The Legacy Series @ THE PROJECT ROOM

Spring, 2015
The Project Room, Seattle, WA

As the Director and Curator of The Project Room (TPR), I curated site events, a podcast series and worked with TPR Editor, Tessa Hulls, curating content for our online journal. As part of this work in created the Legacy Assignment Series to workshop TPR's thematic question: "How are We Remembered?" I also hosted conversations and podcasts on the subtopics of privacy, transformation and monuments. 

Events produced in collaboration with featured artists: Sierra Nelson, Rachael Kessler, Rob Rhee & Tameka Norris and The Project Room staff/volunteers: Tessa Hulls, Britt Rynearson, Corey Claxton, Madeline Rose Williams.

Legacy Assignment Series II: If a Handful of Matches is Thrown to the Floor.  Performance Artist and Poet Sierra Nelson questions the roles divination, science, and artistic practice play in our understanding of the past and our choices for the future. She was joined by her longtime collaborator Rachel Kessler (together working as Vis-A-Vis Society) to bookend the conversation with some live experiments.

Legacy Assignment Series 1:  10,000 Year Warning System.  Artist Robert Rhee hosts a workshop with participants from 20 fields of research questioning:  How do you create a warning system to prevent an accidental unearthing of 200 million pounds of radioactive nuclear waste? A simple sign, some chain link and a military post might work today. But what about 10,000 years from now? 

The Project Room, founded by Jess Van Nostrand, was a Seattle based art non-profit (2011-2015) that served as a gathering place and online platform presenting work, ideas, and people that inform our understanding of creativity in contemporary life.  The Project Room focused on creative works-in-progress and created a dynamic collection of public programs in response to specific themes and big questions such as "Why Do We Make Things" and "How Are We Remembered".  The Project Room aimed to be inclusive and cross-disciplinary in all of its endeavors. In addition to the arts, programs feature technology, culture, history, geography, industry, and other areas that intersect with the specific question in focus.

In 2015, I served as TPR's Director replacing founder Jess Van Nostrand when she took a position as Assistant Director of Public Programs at the New York MoMA.  As Director of the 2015 events, programs, monthly podcasts and literary projects, I curated programming around the big question, “How Are We Remembered?” and the topics: privacy, monuments and transformation. You can learn more about individual events and projects I produced on the TPR website:

Images above: Public events at The Project Room (2015). Photographs by Katie Miller, Bruce Clayton Tom, Daniel Laninga and Tia Kramer.