City Mediation Crew, TODAY in Seattle!

Get out and enjoy the sun, Seattlites. Check out this interesting interactive performance taking place downtown at Occidental Square Park today from 11:00am to 1:30pm and 4:30pm to 7:30pm. New York’s City Mediation Crew will be doing their typical tasks slowly and deliberately, to encourage thought.

From the press release:

Clad in white coveralls emblazoned with the orange “slow moving vehicle” triangle and wide-brimmed hats, CMC workers are recognizable as they walk slowly and collect silver foil gum wrappers and affix them to the sidewalk in the heart of Occidental Square Park to create a radiant, silver mosaic circle. CMC workers will loan video cameras to the public to create “contemplative videos” for exhibition on a video exhibition and exchange website. The anonymous members of the crew include those who consider themselves “Artists”, as well as those who donʼt.

Presented by Artsparks 2010, a partnership among Seattle Parks and Recreation, 4Culture Site Specific, and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. CMC is supported by, Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts. Contemplative videos are supported by an Enitiative Grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) 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.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

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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