WHAT IF? Art & Design Exhibition
Presented By TEDxPortland and the University of Oregon
April 4 – April 24, 2013
Curated By: Molly Georgetta and Tomas Valladares
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Bidding will be open through 6pm, Saturday April 27th.
The WHAT IF? Art & Design Exhibition is a curated collaboration between the University of Oregon and TEDxPortland.In keeping with the mission of TED, the exhibition showcases work that mines the territory between art, design, technology and science in popular culture. The work illuminates natural and imagined worlds through form and function. Selected artists were invited to submit work that is an exploration of visual media that connects to these multiple histories. Responding to concept, object, new knowledge and technologies through creative process, exhibited works span discrete disciplines and burgeoning practices.
The WHAT IF? Art & Design Exhibition will be installed and exhibited at the University of Oregon in Portland’s White Box from April 4 – April 24, 2013. From there, it will be exhibited at the Portland Art Museum during the TEDxPortland events on April 27, 2013.
The artwork will be generously donated and auctioned online at The Portland Mercury for TEDxPortland to benefit the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP) starting April 4.
Featuring the work of:
Berto Legendary H | Brad Simon | Carson Ellis | DIGS
Craig Hickman | Craig Redman | Dan Gluibizzi | Drew Tyndell
Eugene Serebrennikov | Gala Bent | Jake Hollomon | Jeff Proctor
Jenene Nagy | Jennifer Wall | JesseHectic | Keith Carter
Laura Vandenburgh | Lynn Yarne | Mako Miyamoto | Mark R. Smith
The Opulent Project | Robert Mars | Ryan Bubnis | The Last Attempt At Greatness | Trygve Faste | Zach Yarrington
MING WONG: Life of Imitation
April 4 – May 4, 2013
Presented by Cinema Pacific film festival
Tuesday April 16, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
MING WONG: EMOTION PICTURES
In conjunction with the fourth annual Cinema Pacific film festival (April 17-21, 2013), whose focus country is Singapore, the JSMA and the University of Oregon in Portland’s White Box will be featuring media installations by Singaporean artist Ming Wong. Wong has been recognized internationally for his ambitious performance and video works that engage with the history of world cinema and popular forms of entertainment.Working through the visual styles and tropes of such iconic film directors as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wong Kar-wai and Ingmar Bergman, Wong¹s practiceconsiders the means through which subjectivity and geographic location are constructed by motion pictures. Ming Wong (b. 1971, Singapore) currently lives and works in Berlin and Singapore. Recent solo exhibitions have takenplace at the Museum of Moving Image, Queens, New York, as part of Performa 11; Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China; the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; theHara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and the Singapore Art Museum.
Life of Imitation
White Box,University of Oregon in Portland
(April 4 – May 4, 2013)
Life of Imitation (2009, 13 min.) is a looped 13-minute double-channel installation. Originally commissioned for the 53rd Venice Biennale Singapore Pavilion, this work is inspired by the classic Hollywood melodrama Imitation of Life, where a black mother meets her mixed-race daughter who has been running away from her true ‘identity’. This version features three male actors from the main ethnic groups in Singapore (Chinese, Malay and Indian) taking turns to play the black mother and her ‘white’ daughter. The identity of the actor for each role constantly changes with each shot.
Life and Death in Venice
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
(April 12 – June 02)
The Schnitzer Museum will present in its new Artist Project Space Ming Wong¹s 3-screen video installation, Life and Death in Venice (2010, 16 min.), a revisiting of Luchino Visconti¹s 1971 film version of Thomas Mann¹s Death in Venice. On opposite screens the artist performs the roles of both the ageing composer/writer Gustav von Aschenbach as well as Tadzio, the adolescent boywhose uncorrupted youth and beauty mirrors the older man’s state of crisis and impending death. Entirely self-directed, produced and conceived whilst his presentation for the Singapore Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale was still on-going, the film was shot in several original locations of the book/film as well as against appropriated backdrops of artworks in the Venice Biennale. The ‘Adagietto’ from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.5 – the theme tune of Visconti’s film – provides the soundtrack, via a flawed performance by the artist himself on piano.