glossodelia: Gary Hill & George Quasha Perform At Henry Art Museum


Gary Hill. The Psychedelic Gedankenexperiment. 2011. Two projection screens, two HD video projectors, eight specially fabricated foam chairs, four text panels (each 40 x 71 inches), four amplified speakers on tripods, 3D glasses, acoustic foam/plywood divider, one computer with two channels of Quicktime pla Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.

Saturday, March 31st, 2012 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm at Henry Auditorium.

$5 for Henry members and UW students; $10 General Admission.

Tomorrow, at Henry Art Museum in Seattle, Gary Hill and George Quasha get scientifically psychedelic with performance art involving digital media and live video manipulations, human bodies, languages and rhythms, and everyday materials. In their collaboration, the two use what is probably overly wordy terminology (‘electronic linguistics”, “psychotropic languages vehicles”, “dynamical lingualia”, and “lingualities”) to achieve the final goal: “a pulsational conversation with stepped-up intensity in which Real Time is invited to show its other side.” Indeed, Real Time is purposely capitalized with an R and a T, and if Hill and Quasha are as brainy and far-out as their lexicon would lead one to believe, glossodelia will be a brainy mindfuck of a performance.

glossodelic attractors suggests a range of meanings from the etymologies “glosso-” (fr. Greek “language, tongue”) and “-delic” (fr. Greek “make manifest, visible”) and resonates with “glossolalia” and “psychedelic.” “Attractors,” in addition to the mathematical meaning of “a set towards which a dynamical system evolves over time (e.g., strange attractor),” connects with the “-tropic” part of ‘psychotropic’—attractors that orient the mind, turn the mind in a new direction. The title indicates that the selected works perform singular initiations into dynamical/lingual events. As psychotropic languaging vehicles these works reorient the mind by altering our conception of what language is. They attract possible language realities—or, rather, lingualities.”
– George Quasha, in dialogue with Gary Hill and Charles Stein

Those unable to make the performance still have the opportunity to view the installation glossodelic attractors, on display at the Stroum Gallery from March 31st through September 16th.

Preview images below, with descriptions lifted from the Henry Art Museum’s website.


Gary Hill. Withershins [installation view at Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1996]. 1995. Floor maze constructed from 2-inch x 4-inch (5 x 10 cm.) aluminum rectangular tubing, pressure-sensitive switch mats, two video projectors, four speakers, carpet, two computers with multi-channel interface and sound cards and controlling software written Courtesy the artist and Donald Young Gallery, Chicago. Photo: Gary McKinnis.


Gary Hill. Beauty Is in the Eye. 2011. HD LCD monitor, two amplified speakers, two giclee prints (combined dimensions of 95 x 84 1/2 x 8 inches), stereo viewer (aluminum and wedge prisms), and media player (color; stereo sound). Courtesy the artist Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.


Gary Hill. Searchlight [installation view at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany, 1996-1997]. 1986-1994. Stainless steel tube containing 3-inch black-and-white video monitor (cathode ray tube removed from chassis) and projection lens mounted to steel tripod base with DC motor, one small pin spotlight, three speakers, two-channel synchronizer, two laserdisc p Courtesy the artist. Photo: Helge Mundt.


Gary Hill. Mesh [installation view at Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, 2006]. 1978-1979. Three closed-circuit cameras, four 21-inch LCD monitors, sixteen 3-inch speakers with amplification, computer with Max/MSP/Jitter software, sensors (switch mats), firewire audio interface, wire mesh of varying gauges, and speaker cable. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Tom Van Eynde.

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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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