Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Julia Freeman: IRISIRIS

Online exhibit launching July 24, 2020

Live conversation: Julia Freeman and Jed Murr:
Friday, August 7, 7pm
(watch the archived video)

IRISIRIS is a set of looping online videos that corresponds to the eight phases of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment. EMDR focuses on reprogramming the brain's response to a traumatic event, changing how the event is stored, and reducing and eliminating problematic symptoms. By repetitively crossing the brain's hemisphere with sound and images, EMDR attempts to heal and reform neural pathways formed by the event.

Julia Freeman - IRISIRIS

The eight videos in IRISIRIS use sound and imagery that are symmetrical and hypnotic: the sound pans from ear to ear, and the mirrored imagery moves from eye to eye, crossing and recrossing the brain's center. Although the videos follow the eight phases of EMDR, they can be viewed in or out of order, with or without sound.

Julia Freeman grew up in a suburb outside of Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 with her MFA in Fibers and has lived in Seattle the past 15 years as an artist, curator and teacher. In 2015 she co-founded The Alice, a curatorial collective which prioritized supporting underrepresented artists. Her artistic practice has critically examined civility and etiquette, the military industrial complex, drug culture, and social media. These projects use a variety of materials and processes which take the form of installations, performance sculptures, book arts and new media works. She is always considering ways to engage the audience in the artistic experience while archiving and examining these systems of power.

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.


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Piano Drop (February 11 - March 17, 2019)

Silicone Love - Her Garden (September 7-November 9, 2018) by Chun Shao

to drown (June 1-July 13, 2018) by L Koo

Brain Goreng (April 13-May 18, 2018) by Matthew Thomas Shoemaker

blind film (February 9-March 30, 2018) by Sangjun Yoo

Mikawa (September 29-December 8, 2017) by Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison

The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies(June 16- August 4, 2017) by Roger Feldman and Jeff Roberts

Meditations on Water (April 14 - June 2, 2017) by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell

Forgetting of Being (January 13 - March 24, 2017) by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo

CASTING SHADOWS (September 9 - October 28, 2016) by E.T. Russiani


Previous exhibitions

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Cultural Center, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.



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