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CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Featuring Suzanne Morlock

Between August 15 and September 10, 2016, CoCA is pleased to welcome Seattle artist and interventionist Suzanne Morlock as our latest CoCA Lab artist in residence. 

Center on Contemporary Art residency brings together collaborators on homelessness
@ Georgetown Art Attack, Saturday, September 10th 6-9pm

Visual artist Suzanne Morlock has undertaken a residency through the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) and invited collaborators Anitra Freeman, Katmondu, Margaret Johnson, Glenn Messersmith and Teresa Reeves to undertake a process of experimental exchange for this residency. Bound by a common conceptual concern – homelessness, which forms the theme for this month long exploration. A spoken word piece, Hood Robbin', created by Katmondu specifically for this residency serves as the starting point for the collective and individual activations. This work culminates at the Georgetown Art Attack on Saturday September 10th from 6-9pm in the container courtyard across from Equinox Studios 6555 5th Avenue S, Georgetown.

Morlock invites art viewers to consider expanding their understanding of the voices of people who are made vulnerable by life's circumstances, the families they were born into or unspeakable trauma. After interviewing 16 people who have experienced homelessness, Morlock stated, "hearing these brave stories humbled me to know that all it takes is something really bad to happen and almost anyone of us could find ourselves on the street."

Morlock brings together the design of a tiny house floor plan, the stories of the 16 brave people who spoke with her, performing art in the form of dance, spoken word, poetry and video to encourage an environment of contemplation, understanding and compassion.

Movement performances by Margaret Johnson will be accompanied by Hood Robbin' in a choreographed piece. Poetry about homelessness will be eloquently spoken live by Anitra Freeman and Teresa Reeves while Johnson performs improvise movements in the tiny house space. The house plan design was created by Glenn Messersmith. The performances will be presented several times during the 6-9pm time frame.

Morlock has been interrogating this human inequity since moving to Pioneer Square in 2014. She continues to investigate the phenomenon in her neighborhood and seeks to expand the creative conversation in collaboration with others using this laboratory environment. Collaborators include three individuals who have experienced homelessness along side three who have not.

Next Event

CoCA Lab Featuring Suzanne Morlock
September 10, 2016, 6-9pm
UN[contained] | 6555 5th Ave S | 98108
Part of Georgetown Art Attack. Ride the Art Van
Free and open to the public. Donations graciously accepted.

About CoCA UN[contained]

CoCA UN[contained] is our space located in the Container Village at the heart of the growing Equinox Creative Industrial Complex and Studios. UN[contained] features the work of multi-disciplinary artists with special events to coincide with Georgetown Art Attack, the neighborhood’s popular monthly art walk. 

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, and many others since the program's inception in April 2014.

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

CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art

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