BECAUSE YOU ARE HERE
December 6, 7, and 8, 2018
Whitman College Harper Joy Theatre, Walla Walla, WA
Because You Are Here is a devised theater play based on interviews with immigrant and first generation members of the Walla Walla community. Typically a theatre production will begin with a script written by a playwright. Devised theater inverts this classic hierarchy: this play is written by all the members of the cast, in our case these are the students in the Fall 2018 Devised Theatre and Social Practices Course at Whitman College as well as community members who joined in the process.
Because You Are Here embodies questions and experiences of migration that are shaping our nation and our small community of Walla Walla—an agricultural community with a thriving wine industry that has relied heavily on migrant labor for decades. We asked our neighbors to share their moments of exclusion and belonging, invisibility and courage. We then invited those interviewees to contribute as collaborators, editors, observers and creators in the theatre-making process.
Thursday, December 6th @ 8pm
Friday, December 7th @ 8pm
*Saturday, December 8th @ 2pm & Talk Back with collaborators after performance.
*Spanish interpretation provided at this matinee performance & during talk back.
Saturday, December 8th @ 8pm
June 3, 2018
2018 Assembly, hosted by the Portland State University (PSU) Art & Social Practice MFA Students.
PSU Native American Community Center, Portland, OR
If you knew you would be heard, what would you say in a moment of bravery? Who would you want to listen? What prevents you from speaking? What are the consequences of silence? Where could you find courage? And how would you begin?
For the last two months we have been asking people who are incarcerated to answer these questions. Join us as we explore their responses and our own relationship to our voice. Together, we will warm up our voices in preparation to answer these questions for ourselves and use them to give voice to others who do not feel they have the power to speak. We will serve as amplifiers and witnesses. Our experiences will be collected, recorded and shared.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ 11:30am
2018 Assembly, hosted by the Portland State University Art & Social Practice MFA Students.
**Meet at 11:30am at the green space on the corner of NE Oregon Street and NE Interstate Ave. Public transit and parking information can be found on the website: psusocialpractice.org/assembly.)
In Step is a meditation in walking as civic engagement. Informed by the practices of Rebecca Solnit and Ernesto Pujol, this walk, choreographed with one gesture, will transport us from the North Steel Bridge to The Multnomah County Central Library.
Together we will depart at 11:30am from the green space on the corner of NE Oregon Street and NE Interstate Avenue. Public transit and parking information can be found on the website (psusocialpractice.org/assembly). Wear comfortable walking shoes and layers. We will walk 1.5 miles; all ages and abilities welcome.
January & February 2018
Seattle Art Museum Winter Residency
Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA
Where we once used the stars and our intuition 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. This winter, Eric J. Olson and I will be taking up residence at the Olympic Sculpture Park to research, workshop, and realize our project, Orbiting Together (Symphony no. 1). Over the course of the residency, participants who opt-in 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, the intuition and to their surroundings. .
With choreographer Tamin Totke, we will produce a series of free workshops and two public programs called Art Encounters. One Art Encounter will launch the satellite text service and guide an audience in participatory somatic exercises. For the final Art Encounter, a group performance choreographed based on observations and gestures collected throughout the residency will culminate the project.
Text “TOGETHER” to “206 IN 01 SKY” (206- 460-1759) to opt-in.
Learn more at orbitingtogether.com.
ART ENCOUNTER I
January 26, 2018 @ 7pm
Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA
Join us on January 26th for our first Art Encounter, a project launch party and participatory performance in which the we will track satellites that orbit over the Sculpture Park while texting participants simple movement instructions. Come hone your innate sense of direction and learn about the satellites orbiting overhead. Please bring your phone, warm socks, and clothes to move in! All ages welcome.
ART ENCOUNTER II
February 23 2018 @ 7pm
Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA
Join this final Art Encounter of the Olympic Sculpture Park Residency. Building upon the research and experiences accumulated throughout their residency, the artists have choreographed a new participatory performance that playfully critiques ways we interact with technology. Throughout the performance, participants will receive text messages directing them through a series of movements and imaginary landscapes. Performers embedded in the group will respond to the collective experience, expanding the limits of what feels possible. Please bring your phone and wear clothes to move in. Accommodations will be made for participants without phones. All ages welcome.
WE ARE A CROWD OF OTHERS
Each Other Performance
MadArt, Seattle, WA
Tamin Totzke and I embark on a new project seeking to physicalize the reciprocal relationship between body and environment. Through a series of open rehearsals and a performance titled, Each Other, we will examine the body as a record of lived experience and a vehicle for deep empathy.
Saturday, Nov 4, 2016 11a-3p
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 11a-3p
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 11a-3p
Friday, Jan 13, 2016 11a-3p
Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 11a-3p
More about the WE ARE A CROWD OF OTHERS: We Are a Crowd of Others is a forum for people to engage with this reality: a person’s identity often exceeds the limitations of their body, manifesting in words and actions. The performances, installations, readings and other events that make up this exhibition are disparate but the lens we use to view them is singular. We are examining a synchronous vibration: how does something resonate within a culture? How does it extend beyond a source, moving through rather than between people? How does it amplify or fade away? http://crowdofothers.com/
STUDY OF TIME AND MOTION, A short film
Ongoing 2017 + 2018
A short film capturing our collaboratively created site-specific performance at the Georgetown Steam Plant.
Generously funded by 4Culture, DUWAMISH REVEALED, and a successful KICKSTARTER social media campaign.
SIX WEEKS, IN TIME
March 26 - May 8, 2016
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Tamin Totzke and I are thrilled to have new work in an upcoming exhibition, Six Weeks, in Time, at the Henry Art Gallery. In this show artists working across the time-based arts—from live performance to performative sculpture—present work that explores time as a fluid material. Our project, approaching proximity, challenges contemporary notions of productivity by prioritizing human connection. Emerging from our research at the Georgetown Steam Plant, we will transform repetitive object-oriented gestures into human-to-human relationships drawing attention to meaning formed through proximity.
Please join us for live performances on
Saturday April 2, 11:30-3:30pm
Sunday April 17, 11:30-3:30pm
Created in collaboration with performers: Grant Bowen, Jeff Huston, Mary Margaret Moore and kt Shores.
Video and drawings used in our performance research will be on display for the duration of the exhibition.
STUDY OF TIME AND MOTION
Two Site Specific Performances based on the life work of architect Frank Gilbreth and organizational physiologist Lillian Gilbreth.
Directed/Choreographed by Tia Kramer & Tamin Totzke
Collaborators/Performers: Ezra Dickinson, Mary Margaret Moore, Rachael Lincoln, Kt Shores + Aaron Swartzman.
Environmental Designer: Grant Bowen.
Steam Plant Historian/Guide: Elissa Favero.
Performances generously funded by 4Culture and DUWAMISH REVEALED
Saturday, October 24, 12–5pm
Friday, November 13th, 7pm
Saturday, November 14th, 4pm & 7pm
Sunday, November 15th, 1pm & 4pm
Georgetown Steam Plant, 6605 13th Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108
Saturday, September 19th, 2-7pm
The Estuary/T108 Park, 4651 Diagonal Ave. S. Seattle, WA
February 15- May 31, 2015
Live-with art experiences. Eastlake Home. Seattle, WA
XENIA is an experimental exhibition format, facilitated through nightly AirBnB rentals. The central aim is to stimulate the kinds of encounters that artists have with their own work: encounters that takes place over prolonged spans of time and simultaneous with one's daily life.