When we took our long-time Site-Specific grant program and gave it a tech focus in 2015, we were amazed by the response. With over 100 applications—a record for the program—it was clear that this grant tapped into King County’s fascination with the overlap of art and technology. Over the course of this year, the projects that have come to fruition have been exciting to watch and participate in, and as 2016 comes to a close, we’re proud to highlight one in particular.
For almost 20 years, under the guidance of curator Beth Sellars, artists have responded to the wood and concrete of Suyama Space through installations that defy simple categorization. The artists Sellars selects come from all career stages and get the opportunity to spend 2 years getting to know this gallery within an architecture firm. The result, in the words of the organizers themselves, is that, “the featured artist now becomes a collaborator with the space, rather than fighting with the structure, or worse, ignoring it. Successful installations gain from all that the building has to offer.” In November 2015, Suyama Space announced that this year would be their last—we’re sad to see it go, and honored to have helped fund the final installation in this incredible venue.
Fernanda D’Agostino’s Generativity embodies the Tech-Specific grant’s goals of fostering new intersections of art and technology, and new collaboration between makers of all kinds. D’Agostino’s installation features video footage of a performance by dancer Isabelle Choinière, whose choreography interacts with sculpture, video projections, coding, and sound. This combination of high- and low-tech can, according to Suyama Space, “heighten the senses in unprecedented ways.” Generativity will be on view at Suyama Space until December 16, 2016—don’t miss this final opportunity to experience a truly unique joining of artist, space, and technology.