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Reed Arts Week 2004, March 3-7, features legendary hip-hopper KRS-ONE, damali ayo, The Modern Zoo and more

The student-organized arts festival brings culturally diverse artists<br> and performers to the Reed College campus to celebrate "Interaction"

PORTLAND, OR (January 20, 2004) - The 15th annual Reed Arts Week (RAW) , featuring art and performances inspired by the theme "Interaction," will be held Wednesday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 7th on the Reed College campus. National and local artists, including legendary hip-hop artist KRS-ONE, nonprofit arts organization The Modern Zoo Center for the Arts, arts collective Red 76, and multimedia artist damali ayo join Reed student artists in a program of performance art, installations, film screenings, and lectures.

Tickets are required for the performances and lectures by KRS-ONE, The Lecture Series, and the MC Battle (details below). All other events are free and open to the public. Maps showing the locations of professional and student exhibitions will be available on campus. More information, including a RAW 2004 schedule, visiting artist biographies, and a general campus map, is available at . A full schedule of events follows below.

The performances and exhibitions organized around RAW 2004's theme, "Interaction," seek to explore/dissolve the boundaries between art and audience and foster reciprocal experiences among RAW participants. Presenting work that questions conventional notions of the relationship between artist and viewer, RAW 2004 features art events such as Red 76's interactive installations (details below) and the MC Battle, where artists directly engage the crowd. Throughout, RAW 2004 offers a series of events that compel active participation by all. In the words of featured artist damali ayo, "audience reaction [is] an on-site companion piece."

Reed Arts Week (RAW)
RAW is an annual campus wide event specifically designed to provide an outlet for expression in all artistic disciplines. A committee of students organizes RAW, collaborating to bring professional visual and performance artists to campus that they might enlighten and enrich the Reed community with their talents and cultural diversity. In the past, RAW has featured performance artist Karen Finley, the Guerrilla Girls art collective, and multimedia artist Miranda July. At RAW, students interact with these visiting artists, participate in a variety of workshops, and may receive grants to produce their own visual or performance art. Always a highlight of the week, student artwork transforms campus into multimedia gallery and performance space. This year RAW has formed a collaborative partnership with the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College.


- Wednesday, March 3 -

damali ayo
Lecture/ Performance, Student Union, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Artist Reception, featuring the Reed Jazz Quintet
Student union, 8:30 p.m.
Ongoing Installation, Big-Eyed Street Smarts: How I sometimes find myself & Living Flag , Main floor of the Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library
All damali ayo events are free and open to the public

In collaboration with the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, RAW exhibits Portland artist damali ayo's installation Big-Eyed Street Smarts , a works that explores identity, race and social relations. How I sometimes find myself consists of a sculptural series based on the Golliwog, a pejorative racial caricature. ayo's installation also includes images from her Living Flag series, in which the artist panhandles for reparations throughout the United States. All are on exhibit from February 1st- March 14th. ayo's lecture/performance expands upon this work and concludes the Cooley Gallery's Whitfield Lovell exhibition entitled Whispers from the Walls . Both artists are featured as part of Reed College's celebration of Black History Month. Free and open to the public.

- Thursday, March 4 -

Lee Krist
Screening, Big Films , student union, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Ongoing installation, Tableaux Vivant , game room located on the bottom floor of the Gray campus center

Filmmaker Lee Krist applies a contemporary eye to technologies associated with the dawn of cinema. A truly independent filmmaker, Krist hand processes film using his self-made emulsion and processing fluids, then projects the resulting black and white (and occasionally hand-painted color) film with a 1920s-era 35mm hand-cranked projector. Krist situates himself among the audience, rather than isolating himself in a projection booth, for each screening. At RAW he screens his Big Films , a series of portraits, and presents an installation Tableaux Vivant .

Lecture, "Hip Hop: It's Meaning and Purpose"
Kaul Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Prolific lyricist, activist and intellectual Kris "KRS-ONE" Parker is a hip-hop legend. KRS-ONE (Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone) began developing his unique form of socially and politically conscious rap in a South Bronx shelter in the early 1980s. First as a member of Boogie Down Productions and now solo, KRS-ONE has risen to become one of the most well respected hip-hop artists ever. Beyond music production, KRS-ONE spearheaded the Stop the Violence movement and now lectures at college campuses across the nation, arguing for viewing hip-hop as a cultural movement, not merely a musical genre.

Tickets for KRS-ONE are $10 and are available through the RAW website,, or at the door.

- Friday, March 5 -

Graf Battle
The Quad, 12p.m.-5 p.m.
Sign up by e-mailing

RAW invites Portland's graffiti writers to compete in Friday's Graf Battle. The crowd and a panel of judges together determine the winner-top prize is $200. When straddling the boundaries between art and crime, graf writing tends to be a covert affair. At RAW, however, writers openly exhibit their techniques and individual styles. DJs provide music throughout the afternoon. Free and open to the public.

