Wednesday, October 05, 2016

October 5 Furnishing Poly-narrative

ShowPDX is a long running juried exhibition of local furniture and lighting makers. It continued a previous show Table, Lamp and Chair.

ShowPDX is at the Mont Blanc Building, 1836 NE 7th Ave., Suite 108 in Portland. Enter on NE Schyler. It is free throughout its run, except tonight, opening night 6PM-9 $20

The Alliance of Artist Communities is renting Disjecta for their annual conference. It is a registration only event and costs hundreds, it is not free. It is sort of a booking conference, and opportunity to show off Portland art and a pep rally for arts administrators. But our friends, the Bronco Gallery, in celebration of the revival by Ford of the Bronco line, are throwing a pop up on the street with artist DB Amorin.

The announcement wins the copywriting award for the month:

“sheer mala copy” is a fleeting iteration of an on-going series of expanded cinema presentations entitled "geophasms". "Talking story" is a ubiquitous cultural element in Polynesia, unstructured discussions of issues pertaining to daily life, family history or spirituality. It is a method of knowledge transference, an oral tradition that has permeated all aspects of life in the Pacific and works to elongate time in multiple directions. It has the power to expand a casual afternoon stop-in into a full day dialogue, and a memory of a car ride into a multi-generational timeslip. Here, talking story is further mediated through extensive use of the cut-up technique to create small loops of interlocking narratives and concrete poetry, deviations of time and space, fifth dimensional exchanges of knowledge. These conversations recorded on the islands of O’ahu and Kaua'i have been transposed to the interior of Bronco Gallery.

In this latest installment of dissonant ethnography, I aim to use projection-based installation in ways that uniquely alter perceived narrative, making the experience not only site-specific but viewing-specific, a culmination of intentionally random coincidences with perceptual and physical filters that disrupt or realign the media as it occurs. It is an attempt to produce an episodic, modular documentary film describing the unique ontology of the Polynesian diasporic experience by examining a minute facet, a subculture, or otherwise fringe occurrence that doesn’t necessarily speak for the whole but is nevertheless descriptive of a reality that exists somewhere, in some way. The distortions inherent in any subjective account of events are heightened and highlighted through the series of willful obfuscations, intentional deletions and crafted doublespeak. "geophasms" is a system of cinema that operates as a type of feedback loop, one that actively disturbs itself.

Bronco Gallery at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting - 8371 N. Interstate Map 6:30PM-8:30 Free