Live Art Meets The Works Of Haruki Murakami In Seattle’s Occidental Park!

Tuesday, August 11th, Seattle artists D.K. Pan, NKO, and Holly Brown will be undergoing a 24-hour project that merges art with the literature of famed Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami. The performance / reading of Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase will unfold as one pens the exterior of a box truck, another types the text on an endless scroll of paper, and the third reads the novel atop the truck. The reading begins at 11:00am and will continue through the night, until morning.

An overnight event sponsored by Seattle’s ArtsParks program, the performance will be a test of endurance and dedication. Five Murakami-related site-specific performances have been slated to run from June through October, with the following artists and art organizations conducting them: Doug Jeck, dk pan / nko rey, 826 Seattle, Steve and Katie Messick with Orchestra Seattle, and Gina Coffman with Seth Damm and Kristin Ougendal.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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