Writers, designers, musicians, filmmakers and chefs from both Seattle and New Orleans joined forces for a geographic mash-up on the theme of community. Why New Orleans? After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had to rebuild their community, literally, from the ground up. Who better to hear tell about it?
And at the heart of this project is listening and telling. Writers from each city wrote new work for the project. Graphic artists from each city "translated" each of these stories into new works of graphic art. Filmmakers from each city also created new stories on the theme of community, and musicians sang their own tales. All was shared over some delicious hometown cuisine, and a healthy dose of libations.
The program was presented with readings and performances at Town Hall Seattle in November 2010, as well as with a concurrent exhibit at Tether Design Gallery. And because we believe in real stories as much as metaphor, we sent proceeds to The Lens, a non-profit doing investigative journalism in the Gulf. See some images from the events here.
Our original vision included subsequent programs pairing additional cities with our hometown of Seattle. We are currently using the Seattle-New Orleans experience as a beta program and seeking funding for future editions.
Performances at Town Hall Seattle
Friday, November 12, 2010
- music (NOLA): Coco Robicheaux [R.I.P. Coco!]
- writers (Seattle): Molly Wizenberg, Alex Kuo, Swil Kanim
- writers (NOLA): James Nolan, Dedra Johnson, Jamar Travis
- film (Seattle): Ben Kasulke
- food: Tom Douglas, Matt Dillon, Where Ya At Matt, Delicatus
- reception music: Les Chattes Creoles
Saturday, November 13, 2010
- music (Seattle): Robin Holcomb
- writers (NOLA): Anne Gisleson, Asia Rainey, David Rutledge
- writers (Seattle): Jonathan Evison, Megan Kelso, Riz Rollins
- film (NOLA): Court 13
- food: Tom Douglas, Renée Erickson, Robin Leventhal, Where Ya At Matt
- reception music: Michael Bristow & Karen England
Exhibit at Tether Gallery
November 4 - December 23, 2010
"12 Designers on Writing"
This Bilocal project paired writers and graphic designers from each city. The resulting twelve designs were screen printed in editions of 50, the sale of which contributed to journalism efforts in the Gulf.
- curated by: Daniel R. Smith (Seattle), Tom Futrell (NOLA)
- designers (Seattle): Chelsea Conboy, Karen Ganz, Louie Gong, Jeff Kleinsmith, Jeffry Mitchell, Carlos M. Ruiz
- designers (NOLA): Nancy Bernardo, Ness Higson, Melanie Innis, Lizzy Margiotta, Daniela Marx, Justin Shiels
Bilocal: Seattle-New Orleans was made possible with a generous contribution by Amazon.com, with additional support from Tully’s Coffee, Seattle Weekly, KBCS 91.3 FM, Sorrento Hotel, Girlie Press, 4Culture, and Poets & Writers. Produced by Essential Arts. Co-presented by Town Hall Seattle + Tether with the participation of University Bookstore, Chin Music Press + NW Film Forum.