Jack Straw Cultural Center 2017 Artist Support/New Media Gallery residencies

Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Northwest's nonprofit audio arts center, has awarded residencies in the 2017 Artist Support Program (ASP) to 19 artists and artist teams spanning multiple disciplines and genres. 

The primary goal of Jack Straw Artist Residency Programs is to support audio as a vital medium in the arts. Our Residency Programs offer established and emerging artists opportunities to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Artists for the Artist Support Program are selected by an interdisciplinary peer panel. Selected artists are listed below.

Phoebe Tsang
sound | counterpoint)

2017 Jack Straw Artist Support Program

Nine artists/teams were awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer in our studio - including a residency co-sponsored by Early Music Seattle. Ten additional artists/teams will receive matching awards.

The opportunity to work in a large professional recording studio with experienced sound engineers is a boon to many artists who may not otherwise be able to afford to produce work in this setting. The Artist Support Program is open to artists of all disciplines whose project proposals include sound as a major component. Projects are presented to the public at artist events at Jack Straw and other venues.

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Left: Rituja Indapure; Right: Orkestar RTW

Artists/Teams selected for the 2017 Artist Support Program are:

Miyo Aoki / sound | counterpoint (co-sponsored by Early Music Seattle): Record and produce a full-length CD with selections from concert programs exploring the sonate auf concertenart, or sonata in the concerto style.

Russell Duke: Create a sound piece that illustrates the contrasts of digital and analog audio and confronts how we perceive noise.

Jason Everett: Produce live recordings of 3-5 new jazz/fusion compositions with accompanying video production elements.

Luke Fitzpatrick: Complete a studio recording of Harry Partch's 17 Lyrics by Li Po for Adapted Viola and voice.

Steve Griggs Ensemble: Record six songs and narrations for the program Sound in Stone: Music in the Scullptures of James Winston Washington.

Gin Hammond: Tell the story of Jewish performers at the Westerbork Camp during WWII in the form of a radio play production of The Westerbork Serenade.

ilvs strauss: record uniquely narrated audio tracks for video versions of a series of past performances titled Slide Show Presentations!

Harold Taw and Chris Jeffries: Produce a cast album of the Taproot Theatre premiere production of a new musical adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Persuasion

Neil Welch: produce a recording of Concepcion Picciotto, a musical work for saxophone quartet, string quartet, musician "birds," and orator.

Jordan Alam: Produce an audio zine inviting guests to participate in a series of themed writing exercises in real time and discuss their experience.

Dominic Black: Create an audio composition listening to the songs of a changing city, vacant lot by vacant lot.

Thérèse Casper: Record narration for a documentary film about the poet, publisher, actor, and filmmaker Piero Heliczer.

Brad Gibson: Produce an album focusing on the classic jazz trio sound of Hammond organ, guitar, and drums.

Beth Harrington: Create the soundtrack for a hybrid animated/live action short documentary about growing up during the US-Soviet space race in the 1960s.

Rituja Indapure: create a podcast that captures the voices of local immigrants in Seattle and document their stories through their experiences of food, clothing, and shelter.

Ronald Long / Orkestar RTW: record and produce a music CD presenting the music of Orkestar RTW, a five-piece band that performs traditional instrumental and vocal music of Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Serbia.

Fox Hunt: record piano pieces for the development of an acoustic EP, an original album, and a score for a short film.

Coley Mixan / Cake "Alchemy!": record an EP of original songs

Aaron J Shay: produce Apocalypse Songs, an album of 10 songs that are part of the theatrical show of the same title.


2017-18 Jack Straw New Media Gallery Program

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery is one of the world's only exhibition spaces focused primarily on sound art. Artists from various disciplines can present installation works in which sound is an integral or exclusive element, and the program enables artists to experiment with sound and to develop new skills and ideas in a supportive setting. Artists/teams are selected to receive 20 hours of free studio time with an engineer to realize the sound component of their project, and to exhibit their completed project in our gallery for 6-10 weeks. Gallery exhibitions include an opening reception, artist talk/workshop/performance, and other events. This year our panel chose two artists to show in the gallery in 2017-2018.

