  You can go to the app store or the Google play store (to get one for free – there are lots of different ones). You can also just grab a friend’s phone or something.

To scan a code you open the reader app and it looks kind of like a camera. You don’t actually take a picture. You just frame up the code in the screen and wait. When the phone recognizes the code it makes an approving sound, does a tremble buzz in your hand, and then takes you directly to a website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it possible to whisper into the shape of a shout?

I don’t know but I’m trying anyway, and I’m using my phone and my thumb and 4 color-coded voices.

 

 

That thumb above was 7:09 pm on a July (2014) Tuesday in Seattle. If you listen really closely you can hear a dog barking, and you can hear me catch my breath when the phone buzzes onto the code, and the little digital thunk-clicks my thumb makes on the screen.

It smells like mowing the lawn.  Tastes like an egg salad sandwich (again).  If I turn my head 180 degrees (west?) then it looks like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All ready to go. But there’s still the whisper-shout problem.

And also some combination of phone, and screen, and thumb, and kidneys, and Camry, and glacial geography, and heroes, and shame, and stops on Google maps, and 4 color-coded voices:

 

ADVICE

FACTS

SECRETS

and NORMAL VOICE-

which is important,

 

Because sometimes,

A fact is motivated by advice.

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A fact is motivated by a secret.

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A fact is just a fact.

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A secret is motivated by advice

((advice tried to duck out of the portrait:

 

 

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A secret is motivated by a fact

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

A secret is just a secret (among facts)

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

Advice is motivated by a secret

((advice is still trying to hide from the portrait:

 

 

 

 

 

 

&sometimes (pretty often),

Advice is motivated by a fact.

like this:

 

 

 

 

&sometimes,

Advice is not just advice.

Look closely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I know I could have just made all of this sound nice and YELLOW, but then how would you ever know the difference?

 

 

 

 

If you don’t scan or click the codes you could make up your own stories for these templates. Or just sign up to keep going with me… August 2-3. You should book soon if you want to come.

 

In the meantime, here is a low-res, color coded fan letter: I color coded it after I sent it. I blurred it before I uploaded it. I promise to explain all this on the trip.

 

 

 

 

The Week Ahead @ Henry

Exciting things are coming up this week!

First things first:

 

MEMBER PREVIEW: SUMMER EXHIBITIONS @ HENRY!

 Thursday, July 17th, 2014, 6:00 -8:00 PM 

Henry members are invited to join us for a sneak peek of the upcoming exhibitions.

On view will be:

Rineke Dijkstra & Thomas Struth: See•ing

Rineke Dijkstra. I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman.

Rineke Dijkstra. I See a Woman Crying (Weeping Woman)

 

Thomas Struth. Louvre 2, Paris.

Thomas Struth. Louvre 2, Paris.

 Electro-Dynamic Drawings: Andrew Deutsch & Stephen Vitiello

Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello. Twilight Zone . 2014. Single-channel video (color, sound); 8:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artists.

Andrew Deutsch and Stephen Vitiello. Twilight Zone [video still]. 2014. Single-channel video (color, sound); 8:30 minutes. Courtesy of the artists.

 With Hidden Noise

Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.

Stephen Vitiello. Finding Pictures in Search of Sounds.

 

Ken Price: Inside/Outside

Ken Price (U.S., 1935 – 2012) Untitled [from the Heat Wave portfolio]. 1995 Screen print on Arches paper 6 5/8 x 5 5/16 in. (16.8 x 13.5 cm) image size; 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) sheet size Published by Black Sparrow Graphic Arts, Santa Rosa, CA Henry Art Gallery, gift of Burt and Jane Berman, 2006.43.9

Ken Price (U.S., 1935 – 2012)
Untitled [from the Heat Wave portfolio]. 1995

Be sure to RSVP to Ashraf Hasham by Friday, July 11th at rsvp@henryart.org or 206.221.3244.

Want to renew your membership or become a member? Click here!

Also coming this week:

 

PERFORMANCE: GAREK DRUSS

Friday, July 18th, 7:00-9:00 PM

Garek Druss is a Seattle-based artist and musician. This live performance will sonically guide visitors from the Henry to the Center for Computer Science & Engineering. Meet at 7:00 PM at the Henry to join in on this exciting new sound adventure from Garek Druss!

SUMMER FIELD STUDIES

Summer Field Studies is an interactive Test Site program that explores our relationship to landscape through a series of field guides developed by artists, musicians, permaculture advocates, curators, activists, sailors, poets, and adventure seekers. This week Summer Field Studies features:

 

ARGO – A – GO-GO

Saturday, July 19th, 2014, 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Join Joanna Lepore for a garden tour of the Greenway neighborhood in Beacon Hill, which will all lead to a tour and refreshments at the Beacon Food Forest Permaculture Project. Meet at Cal Anderson Park at 11:00 AM to partake in this free and open to the public event.

 

THE DRUNKEN BOOT

Sunday, July 20th, 2014, 10 AM- 7 PM

Join Seattle-based conceptual artists Sara Edwards and NKO for an unplanned and unmediated journey through Seattle ending with Happy Hour at a secret location. Meet at Henry at 10 AM for coffee and instructions. This event is free and open to the public!