Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem
Shoshana Gugenheim is a Social Practice Artist, Torah Scribe and Educator. Her works primarily address the roles of women in traditional Jewish practice, Jewish-Arab dialogue as well as personal transformation and ritual through encounter with art making. Shoshana has served as artist-in-residence in Israel and the US where she has also exhibited her studio work and collaborations. Shoshana was one of the first women in modern times to train and practice as a Torah scribe. Her scribal work informed her collaboration, Women of the Book, whose inaugural launch was with the Jerusalem Biennale 2015. As an artist, Shoshana is drawn to both craft and fine art and applies these practices in her socially engaged work. She is a sought after scholar and speaker in Jewish communities throughout the US and Israel. Shoshana, her spouse and their two young children relocated from their home outside of Jerusalem, Israel to Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2016 in order to attend the Art and Social Practice program at PSU.
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Xi Jie Ng (Salty)
Xi Jie Ng (Salty) from Singapore creates intimate encounters for a noisy world. Her works dance between social practice, film, performance (often as Pierrot), installation and writing, and have been made and presented in Singapore, USA, Finland and India. She is interested in art as a universe suspended between fiction and reality, eccentricities, ageing, family histories, circus, old and found objects, alternative communities, and exploring connections between people, space and cosmos. Last year, her first feature film Singapore Minstrel premiered at the 26th Singapore International Film Festival. Based between Singapore, Portland and the elsewheres of the world, she invents experiences for the real and imagined lives of humans.
Bindi Roadside Spa
Migrant workers in Singapore shuttle from worksites to cramped living conditions and crowded weekend hangouts. With a limited income, grooming and self-care are largely restricted to necessities. Bindi Roadside Spa, commissioned by Octopus Residency, is an alternative pop-up space of pampering and care for migrants. The natural facials are made with foods commonly used by South Asian migrants, featuring turmeric as a star ingredient, or respond to needs such as sun exposure due to work. The Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped’s mobile massage team was also engaged provide head/neck massages and foot reflexology. By creating conversations around wellness and relaxation, it is hoped that migrants and those around them will place more value on self-care in a relentlessly busy society.
Film, 87 mins, 2015
Roy Payamal is the wildest busker of a country ranked the world’s most emotionless society. An old-time pioneer of the local scene, dubbed ‘Silver Man’, he creates mind-boggling acts, taking his undermined profession as a serious art- but is his faith impossible idealism or an admirable conviction?
Unraveling the nation’s bureaucratic reaches, a discourse on culture and expression plays out, co-starring Roy’s eccentric street colleagues. Flowing kaleidoscopically from interviews and fantasy sequences, to Roy’s handphone footage of his everyday life, Singapore Minstrel is an invitation into his beautiful mind, a magical, trying universe where art and life dialogue in a tropical dream.
Sab Kuch Milega
Collaborative film, 16 mins, 2016
This whimsical and poetic tale of a circus visiting a village was dreamt up with people in rural Jodphur, India at the Sowing Seeds residency. Shot in three days on an old camcorder and using available materials, the film has a raw make-believe aesthetic. With a concept that further developed as relationships grew and ideas sprung up, villagers were cast as characters they created, in an invented world moulded into real, everyday spaces. Led by a Clown performed by me, the circus meets Grandma, Manisha, and Tarzan, dancing their way to the moon and back. The film shines a soft beam into its collaborators’ cosmic inner selves, reflecting on their ethereal connection with the dry and vast Rajasthani landscape.
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Anupam Singh is an artist interested in the interconnections between ecological and cultural sustainability. For over 15 years, he has worked as facilitator, mediator, educator, and collaborator engaging in ideas of inner and outer ecologies. Through workshops and talks in India, he introduced art to children and teachers from public schools and district council schools, professionals, senior citizens and students of visual arts, social work, design, and science streams. He has contributed as guest faculty in various institutions including the Industrial Design Centre – IIT Bombay, and has facilitated innovative public exchanges in his practice and teaching.
Prior to his MFA in Art & Social Practice, Portland State University, he studied printmaking in India for his BVA (1997) and MFA (1999) at Rabindra Bharati University and M.S. University respectively. His practice evolved across printmaking, painting, installations, pedagogy, social projects and public art interventions. In 2013, he founded the Centre for Arts and Social Practice (CASP) which works through four chapters in Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune and New Delhi (India). A non-profit entity, CASP facilitates workshops, conversations, film screenings, community partnerships and socially engaged projects.
He has had a solo exhibition and showcased his work through group exhibitions in galleries, research platforms, and public spaces including the Pune Biennale (2015, India). His interests include working with rural and urban farmers and safe farming technologies.
