Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sense Of Place

Sense Of Place - Created & hosted by Keisha Mateo & Meagan "Megs" Sanders

Sense Of Place was a conversational walk in SW Portland near Portland State University that explored identity, city growth, and discovering one’s sense of place in Portland, Oregon. PSU Art & Social Practices students, Portlanders, and individuals who sought for a new adventure by moving to Portland discussed the following questions:

1. Where are you from and how long have you been here in Portland?
2. Why do you stay in Portland?
3. What's your favorite thing or place in Portland?
4. How do you feel about the population growth in the city?
5. Do you feel welcomed or at home in Portland?

This one-time event began at 11:15am in front of Lincoln Hall of Portland State University (off of Market St.) within the park blocks. The duration of the walk concluded before noon on March 13th, 2017.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Supporting Art Lives

Self Declared Artist Residencies

Taryn Tomasello Ross Island

Letha Wilson

Manual Abreu

Lenka Clayton

Resident Residency
Krista Connerly

Laundromat Project

At Work/  Au Travaille

Community Classes/Creative Community Spaces

Open Signal

Independent Publishing Resource Center  - IPRC


Art Event Calendar 


Art opportunities



Some interesting galleries/event spaces

Littman Gallery

PADA - First Thursday

PNCA - also volunteer stuff

Everett St Lofts:
Una Gallery
Portland Pataphysical Society
Compliance Division

Adams & Ollman

Portland Museum of Modern Art


Newspace for Photography

C3 Initiative

Likewise Bar

S1 Gallery

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Art as Research: Future Farmers

Future Farmers: A People Without A Voice Cannot Be Heard
This project is based on the theme of voice and how we utilize it, whether that is to sing, whisper, shout, protest, etc. and how voices can come together to express many different things. This group of artists in Minnesota created a free school utilizing voice as a guide for workshops and public happenings. They wanted to dive into different ways people connect, express, learn, are individuals, and are community through the method of voice. Everyday people as well as “auctioneers, theorists, conductors, ethnomusicologists, local newspapers, artists and speech pathologists are (were) invited to consider “voice” as a tool for exchange and liberation”. (website) 

Ongoing project by Megs :)

Learning To Love You More

Monday, January 30, 2017

Emily Jacir Where We Come From

Medium: Chromogenic print and laser print on mounted board

Emily Jacir is a Palestinian artist that focuses on transformation, questions of translations, resistance and silenced historical narratives. In her piece Where We Come From Jacir, Jacir asked more than 30 Palestinians living in Palestine and to those exiled in Lebanon, Syria, Europe, and America, rich and poor alike living both abroad and within the occupied territories “If I could do anything for you, anywhere in Palestine, what would it be?” Then with the help of her American passport, Jacir set out to fulfill their wishes. She collected responses and carried out tasks in an extended performance of wish-fulfilment by proxy. She then documented herself fulfilling the requests for people who are prohibited entry into their homeland and/or restricted from movement within it.

Jancir took photographs depicting what she did for them are accompanied by a text in English and Arabic explaining what the request was and what restricted the person from performing it him or herself. Most limitations had to do with the person’s identification card and the physical borders they could not cross, while others had psychological barriers, which were just as restricting. Requests ranged from the everyday to more drawn out visits.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Art as Research

“We’ve broken down the barriers between the arts. Now I want to break the barriers between the arts and the other disciplines. The new interesting artistic research going on now is research into new ways of living. However, this most important art form lies now outside the field of regular art information. Art that makes only reference to art is in trouble”
-Robert Filliou, Research at the Stedelijk, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1972

Christine Wong Yap - Interdependence MEGAN

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Christine Wong Yap explored the relationship between artists and the art world with a Personal Impacts Survey to find out how to subvert the typical "starving artist" hierarchy model of the known art world. After the results of the survey were gathered, a zine with the findings was published. The idea of Interdependence is meant to be a good middle ground between dependence and independence. It's meant to be a place where artists bolster each other up but without being purely independent and potentially contributing to an environment that drives competition over collaboration. 

Future Farmers - A People Without A Voice Cannot be Heard SOFIA

Pablo Helguera - The School of Panamerican Unrest MEGS

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Mexican artist Pablo Helguera’s The School of Panamerican Unrest (2003 - ongoing) explores inter-regional communication throughout North and South America. A public performance and installation, The School of Panamerican Unrest consists of multiple performances and discussions that examines “the history of utopian thought and political ideas of freedom”, as well as presenting “the subject of the Panamerican ideals” (1). From May through September of 2006, a portable schoolhouse-like structure known as the “think-tank” traveled throughout many communities from Anchorage, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. The primary purpose for The School of Panamerican Unrest was to unite individuals and their communities together equally. This project additionally shed light on various cultures within the Americas, and how art plays a role in interpersonal and inter-regional communication.

Critical Art Ensemble - Free Range Grain SIERRA
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Critical Art Ensemble is a group of 5 artists that examine and critique biotechnology, information technology, and media studies. One of their projects, Free-Range Grain was a 2004-2005 experiment where they looked at whether or not America's food is abiding by the strict GM food policies. CAE wanted to focus on areas of interest for the public (such as food) to discuss public science. An outcome of this science is providing means and methods for the public to test their own foods rather than relying on the government and corporations. The group used microbiology techniques to test for GMS. They set up portable tables and created public labs to test for GMS in foods brought in by the public. They tested it over a 72 hour period and told the public the results. 

This project asked questions about what the government says versus what reality is. It also challenges the public to think for themselves and question the things that other people tell us instead of just blindly assuming everything they say is the truth. This project asks questions about what the public really knows about their government, it's policies, and their own lives.

Mark Dion - Chicago Urban Ecology Group SARA

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The Chicago Urban Ecology Action group was a group of 15 individuals chose by teachers from two different schools in the Chicago area. This was asked by the artist, Mark Dion. His vision on what he wanted to do, was to get a small group of juniors in high school, and take them to Belize. Dion believes the acknowledge relationship between art and science is important. He also believe being able to take a small group of young adults, will help them in the future with leadership skills, and a chance to explore different options of careers before college applications. Dion has gone to belize several times and was very much involved with the renowned zoo and wildlife sanctuaries. When he made the Chicago Urban Ecology Action group, the artist (students) brought and installed their watershed model that they had constructed in Chicago. The students and Dion left to Belize in 1992 and had a 10 day trip. For their 10 day trip was mainly culminated in an experimental field. Where they offered practical assistance, clean up projects. The experimental field served as an art installation, work shop, and or ecology information center for the public. Dion wanted the students to see the relationship between art and nature. He believes that “we should go on and work to preserve art and ecology because they are the most important aspects of human civilization”. The students found the trip useful in understanding their own environments as well. They got to see the parallel issues between tropical ecosystems and their own environment. With this project, the students were asked the question, “what art can make a difference in the world?”. The students answered this question without a doubt that what they helped develop was not the cause of the dispute of the explanation of whether it was art, but found a new definition as to what is art and nature.

Emily Jacir - Where We Come From KEISHA

Ross McElwee- Six O'clock News MAY

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Six o'clock News is a film by Ross McElwee about how the local news affects those who watch it. It is in exploration in subjective non-ficiton filmmaking. At the time Ross McElwee had just had his first son and through the film is portrayed as being obsessed with local news especially in regards to tragedies and violence exploited by local news channels. Throughout the film he ends up going to different places where tragic "news worthy" events have happen and films them himself sometimes while other news crews are filming these same scenes. How he films and shows these events is a much different experience than one would get through watching the same things on the local news.