Collaboration is in the air… I have some percolating myself, but the immediate interesting confluence is between two shows here in Seattle at the moment. Visions of the Robopocalypse just opened at the Seattle Pacific Art Center:
Visions of the Robopocalypse is a collaboration between Andrew Peterson and the Sanctuary Art Center, a non-profit art studio serving homeless youth and young adults. The installation features a collection of objects produced over several months by Andrew and SAC clients. Originally conceived as a robot-building endeavor, the project later expanded into other media while embracing a variety of dark and often humorous themes. Each aspect of the installation is the manifestation of a months-long, shared dialogue between Andrew and his young partners.
SAC + Peterson’s show is ragged and brilliant, including dancing shadow puppets on screen and robots in actual space who beep and blink their lashy plastic eyes in response to noise or draw mechanically shaky marker lines on paper taped to the floor.
Contemplate in alignment with Tim Rollins and Kids of Survival (KOS), who have a historical survey up at the Frye:
In August 1981, Tim Rollins, then twenty-six years old, was recruited by George Gallego, principal of Intermediate School 52 in the South Bronx, to develop a curriculum that incorporated art-making with reading and writing lessons for students classified as academically or emotionally “at risk.” Rollins told his students on that first day, “Today we are going to make art, but we are also going to make history.” Asked what he meant by “making history,” Rollins said:
“To dare to make history when you are young, when you are a minority, when you are working, or nonworking class, when you are voiceless in society, takes courage. Where we came from, just surviving is ‘making history.’ So many others, in the same situations, have not survived, physically, psychologically, spiritually, or socially. We were making our own history. We weren’t going to accept history as something given to us.”