PERFORMANCES, TALKS & EVENTS
All events take place at King Street Station unless noted.
Preview at 9e2 opening night, October 21
October 26, 8pm
October 27, 10pm
October 28, 8pm
October 29, 4pm
The premiere of choreographer Dayna Hanson’s 28 problems, performed in collaboration with beloved New York-based experimental theater actor Jim Fletcher; also featuring Madison Haines and Julia Sloane.
28 problems transcodes the language of mathematics into the language of dance. Inspired by a set of calculus problems found on a discarded piece of scratch paper, Hanson created a vocabulary of dance “symbols” and movement phrases that corresponded as closely as possible to the equations. 28 problems expresses Hanson’s interest in divides between people (those who understand math and those who don’t; those whose religious beliefs and cultures differ) and also in gestures aimed at narrowing those divides.
28 problems is made possible with support from 4Culture, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Case Van Rij, and John C. Robinson.
9 Evenings Revisited: Experiments in Art, Theatre and Engineering / Oct 24, 7 pm
Media arts historian Robin Oppenheimer, with Cornish College of the Arts educators Genevieve Tremblay, Robert Campbell, Brendan Hogan, and Communications Media Specialist Mark Bocek, leads a multimedia discussion of Cornish’s historical ties to 9 Evenings, and how that drove the development of an interdisciplinary course at Cornish in 2016. Interspersed with stories, history, and film footage, this unique presentation reflects on pedagogy, art, and interdisciplinary learning.
Art, Digital Divides, and Digital Integrations / Oct 23, 4 pm
Join artist and tech entrepreneur Susie Lee, digital inclusion advocate Sabrina Roach and other guests, along with 9e2 founder and creative director John Boylan in a conversation about technology access. What are the social justice implications of the intersection between art, tech, and science, and how can art and technology each improve access to the other? How can we develop the democratic of potential art, technology and science in ways that more broadly serves human needs?
Beyond the Metaphors – Butoh x DeepDream / Oct 23 and 25, 7 pm
Butoh dancer Kaoru Okumura, with Google Deep Dream researchers Mike Tyka, Kenric McDowell, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, and Steadicam M1 operator Robin Buerki, combine the intensity of Butoh with the strange, wonderful nature of the DeepDream algorithm.
The Biology of Culture: Cue Signaling / Oct 26, 7 pm
Romson Regarde Bustillo and dancer David Rue present a performance in response to recent science in culture and biology (in particular how cultural values, practices and beliefs shape and are shaped by the mind, brain and genes), as well as the concept of signal transduction. Part of the Synaptic Lexicon projects curated by Ellen Ziegler.
Data Stethoscope for the Brain Connectome / Oct 28, 7 pm
Astrophysicist Roger Malina, neuroscientist Gagan Wig, and artists and composers Scot Gresham Lancaster, Tim Perkis, and Andrew Blanton create a sound piece using specially designed electroacoustic instruments and an interactive 3D video-gaming tool. This performance is based on a “data stethoscope” approach to converting data into sound, in order to “listen” to the complex networks derived from fMRI scans. The stethoscope in this case will not be used by neuroscientists, but rather by the performers.
The Encephalophone Ensemble / Oct 22 and 24, 7 pm
Neuroscientist and musician Thomas Deuel, working with composer Marcin Pączkowski, visualist Ben Van Citters, and accompanied by an ensemble of musicians, will produce music and projected visuals in real time directly from his brain waves using his Encephalophone, a brain to music interface.
Eri, After Dark / Oct 21 and 22, 7 pm
Mary Sherman’s unique, performative gift was inspired by and made for Benoit Granier’s musical composition Eri. The piece was originally constructed to be easily transported to China, where it first ‘performed’ as part of a live, electro-acoustic concert at the Beijing Conservatory in February 2012.
Eri, an interlude from Granier’s opera Eri, After Dark, is based on Haruki Murakami novel of the same title. The opera follows the life of Murakami’s fictional sisters Mari and Eri in Tokyo, where Eri is lost between two worlds – the real one she is trying to escape and the fantasy one, where she is imprisoned within a television, waiting for her sister to retrieve her.
Supported in part by the Boston College Department of Art History, Studio Art and Film.
From 9 Evenings to 9e2 / Oct 22, 3 pm; Oct 25, 7 pm
Robin Oppenheimer, a media arts historian, presents films about 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering in 1966, as well as the “Experiments in Art and Technology” that followed. Julie Martin, who worked on the original 9 Evenings and is director of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), joins us via video from New York for the 3 pm screening on Saturday, October 22.
