Local Sightings 2019: Life Is But A Dream (SOLD OUT!)

Fri Sep 27: 6.30pm-8.30pm
Sat Sep 28: 11.00am-2.00pm

* FREE workshop, with tuition generously sponsored by Joseph Dunn! Please RSVP to guarantee entry. Preference given to BIPOC & LGBTQ students! *

Those who would like to donate and sponsor additional students can contribute at the amount of $75 to cover tuition for the 5-hour+ experience.

Email jonah@nwfilmforum.org to be added to a waitlist.


A two-part workshop that discusses how to materialize one’s dreams through art, led by visiting instructor (Berlin-by-way-of-Seattle) artist, thinker, and Local Sightings 2019 judge, Mia Imani Harrison! Finished collaborative installation will be on display in the NWFF lobby for the duration of the month of October, including Capitol Hill’s Second Thursday Art Walk.


Part 1 – Material Collection (2 hours)

TRAUM[A]: Healing collective trauma by dreaming a new present

The first part of this workshop will invite participants, centering those with marginalized identities (BPOC, LGBTQIA+), to daydream and interpret those dreams as a way to talk about healing from trauma. I will create a “dream tent” where we will discuss the power of installation, and performance to address the personal, historical, and political traumas of our collective past, present, and futures.

We will discuss the different modalities to create art installations that activate the public space to create alternative means to heal from trauma. This will be done by using the following elements:

  • Construction (what does the dream look like?)

  • Performance (what are the elements of the dream?)

  • Experimentation (How can we mix different elements i.e. sound and visuals to make a small installation?)



Part 2 – Installation (3 hours)

COMPOSITE REAL[I]TIES: Composing a surrealist space to reimage a world outside of structural oppressions.

The second part of this workshop the participants, will work together to create a small installation in the Northwest Film Forum lobby, to remain on display through the month of October and into the second week of November. We will discuss the different approaches that were used and the process of creating collaborative work.

Mia Imani Harrison

Mia Imani Harrison

Mia Imani Harrison is a Pacific Northwest native interdisciplinary artivist (art + activist) and arts writer that currently lives in Berlin. Harrison interrogates the ways that disenfranchised communities can heal individual, communal, and societal trauma by creating works that live in-between the worlds of art and science. This “third-way” mixes unconventional methods (dreams, rituals) and science (ethnography, geography, psychoanalysis) to dream new potential ways of being.

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Local Sightings Film Festival

Presented by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum, the 22nd Annual Local Sightings Film Festival (September 20-29, 2019) showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Its 2019 edition features a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, inviting regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

Programmed closely with community partners as curators, the festival uplifts new talent, provides educational opportunities for youth and adults, supports the regional film industry, and promotes diverse media as a critical tool for public engagement.

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