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Artists imagine alternate worlds in “Solar Utopias”

On February 12, 2021, 12 local artists shared their vision for the future in a series of short films titled Solar Utopias. The artists—Brent Watanabe, C. Davida Ingram, Clyde Petersen, coley mixan, D.K. Pan, Inye Wokoma, Satpreet Kahlon, Stefan Gruber, Susan Robb, Tracy Rector, Webster Crowell, and wynne greenwood— created film and video works responding to the question: What is a solar utopia? Curator Britta Johnson made introductory and closing videos for the compilation.

Solar Utopias was commissioned with Seattle City Light One Percent for Art funds and administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. The online premiere was part of the Northwest Film Forum and included a screening of the 12 films as well as a live streamed artist Q&A. The films are now visible on the Office of Arts & Culture’s YouTube channel.

To view the films or to learn more about the project and the artists, visit the Office of Arts and Culture’s Art Beat Blog below.