Seattle collective TUF is excited to announce the first wave of participating artists and workshops for TUFFEST 2018, taking place on Saturday, July 14 at Judkins Park. The event is free and open to all ages, aligning with TUF’s commitment to accessibility and community outreach.
TT the Artist [Baltimore, MD]
TT the Artist (aka Tedra Wilson) is the self-anointed “Club Queen” who’s found incredible success with her custom blend of Baltimore club, rap, Miami bass, and EDM. She’s showcased her unique take on high-energy party music at festivals like SXSW and Coachella. Most recently, she wrapped up filming on a documentary about Baltimore Club called “Dark City: Beneath the Beat,” which is set for a Spring 2019 release.
House of Eclipse [Seattle, WA]
Founded in 2017, House of Eclipse (formerly House of Luna) has become a force to be reckoned with in Seattle’s underground club scene thanks to their fierce energy and flawless dance moves. As champions of ball and house culture, House of Eclipse aims to build a foundation for future generations of queer and trans people of color.
Nightspace [New York City, NY]
QPOC / DREAMCORE / BABY TECHNO. Seattle-bred artist Nightspace (aka Bailey Skye) conjures dark and dreamy electronic soundscapes that seek to capture their experience as a nonbinary person of color. An active voice in New York City’s underground music scene, their work rails against the dominant hierarchies of music and structural racism.
Bamban [New York City, NY]
Fleshy electronic ancestral incanting.
SCYLLA [New York City, NY]
Oryx White has been DJing and making music since she was a teen, hosting her own radio show by the age of 16 and later running the Olympia-based party Dark Disko for five years. Her latest project, SCYLLA, is self-described as “elegant techno...white-gloved, minimal, angelic, sharp-witted yet playful production of sound.”
VISUAL ART BY:
Khadija Ann Tarver [Seattle, WA]
Khadija is an interactive artist who received her MA and BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences. Her work aims to create intimacies at every scale and combines her interest in poetry, installation, and performance.
Allison PB + Sierra RH [Seattle, WA]
Allison is a dancer/choreographer who resides in Seattle. She performs and makes work with various groups around the city, including DONNA (Cherdonna Shinatra), Thunderpussy, Honey Noble, and many more. Allison is an Artist in Residence at Studio Current and is Operations Manager at Base: Experimental Arts + Space in Georgetown. Her new work in Bridge Project at Velocity Dance Center will be on view August 23-26. She’s collaborated with Sierra on a video project for TUFFEST.
Foundations : Utilizing Modular and Hardware Synths
Hosted by Rachel Glasgow [Patchwerks / Motor] and guests
Dip into learning how to create music and shape sounds with the use of modular and hardware synths. Utilizing different types of outboard synths, drum machines and modular gear, there will be a focus on understanding signals and the process behind making music. We hope this workshop gives you enough tools and know-how to feel confident about building your own workflow.
Equity x Equality: DJs in the Seattle Music Community
Hosted by Erin O’Connor [Train Car House Party]
Erin O'Connor, a longtime Seattle DJ and promoter, hosts a panel of women and gender non-conforming DJ/Promoters that represent a cross-section of Seattle’s Electronic Music Community. These panelists will discuss the unique hardships that women and gender non-conforming promoters and DJ’s face, with the aim of sharing expansive insights as to how community can be built and progress made, both individually and collectively, within and beyond these systemic hardships.
Queer Archives, Right Now
Hosted by Harrison Apple [Pittsburgh Queer History Project]
A beginner's guide to community archives building. The workshop includes lessons in archival science, home preservation practices, and free materials to start your own projects.
Soft Listening, Fierce Tenderness & the Sound
Hosted by Coley Mixan [King County Library System; Artist and Musician]
Can sound, listening & inter/intrasectional feminist practices be used to make urban soundscapes and landscapes better for all that live in our communities? How do we learn and act on the desire to make cities sound better? How can listening, deep listening, be an act of soft politics? In this workshop, attendees will communally, through listening exercises and participatory dialogue, discover soundwalking as an ecological, healing & dynamic practice. Despite being called a “soundwalk,” people who are deaf, non-hearing, or with limited hearing are encouraged to participate using other senses.
The daytime portion of TUFFEST is funded by the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture. TUFFEST is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike. Shunpike is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.