MC Battle
Student union, sign up 10 p.m., battle 11 p.m.
Sign up in advance by e-mailing

RAW invites Portland-area rappers and lyricists to compete in Friday's MC Battle. A battle tests an MC's wit, spontaneous creativity and endurance as participants face off, two at a time, hurling in a series of improvisational rhymes at each other. Those deemed worthy by the crowd and panel of judges advance to the final rounds. Top prize is $200. This high-energy event depends on interaction of all participants -MCs, judges and especially the crowd.

Tickets are $4 at the door, no advanced tickets.

- Saturday, March 6 -

Tour of exhibitions by student artists, damali ayo, Lee Krist
Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m.

Student art coordinator Adonia Lugo conducts tours of student-created exhibitions throughout campus, stopping to examine installations by damali ayo and Lee Krist along the way. Student art is integral to the RAW experience ­- each year students join the professional artists in transforming the campus with their work. Free and open to the public.

All tours leave from the lobby of the Hauser Memorial Library on the hour.

Tour of The Modern Zoo Center for the Arts Curatorial Exhibition, Disposable Vollum lounge, 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m.
Ongoing installations, Disposable , Vollum lounge

Portland-based curators Bryan Suereth and Gavin Shettler established The Modern Zoo Center for the Arts, a nonprofit arts organization, in 2002 to nurture the burgeoning local and regional arts community. Their massive self-titled inaugural exhibition sent shock waves through that community in 2003. At RAW, Suereth and Shettler curate the transformation of Reed College's Vollum Lounge in an investigation of this year's theme "Interaction." Artists Brenda Mallory, Bruce Conckle, Joe Thurston, Aili Schmeltz, Robert Off, and TJ Norris collaborate to erect multiple installations, together named 'Disposable,' all using thousands of square yards of diaper fabric. Saturday's tour explores the transformed space and provides an opportunity to converse with artists on-site. Free and open to the public.

All tours meet in the Vollum lounge, located on the top floor of the Vollum campus center, on the hour.

Tour of Installations by Red 76, 'Building Batteries'
Gray campus center, 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m.
Lecture, psychology auditorium, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Ongoing installations, Building Batteries , various campus locations

Red 76, an innovative Portland-based arts collective, creates multimedia installation and performance rich in viewer participation. For this arts group, interaction is not merely a theme; it is their ethos. Red 76 arrives at Reed College on the heels of their tour of Eastern Europe, a part of their effort to encourage interaction and mutual aid among arts collectives worldwide. Their installations, together named 'Building Batteries,' act as a multimedia interactive journal/ project on these travels. Contributing artists include Sam Gould, Amos Latteier, Katy Asher, Zak Margolis, Gabriel Mindel-Saloman, Jen Rhoads, Paige Saez, and Matthew Yake. Saturday's tour provides an opportunity to interact with the installations and converse with the artists on-site. Red 76 also presents a multimedia lecture on their experiences on tour in Eastern Europe. Free and open to the public.

All tours leave from outside the Old Paradox Café on the hour.

- Sunday, March 7 -

Basketball skirmish
Sports center gym, 4 p.m.

With so many artists on the Reed College campus during RAW, the question naturally arists: who's got game? Join several RAW visiting artists in a Red 76-organized basketball skirmish. This particular round of 'Team Player,' entitled 'FUN SPIRIT UNION,' shall be an inclusive skirmish--all are invited to play. Free and open to the public.

MK Guth
Video screening, A Brief Statement on Looking
Psychology auditorium (psychology 105), 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

MK Guth, a multidisciplinary artist and professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, creates video, sculpture, and photography with an aim to reconfigure myths of contemporary identity. At RAW, Guth screens her most recent video work, with discussion to follow. Free and open to the public.

The Lecture Series
Lecture/ Performance, 'Three Lectures and a Funeral'
Student union, 9 p.m.-11 p.m.

Described by organizers as "an experiment in education, entertainment and art," the Lecture Series stages happenings marked by speakers, film, exhibitions by local artists, and interactive installation. Sunday evenings multimedia lecture/ performance features Mike Wilder, Dick Anderson, and Charles Mudede of Seattle's The Stranger. Free and open to the public.

- Ongoing Events during RAW 2004 -

MK Guth
Performance/ Video: Red Shoe Delivery Service
Various locations throughout Portland

MK Guth's multidisciplinary interactive project explores the disparity between our superhero dreams and our limited realities. Merging sheer fantasy with practical service, Guth's Red Shoe Delivery Service saves the day by offering to chauffer randomly selected pedestrians to RAW 2004 free of charge. Well, there is one condition. Inspired by the classic "The Wizard of Oz," Guth requires participants to don a pair of sparkly red slippers, click their heels three times, and state "there's no place like RAW" while the camera rolls. Free and open to the public.

Dave Eckard
Sculptural performance, Scribe
Saturday, March 6 - Sunday, March 7
Various campus locations

Bearing a large, portable device of his own making, Eckard labors from sunrise to sunset etching impermanent circles in the earth-audience participation is encouraged. Eckard is available for discussion Saturday evening at his on-campus campsite. Free and open to the public.

Student Art
Over 30 students present visual and performance art throughout the Reed College campus. Free and open to the public.

Reed College
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