Eurythmy is a social performance inspired by nature’s energy and rhythmical order and is inviting an active public to reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks. The project consists of the collaborative construction of an ephemeral flexible architecture using fiber sculptures in relation to an environmental sound system speaking for interrelationship between society and environment, formation and transformation, while celebrating diversity.
The Walk Through opens the social performance-concert and invite a public to navigate individually around an installation of handcrafted strings made from recycled materials during a series of workshops with communities from both Portland and San Francisco as part of the Glean 2017 residency program (http://www.gleanpdx.org).
Eurythmy#2 is a collaboration with the public and electroacoustic quartet: Haco (http://www.hacohaco.net), Tania Chen (http://taniachen.com/), Wobbly (http://www.detritus.net/wobbly/), Dereck Philips and visual artist Latifa Medjdoub (http://latifamedjdoub.com) at the Museum of Performance and Design, San Francisco, May 25th, 201.
Fantastic moment together with a group of engaging students and teachers yesterday at the Centennial Park School in Portland for the Strings Workshops. Our exploration together using recycled items from the Glean project was largely playful and meditative and allowed a set of sculptural strings to be conceived as a core structure from which we will build upon during the upcoming workshops.
Here are some material sensitivities I’ve forced into narratives. Enjoy, friends.
+++ A painting consisting of layered, cracked and aged paint. Fragility from moisture causing torn segments in the entirety of this canvas structure. A signature on the back, a once treasured piece of artwork beginning its descent into a less recognizable form.
+++ Blade from a broken overhead fan. Assumably ripped from a fragile connection, to the mechanism it revolves around. Once in a room, providing circulation, now is forced into stagnation. But who knew between the layers of faux wood panelling there would be a fluffy sorbet hue that wanted to break free.
+++ Sofa cushions. Fabric so worn that it has segmented into threads. Each fiber once consoling the foam base. So many years the foam was clothed with a woven exterior– yet over time white strings have independently unravelled, breaking away from their interconnected role as protective coverings.
In starting my residency with the Glean program I wanted to imagine myself as an archaeologist trying to piece together the history of some the objects that find their way to the Metro Transfer Station. From investigating these objects I hope to learn more about Portland’s community and it’s history of making waste. Just think how excited a modern day archaeologist would be to come across an ancient greek landfill- Imagine the things they would learn about that ancient society! I’m hoping to use similar techniques and research styles to learn about contemporary waste culture.
So far the underlying thing that has intrigued me the most is the human element in the objects I’ve found. I continue to be drawn towards very personal or mysterious things that someone has thrown away. Here is some of what I’ve collected and researched thus far:
Hidden Brick Company Bricks
Date Found: 2/24/17 Location: Rubble Pile Item#: 1 History: The Hidden Brick Company was founded by Lowell Mason Hidden in Vancouver Wa in the 1870’s. The company ran until 1990 making bricks by hand. The company is well know for the St. James Cathedral and Providence Academy buildings.
Parlez Vous Greeting Card & Envelope
Date Found: 3/7/17 Location: Public Dumping Area Item#:2 History: Parlez Vous Greeting Cards was founded in 2001 by Oregon Artist Juliana Smith. This card was printed c.2001 and while originally intended to congratulate on a new baby, was used by the card’s writer to say goodbye to someone about to take a trip. (Note: “I was shitty last night, I’m sorry!”)
Glean artist [caroline] here, sharing imagery I found captivating at the metro transit station.
+++ Beautiful exploration of form and color, seen through this mound of carpet padding insolation. Such volumes, allude to letting go of the past in search of pursuing a new start– a renovation to the physical space one calls home.
+++ As an avid antique collector, nothing gives a sense of dedication and [perhaps] devotion, like items aged to perfection. Things gathered amongst the piles, to potentially deconstruct: window panes, storage containers and yard tools.
+++ Captured a silly placement, during a moment in time. But really, thank goodness metro transit station is open Sundays. So much exploration, observing and rummaging yet to come.
The Gleaners and I, one of my all time favorite documentary film by #AgnesVarda
A must see (or see again) Varda’s portraits and approach to the topic reminds us of the compelling beauty residing in the act of scavenging and helps us reconsider our relationship to objects and goods, echoing the grace of Millet’s painting “Les Glaneuses”. Here, at the Metro Transfer Station, a surprising place to meditate on the cycle of life it’s essential it’s rawness #gleanresidency #environmentalart #socialart photo: Transfer #1-4 from the Transfer series (more images at: http://latifamedjdoub.com/products/transfer-1-4)