Jun 14, 2018
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In Residence—Video Poetry Pop-up at Chophouse Row
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:30PM
Chophouse Row (First Hill)

No registration is required for this event. The 20-minute video will loop from 7:30PM to 9PM. Please note this event takes place outdoors.


What does it mean to create poetry together? Inside/Out Neighborhood Resident Shin Yu Pai joins us, along with Michael Barakat, for a screening of Shin Yu’s community-sourced poem—projected onto a wall at Chophouse Row. This immersive reading experience encourages silent reading of the work, and offers a chance to engage with Shin Yu and Michael about the piece.

The poem reflects on the origins of the driftwood fragments that compose Richard Long’s sculpture”Puget Sound Driftwood Circle” that was displayed at the Henry Art Gallery as part of their recent exhibition “The Time. The Place.” As part of that show, Shin Yu taught a gallery-based writing workshop that guided participants to consider the relationship of their own experiences shaping relationship with place—as both a site and an idea. The workshop’s participants conducted poetic investigations of the works in the gallery, navigating the visual and multi-sensory works of art to generate new writing. Now, Shin Yu invites us to explore what they created with a curated visual poem composed of the reflective writing from this workshop. Join Shin Yu Pai and Michael Barakat and experience the inspired voices of this workshop interlocking into a striking combination of parts and whole, like rough slivers of driftwood married into perfect geometry.

The poem’s contributors included: Hailey Beard, Francoise Canter, Joan Dinkelspiel, Kathleen Eamon, Lynarra Featherly, Jazno Francoeur, Michele Graaff, Theresa Henson, Fredda Jaffe, Verena Kuzmany, Amanda Lybeck, Linda Malnack, Ren Nguyen, and Ali Stewart-Ito.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle and The Cloud Room as part of the Arts & Culture series.

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