Monday, April 21, 2014
For Project Cityscope’s series The New Structure, Garrick Imatani and Kaia Sand presented a talk on The Watcher Files Project, a collaboration that has emerged from their shared artist residency at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, commissioned by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Their project engages surveillance documents the Portland Police Bureau kept on over 300 activist groups in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. In collaboration with activists surveilled in the files as well as other artists, they are creating a series of artistic and literary interventions that served as an addendum to those original files, a way to talk back and infuse the official accounts with unrepresented voices.
(Photos: Melissa Long)
Posted: April 22nd, 2014
Categories: The New Structure
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To let an idea exist separate from my body gives me chills. The reality is I’m afraid of physical space. It makes me have to pee. It wrangles my best thoughts out of my identity and absorbs them into the labyrinth of consciousness, which is truly beyond any understanding I can muster.
It’s difficult to look around physical space, even more so, public space. The confusion part arises in the consequences of seeing. When ideas pop into the mind like popping corn…They gather, sum up, disperse, shift in color, and if focused, they gain momentum, but then stop abruptly, without finality. The switch of madness, apathy, and love are turned off and on, yet I am in space and I know I am real and oh its all very public and its happening now.
Keeping my sanity while living insane is real to me. But public space? It doesn’t have an ending, like a very long string of details asking people to perform the self and make the universe tangible at the same time. In that kind of context, I am not an idea. I am a kernel floating in a shared tumor of energy, which is at once gorgeous and terrifying.
DAKOTA GEARHART, also known as Tiffany Peters and Tiff Mich, is an artist working in video, performance, sculpture, and multi-media installation. Dakota has exhibited work both nationally and internationally in venues such as Interstitial Theater, Seattle; Elsewhere Studios, Greensboro; Launchpad Gallery, Portland; Core Art Space, Denver; Artgrease, Buffalo; Purdue University Gallery, West Lafayette; Universitat de Barcelona, Spain; and Taiyuan University Gallery, China. Her work has been published in Trifecta Magazine, Carpaccio Magazine, and Open to Interpretation Books. She is the recipient of the Julaine Martin Scholarship, the Jane & David Davis Fellowship, and the Cultural Ambassador Scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Education. She is the organizer of the experimental garage space, The Royal Box, which showcases artists, writers, and musicians of the Pacific Northwest. Dakota was born in Arizona, raised in Florida and lives and works in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, where she recently graduated with her MFA from the University of Washington.
Posted: April 1st, 2014
Categories: General Interest
, What is Public Space?
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