We’ve been in the thick of our residency at the University of Puget Sound for the past ten days, but we wanted to take a moment to invite you to join us for a work-in-progress showing of the material we’ve been developing with our superb team of ARTBARN interns and affiliate artists including Zoe Levine Sporer, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Sara Keats, and Lacy Katherine Campbell.
Friday June 23 + Saturday, June 24 | 7pm
Warner Gym | University of Puget Sound
A work-in-progress showing of a new, site-specific, immersive piece about women – how we come together in crisis and perhaps how before that crisis we have the luxury or arrogance to be apart. In the near future, war has left us in a rogue state where lawlessness reigns. Systems of morality are absent and people have ceased to be outraged. The casualty is a history that had always been vulnerable – the legacies of women. But there is a resistance, a compassionate resistance comprised of a band of women who have created a refuge to care for each other and an archive to preserve the stories of the women who came before them. Stories as well-known as Eleanor Roosevelt and Marsha P. Johnson, and those whose stories may have gone unheard like Ching Shih, Caterina Sforza, and Frances Thompson. They learn by heart and tell these stories again and again – each woman in her own way – as a tribute, as a calling to protect our collective memory, as a resistance to a world that would forget them.
This workshop showing is the first iteration of a multi-year project that will be further developed into a full production at Fort Worden, a military base commissioned in 1902, perched over the water near Port Townsend. We took the opportunity to explore the site with our full residency team this year and here are some of our favorite shots!
Inspired by the backdrop of this traditionally masculine space, a story of women is an act of reclamation.