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Chat Room

is a quarterly in-person forum about how the internet has changed art, with a specific topic each time. Artists, thinkers, non-artists, and non-thinkers come together each edition to tackle the fundamental questions around art and its relationship to broader society.

Hosted by Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, Washington.


October 29th, 2016 - Ownership and Property (Facebook) (Northwest Film Forum)

What is the relationship between the access to and control of material and immaterial resources? What can the violent history of property tell us about the formation of intellectual property? How do the current structures of ownership and property dictate the distribution of wealth, value and control?


Emily Pothast is a multimedia artist, musician, writer and curator based in Seattle. She is half of the installation/performance duo Hair & Space Museum, co-founder of Translinguistic Other Records and frontwoman of the band Midday Veil.

manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet and artist from the Bronx, currently living and making in a garage in Southeast Portland. They work with text, ephemeral sculpture, and photography. Recent and forthcoming work is included in Apogee Journal, the Offing, Poor Claudia, Vetch, Rhizome, the NON Quarterly publication, the Institute for New Connotative Action, and elsewhere. They co-facilitate home school, a free pop-up art school in Portland. They wrote List of Consonants (Bottlecap Press, 2015) and transtrender (forthcoming Quimérica Books). Find manuel at

Skawennati Tricia Fragnito is a Mohawk artist, writer, and independent curator whose projects have included CyberPowWow (, a virtual gallery and chat space, and Imagining Indians in the 25th Century (, a web-based paper doll/time-travel journal. In 1994, Skawennati co-founded Nation to Nation, a First Nations artist collective whose goals were to create an outlet to show members’ work, and to foster a safe meeting space for Natives and non-Natives.

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Additionally, this event celebrates the release of the latest issue of La Norda Specialo, a local free magazine of arts writing, on the same topics. La Norda contributors:

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer. She has held curatorial positions at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front and the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre. Her writings on history, art, and vernacular architecture have been published by MIT Press, BlackDog Publishing, Revolver Press, New York University, the Fillip Review and the National Museum of the American Indian, among others.

Eleanor Ford is a Pacific Northwest arts writer and co-director of Cherry & Lucic, a curatorial project in Portland, Oregon.

Negarra A. Kudumu is an essayist and curator whose practice is situated squarely within the domain of cultural production and consumption, investigating the ways in which these processes are visually and discursively interpreted. Her professional pursuits reside at the intersections of contemporary art, curation, and critical theory with a specific interest in the emerging visual culture of the African continent, Iran, South Asia, and their respective diasporas.

Alex Boeschenstein is a Seattle-based artist working primarily in printmaking, drawing, and video. He received a BA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art from University of Washington in 2015 and still lives and works in Seattle. 

Jason Hirata holds a BFA in photography from the University of Washington and lives and works in Seattle and New York.


May 18, 2016 - Net Art Aesthetics (Facebook) (Northwest Film Forum)

How has net art complicated the notions of beauty? What can the aesthetic circulation of net art tell us about identity and power within the US and worldwide?

This Chat Room’s discussion features:

Professor Matthew Sparke, scholar in digital geography, in conversation with Tabita Rezaire's film Afro Cyber Resistance about global internet access’s effect on cultural production;

Professor Caroline Simpson, scholar in politics of visual culture, with a focus on race and gender.

Mario Lemafa, new media artist, on creating online indigenous visual "landscapes."

Also featuring recorded clips from Jennifer Chan, Tabita Rezaire, Terrell Davis, Jeremy Scott and Mike Grabarek, segments of local street interviews, and more.

February 11, 2016 - Value and Labor (Facebook) (Northwest Film Forum)

What are the trade-offs for artists, creative freelance workers, and other independent contractors in an economy altered by the internet? How are artists responding to these issues in their practices? How does art and the internet perpetuate the gravely unequal compensation standards across workers of different races, genders, classes, and abilities?

Join Chat Room for discussion with:

James Coupe, an artist who works with installation, video, internet and public art, exploring themes of surveillance, privacy, and most recently, crowdworking. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including venues such as Camden Arts Centre, ZKM and the Henry Art Gallery.

Dorothy Howard, a researcher and writer on digital and immaterial labor, a former Wikimedia-in-Residence, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Arachne, a webzine about mythology and the internet.

Christopher Paul Jordan, a PNW born digital designer and muralist specializing in large scale public works and co-director of Tacoma based youth organization Fab-5.

Christ Bell and Sienna Shields, members of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN, a collective of artists, writers, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities.

(pre-recorded) Working Artists of the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), A New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions.

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