Seattle Art Fair 2016, the Free Events in Pioneer Square, August 4-7

Posted on August 01, 2016, 11:03 am
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The time has come. The second annual Seattle Art Fair opens on Thursday, August 4, with it’s opening night preview starting at 8:30. (Get tickets for that here.) There is so much to see at the gallery booths in Century Link Event Center, but one mustn’t forget the special events happening in Pioneer Square.

For the explorers…Glenn Kaino, Aspiration Tours, led by “Speed” Levitch

Twice daily on Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7

Artist Glenn Kaino has invented dialects that anticipate how English might change when humans are isolated in space colonies. Poet and New York City tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch will deliver two tours daily in Kaino’s Martian English. It’s idiosyncratic, but comprehensible, and is intended to “reveal and articulate markers of colonialism” and allow visitors to “observe an effect that normally takes generations,” (to quote the event page). The afternoon tours begin in Century Link Event Center (Project 7A), and therefore require admission to the Fair. The morning tours begin in Hing Hay Park, and are free and open to the public, but in all cases one should register in advance. Each tour is an hour long.

Register online:

Friday, August 5 (11 AM at Hing Hay Park | 2 PM at Century Link Event Center)

Saturday, August 6 (11 AM at Hing Hay Park | 3 PM at Century Link Event Center)

Sunday, August 7 (11 AM at Hing Hay Park | 2 PM at Century Link Event Center)


For those who dance in the streets…luciana achugar, The Pleasure Project, at Occidental Park

10pm on Friday, August 5

Choreographer luciana achugar residency with the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SDFI) culminates in a durational public performance on the morning of Friday, August 5 at Occidental Park. The performance begins at 10am (and it is unclear how long it will proceed).

Free and open to the public. See the event page.

Photo by Alex Kangang. Image courtesy of the artist.

Photo by Alex Kangang. Image courtesy of the artist.


For the meditative dancers…Flora Wiegmann, Halo of Consciousness, at Union Station

1pm on Friday, August 5 and 1pm and 3pm on Sunday, August 7

LA-based choreographer Flora Wiegmann debuts a new work this weekend, performed by Wiegmann and dancer Rebecca Bruno. Titled Halo of Consciousness, the work began with research on Culte Antoiniste, a syncretic, semi-gnostic European religion founded in 1910 that uses simple rites and rituals for healing. In the words of the event page, Halo of Consciousness “investigates imagined actions that may be unique to Antoinism; historical movement and ailments stored in the dancer’s bodies; and the possibility to activate consciousness through a series of meditative events.” In the acoustically and architecturally gorgeous space of Union Station, it will be a unique and beautiful event.

Free and open to the public. See the event page.


For the footloose dancers…Bebe Miller + Darrell Jones, Duet with Piece of String, at Union Station

4 pm on Friday, August 5

Also in for SDFI, acclaimed artists Bebe Miller and Darrell Jones will perform Duet with Piece Of String, an ongoing project investigating improvisation. The last performance in the project was last winter in Chicago, and the pair will pick up where they left off accompanied by music from Justin Mitchell.

Free and open to the public. See the event page.


For the audiophiles…Brendan Fowler at The Good Arts Building

6pm on Saturday, August 6 & 5pm on Sunday, August 7

Musician Brendan Fowler debuts new works the Good Arts Building in Pioneer Square in a two-stage durational performance. The first stage is a sound installation in which evolving, self-improvising musical composition is piped into the space and the street via a manipulated standard Roland SP404 sampler. This installation is accessible every day during fair hours, but special vocal events will happen twice over the weekend. Fowler and a chorus of local artists will add their voices in a performances that engage the installation in Fowler’s deconstructed pop-style.

Free and open to the public. See the event page.


Get your tickets to Seattle Art Fair 2016. Check out the full listing of events, installations and lectures on the official Seattle Art Fair website or check out our summary.

T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.

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