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July 16, 2019

ArtsUW Roundup: writing workshop, exhibition opening, festival:festival, and more

In the arts, stop by the Allen Library North Lobby for a free lunchtime concert with UW Voice students, take a writing workshop hosted by the Henry Art Gallery and Hugo House, stop by James Coupe’s exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, partake in a free two-day arts festival – festival:festival – that presents and supports artists and cultural workers in Seattle, and more!

Fourth Wednesday Concert Series: UW Voice Students

July 24, 12:30 PM | North Allen Library Lobby

Students from the UW School of Music voice program will perform in the North Allen Library Lobby. This free monthly lunchtime concert series is co-hosted by the School of Music and UW Libraries.

Free | More info

Writing Workshop: Precarious

July 27, 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Henry Art Gallery

Inspired by the work of interdisciplinary artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña, and in partnership with Hugo House, this writing workshop will be held among the Precarios within the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen. Through reading and discussion, we will consider the power of naming what has been lost or discarded, and of holding the energy of both elegy and renewal simultaneously.

$27 for Henry members / $30 for nonmembers | More info and registration

James Coupe: Exercises in Passivity

Jacob Lawrence Gallery

Opening Reception | July 31, 5:00 – 8:00 PM| RSVP

Exhibition | August 1 – 24 | More info

“I’m not a robot.” Check. Now click on all the boxes with traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, or shop fronts to prove it, while your answers help train an algorithm for a self-driving car. Unlike the Turing Test, which asks computers to convince us they are human, today, humans are perpetually asked to convince computers that they are not robots. The specter of full automation has finally arrived. In 2013, Amazon patented a design for a mobile “worker cage” that would protect warehouse employees from hazardous encounters with their robot colleagues. Five years later, they disabled the “laugh” command for Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, after a series of troubling incidents. Meanwhile, over six million songs currently posted by users on Spotify have never been played by a human listener, and half a million people perform “Human Intelligence Tasks” on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdworker platform. What remains for us — and who does “us” include? Exercises in Passivity is an exhibition of new work by James Coupe that asks what makes us human in a post-AI society by examining the impact of automation on labor, affect, empathy, and instrumentalization.


August 2 – 3

Co-directed by Juan Franco Ricardo (MA, Art History, 2019), festival:festival presents and supports artists and cultural workers in Seattle in a free two-day arts festival. There will be performances, art exhibitions, films, and more!

Free | More info and full schedule of events

Carrie Yamaoka: recto/verso

July 13 – November 3 | Henry Art Gallery

Brooklyn-based artist Carrie Yamaoka explores themes of erasure, states of transformation, and the indeterminate through text-based and photographic explorations, as well as recent works.

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