What Is SeaCompression?
Held every autumn, SeaCompression is Seattle’s own annual post-Burning Man arts festival. SeaCompression was named after “Decompression” which is held in San Francisco, and is the home of the Burning Man organization. SeaCompression is a celebration of the interactive arts, music, lights, emotion and experience, with the added emphasis on participation. Participants can watch, learn and grow with live fire art, live music, kinetic sculptures, art cars, multiple dance spaces, sound and light shows. This in an immersive experience that can be discovered, interpreted, and realized at SeaCompression.
As a participant in the SeaCompression event, you will discover in hidden corners or in plain sight random oddities such as a 30′ neon rainbow, a remote-controlled blimp, a 12′ tall bundle of grapes, and a hydrodynamic science project that mixes fire and water in a 6′ whirlpool. SeaCompression is an opportunity to casually encounter the unplanned and the unscripted that influences so much of our daily lives. SeaCompression is unsystematic, an exploration of the mundane and the unusual, it is yours to encounter and experience, leaving no traces behind.
SeaCompression features extravagant live performances, including fire spinners, daring aerialists, interpretive dancers, contortionists, live musicians, and even an eclectic marching band. SeaCompression’s dance floors star impressive lineups of Seattle’s best known DJs. From Art Cars to suspension, experiences and discoveries abound throughout the Kings Hall waiting your accidental and unplanned encounter.
Since SeaCompressions start in 2002, attendance has grown from 500 people to well over 2,000, with a volunteer staff of 200 to 300. Past venues have included the Fremont UnConventional Center, the Ballard Segway, Consolidated Works, Sand Point Magnuson Park, and a two-acre lot in Downtown Burien. This year we are proud to be on site at King’s Hall in Seattle. Ignition Northwest and its event producers work closely with City of Seattle Fire Marshals, Parks Department, private property owners, and a professional security team to ensure that our events are managed responsibly and leave no trace.
SeaCompression is sponsored by Ignition Northwest and produced by volunteers. Proceeds help fund large-scale public art projects, an annual scholarship to the Pratt Fine Art Center, and other educational projects throughout the year.