Intuitive Navigation: Portland Event Recap

INTUITIVE NAVIGATION : An Evening Of Psychedelic Music, Movement, Wearable Sculpture Art & Film
Thursday, August 25th, 2011 @ Holocene, Portland

SEE ALSO: Initial Press Release & Event Announcement or FACEBOOK EVENT

Billions And Billions

Photography by Vivian Hua (1-3), missclarita (4)
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Swahili

Photography by Kerosene Rose; Performance & Visuals by Kaitlin Bryson
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Midday Veil

Performance & Wearable Art by Katherine Groesbeck and Dancers; Visuals by David Golightly
Photography by Kerosene Rose (1), missclarita (2), Vivian Hua (3,4)
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Golden Retriever

Performance by Lucy Yim; Wearable Art by Matt Leavitt and Vivian Hua
Photography by Kerosene Rose (2) and Vivian Hua (1,3)
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Press Coverage

From Portland Mercury:
“Holocene gets dressed up as an empyrean dreamworld tonight for Redefine Magazine’s Intuitive Navigation, a cross-disciplinary indulgence of film, music, dance, wearable sculpture, and art installation. Intended to facilitate a self-reflective state of meditation for the attendee, expect ritualistic performance art and hypnotic stimuli galore. The event will be soundtracked by some of the Northwest’s most prismatic artists, who will perform in costume along with visual artists and dancers to enhance the immersive experience. Take special note of the evening’s headliner, Portland’s best bet for trance-induction: the soporifically zonked Golden Retriever.”

From Willamette Week:
“[INDISCIPLINARY ART EXPERIENCE] A spinoff of a similar event that happened at Holocene in December 2010, Intuitive Navigation gathers a handful of psych, drone and experimental bands and pairs each one up with a dancer, filmmaker or artist to play with and off one another. Considering the tone of many of the acts—the spacious dreamscapes of Midday Veil, Golden Retriever’s glorious tonal smears and the sharp metallic edges wielded by Black Science—this isn’t a night to be taken lightly or without a little chemical boost to help let the music and visuals take you to a higher plane.”

From Ms. Ms. PDX:
“The psychedelic powers of Portland and Seattle come together at Holocene to bend our minds with music, movement, film and sculpture. Not only is this an opportunity to peer into the mind space of the artists, but also to float upon the sea of our own conscious and unconscious. Each ‘set; will be a collaboration between band, dancer(s) and visual artist. Wearable sculpture as costume will trick the eye and heighten the magic.”

From Crappy Indie Music:
“Holocene is having a show called Intuitive Navigation. The bands are Midday Veil (Seattle), Swahili, Golden Retriever, Billions & Billions, and Black Science (Seattle). I have written about most of these more experimental bands before. But this is more than just a music performance. Here is what the website said about the event, “INTUITIVE NAVIGATION invites like-minded performers from Portland and Seattle to transform the atmosphere of Holocene into a hypnotic, self-reflective zone. Five bands will showcase the spectrum of possibility found in psychedelic music while focusing on one central goal: to unite concertgoers in a similar consciousness of meditative bliss. Bands will pair up with at least one dancer and one visual artist for costumed performances which celebrate the act of ritual — a mode of expression as symbolically cathartic as it is aesthetically pleasant. Drawing inspiration from philosophers of mythology such as Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung, and Alan Watts, performers will explore the ways in which decisive physical actions, when imbued with the intentions of their authors, can become healing and transcendent acts.” Neat. The show is $5 and 8 PM. “

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Vivian Hua is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, as well as a master of globetrotting for free and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Marshmallows – while not really food – are one of her favorite foods, especially if they are freezered, stale, or fire-toasted. She doesn’t want to space travel, really, which is an unpopular view these days. Her design work, astrological chart, and other crap can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net.

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