Seattle is a city that pushes the cultural and political envelope. I moved here in 2003 from San Francisco, long known as “The City That Knows How” and “Baghdad-By-The-Bay”, among other noms de guerre. Keeping in mind that the “The City” is just across the Bay from “Berserkely” (Berkeley) and “Bump City” (Oakland), the “Emerald City” (formerly “Jet City”) was not a major culture shock.
In fact, Seattle feels reassuringly like the northern extension of a geographic mind-set that stretches from the SF Bay Area through “Portlandia” (keeping it weird) on into Vancouver, B.C. Think cultures without borders.
If the lay of this land looks somewhat familiar, it was first envisioned by Ernest Callenbach in his 1975 classic “Ecotopia”. He described the political, cultural and economic secession of the northern West Coast from the rest of the United Sates. A few years later Seattle University professor David McCloskey coined the term “Cascadia” to describe a real-world culture that embodies the ideals of the fictional Ecotopia. Cascadia (Land of Falling Waters) is not just the environmental ecology of a geographic region but also a socio-cultural understanding nurtured by it.
Which brings to mind the annual confluence of Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment and Fashion in Seattle known as…AMDEF.
AMDEF presents a series of collaborations by artists, musicians, dancers, entertainers and fashionistas that challenge their creativity and talents to work together. Through a process of partnering talented individuals from very different creative disciplines and providing them the venue and resources to co-create unique performances at AMDEF shows, the producers hope to strengthen the Greater Seattle Area’s creative communities by exposing both artists and attendees to new mediums of entertainment.
As one of AMDEF’s contributing artists I’m happy to be a part of the “Cascadian” point of view!No Comments on Art Music Dance Entertainment Fashion