Artists selected for the 2017-2018 New Media Gallery Program:

L Koo is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Her work explores the concepts of nothingness and voids, and the weight found within those spaces. Raised in Northern California, she is heavily influenced by the quality of light and shadow found in that region, and it is light which is the predominant driving factor in her work. Primarily working as an installation based artist, she constructs deceptively simple pieces from elements of photography, paper and porcelain, amongst others, which reside around issues of time, repetition and fragility.

Sangjun Yoo is a graduate student in the DXARTS Ph.D program at the University of Washington. He holds an MFA in Art from the State University of New York at Buffalo and two BFA degrees in Design and Technology at Parsons' the New School and Multimedia Design at Hansung University in South Korea. He has four years of working experience at the global design agencies, including MTV. Sangjun's work has been most influenced by his experiences of travel, which have included media-art certification at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne in Germany, also artist's residencies in New York City and Buffalo. These experiences have inspired the strain of his current work in installation and new media art, which is influenced by phenomenology and infused with an account of existence.

Panelist Bios

2017 Artist Support Program Panelists

Kate Olson is an improvising saxophonist and woodwind teacher based in Seattle. Since moving to Seattle in 2010, she has done her best to infiltrate the local, regional and international improvised music scenes. She can be heard performing with her own projects Syrinx Effect, KO SOLO, and the KO Ensemble and as a collaborator with Ask the Ages, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and Electric Circus (led by Wayne Horvitz), the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble and multiple other groups. 

Clyde Petersen is a Seattle-based musician, visual artist, and animator. Working in stop-motion animation, Petersen recently produced the animated feature film Torrey Pines. His music videos, experimental shorts, and feature films can be seen throughout the world in art galleries, museums, and festivals.

Maggie Stapleton is passionate about the access to and awareness of classical music, with a keen interest in new music. In recent years, Maggie helped launch and cultivate Second Inversion, a 24/7 streaming project from KING FM 98.1 dedicated to contemporary classical music. She maintained an active role in the Seattle orchestral community as a flutist with Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Rock Orchestra. After 9 years in the PNW, Maggie has relocated to New York City and is the Publicity Manager for Jensen Artists, representing some of the highest caliber performers, composers, and conductors in the classical music industry. 

Seattle’s own Omar Willey has been a writer, filmmaker, and photographer since 1989. A former DJ for KBCS and KCMU, where he began writing about the fine arts, he has written for Seattlest, Tablet Magazine, Earshot Jazz, 5/4 Music, Free Forum, and other local magazines. For the past eight years he has been working on a vast "hyperphotography" project involving all 442 of Seattle’s public parks. He currently publishes the online journal The Seattle Star, in which he has continued his interest in writing about performing art, photography, experimental film, and open culture.


2017-18 New Media Gallery Panelists

Robert Campbell's practice includes new media, digital imaging, installation, and video for dance and documentary. Since 1984 his video work has been exhibited at festivals and exhibitions nationally and internationally in Europe and Japan. His installation and print work has been included regionally in exhibitions at Frye Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, MoNA, Whatcom Museum, and various other museums, festivals and galleries across the United States. His video/dance collaborations have been featured in Seattle at On the Boards, Cornish Playhouse, as well as Lincoln Center in New York. He has produced documentaries in the U.S., Italy, Ukraine, Zambia and South Africa, with excerpts of his work in Africa selected for the Journey to Planet Earth series on the PBS network. He currently teaches Digital Media at Cornish College of the Arts, where he is co-director of the Institute of Emergent Technology + Intermedia (iET+I).

Steph Kesey is a multimedia artist working in video, sculpture and installation. Steph is one half the collaboration KeseyPollock; KeseyPollock’s gallery and public works have been supported by The MacDowell Colony, The Rasmuson Foundation, The Seattle Art Museum, MadArt, 4Culture, Artist Trust, Tin House, and many others. Steph is currently at work on a book of nonfiction about the last year of her bipolar father’s life. Steph is originally from Seattle and studied Film and Media at La Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. She teaches film at SIFF.

Robb Kunz is a sound artist and engineer, living in Seattle. Originally from Oklahoma, Robb was heavily influenced by powerful tornado and air raid sirens, which sounded on a weekly basis. Upon moving to Seattle, following the 1999 WTO protests, he became a central member of the Infernal Noise Brigade until its demise. He is also a member of Degenerate Art Ensemble and founded the Berlin-based group, Alcalica. For a living, he engineers and produces recordings and also creates handmade affordable stereo systems out of repurposed and surplus materials.


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