ROZ CREWS creates site-specific projects that require participation from an audience and involve social engagement as a method of research. Her current work interrogates notions of community and encourages critical reflection on how “we” define the word in support of, or to deny, assumptions. She experiments with inventing communities as alternative ways of living and relating while asking us to consider our daily interactions within our communities. She is currently supported as the Artist in Residence at Portland State’s University Housing and Residence Life Department. rozcrews.info or on Instagram @rozcrews
Neighborhood Research Institute – 2016, Portland OR
The Neighborhood Research Institute is a collaboratively developed art project, data collection site, and living archive of research from the Sunnyside and Richmond neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon collected in the spring of 2016. The two-month project is an experiment in artistic research that utilizes methods from ethnographic and historical research in combination with exploratory methods developed by the artists.
Along with more traditional methods for collecting research like oral history recording, photo documentation, and informational surveys, Crews, Moser, and Prior organized alternative forms of neighborhood research like a weekly lecture series by artists who live in the neighborhood, side-car motorcycle rides for the public given by a neighbor, a Beers from the Neighborhood Archive which collects beers from neighbors’ fridges and replaces the beer logos with a photo of the neighbor who donated it, a tour of the Van Veen Nursary by owner and long-time resident Kathy Van Veen, Neighborly Behavior prompt cards distributed to residents throughout the neighborhood, and a Large Acquisitions Lending Shelf that features a rotating set of large objects lent to the institute by neighbors for one week at a time.
The research is primarily collected through social engagement with and between neighbors, but the researchers are also sifting through archival and secondary data to learn more about the formation and maintenance of the neighborhoods. All of the information and objects collected are organized as a store-front installation in LIKEWISE (located in the Richmond neighborhood) during April and May 2016, and at the end of the residency, the artists will produce a book of stories, interviews, and research documentation that expands what it means to categorize oneself as a neighbor in a community that is rapidly changing as a result of gentrification.
Sunday Painter’s Group – 2016, Portland OR
Founded in collaboration with Spencer Byrne-Seres
Organized as twelve week semesters, Sunday Painters Group meets weekly on Sundays from 12:00-2:00 to practice conceptual art-making. The meetings take place at various public locations in Portland, Oregon. The founders and participants are artists and educators interested in making art more accessible and liberating. Each week a different member of the group leads a session based on an assignment they created. The process fosters the decentralization of authority in an educational setting, and it requires all members of the group to accept responsibility in their role as student and teacher. In September 2016, Roz and Spencer founded Sunday Painter (a publishing press).
Lewis and Clark Art Week, Jen Delos Reyes and the ArtGym at Marylhurst University, and Prequel Artist Incubator have invited us to present special events and workshops.
Past meeting’s and projects have been hosted by: Roz Crews, Spencer Byrne-Seres, Maggie Heath, Sean Schumacher, LC Art Week, Amanda Leigh Evans, Jade Novarino, Eli Coplan, Kevin Holden, sidony o’neal, Joaquin Dollar, Martina Kocmanová, Taka Yamamoto, and Oskar Kimball-Radon.
Student Research – 2016, Portland OR
Developed in conversation with Courtney Sandler, Oscar Fernandez, and Skylar Wuite with participation from Amber Dorich, Caitlin Patton, Camryn Martinez, Charles Powell, Emily Rice, Emma Brown, Evan Wiley, Gavin Schneider, Jake Schlack, Kiley Yuthas, Marisol Altamirano, Megan Kirsch, Michael Richardson, Nam Le, Naureen Khan, Nicholas Nikas, Roosevelt Sowka, Sebastian Rosa, Shira Ribakoff, Spencer Morrison, Wendy Mayhugh, and Zamora Baldwin.
Presented by PSU University Housing and Residence Life. Student Research is an experiential education art project that features a collaboratively developed public exhibition of research, Globalization Through the Artist’s Lens, created for the Portland State University Broadway Residence Hall by first-year college students who live there and study globalization in the First-Year Experience Freshman Inquiry program.
The students worked for several months with the University Housing and Residence Life (UHRL) artist-in-resident Roz Crews to apply their gained knowledge from a class about Immigration, Migration, and Belonging to an open-ended research project inspired by works of art from the Portland Art Museum. The students distilled their research into exhibit panels designed by UHRL’s graphic designer for an exhibition of their projects. As the final step, the students designed participatory activities based on interactive museum education models which they enacted with the public during the opening of the exhibition on May 13, 2016 from 10-11AM; there was a group discussion with students, faculty, and audience members after the opening where we discussed the implications of presenting this research publicly. The hour long exhibition opening was curated as part of Assembly: a co-authored social practice conference held annually at Portland State University.
The final installation in the second floor of the Broadway Residence Hall at PSU included the following: nine informational exhibition panels featuring written research by first-year students that include a relevant timeline and images, nine printed photo reproductions of the artwork from the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest gallery that inspired the student’s research, one description panel that contextualizes the exhibition, seven interactive activities led by students, and a guided tour led by four students from the class. The title, Student Research, refers to the topical research conducted by first-year students, but also the experimental, artistic research that Crews is conducting through the larger frame of this project. By working with non-art, undergraduate students in a collaborative format to produce an exhibition, Crews explores how an artist can use tools of social engagement and experiential education to produce new knowledge and foster expanded methodology for teaching topics like globalization.
