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CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Featuring Britta Johnson (March & April)

Saturday, April 8, 2017 6-9pm

After taking part in March's CoCA Lab, we are thrilled to welcome back Britta Johnson this April!

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle City Light, selected three Seattle artists including Britta to create semi-permanent, site-specific, solar-based artworks that will serve as a showcase of solar energy and the City’s sustainability and environmental stewardship. Johnson will be working on components of her project as part of her CoCA Lab residency.

Johnson will be developing and testing the interactive animated aspect of "Giant Whirl," which will be permanently sited in West Seattle’s Don Armeni Park in 2018. While many details of the sculpture have yet to be finalized, one key feature of the piece is a series of LED lights that, when motion-triggered by park users, display the form of a ghostly octopus drifting around, curling and hanging out as long as the visitor lingers. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including historical and current uses of the site and in keeping with the solar program's sustainability theme, Britta's sculpture is meant both to serve as a memorial to the giant Pacific octopus legally hunted nearby by Dylan Mayer in 2012 and to inspire visitors to take better care of its local and global habitat, a desire shared by the artist and Mayer.

The artwork is funded by Seattle City Light 1% for Art and Green Up public demonstration funds. The city is committed to excellence in environmental stewardship and in sustainable building practices.

Green Up is an opportunity for Seattle City Light customers to participate in the renewable energy market for as little as $3 a month (200kWh). You can make a powerful environmental impact and contribute to a greener, more resilient energy future by joining us in supporting renewable energy development in our community and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sign up today!

Britta Johnson received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1997. A Seattle-based stop-motion animator, she makes video installations, short films and music videos. Her projects and collaboration have shown in venues including Seattle's Lawrimore Project, the Greg Kucera Gallery, Gallery4Culture, Bumbershoot, the Henry Art Gallery, the PICA's TBA Festival, the Walker Art Center, MASS MoCA, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Boston MFA. To become more familiar with her work, you can check out her website or Instagram page.

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About CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program

CoCA Lab provides individual artists or artist teams the opportunity to transform our space into a living art laboratory. Artists are invited by CoCA curators and have included international artist Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), Brooklyn-based installation artist Aaron Asis, performance artist Ezra Dickinson, installation artist Cait Willis, sound artist Nat Evans, installation artist Michelle de la Vega, performance artist ilvs strauss, multimedia installation artist Trina Cooper, composer Jovino Santos Neta, fiber and installation artist Wyly Astley, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, installation artist Celeste Cooning, performance artist Carl Lawrence, rock'n'roll band Marion Walker, Seattle artist and interventionist,Suzanne Morlock, indigenous installation artist Christine Babic, and many others since the program's inception in April 2014.

CoCA Lab is supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture , Seattle Foundation, individual donors and CoCA members.

Image courtesy of William Anderson.

Image courtesy of William Anderson.