FREE INTERACTIVE EVENT at Seattle Art Museum
Debut Performance of Ginny Ruffner’s POETIC HYBRIDS
Intersecting art, science and technology
Thursday September 1 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday, September 2 Noon – 5:00 pm
Seattle Art Museum, in the 1st Ave lobby
1300 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
‘Poetic Hybrids’ is a two-day installation / performance at the Seattle Art Museum. Originally inspired by interviews with genetic research scientists, PH creates a crossroads between art and genetics in a comfortable and fun environment. Audience members will choose 2 genetics related words from a pre-determined list. That combination of words will be drawn as a hybrid and then modeled into a 3D image by local artists, resulting in sculptures that are realized utilizing cutting edge Augmented Reality technology. Both performative and interactive, this engaging project gives the audience an opportunity not only to influence the creation of holographic sculptures, but also to electronically ‘paint’ on the holograms via digital finger painting (pixels not paint). This project offers participants of all ages an opportunity to experience technology enabled creativity first hand.
Ginny Ruffner is a Seattle artist, trained at the University of Georgia as a painter, graduating with honors and an M.F.A. in 1975. Ruffner has had 74 solo shows, several hundred group shows, and her work is in 53 permanent museum and public collections around the world. Seattle public art installations include a 30-foot tall kinetic water feature downtown and a permanent installation in the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. She has written two books and been the subject of an award winning, full-length documentary titled “A Not So Still Life, the Ginny Ruffner Story”. Ruffner has lectured and taught extensively and has served as an artist in residence numerous times at schools and universities around the world. Her most recent Augmented Reality projects include “Weston Riff” at Photo Center Northwest and “Branching” at SIFFX, a new segment of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival. Both of these projects were created with Animator, Grant Kirkpatrick.
Grant Kirkpatrick is an emerging animator and new media artist based in Seattle. After studying at Cornish College of the Arts for three years, he graduated with a focus on motion design and animation. Coming from a fine arts background, Grant has considerable interest in the intersection of art and technology, particularly VR/AR, game design, and mixed media work.
SAM is the first location that Poetic Hybrids will be performed. Future (2017) venues include Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington Genetics, the Institute of Systems Biology, and Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology. Check our website for exact dates.