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Epic Ephemera: Myths and Rituals

Mar 16, 2021
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
General accessibility

Mobile Projection Unit presents an outdoor digital installation series at the Portland Art Museum, reimagining space at an epic scale and unraveling hidden mythologies. This series ranges from a group screening of experimental media work rooted in ritual, sculpting canvases within the city skyline to reveal the poetics of the natural world, to bringing leading pioneers of audio/video/coding to Portland through a digital portal. Epic Ephemera reinvents public space and shared experience, transcending the limitations of our screens.

Myths and Rituals is a group screening of regional and international artists, exploring themes of mythology, ritual, and spiritualism through experimental video. There will be two screenings on March 26, one beginning at 8pm and the second beginning at 9pm in the Portland Art Museum Courtyard.

We encourage guests to bring their own chairs for the screening.

This series is supported by the Museum and Film Center’s Re:Imagine Artist Fund, an initiative expanding our commitment to supporting artists in a reimagined cultural sphere. Learn more.

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Hiba Ali is a digital artist, educator, scholar, DJ, experimental music producer and curator based across Chicago, IL, Austin, TX, and Toronto, ON. Their performances and videos concern surveillance, womxn/ womyn of colour, and labour. She studies geographies of East African, South Asian and Arab communities across the Indian Ocean region through music, cloth and ritual. They conduct reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source technologies. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada. They are an Assistant Professor of Art, New Media Artist/Feminist Art Discourse, College of Design, Art & Technology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. She has presented their work in Chicago, Stockholm, Vienna, Berlin, Toronto, New York, Istanbul, São Paulo, Detroit, Windsor, Dubai, Austin, Vancouver, and Portland. They have written for C Magazine, THE SEEN Magazine, Newcity Chicago, Art Dubai, The State, VAM Magazine, ZORA: Medium, RTV Magazine, and Topical Cream Magazine.

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mononymously named, maximiliano, is a conceptual artist working in BLKwvv, a generative multimedia mythos; A Black reclamation rococo aesthetic and agenda based in exploring and expanding the multiplicity and fluidity of the Black self through pleasure, desirability, innocence, and imagination as performance, video, GIF, sculpture, thought, and publications. maximiliano.info
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Tabita Rezaire is infinity longing to experience itself. As an eternal seeker, her path as an artist, devotee, yogi, doula, and farmer apprentice weaves healing arts and scientific systems through connections to the land, the ancestors, the songs. Her cross-dimensional practices envision network sciences – organic, electronic and spiritual – as healing technologies to serve the shift towards heart consciousness. Embracing digital, corporeal and ancestral memory, she digs into scientific imaginaries and mystical realms to tackle the colonial wounds and energetic imbalances that affect the songs of our body-mind-spirits. Tabita is based in French Guiana, where she is birthing AMAKABA.

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Carolina Bazo (Lima, 1968) is a transdisciplinary visual artist. She studied from 1988 to1993 at the Universidad Catolica de Peru (University Catolica of Peru ) at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Bachelor in Painting. She also studied from 1996 to1998 at the ‘Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munchen / Prof. Weisshar’ In Munchen, Germany. Throughout more than 25 years dedicated to art, she has exhibited in galleries in Lima, such as 80m2 Gallery, Forum Gallery, Cecilia González & Denise Dourojeanni Gallery – Arte Contemporáneo, and Cede Gallery, as well as internationally at spaces, such as the Grand Palais in Paris and the New York Latin American Art Triennial.

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Laura Camila Medina (b. 1995, she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist born in Bogotá, Colombia. Her immersive installations and animated collage work have been exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, PLANETA New York, Fuller Rosen Gallery, Wieden + Kennedy, and with Nat Turner Project. She was awarded the New Media Fellow at Open Signal, Artist in Residence at the Living School of Art, and most recently the IPRC Artists & Writers in Residence Program. She earned her BFA at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is currently based in Portland, OR.

Mobile Projection Unit (MPU) is a roving studio that presents new, experimental, site specific outdoor video projections throughout Portland, Oregon. Their work as an artist team focuses on spatializing video through projection mapping, and live interactive video performance through creative coding. Founded and directed by Fernanda D’Agostino and Sarah Turner in 2018, MPU is a curatorial project and artistic vehicle. Part of MPU’s curatorial ethos is to put the tools of production into the hands of artists. MPU has shown work at guerilla sites around the Portland region, Portland International Film Festival, Portland Art Museum, Northwest Film Center, Venice VR Expanded, PICA’s Time Based Art Festival, Astoria Visual Arts, and more. MPU is funded in part by the Precipice Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Calligram Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Northwest Film Center, and Portland Art Museum.