MoPOP Matinee Takeover – Cadence Video Poetry Showcase [Offsite]

Nov 1, 2022–Feb 1, 2023: 12:00pm and 2:30pm every day MoPOP is open (daily except Wednesdays and holiday dates)

This program will be on view at Museum of Popular Culture.

325 5th Avenue N Seattle, WA 98109

MoPOP offers timed ticketing and plan-ahead pricing, so you can make the best ticket purchase to fit your budget and schedule. Museum admission includes access to the showcase as well as Museum exhibitions!

To learn about MoPOP’s  safety policies, please visit their COVID-19 information page.


MoPOP Matinee Takeover – Community-Driven Screenings

Everyone loves a good crossover episode — that’s why we’re bringing in some guest stars to continue supplying fresh content at MoPOP. For our Matinee Takeover, we’re teaming up with other local nonprofits to put a range of perspectives from the Seattle community onto our theater screen.

Cadence Video Poetry Festival is in the director’s chair, showcasing a choice selection of video poetry shorts in the Sound + Vision Theater at MoPOP. Each day at noon and 2:30pm, enjoy a 45-minute program of short films and other clips curated by Northwest Film Forum.

Screenings are included in your general admission ticket at no extra cost, making MoPOP Matinee Takeovers an easy and fun addition to your museum experience.

Header photo credit: Gold Token, dir. Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah

Short Film Program:

These short films will play together as a block at 12:00pm and 2:30pm every day MoPOP is open (daily except Wednesdays; closed Nov. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays).

Gold Token

(Director/Poet: Ewurakua Dawson-Amoah, US, 7 min, in English, with no subtitles or captions)

An experimental musical poem that explores Black ancestry, culture, and cyclical growing pains.


Winner of the Video by Poets Award at Cadence 2022!

Barbed Song

(Director/Poet: Abril Iberico, Peru, 2021, 5 min, in English & Spanish, with English subtitles)

There is a world of sounds and another of silence. Without headphones, silence wraps me in a blanket of spikes, and with headphones the noise haunts me. Where do I belong if I can partially hear?


Winner of the Female-Identifying Artist Award at Cadence 2022!

Stabat Mater

(Director/Poet: Marina Sagona, US, 2021, 5 min, in Italian, with hardcoded English text)

In an exercise in structured formal repetition, a portrait, a recorded dialogue, and the first movement of Giovanni Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” become a meditation on maternity and divorce.


Winner of the Poetry by Video Artists Award at Cadence 2022!

Lightwaves Soundwaves

(Director/Poet: Dwayne Jahn, Germany, 2021, 3 min, in English, with hardcoded English text)

A collection of wholesome ideas are inscribed on video images of Dwayne Jahn’s original handmade abstract artworks. An original soundtrack by Oxford Improviser Lawrence Casserley using water sounds, rain sticks, and his signal processor instrument, accompanies the videopoem.


Winner of the Collaboration Award at Cadence 2022!

life is a gift

(Directors: gloria joy kazuko muhammad & mu knowles, Poet: mu knowles, US, 3 min, in English, with English subtitles)

what does it mean to be liberated? to be free? for yourself and those you love? in life is a gift, mu knowles (born & raised on the hilltop in tacoma, wa) takes us on a journey through these questions.

@whoisgloriajoy @muknowles

Winner of the Northwest Artist Award at Cadence 2022!

blue jay

(Director/Poet: Anthony Matos, US, 2022, 12 min, in English, with English captions)

The stories of three strangers looking to escape their mundane lives intersect at an old motel where they learn to confront their own demons.


Winner of the Wild Card Award at Cadence 2022!

Huge Choice

(Director: Oleksandra Krasavtseva, Poet: Joseph Brodsky, Germany, 2021, 3 min, nonverbal, with English subtitles)

In this surreal animation, a character’s freedom of choice is shown to be increasingly limited in scope.


Winner of the Adaptation/Ekphrasis Award at Cadence 2022!

Cadence Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke and artist Rana San, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, during National Poetry Month.

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