A Performance Series

Richland, WA

May 14 – June 14 2009

While not officially part of the project, this  itineration began in May of 2009 in conjunction with Washington State University Tri-Cities FA 435 (Interactive Media) class.

Why Richland?
Richland, WA has a rich, significant history. The city of Richland was created to house and service the government employees of the Manhattan project, who in this area created the nuclear material for the first atomic bomb. Additionally, the city of 40,000 residents (+) is the hub of cultural and intellectual activity in central Washington. Besides being a growing and thriving artistic community, Richland is also home to the Hanford Nuclear Power Plant, the Federal Courthouse Building, and Washington State University Tri-Cities. Many of those who worked on the Manhattan Project retired here with a wealth of knowledge and passion for the community; therefore it seems to be an appropriate place for this dialogical/durational project. Here, we as artists can serve the community through historical reflection, by interacting with its local residents, to produce a project (a cultural map) that celebrates the cities past, present and future. (by Lee Kidd and Bonnie Wescott)

About FA 435
FA435 Interactive Media is a class offered at WSU Tri-Cities that explores interactive media through the lens of art in order to reveal the greater meaning of Interactive media as an art form and to study it’s place in current society.

To do this, the course has utilized, among others, a book by Grant H. Kester entitled, Conversation Pieces: Community + Communication in Modern Art. In his book, Kester discusses what he terms “Dialogocal Practice,” an interactive, community based, durational artwork. These works are concerned “with the creative facilitation of dialogue and exchange,” where “conversation becomes an integral part of the work itself.”

30 Days of New Life: Richland is a web based dialogical project completed by the 2009 summer semester FA435 class. The class used the 30 Days of New Life framework to immerse its students in an active dialogical project to demonstrate the application of interactive practice as it relates to the fine arts. (by Daniel Anderson and Beau Yancey)