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Winter in the Park: Art Encounters

Fri Jan 26 2018

Olympic Sculpture Park

PACCAR Pavilion

7 PM – 9 PM

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This winter, collaborating artists Tia Kramer and Eric J. Olson will take up residence at the Olympic Sculpture Park to research, workshop, and realize their participatory project, Orbiting Together (Symphony no. 1). Where we once used the horizon and stars to locate ourselves, we now look to our phones, rarely considering our bodies in relation to celestial objects orbiting overhead.

Orbiting Together is a participatory project that creates a new GPS network composed of people, in place of satellites. Over the course of the residency, participants who opt in to receiving text messages will simultaneously receive a text each time specific satellites fly over the Olympic Sculpture Park. Texts contain mindfulness exercises that investigate and reinvigorate their connections to each other and to their surroundings. Along with choreographer Tamin Totke, performances and workshops will focus on observations and participatory movements.

To opt in, text “TOGETHER” to “206 IN 01 SKY” (206.460.1759).

To learn more, visit Orbiting Together.

About the Artists

Tia Kramer is a site-specific performance artist, educator and social choreographer interested in gestures and actions of human connection in the everyday. She creates experiences and events that prioritize empathy and engage participants in collective self-reflection. Kramer works both individually and collaboratively. Since 2014, she has been collaborating closely with choreographer, Tamin Totzke; together they produced Study of Time and Motion, a large-scale group performance series and film project presented at Henry Art Gallery, Seattle’s Georgetown Steam Plant, and along the banks of the Duwamish River. They are currently developing Each Other, a performance recently shared in a series of public open rehearsals at MadART Studios in collaboration with the project, We are a Crowd of Others. Her work has been funded by 4Culture, Washington Artist Trust, and Duwamish Revealed as well as Laurels and Simon Benson Fellowships. Her events have been experienced both nationally and internationally.

Eric John Olson focuses on participatory art practices and social engagement. He has been awarded project grants by the City of Seattle, 4Culture, Seattle Public Library, and The Project Room. His work has been written about in The Seattle Times, CityArts Magazine, The Stranger, Spin Magazine, and The Creators Project. Recently Olson worked with contributors across the United States to create Dead Dad Dining Club Vol. 1, a collection of poetic recipes that remind people of their absent fathers. During a residency at MadArt Studio, Olson co-hosted weekly public meals with authors based off their story and sewed large felt club banners to commemorate each meal. In the past, Olson worked with Samuel Wildman on a public art project that solicited advice from octogenarians in retirement homes and created a marketable health and lifestyle plan called “Be Vintage”. The project attempted to reframe the role of retirement homes in our communities by creating a web based platform, thematic podcasts and a public ad campaign.

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