Katmari Damacy– Oops, We Mean Julie Lindell!

Does anyone else out there really, really love the game Katamari Damacy? If you haven’t played it, the premise is very simple: you have a little ball you roll around, and you gradually pick up larger and larger objects until you have an amazing sphere of ridiculous chaos. You can roll up entire buildings and even whales! Seattle artist Julie Lindell’s migratory bundles of sticks and found objects are looking at “how tree branches are responding to environmental pressure” and present the notion that “organic matter has awareness of climactic disturbance and is mounting a protest.” It seems to me that Lindell’s work doesn’t adequately translate between theory and final result, but I like these branch nests anyways– although granted probably not for the reasons the artist would like.

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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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12 years ago

yessssssssss katamari damacy is the best everrrrrrrrrrr

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