The Hedreen Gallery’s curator Amanda Manitach hosts choreographer Alice Gosti with her festival Yellow Fish // Epic Durational Performance Festival, starting today, July 10, until August 3. The festival began last year following a conversation in early 2013 between Manitach and Gosti regarding duration in art. Gosti was also a memorable participant last year; she cocooned herself completely in toilet paper in an act that was oddly soothing to watch, provided one didn’t consider just how hot, numb and claustrophobic one would become under layers upon layers of white tissue.
The gallery (901 12th Ave) is well-suited to this sort of performance, as even though the foot traffic isn’t very heavy on that stretch of 12th Ave (especially when Seattle University is not in session) the large front windows make it a fishbowl that can stop pedestrians in their tracks when the more unusual performances are in action. Each performance runs a minimum of 1 hour and can last up to 48 hours, challenging the diverse, international participants to explore the idea of duration in whatever their medium may be.
For 9-to-5ers, the schedule is a bit unforgiving, as most of the performances are in the afternoons, with the gallery closing at 6. The House of ia begins the festival today and also performs tomorrow during the Capitol Hill Art Walk tomorrow evening, for which the gallery is open until 7:30 PM. So if you are on a regular work schedule, tomorrow is a good time to look into the festival, hear a talk with some of the artists, and enjoy some refreshments.
The full line-up is listed below. Performances and events not at Hedreen are noted. Performance times are listed as 1:30 to 6PM unless otherwise noted.
- July 9 and 10: The House of ia
- July 11: [Babette and Coulliette] The Pendleton House
- July 12: Gender Tender
- July 14 (7 – 10 PM): Screening of Durational Films at Northwest Film Forum(1515 12th Ave)
- July 15 (7 – 10 PM): Mark Haim at Studio Current in central Capitol Hill (For location info, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- July 16: Neil Ferron
- July 18: Maryanna Lachman and Mara Poliak
- July 19: Jan Trumbauer
- July 23: Ethan Folk
- July 25: Carl Lawrence
- July 26: Lucy Thane
- July 28 (7 – 10 PM): Marina Sossi at Cal Anderson Park
- July 30 and 31: Kayleigh Nelson
- August 1: Molly Sides followed by XIII vs. XIV with refreshments and an artist talk (6 – 7:30 PM)
- August 2: Jeff Huston
- August 3 (7-9 PM): Bronwyn Lewis at Northwest Film Forum(1515 12th Ave)
My personal top three to see: Carl Lawrence on July 25, Molly Sides on August 1, and the finale at NWFF featuring Bronwyn Lewis.