Archive for July, 2009

Announcing the next Arbitrary Art Grant in Graphic Design

Sunday, July 19th, 2009


Vital 5 is proud to announce the next in the series of Arbitrary Art Grants for the upcoming exhibit at the 2009 Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, Washington. For this grant, we turn our sights towards Graphic Design and ask those applying to create an 11″ x 17″ black and white poster announcing the Dada Economics exhibit. You have until July 30, 2009, to create one design for our upcoming September exhibit. All posters will be on exhibition during the festival (with your name attached, so keep that in mind), but one will randomly be awarded $500.00 and become our official exhibit poster. For better or for worse.

All you have to do is include the following words:

(dada economics, exhibition, bumbershoot, seattle, september 4-7, 2009, rainier room, a vital 5 production)

The rest is up to you. You can email us a jpeg or PDF file at:, or mail it to: Vital 5 Productions, POB 23385, Seattle WA 98102, just include one poster and your contact information. On July 31, we will select a winner using a pinata and superballs, and hand over $500.00 cash. It is that easy. Your poster is your application, and this grant is open to all people, of all ages and skill levels, all over the world.

Questions? Fire away.

I am From Bellevue – Opening

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Greg Lundgren-Bellevue_2

Greg Lundgren_Bellevue

I am From Bellevue, an installation by Greg Lundgren, opened at Open Satellite on July 10th and runs through August 1st. It was a really strange adventure through suburban folklore and cultural identity. There was a nice article in the Seattle Times and if you want to learn more (but don’t want to/can’t make it to Bellevue to see the installation, learn more here:

picking a winner for the arbitrary art grant in dance

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Last Wednesday, Arne, Jed, Catleah and I drove north to Smoke Farm, with a truck load of old shoes, guns and a video camera. We tagged each submission with a number, wrote a number on the bottom of each shoe, and then mixed up the numbers one more time to insure for a completely random and unbiased selection process. Then we drove out into a beautiful green prairie. And lined all of these old shoes along a short wood wall. And then started shooting. Lots and lots of shooting. Eventually one shoe remained. It was a very simple brown leather flat that my mom had in a bag headed towards Goodwill. It took quite a few shots, but just didn’t feel like falling over. And on the bottom of this brown leather flat was the number 26- a number that pointed directly, and without question, to one Miss Saskia Delores. While the video of this is forthcoming, we needed to call Saskia, hand her a healthy stack of $500.00 cash and keep the Arbitrary Art Grant train moving. Next up, graphic design.

photos courtesy of Catleah Cunanan