Image: Still from “Wassermusik” by @captainfiffy

Vertical Hold

an exhibition of
experimental film and video

12-4pm Every Saturday in February
Open Until 8pm on the Last Saturday!

After a brief, mid-winter siesta, we’re excited to be returning to our little fire station with a calendar full of community-oriented, immersive art events. This year’s exhibition calendar commences with a survey of short video works curated by our very own Justin Beckman. Vertical Hold features 12 artists from Germany, the United Kingdom and across the United States. From synthesized oscillations and glitched dissolves, to experimental narratives and algorithmic interpretations, the works in this exhibition explore film and video in ways that challenge the typical notions of the cinematic timeline. Whether it’s found footage and expired celluloid, analog mixers and titlemakers, or projection mapping and code-based generators, each artist brings a unique approach and process to their exploration of time-based media.

Vertical Hold is on view every Saturday in February, noon-4 pm, with a special presentation and participatory zine-making party the Last Saturday, February 24 from 6-8pm. And if the videos don’t do it for you, the live entertainment and snacks are sure to!

February Live Music
& Special Events

2/03: Quit Thinking (instrumental
old time + Celtic), 2-4pm

2/10: David Parker (broad spectrum pop
instrumentals on accordion!), 2-4pm

2/17: Robber’s Roost
(swingtime-ragpunk), 2-4pm

Last Saturday

2/24: Decolonize Your Brains
film series, 4-6pm;
Riley and Nicole
(feel-good pop w/ a twist), 6-8pm

An extension of the “Decolonize Your Brains” film series screening at CWU this Spring, faculty and students from CWU and the community are excited to host an afternoon of international short films themed around displacement and migration (with a Q&A to follow). In addition to experimental shorts from around the globe, we’re pleased to present a group of films from the Refugee Art Project based in Australia: “Cleaning in Progress” by Miream Salameh, “Zeinab” by Zeinab Mir, “Neverending” by Tabz, “Take It Easy” by MN, and “Border Farce,” which was made collaboratively between artist Safdar Ahmed, Kurdish-Iranian heavy metal guitarist Kazem Kazemi, and filmmaker Alia Ardon. Zines from the Refugee Art Project created in relation to these films will be available, as well as a zine-making station sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Cultures; the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; and the Museum of Culture & Environment at CWU.

Exhibiting Artists


Elly Clarke

@digitalb0dy
@serg1na
London, United Kingdom

Chantal deFelice
@chantaldefelice
San Clemente, Southern California

Jessica Earle
@coding_tree_unit
Spokane, Washington

Captain Fiffy
(Olivia Artner, Gary Berger, Naima Noelle)
@captainfiffy
Berlin, Germany

Sapphire Goss
@sapphire_goss
Folkestone, United Kingdom

Pamela Hadley
@nosleeptillinstall
Portland, Oregon

Laura Hart Newlon
@lhnstudio
Anacortes, Washington

Dan Haywood
@animoscillator
Bozeman, Montana

Jaewook Lee
@jaewookleeart
Flagstaff, Arizona

Sean McGuirk
@seanstle
Los Angeles, California

Anton Sahler
@faces_of_places
Frankfurt, Deutschland

Xianyi Zhang
@andydydydydydy
London, United Kingdom