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REED ARTS WEEKEND FOCUSES ON ART AND TECHNOLOGY

Featuring artist Monika Kulicka, poet Dan Raphael, musician Ken Butler, dancer Keith Goodman, and multimedia & film artists Jayne Loader and Alex Rivera

The eighth annual Reed Arts Weekend (RAW)--Wednesday, February 19, to Sunday, February 23--focuses on "RAW Technology," exploring the interactions with, reactions to, influences of, and conflicts with technology in our lives and our art. Tickets will be available at the door for all events; there are no advance ticket sales. For more information, call 777-7708.

Creative writing
DAN RAPHAEL
Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel
Admission: free
Performance artist and poet Dan Raphael is editor of the literary magazine NRG and of the 26 Books series. He is also the author of 11 collections of poems, including The Bones Begin to Sing, Here the Meat Turns to the Audience, Finding the Dog, Rain Away, and, most recently, Molecular Jam (Jazz Police Books, 1996). In describing Dan Raphael's poetry, Ivan Argueelles, author of Enigma & Variations, writes that he "takes his language into the swiftly developing chasms of new sci-tech terminology, while still maintaining his humor."

Visual art slide lecture
MONIKA KULICKA
Thursday, February 20, 4:30 p.m., Eliot Hall chapel
Admission: free
Monika Kulicka, from Warsaw, Poland, has been living and working as an artist in New York City for the past four years. Kulicka is interested in "man the imperialist." Her work addresses man's aggressive attitude towards nature, subordinating and harnessing nature without heeding the consequences. By fusing mechanical and organic forms (literally trees and chlorophyll) in semi-scientific installations, Kulicka has replaced the natural functions of a tree with the machine. Her outdoor installation Reconstructions--1997 will open at Reed on Thursday, February 20.

Film/video/multimedia
JAYNE LOADER '73 AND ALEX RIVERA
Friday, February 21, 7 p.m., Vollum Lecture Hall
Admission: Reed community-free, Non-Reed community $3
Alex Rivera is the son of a native Peruvian and a native New Jerseyite. Growing up in a bicultural, suburban, channel-surfing, Post-Inca ranch home forced him to rethink some of the base assumptions about what it means to be Latino, what it means to be assimilated, and what it means to watch television. He will present three short films: Dia De La Independencia, Why Cybraceros?, and Papapapa. Rivera uses a combination of the latest in digital imaging technology and cutting-edge Latino political satire.
Following Rivera's presentation, Jayne Loader '73 will discuss her work and present Public Shelter, a CD-ROM on the Atomic Age. Loader is a writer and director who recently entered the field of multimedia, one of the first independent filmmakers to do so. She codirected, produced and edited the celebrated documentary The Atomic Cafe. At 10 p.m. there will be a free showing of The Atomic Cafe in Vollum Lecture Hall.

Music
KEN BUTLER: "THE VOICES OF ANXIOUS OBJECTS"
Saturday, February 22, 8 p.m., Vollum Lecture Hall
Admission: Reed Community-free, Non-Reed Community-$5
Ken Butler is a versatile artist and musician whose hybrid musical instruments, multimedia performances, and sound sculpture installations explore the interaction and transformation of objects, sounds, and projected images. In "The Voices of Anxious Objects" Butler uses emotional modal textures, grinding gamelans, and dangerous funk/rock on an arsenal of amplified hybrid string instruments made from household objects, sports equipment, and tools. Function and form collide as Duchampian audio-visual antics and explorations create a provoking cultural portrait of man-machine adaptation and transformation.
Neil Strauss of the Village Voice comments, "it's not just that Butler knows how to bow stringed parade rifles, play dental dams like saxophones, and construct keyboards from aluminum crutches, it's that he knows how to play them well."

Dance
KEITH GOODMAN: "DARK"
Sunday, February 23, 8 p.m., Gym II
Admission: Reed community free, Non-Reed community $5
Keith Goodman is a contemporary dance choreographer, dance educator, and fashion/wearable art designer. His interest in dance is strongly spiritual and concerned with evolution and social change. He has choreographed a dance specifically for RAW that emphasizes the resilience of folkloric dance and music forms in spite of the encroachment of technology, using spoken word in the form of rap to highlight its importance in oral history.