2019/2020 Base Residency

After three years of experimentation, our inaugural season marks a bold retooling of our signature Base Residency program, with changes aimed at expanding and deepening the positive impact of the program within the arts community. Selected from an open call, four Base Resident Artists will receive three-week, full-access residencies each year—representing an increase in both the duration of the residency and number of residencies awarded each year.

The intent is the same: to provide artists with an experience of drastic freedom in an atmosphere free of external pressure. For three uninterrupted weeks, Base Resident Artists dive deep into their disciplines, using 24/7 access to Base for development, self-challenge and experimentation. Each Base Residency culminates in an open house that offers a public vantage point on a particular stage in the creative development of a project or specific aspects of an artist’s practice. 

Base is thrilled to announce our 2019/2020 Base Resident Artists—Coley Mixan, Jenna Eady, Degenerate Art Ensemble and Same as Sister. Selected from a pool of more than 40 applicants from Seattle and beyond, these artists embody Base’s mission to support risk and experimentation in distinct and unexpected ways.


Coley Mixan (Seattle)
Oct. 14 - Nov. 3, 2019
Open House: Nov. 3, 2020

Coley Mixan, who uses motion capture, virtual and mixed reality mediums to highlight and multiply queer bodies in motion, will work on their newest project, The Spiral Who Loved Me, a video/performance that questions the white, capitalist mythologies of Sci Fi and the American Western. 


Jenna Eady (Seattle)
Dec. 30, 2019 - Jan. 19, 2020
Open House: Jan. 19, 2020

In collaboration with her father, Palestinian playwright and director Hanna Eady, Jenna Eady will develop Father & Son, a new work exploring the role of traditional music and dance in the context of cultural occupation.


Degenerate Arts Ensemble (Seattle) in collaboration with Senga Nengudi (Colorado Springs) and Eddy Kwon (Cincinnati)
March 9 - 29, 2020
Open House: March 29, 2020

Symbiosis is a collaborative frame for the common concerns and contrasting perspectives of sculptor Senga Nengudi, composer Eddy Kwon and Degenerate Art Ensemble’s Haruko Crow Nishimura and Joshua Kohl.


Same As Sister (New York City/Toronto)
April 20 - May 10, 2020
Open House: May 10, 2020

Same As Sister (Briana Brown-Tipley + Hilary Brown) explore the historically entwined identities of slave and slaveholder as sites for compulsive reenactment as they develop their new project, The Exciting Event. Collaborators include performers Kristina Hay and Rahmus Rifical, along with Susan Mar Landau, dramaturge, and cinematographer Aitor Mendilibar. 

Learn more about the Base Residency and how to apply here. Meet our past Base Residents here.