Bronco Gallery Experience – 2015, Portland OR
As part of the Bronco Gallery‘s 2015 programming, the Bronco Gallery Experience project was designed to re-engage the Ford Bronco turned gallery as a vehicle for helping people have experiences they couldn’t have without it.
The project started with a two week “gallery show,” and resulted in many shared experiences between strangers, one video projection, one dog on a pedestal, several incredible experiences, three main projects (Sam Loren, Katie Holden, and Chris Freeman), a trip to Lincoln City’s bi-annual kite festival, three hand-made kites, three rolls of film documentation, a newly established residency program in the Bronco, new friendships, trust-building, people listening to an ASMR soundtrack in the Bronco, a police chase, and a toddler dancing to Metallica in the Bronco.
In collaboration with Maggie Heath, Emily Wobb, Sam and Odin Loren, Katie Holden, Chris Freeman, and Bertrand Morin. With additional help from Spencer Byrne-Seres and Carlos Vigil.
Emma & Lorraine – 2015, Narrowsburg, NY
A collaborative project that started with a walk around Narrowsburg, NY, and ended in Lorraine Boden’s first sold-out gallery show (she had never been to an art show before).
In collaboration with Adele Ball, Pallavi Sen, Angelica Teuta, Emily Cappa, Keely Snook, Dillon De Give, Harrell Fletcher, Isobel Lister, and Lorrain Boden. With support from Mildred’s Lane.
Art & Sports Lecture Series – March, April, May 2015, Portland, OR
Centrally hosted at the Portland State University Campus Rec Center, the Art & Sports Lecture series included eight artist talks (centered around the artist’s relationship to sports and exercise), one Potato Splitting Championship event led by Lee Walton, one Art & Sports Brunch and panel discussion hosted at Likewise, one art show in a house, and many conversations about the intersections, similarities, and difficulties of Art & Sports.
In collaboration with Alicia Mcdaid, Ryan Woodring, Adam Moser, Katie Holden, Chris Freeman, Arianna Warner, Physical Education (Allie Hankins, Lucy Yim, keyon gaskin, Taka Yamamoto), Nathan Mckee, Lee Walton, Harrell Fletcher, Alex Accetta, Molly Sherman, PSU Campus Rec Center, and PSU University Housing and Residence Life. With financial support from PSU Speaker’s Board, PSU Campus Rec Center, and PSU University Housing and Residence Life.
Emily Fitzgerald is an artist, photographer and educator. Her work exists at the intersection of social engagement, video and photography, and continually considers the struggle inevitably present in visual representation, and through this investigation seeks to find a place of catharsis. Her practice explores collaboration, co-authorship, ethical representation and storytelling processes. Her recent collaborations include the Portland Art Museum, the City of Portland, Zenger Farm, Mid County County Health Clinic, King Public School and the Hollywood Senior Center.
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King School Portrait Project
A collaboration with Alan Cerriteno-Apolonio, Ashmeena Kipp, Chanel Wilson, Dashielle Swain, Pesalili Laulea Jr. , Quebriance Waters, and Semaj Baldwin-Fontenot.
Made with Gemma-Rose Turnbull2014
In April 2014 Emily Fitzgerald and Gemma-Rose Turnbull started work on the King School Portrait Project with a group of students that ranged from six to fourteen-years-old. The book and in-school installation were the result of their two-month long investigations into identity, representation and photography.
I originally conceptualized this project because I had an assumption that older adults, like younger adults often feel isolated and lack meaningful connection in their day to day lives. I really didn’t know what to expect or what would emerge from my work with this group of ten older folks. I was hoping to create a space where younger and older people could connect and share life experiences. I wanted to learn from this group of older people. In a short time, the group meetings took on a life of their own and a collective identity began to emerge in an organic way. I must credit the courageous participation, introspection, and dialogue of everyone involved. I have never been in a group that was so willing to share in an authentic way so quickly.
Through reflecting on individual identity by generating material and using archival images from the past, everyone began to reveal a great deal about their history and the ways they experience the world now. The act of learning photography, generating questions and engaging in reflective writing proved to be empowering and created an incredibly cohesive and dynamic group identity. Participants were inspired to connect with one another and engage in meaningful ways.
You can read more about the project on Photography as a Social Practice.
Food Rites: Zenger Farm and Mid County Health Clinic
In the spring of 2015 Zenger Farm launched an initiative that partnered local farms with local businesses, health clinics, gyms and places of worship. Through this partnership, each site served as a location for the farm to deliver and distribute their CSA to the community. Zenger Farm was paired with Mid County Health clinic, a Multnomah county health clinic, two miles from the farm that sees an average of 300 people per day.
This first iteration of the CSA program at Mid County was open to English and Spanish speakers. I spent time at Mid County Health Clinic, CSA members homes and the farm in an effort to represent the stories and experiences of the people involved and expand the dialogue around the intersection of community, health and food. This project is an outcome of the experience that took place between an artist, a community of health patients, farmers, healthcare workers and a whole lot of fresh food.