A.K. "Mimi" Allin
Walking in War and Peace
Artist A.K. “Mimi” Allin will roll out a runner that stretches the full length of the park. She will stand at one end of the runner and wait for someone to walk her down the aisle. Those interested in walking with her tell her their name and take her arm. As they walk, she reads to them from War and Peace. At the end of the aisle, her partner gives her one sentence from their life. The only rule is that their sentence must contain the words war and peace. Finally, in parting, they take hands, look in one another’s’ eyes and say, “in war and peace,” as a sort of closing and vow to one another. As a community, we work through an epic novel, state our vows to preserve and walk on together despite our differences and we walk the purchase of Occidental Park together, thus owning it. Everyone who walks in the project takes away a small piece of the epic whole.
Walking in War and Peace is part of the artSparks 2010 program. To learn more about what is going on in Occidental Park this summer, please visit the artSparks 2010 website.
A K Mimi Allin uses any tool she can get her hands on to solve problems and challenge the onlooker to do the same. She often begins with poetry and performance, but has worked with landscape and movement and food and radios. In addition to a plethora of self-driven projects, Mimi has created live performance-installations for ACT Theatre, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot, ArtSparks, LitFuse, Brave New Words and Urban Wilderness Project. Mimi arrived on the Seattle scene in 2006 with her yearlong performance, The Poetess at Green Lake, for which she offered poetry exchanges to the public for a year of Sundays. She recently became the nation’s first corporate poet (Adopt-A-Poet), founded a quarterly event called Studies in Everything.