Jack Straw Cultural Center – Cadence 2022: As the wind is breathing [Online + In-Person Offsite]

Watch online: Apr. 21 – May 1, 2022

Watch in person: Apr. 11–29 (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm) at Jack Straw Cultural Center

PLEASE NOTE: This showcase will be free and open to the public, looping in the Atrium Gallery at Jack Straw Cultural Center (4261 Roosevelt Way NE) from Apr. 11–28 (Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm). Please call 206-634-0919 or email jsp@jackstraw.org ahead of time to schedule your visit!

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.


Explorations and exploitations of sound—the sound of words, the sound of anxiety, the sound of abstraction. This showcase features works that bring ancient poetic traditions of musicality and rhythm to a contemporary foreground across Super 8 footage, paintings, performance, and animation. Some skim the surface of music video buoyancy, some are a discordant choreography of the senses, all use audio as integral to the experience of language.

Header photo credit: THE WAVES OF MY MIND (LAS OLAS DE MI MENTE), dir. Fran Núñez
Showcase title credit: Three Part Meditation, dir. Jocelyn R.C.

FAQ: How do I watch online?
FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • Free, in-person viewing of this program takes place in the Atrium Gallery at Jack Straw Cultural Center (4261 Roosevelt Way NE).
  • This showcase will play on loop Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm between Apr. 11–28.
  • To ensure access, please call 206-634-0919 or email jsp@jackstraw.org ahead of time to confirm date and time of your attendance.
  • Please consider donating to Jack Straw to support their work in community!
⚠️ COVID-19 policies ⚠️

As of October 25, 2021, Jack Straw Cultural Center will require proof of COVID 19 vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours (with matching ID) for visitors 12 and older. Mask and social distancing requirements remain in place.

Films in this program:


A poetry film about SARS-CoV-2: oh little virions! World premiere

(Director/Poet: Kim Trainor, Canada, 2021, 5 min, in English, with English intertitles and no subtitles or captions)


A man and a woman. A meeting and the complex feelings that flow from it. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Bryam Kinkela, France, 2021, 4 min, in French, with English subtitles)


This collaborative experimental film translates a poem about structure into uncertain and distorting structures of new media. Northwest premiere

(Directors: Haley Larson & Timothy David Orme, Poet: Haley Larson, US, 2019, 3 min, nonverbal, with English hardcoded text)

Three Part Meditation

Inspired by the Northwest rain and wind, captured on days that were reportedly “the most” something in local Seattle weather, this video poem aims to ease the viewer into a calmer mood by the end. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Jocelyn R.C., US, 2022, 3 min, in English, with English intertitles)

Lightwaves Soundwaves

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. US premiere; winner of the Collaboration Award at Cadence 2022! 🏆

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


A woman, a mirror, and a reflection encounter one another in an experience of fragmentation and self-otherness.

(Director/Poet: Fran Núñez, Chile, 2021, 3 min, nonverbal, with English subtitles)

Such Complexity/Air & Wood

This experimental music video inspired by Ezzat Nashashibi’s new music composition “Luft und Holz II” creates a dialectical interplay between text, roving and randomized camera behaviors, and time dilation and compression. Underlying the technical aspects of its composition, the theme of leaving wild ecosystems to their own devices is driven home by Jack Cochran’s erasure poem, which takes Peter Wohlleben’s The Secret Wisdom of Nature as its source material. Northwest premiere

(Directors: Jack Cochran & Pamela Falkenberg, Poet: Jack Cochran, US, 2021, 5 min, nonverbal, with hardcoded English text)


An animated calligraphic haiku meditation on a theme of gray: Ink and water, and nuanced “color” variations carry the opposing concepts of subtle quiet beauty and relentless neutrality. World premiere

(Director/Poet: Kathryn Darnell, US, 2021, 2 min, nonverbal, with hardcoded English text)

About Jack Straw:

About Jack Straw:

Jack Straw Cultural Center is the Northwest’s only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center.

A community-based resource since 1962, we provide a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound. Jack Straw focuses on annual artist residencies through our Artist Support Program, our Writers Program, and our Gallery Residency Program; art and technology education for all ages; arts heritage partnerships; and radio and podcast production. Our full-service recording studio is also available for a range of arts projects.

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.


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