Hair and Space Museums David Golightly and Emily Pothast.
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  • Hair and Space Museum's David Golightly and Emily Pothast.

When you enter Northwest Passage,* a “video feedback and sound installation marking the entry point to Skyward! Exhibition” (curated by Jana Brevick and Shelly Leavens), you feel your mind and body being caressed by Hair and Space Museum’s music. I suggest you put your head against the Mackie speaker in the corner. This will enable you to experience a blissful freefall out of Bumbershoot’s hubbub and into immersive synth burbles, shivery analog shimmers, chakra-aligning drones, and spectral moans. Reeeelaaaaaaxxx. Your headspace has just been renovated/rejuvenated.

Hair and Space Museum—Midday Veil members Emily Pothast and David Golightly**—have unobtrusively created the maximally effective minimalist chillout soundtrack, which coexists harmoniously with Marianne Nicolson's HASM's own abstract floor projections over which patrons walk on their way to Skyward!'s exhibits, their movements subtly altering the images as they pass through. As Pothast notes in comments, "[The images] are created by a pair of cameras and projectors mounted to the ceiling, creating a feedback loop that is modified by an analog video synth and altered when people walk across the floor to create the abstract patterns mentioned." Forgive the error, or just Bumbershoot me.

I think this sublime audio-visual work could even help Bumbershoot attendees digest that daunting brick o’ fries.

You have till 8 pm today to check out Northwest Passage. Read more about the installation on Pothast's blog.

*Located in the Fisher Pavilion.
**Coincidentally, while at Northwest Passage, I heard Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme playing at nearby, audible Fisher Green Stage; the drummer, Chris Pollina, used to be in Midday Veil, so the three were collaborating unbeknown to themselves. Cosmic!