Several people standing in a dimly late space with projected images on the walls. One holds a laptop computer with someone visible on Zoom on the screen.

Ching-In Chen & Cassie Mira: Breathing in a Time of Disaster

Engineer Daniel Guenther and student holding a white cane standing at a studio computer.In December 2022, Jack Straw and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA) presented an accessible youth and family art workshop at Jack Straw in conjunction with Ching-In Chen and Cassie Mira’s installation, Breathing in a Time of Disaster.

Participants experienced Ching-In and Cassie’s work in the New Media Gallery with an audio description from Jesse Minkert of Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences. After exploring the installation and hearing from the artists about their process and inspiration, Ching-In and Cassie guided the group through a “story circle,” in which participants were prompted to share an unscripted two-minute story about themselves and their breath. These stories were recorded in the Jack Straw recording studio with the support of Jack Straw engineers Daniel Guenther and Ayesha Ubayatilaka and then compiled into a sequence of voice recordings.

Photographs by Sherwin Eng.

This program was made possible with support from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Department of Services for the Blind, and individual contributors.

This program was provided in part under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is a genderqueer Chinese American hybrid writer, community organizer, and teacher. They are author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press) and recombinant (Kelsey Street…

Portrait of Cassie Mira

Cassie Mira

Cassie Mira is an interdisciplinary artist based in Seattle, WA. She is a 2020 artist-in-residence at The Seattle Residency Project where she is exploring material and form for…

Photo of Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert’s work has appeared in about fifty literary journals including the Cream City Review, Confrontation, Mount Hope, the Floating Bridge Review, the Minetta Review, Poetry Northwest, Common Knowledge…



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