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Tere Mathern & Roland Toledo | SoundBodySpace

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Monday, December 15, 2014

What is the topography of sound? How is sound an extension of the body? Where are the edges of the body? What does it mean to extend the body’s architecture into space? What happens when sounds meet the body? In the verdant space between the body, space, and sound, where edges cease to exist, new ideas, relations, sensations are formed, built, explored. This is one aspect of their upcoming work Edge Effects. Roland Toledo and Tere Mathern share their creative approaches to dance and sound and excerpts from recent collaborative work.

(Photos: Robert Duncan Gray)

Posted: December 8th, 2014
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Julie Perini | What Can’t We See In This Space?

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Julie Perini’s videos and films use experimental processes to reveal new information about everyday spaces. She uses a variety of media – handheld consumer cameras, handmade 16mm film, HD video, and audio – to gather visual and aural material about her daily life. She then processes this material through critical lenses and theoretical frameworks that deepen her understanding of the moments and places she documents. Throughout these public interventions and private reflections, her works subtly interrogate assumptions about social space, countering dominant narratives and offering nuanced and complex accounts of experience.

(Photos: Robert Duncan Gray)

Posted: November 21st, 2014
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Design Week Portland: Rick Potestio, Carrie Strickland, Sam Adams

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October 8, 2014

The New Structure is a series that invites the community to share experiences relating to historical, urban, and design topics. For this special DWP 2014 event, architect Carrie Strickland, former Portland mayor Sam Adams, and architect Rick Potestio will engage in a multimedia, storytelling session; sharing their personal journeys into and around fields of design and influence.

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Posted: October 9th, 2014
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Ian J. Whitmore | Onomasticon: A Vocabulary for Nowhere

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Between September 5-30 Cityscope and Ian Whitmore are exhibiting the book series, Onomasticon: A Vocabulary for Nowhere in the bSIDE6 building (528 E. Burnside St).

Whitmore’s Onomasticon: A Vocabulary for Nowhere presents a new lexicon for these ubiquitous, yet abstract spaces. Onomasticon is a series of 26 artist books. Each book pairs a single word with corresponding imagery inspired by a prevailing sense of non-place in contemporary American urban and suburban landscape.

Onomasticon has been exhibited, partially, in recent years using straight forward and traditional methods of displaying artist books utilizing vitrines, tables and shelves. Most of these methods of presentation offer visitors the opportunity to engage with the books physically. This element of direct engagement is essential to the experience of these books. These books are produced by Whitmore specifically for exhibitions so they can be handled providing a cogitative experience through of unfolding, refolding, page turning and tactile exploration.

For this exhibition Whitmore employs these methods of display while also addressing the specific form and function of certain books through the building of custom shelving and tables where possible. The exhibition functions as an engagement with the public to engender conversations about place, civic design and citizenship.

(Photos: Robert Duncan Gray)

Posted: September 16th, 2014
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Linda Austin, Pat Boas, Linda Hutchins | Tracing Movement, Chasing Marks, Tracking Sound

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Linda Austin, Pat Boas, and Linda Hutchins have been collaborating to explore what happens when drawing is placed in a visibly time-based context and ritualized as record and residue of movement.  Dancer Linda Austin and visual artists Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins collaborate to explore what happens when drawing is placed in a visibly time-based context and ritualized as record and residue of movement. Together they have exhibited drawings and have used Wieden+Kennedy’s lobby as a laboratory to develop our series of performative wall drawings, The Word Hand, which will be presented by Performance Works NorthWest October 23 – 26, 2014 as part of their Alembic Co-Production series. For The New Structure, the artists present glimpses of their collaborative process and discuss the role that space plays in their work.

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Posted: August 19th, 2014
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Lisa Ward | Useless

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Lisa Ward presented a collage of voices, music, video and other visual media as a means of exploring the drive to find human uses for economically useless land. Beginning with the platting of the Western states, the performance touched on the legacy of the Small Tract Act of 1938, the impact of California’s Senate Bill X1-2, and other interventions on open land in the West. These historical snapshots, taken over the course of the last 200 years, juxtaposed with Indigenous patterns of land use over many thousands of years. At the heart of this presentation is the fate of our quickly diminishing open space, what we choose to put in it, and whether open space can be seen as a resource in and of itself.

(Photos: Robert Duncan Gray)

Posted: July 29th, 2014
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Lead Pencil Studio | Dark Corners/High F/Mannequins/Ugly/Downer Boxes

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Monday, June 16, 2014

In an unconventional format for this artistic team, Lead Pencil Studio’s Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo presented a series of parallel theories using noise, words, images, objects and actions to describe an alternate reading of the city. Split into thematic chapters, the talk variously addressed the joys of upending distinctions between architecture, art, landscape, culture and history – for pleasure and intermittent seriousness. Lead Pencil Studio presented a unique evening of interbred ideas intended to augment reality and expand the boundaries of a post-office practice.

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Posted: June 17th, 2014
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Garrick Imatani & Kaia Sand | The Watcher Files

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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.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014
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Lisa Robertson | Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

25 Portland poets read from Lisa Robertson’s Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture

Poet and essayist Lisa Robertson has maintained the Office for Soft Architecture since 1996 as an apparatus for lyrical research focused primarily on Vancouver, B.C., with some excursions to other places. The Office constructs propositions and documents for the advancement of a natural history of civic surface.

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Posted: March 19th, 2014
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Coleman Stevenson & Nora Wendl | Paper Houses

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Monday, February 24, 2014

There is a tense space between reality and fabrication: the process of constructing alternate, speculative worlds. It is in this liminal space that Coleman Stevenson and Nora Wendl have constructed the Center for Fictive Architecture, a framework for their individual and collaborative projects, a dwelling for processes of articulating, formulating, and experimenting with the vastness of the imagination. The combination of intimacy and domesticity in Coleman’s work with the materiality and corporeality in Nora’s work cohere to construct and question how architecture can transcend the sheer act of building.

(Photos: Melissa Long)

Posted: March 4th, 2014
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