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Cornish Playhouse Invaded by Artists for PlāHaüs

Cornish Playhouse Invaded by Artists for PlāHaüs

: Courtesy of PlāHaüs.

Cornish Playhouse Invaded by Artists for PlāHaüs

: Courtesy of PlāHaüs.

: Video courtesy of PlāHaüs.

Cornish Playhouse Invaded by Artists for PlāHaüs

: Courtesy of PlāHaüs.

: Video courtesy of PlāHaüs.

Cornish Playhouse Invaded by Artists for PlāHaüs

: Courtesy of PlāHaüs.

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Where’s your sense of adventure? It can be found FREE at the Cornish Playhouse on December 8, where the keys have been handed over to students for PlāHaüs.

What’s going to happen at the Playhouse this Sunday, December 8, at 5:30 p.m.? No one exactly knows. A top flight theater facility — under it’s new name The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center — is being handed over to a band of student curators to see what they can make of it. More than 30 works have been selected for installation: visual art, performances, videos and heaven-only-knows-what. The exhibition (for lack of a better word) is called PlāHaüs, a fitting re-imagining of the word “playhouse” given that the very purpose of the spaces in the Playhouse are being re-imagined. Music, dance and visual art installations will be included in Cornish’s first full building take-over of the Playhouse’s public spaces. PlāHaüs promises to be half party, half anarchy, half art exhibit, and that’s half again bigger than anything that has ever been in the theater. Whatever it will be, it will be it for one long day only, from 5:30 p.m to 11:00 p.m on the 8th (yes, there are in-out privileges). It will be big, it will be sprawling and it will be free of charge. That’s right, the whole darn über- ëxperience of PlāHaüs is frëë.

PlāHaüs is presented by iET+I, the brand new Institute of Emergent Technology + Intermedia at Cornish. iET+I is an entity of research, support, and community interface. iET+I’s purpose is to educate and inspire anyone from any Cornish department to explore emergent technologies and interdisciplinary art making. The institute’s artists-in-residence, The Pendleton House, will be a major contributor. The student-curators for the event are Sean McNally, Makenzie Stone, Toby Warren, Marissa Sohn, Amy Kim, and Jade Highleyman, along with Cornish professor Bob Campbell, for iET+I. With the artists of The Pendleton House involved, it means that the evening will represent the teamwork of students, alumni and faculty.

The origins of PlāHaüs were in the spring term. “We originally had a digital video event called Digitize Me which was a showing of digital work from the Cornish Community,” says PlāHaüs spokescurator Sean McNally. “Last year was not much of a success so we wanted to completely revamp the idea of a student curated exhibition of student work.” Now, with the the great spaces of the Cornish Playhouse in hand, they are ready to try again.

McNally is excited about the prospect of bringing the Cornish Playhouse to life. “The biggest impact to facilitate this change was us being given the Cornish Playhouse for an evening. As soon as we saw this space we knew we had our work cut out for us. We want to show everyone that we belong at the Playhouse.”

Students from every discipline taught at Cornish were invited to participate. The posters and teaser images for PlāHaüs — the crazy prints of Nosferatu that sprang up on every wall — were produced by design students. The preview videos (see in the slide show above) were the work of Bob Campbell’s video class.

The artists exhibiting work are Diego Suarez, Taylor Bednarz, Sarah Sprouse, Rosemary Pendleton McGeady, Michelle Domanowski, Debby Betz, Sean Sullivan, Derrick Lee, Marissa Sohn, Cameron Fletcher, Makena Gadient, Chelsea Rodino, Colleen McNeary, Ariana Bird, Bristol Hayward-Hughes, Lauren MacDonald, Ivana Kartzov, Jade Highleyman, Kendra Boblett, Elsa Spencer, Chuck Sheaffer’s “Creating Digital Drama Ensomble”, Becca Detwiler, Annieo Klass, Amy Kim, Toby Warren, Matt Matsuda, Rachel Larkin, Brigitte d’ Autremont, Alyssa Tanner, and a few more that still have to be finalized.


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