ArtBreak: Video//Yoga Thursday, March 19th, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Enrich your yoga experience with Julia Greenway, curator and teacher at Interstitial Theatre. The classes are accompanied by video art and occur the third Thursday of every month.
This morning, the Henry welcomed students from the UW Bothell campus for a tour of our external art installation Sanctum.
Museum Education Coordinator Feney Perez led the tour and discussion about Sanctum for UW Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science Professor Carrie Bodle’s course BISIA 374: Video Art.
“Part of the course asks these students to examine new art forms and new art experiences in relationship to body and electric technology,” Feney explained. “Sanctum was a perfect opportunity to tie in these questions alongside a larger discussion about building a narrative, developing processes from concept to completion.”
Sanctum employs surveillance systems to generate cinematic narratives with social media content that matches the demographic profile of passers-by. The artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin are both associate professors in UW’s DXARTS program, an interdisciplinary degree-granting center designed to support the emergence of a new generation of hybrid artists. The installation opened this past May.
Following their visit to the Henry, the UW Bothell students will develop and create their own media-based project for class.
“By unpacking the art themes that are central to Sanctum, we also discussed the install and the proposal processes that began back in 2010,” said Feney. “This gives [the students] a professional development perspective, along with inspiration for their own research and representation of new ideas.”
“In an era of status updates, tweets, and check-ins, the geography of public, shared spaces needs to be reconsidered, along with our expectations of privacy in them.”
–James Coupe and Juan Pampin
Have you noticed all of the changes on the façade of the Henry? We are currently installing an interactive art piece, Sanctum, created by artists James Coupe and Juan Pampin. Coupe and Pampin were chosen in 2010 from 91 applications who answered an open international call, soliciting proposals for a site-specific project to transform the façade of the museum’s main entrance and to engage the UW population and the many visitors who pass by the Henry every day.
Sanctum, which officially opens May 4th, seeks to investigate the narrative potential of social media while raising important and provocative questions about the conflicting imperatives emerging in our culture as we promote and embrace ever-more-intrusive electronic media, while still cherishing traditional notions of privacy.
From those who choose to participate in the project, Sanctum will actively gather information via sophisticated surveillance and profiling technology and match it with data drawn from social media sites to shape original plausible and implausible fictional narratives.
To learn more about the project and to contribute with narrative content, please enter here. You can also opt in by scanning the QR codes are posted on signage outside the museum.