Intuitive Navigation: Portland Event Recap

INTUITIVE NAVIGATION : An Evening Of Psychedelic Music, Movement, Wearable Sculpture Art & Film
Thursday, August 25th, 2011 @ Holocene, Portland

SEE ALSO: Initial Press Release & Event Announcement or FACEBOOK EVENT

Billions And Billions

Photography by Vivian Hua (1-3), missclarita (4)
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Photography by Kerosene Rose; Performance & Visuals by Kaitlin Bryson

Midday Veil

Performance & Wearable Art by Katherine Groesbeck and Dancers; Visuals by David Golightly
Photography by Kerosene Rose (1), missclarita (2), Vivian Hua (3,4)
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Golden Retriever

Performance by Lucy Yim; Wearable Art by Matt Leavitt and Vivian Hua
Photography by Kerosene Rose (2) and Vivian Hua (1,3)
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Press Coverage

From Portland Mercury:
“Holocene gets dressed up as an empyrean dreamworld tonight for Redefine Magazine’s Intuitive Navigation, a cross-disciplinary indulgence of film, music, dance, wearable sculpture, and art installation. Intended to facilitate a self-reflective state of meditation for the attendee, expect ritualistic performance art and hypnotic stimuli galore. The event will be soundtracked by some of the Northwest’s most prismatic artists, who will perform in costume along with visual artists and dancers to enhance the immersive experience. Take special note of the evening’s headliner, Portland’s best bet for trance-induction: the soporifically zonked Golden Retriever.”

From Willamette Week:
“[INDISCIPLINARY ART EXPERIENCE] A spinoff of a similar event that happened at Holocene in December 2010, Intuitive Navigation gathers a handful of psych, drone and experimental bands and pairs each one up with a dancer, filmmaker or artist to play with and off one another. Considering the tone of many of the acts—the spacious dreamscapes of Midday Veil, Golden Retriever’s glorious tonal smears and the sharp metallic edges wielded by Black Science—this isn’t a night to be taken lightly or without a little chemical boost to help let the music and visuals take you to a higher plane.”

From Ms. Ms. PDX:
“The psychedelic powers of Portland and Seattle come together at Holocene to bend our minds with music, movement, film and sculpture. Not only is this an opportunity to peer into the mind space of the artists, but also to float upon the sea of our own conscious and unconscious. Each ‘set; will be a collaboration between band, dancer(s) and visual artist. Wearable sculpture as costume will trick the eye and heighten the magic.”

From Crappy Indie Music:
“Holocene is having a show called Intuitive Navigation. The bands are Midday Veil (Seattle), Swahili, Golden Retriever, Billions & Billions, and Black Science (Seattle). I have written about most of these more experimental bands before. But this is more than just a music performance. Here is what the website said about the event, “INTUITIVE NAVIGATION invites like-minded performers from Portland and Seattle to transform the atmosphere of Holocene into a hypnotic, self-reflective zone. Five bands will showcase the spectrum of possibility found in psychedelic music while focusing on one central goal: to unite concertgoers in a similar consciousness of meditative bliss. Bands will pair up with at least one dancer and one visual artist for costumed performances which celebrate the act of ritual — a mode of expression as symbolically cathartic as it is aesthetically pleasant. Drawing inspiration from philosophers of mythology such as Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung, and Alan Watts, performers will explore the ways in which decisive physical actions, when imbued with the intentions of their authors, can become healing and transcendent acts.” Neat. The show is $5 and 8 PM. “

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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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[…] (right) costume i made for intuitive navigation way back when. bedsheet. lucy did the MOST amazing dance while wearing this costume. speaking of, i […]

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