Seattle Art Museum – Cadence 2022: Internal Tides [In-Person Offsite]

View in person: Mar. 18 – May 30 (Wed–Sun)

PLEASE NOTE: This showcase is on loop in the gallery at Seattle Art Museum (1300 1st Ave) Mar. 18 – May 30. Please register for a ticket to schedule your visit.

Full festival passes to Cadence 2022 are available, but they do not include this program!

Cadence 2022 is a hybrid virtual-and-in-person festival. There are three categories of festival pass: VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person), all available here. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for NWFF patrons! Full Covid policies here.


** Internal Tides is presented by Cadence Video Poetry Festival on the occasion of Seattle Art Museum’s exhibition Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water. **


Humans are fluid beings, susceptible to the emotional and physical pull of the tides. The waves that shape the shore, shape us. Water contains history, has its own history, and impacts human history—where we can live, how we sustain ourselves, and the ways we’ve connected with each other over the centuries. We revere water as the source of life and are in awe of its unknowable depths. Across languages, water metaphors and similes for human states permeate. This collection of videos explores the poetic influence of water on our internal tides.

Header photo credit: Royaltee, dir. Kamari Bright

FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • This showcase is on loop in the gallery at Seattle Art Museum (1300 1st Ave) Mar. 18 – May 30.
  • Please register for a ticket to schedule your visit.
⚠️ COVID-19 policies ⚠️

SAM visitors must agree to the terms detailed in SAM’s Visitor COVID-19 Notice, Release, and Waiver.

Films in this program:


Royaltee reimagines street fashion in a natural landscape to reforge the beauty and belonging of persecuted parts of Black culture. Cadence 2022 Artist-in-Residence!

(Director/Poet: Kamari Bright, US, 2018, 1:07 min, in English, with English subtitles)

Ocean of Interiors

Amid the asphalt jungle, a woman dreams of the sea. Everyday objects, some familiar to her since her childhood, transform into colorful coral reefs that abduct her, moving her away from the noise, steel, and concrete, finally leaving her to rest at a lonely shore.

(Director/Poet: Alexis McCrimmon, US, 2020, 4:42 min, in English, with English captions)


The right to breath and to feel the fall. 
Inside or outside. 
A connection through matter and its dissolution. 
The earth, the stone, the sand, the sea. Bodies. Connected. 
Dry flowers pushing out from the sand. Dissolving. 
Filled bodies, unstoppable. 
Earth bodies, floating inside or outside. 
The right to exist, to simply be.

(Directors: Thomas Delord & Maja Zimmerlin, Belgium, 4 min, non-verbal)

The Pool

The Pool is a visual expression of a sense of longing. Inspired by the music of Polish pianist Hania Rani and realised in collaboration with a band ‘Teskno’.

(Director: Natalia Kobylinska & Hania Rani, Poland, 2020, 1:15 min, in Japanese, with English subtitles)


A visual poem about marine plastic pollution based on two concrete poems about plastic pollution by Fiona Tinwei Lam that won best poetry video at Houston’s REELpoetry festival in 2020.

(Director/Poet: Fiona Tinwei Lam, Animator: Nhat Truong, Canada, 2019, 2:28 min, non-verbal, with English kinetic text)

3xShapes of Home

The filmmaker revisits her place of origin in sub-Arctic Norway, exploring through her camera how perspective, time and texture has shaped her attachment, as well as her thinking, a process which evolves into a testing of her own agency against the agency of the camera, the agency of an algorithm and the subjectivity of other creatures. Cadence 2021 Poetry by Video Artists Award!

(Director/Poet: Elisabeth Brun, Norway, 2020, 7 min, in English, with English subtitles )

About Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water

About Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water

On view through May 30 at Seattle Art Museum

Dive into the expanse of Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water. Experience art that ripples out from the museum galleries to the edges of our world, as artists across centuries and continents explore how art helps us understand the significance of water. In response to one of Earth’s most vital natural resources, artworks created in 618 AD are presented alongside contemporary works so new, they were finished in preparation for this exhibition. The more than 80 paintings, sculptures, films, photographs, and textiles on view are drawn from SAM’s collections and loans from local collectors. The 74 artists represented hail from 17 countries and seven Native American tribes making this exhibition a unique opportunity to cross the seas connecting global communities and see how artists grapple with the past, present, and future of water in our world.


Our Blue Planet: Global Visions of Water made possible by

Lead Sponsors
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Jamie Leigh & AJ Kreshock

Major Sponsors
The Boeing Company
Ellen Ferguson

Supporting Sponsors
Vijay and Sita Vashee

Generous Support
Contributors to the SAM Fund

Photo credit: Natali Wiseman. 
Exhibition Poster & Video Credits: Courtesy of Seattle Art Museum.

Festival Directory

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

Cadence approaches video poetry as a literary genre presented as visual media that makes new meaning from the combination of text and moving image. Featuring screenings, an artist residency, generative workshops for youth and adults, and juried awards, the festival fosters critical and creative growth around the medium of video poetry.

Short film programs at NWFF:

Satellite short film programs:

Live collaborations:

Literary resources:

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