Gene Splicing / Oct 29, 7 pm
Artist John Roach collaborates with percussionists John Lane and Stuart McLeod, glass artists Morgan Peterson and James Anderegg, scientist Jared Roach, and artist and data wrangler Ranjit Bhatnagar to create a smashing, unforgettable finale for 9e2.
Special thanks to Pilchuck Glass School for their support in the creation of the glass objects for Gene Splicing.
Hemispheres (2016) / Oct 28 and 29, 7 pm
Juan Pampin, neuroscientists Eberhard Fetz and Thomas Deuel, and other DXArts faculty use 3D sound technology to produce an immersive sound hemisphere sculpted by brain activity. The audience will experience the modulation of the acoustics of King Street Station through the brain of the performer, whose auditory system will be stimulated with sounds coming from the site itself, creating a sensory feedback loop.
The Hidden Code / Oct 27, 7 pm
A rare performance of Paul Miller’s (aka DJ Spooky) lush multimedia presentation produced in collaboration with Dartmouth scientists and inspired by complex themes of astronomy, engineering, biology, and psychology. Miller composed the music for The Hidden Code based on conversations with several of Dartmouth’s finest physicists, astronomers, engineers, biologists, brain scientists and computer scientists – including theoretical physicist and saxophone player Stephon Alexander, who is featured in this performance.
At Benaroya Hall: 200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98108
$30-35 / BUY TICKETS HERE
Produced in Partnership with Benaroya Hall and Sozo Artists, Inc.
Machine to Be Another / Oct 22, 11 am – 12:30 pm
In partnership with TWIST360º, enjoy a mimosa brunch and watch Seattle (and 9e2) artists conduct Machine To Be Another experiments in virtual reality. What happens when you combine virtual reality with a desire to disrupt, expand and redefine traditional notions of gender? The MBTA experiment explores that question, using a “body swap” experiment where participants virtually embody “the other.” Can VR help to dissolve the gender binary, and create a newfound empathy for and understanding of differences? And how will this exploration expand to observations about sexuality, mobility, the size of our bodies, and the color of our skin?
At the Erickson Theater, 1524 Harvard Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
Free with purchase of 9e2 pass or Sunday ticket.
Perception, Action, and Creativity in the Musical Brain / Oct 22, 1 pm
Psyche Loui, a musician and prominent neuroscience researcher at Wesleyan University, talks about the many fascinating links between music and the brain. Mathematicians and scientists have gravitated towards music for years, as evidenced by the numerous projects at 9e2 addressing music, sound, and neuroscience. Why do people vary in their musical ability? Why do humans love music? How does the brain learn new music? What makes the human brain creative? Loui will discuss these topics and more, with insights from her lab and current research.
The Politics and Mechanics of Archiving-Moving Parts, the Cloud, Magnetic Fields, and Stone / Oct 29, 1 pm
Johannes Goebel, Director of the Experimental Media and Performing Art Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will speak about “documents, the volatility of bits, and a system to preserve them.”
At the Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Free with reserved ticket.
PYLON II / Oct 21 and 26
The premiere of PYLON II, choreographed by Coleman Pester //TECTONIC MARROW SOCIETY, with collaborators Ari Chivukula (programmer), Monika Khot (sound design), and Alex Boeschenstein (video projection/visuals).
PYLON II incorporates live surveillance feeds to explore questions of observation and consent. Audiences for PYLON II will enter into an immersive environment featuring a cast of five dancers engaged in highly physical choreographed movement, a live sound score, and a complex surveillance system which is simultaneously recording and projecting visual information coming from cameras throughout the space. Through a developmental arch, the work explores themes of systematic fear and control placed on human bodies operating within a quagmire of technological systems essential to modern society.
Creation of the sound design for PYLON II was supported through an Artist Support Program Residency at Jack Straw Cultural Center.
The Time of the Force Majeure / Oct 28
Eco-art pioneer Newton Harrison and artist and curator Janeil Engelstad in a special happy hour conversation, starting at 5 pm. Harrison (who works collaboratively with Helen Mayer Harrison) has worked in support of ecosystems and community development for decades. Harrison will talk about their work and how it relates to The Force Majeure – the pressure that global warming and industrial processes places on all of our planetary systems. The Harrisons are currently working on a massive, 100+ year international project to preserve the water, habitat and species of the Tibetan Plateau, the largest source of ground water in the world.
Unconditional Surrender / Oct 23
Gary Hill will present a performance: “Somewhere between annihilation and light that exacts its revenge, the scream of what can only be described as now rolls over and over that fleshy presence…”
Accessibility at King Street Station: We are committed to welcoming everyone to 9e2! King Street Station is wheelchair accessible; take the elevator up to the third floor during open hours. If you require special accommodations to access the exhibit or the performances, please email contact9e2seattle at gmail dot com in advance of your visit.