Intuitive Navigation 2014 Recap: Swahili, Phone Call, Dual Mode, House of Aquarius

A big thanks to everyone who came out to Holocene for our second installment of Intuitive Navigation, an interdisciplinary night of sights and sounds, this time with a focus on DANCE! We paired every musical act with a visual artist and invited House of Aquarius to perform one-off dances in-between. Relive the night or see what you missed via this photo and video recap.

A big thanks to everyone who came out to Holocene for our second installment of Intuitive Navigation, an interdisciplinary night of sights and sounds, this time with a focus on DANCE! We paired every musical act with a visual artist and invited House of Aquarius to perform one-off dances in-between. Relive the night or see what you missed via this photo and video recap, and then come to our third installment later this year! You can also see the initial poster artwork and announcement here.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY VIVIAN HUA AND SCOTT MAYORAL

Dual Mode

Kicking off the evening was the hip-hop act Dual Mode, who performed alongside a number of glitched out videos by Alex Boyce of the Futro collective, which were impressively spread across a three-screen video installation. Alongside the glowing neon of the televisions, the two members of Dual Mode offered up their own interpretation of high-energy, going all out with ninja kicks, air humping, and postures and poses galore. A killer way to start off a night.

 

House of Aquarius

Though all of the evening’s musical acts were chosen for their unique abilities to make crowds boogie, Portland dance collective House of Aquarius eased the transition between bands with their own show-stopping routines.

 

Phone Call

Without even a proper release under their belts, the funky dance duo Phone Call know how to pack in and work a crowd with their soulful style lead singer Bailey Winters’ self-contained universe of understated voguing. This evening, Bobby Smith of Sex Life DJs upped the band’s ante with retro-inspired abstract projection footage.


 

House of Aquarius

After some DJing by John-Dee-J and Sex Life DJs, House of Aquarius presented yet another dance performance as Swahili set up on the main stage.

 

Swahili

Headlining the evening was the psychedelic dance band Swahili, playing their second show of 2014. Their sophomore record comes out this fall on Translinguistic Other, and they ran through almost the entirety of its diverse catalog in a dynamic set that was accompanied by colorful, metaphysically-minded projections by vVv Stardust, REDEFINE’s own Vivian Hua.


 

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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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