Quinn Charles Amacher
Parade of the Hedonists
In addition to spray-painting three of my stencils, I have distributed nine other stencils between Lucy Hoffman ('12), Nico Hualde ('12), and Arthur Johnstone ('11) to be translated into the artistic media of their choice. The products of this collaboration will be hung together from the second-floor balustrades in the library.
The Fortune of Cookies
Kathleen is a thesising linguistics student (Be in my experiment! Please! Email me about it! firstname.lastname@example.org) who loves the concept of fortunes in cookies but thinks that they're tasteless and bland. Unfortunately, if you don't eat the cookie, the fortune isn't really yours. Perhaps more fortunately, the fortunes are bland as well. And finally, surprises wrapped in ordinary concepts make for great ruptures. What small child doesn't react violently to Jack-in-the-boxes.
"The first stage (of creativity) is called preparation... You go to a lecture, you read a book; preparation is becoming acclimatized, familiar, with what is already known. Creativity's second stage is incubation… like a bird that sits on an egg doing nothing. We have to allow some time between episodes of doing, but if we allow too much time then... you will forget what the question was." Amit Goswami, Theoretical Quantum Physicist
Paradox Old Shop
Read between the lines, literally. "Savory" inverts the positive and negative spaces in written language, producing a typeface of sinuous blocks and abstract forms. Though the letter's material logic is subtracted and empty space is given form the brain comfortably comprehends its meaning, complicating the borders between pattern and iconoclasm.
An ambiguous substance is spilled and abandoned in a high-traffic hallway.
Reed College Campus
Dig is an improvised site-specific exhibition-dance choreographed and performed by Mauri Connors. It explores the concept that repetition is a vehicle for creation and that rupture, as a response to repetition, is necessary to create new work. Through a structured improvised score and set material, the artist will explore other facets that accompany repetition, rupture, and creation, namely: frustration, loss, longing, and regeneration. The piece, different each time, will run about 10 minutes.
Hauser Library Breezeway
This is the chandelier for your dream house. Made of copper, aluminum, acid and light.
Eliot Chapel, time TBD
In a lunatic asylum, a patient sits, palm outstretched, immobile. In a land of dreams and visions, a mother is chasing after Death to reclaim her child. The link between them: an overwhelming sense of loss. Only through the process of storytelling and the “help” of a sadistic doctor can their fractured identity begin to heal.
Radioactive Nature: The Dichotomy of Destruction
Gray Campus Center Room D
Radioactive Nature: The Dichotomy of Destruction is an exploration of the unnatural in nature. Following the outbreak of disaster, through what entities do we perceive these transformations from normal to abnormal? As a creative representation of this phenomenon, this piece centers on Ukraine's 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion and attempts to provoke conflicting feelings of distress and hope through a visual and auditory experience alluding to both the instantaneous and enduring effects of the blast. The dichotomous character of the tragedy is thus exposed in the anticipation of encouraging alternate perceptions of destruction, mutation, and nature.
Eliot Chapel Stairwell
I used to take photos - landscapes - but it was quickly clear I had no knack for capturing the light and play of shadows, the fragments of a day passing by - so I stopped focusing, and let the light through the cracks a little more.
Letting myself learn from a poet:
"The margin of error / now an aura - silver and slick / as a mirror." -- Fanny Howe, Gone
Emily Goble and Jeannie Yoon
Jeannie was wandering across Europe in search of life, love, and happiness.
Emily was eating a persimmon on a hill in Belleville.
Six thousand miles later, they offer you the fruit of their collaboration, a tactile expression of terriors, both in- and ex-. See, touch, explore.
The moment everything went wrong:
Here is the moment that started it all; the slow unraveling of your life and all your plans. Was it inevitable? Was it fate or your own stupidity? Either way you have no choice now but to watch as everything goes horribly wrong.
Drew Hereford and Jen Polachek
Gray Campus Center Room C
Drew Hereford and Jen Polachek's music video for Lou Christie's "Outside the Gates of Heaven" is an exploration in abjection, bodily boundaries, and what happens when those boundaries get blurry.
Like few other objects, instruments become personified members of families and personal histories. Unable to transcend structural uniformity, the purity and singular utility of an instrument is maintained and cared for to lengthen its mortality. This project questions the investment we have in the purity of instruments and the boundaries of categorizing objects as untouchables. Through surgical exploration and reconfiguration the utility and identity of the piano is ruptured, but out of its destruction comes an fangled, stringed, object with a new sound and function to play and personify.
The Fantastical Genderfuck Circus
Procession through campus, March 3rd 3:00 pm
A puppet pageant inspired by the Bread and Puppet Theatre in Glover, Vermont, this production follows a journey for identity in a world where gender is not assumed, but is personally defined. With a focus on gender and identity in the context of both Reed and the wider world, this production also features a colorful, circus-like procession winding its way through and around campus. Both a quest for discovery and call for awareness, this thesis production celebrates the various paths we all take in search of our own sexuality and gender identity.
You Will Be Missed
"You Will Be Missed" is yet another Reed College ribbon installation, a series that studies what may be sculpted out of empty space.
Reed College Chapel, time TBD
Sometimes a body overcomes all around itself - steeple pointed parting the sky. Sometimes a body is overcome by all around itself - silver water rushing down a falls. Sometimes a body is overcome by itself- as when cancer repeating from inside. I like songs and I like development. The two, however, don't necessarily coalesce. Often with the best songs there’s a feeling of statuesque frozenness. A basic element of any tune is repetition - a statue repeating its pose. It is the bittersweet job of the musician to chip away at this stone figure to reveal the living beating inside.
This whimsical trio of paintings interprets the idiom "making a mountain out of a molehill". When a girl allows her problems to overwhelm her, issues that were once manageable erupt into an insurmountable construct of worry, pain, guilt, and frustration. As her creation grows into focus, it surges into our dimension and puts us in the girl's position. But by the final frame, are we left with a mountain… or a molehill?
John Pape, Matteo Rosen, Neal Woo, and Daniel Ku
Part of Phantasmagoria Show
Gulp hails from across the country, from Chicago, IL (Jon Pape and Matteo Rosen) to Baltimore, MD (Neal Woo) and Austin, TX (Daniel Ku). Taking a stand against genre confinement, they play an eclectic mix of noise (disorganization) and music (organization). Coming from the remnants of vastly different bands, this collaboration results in an ever-changing sound. They each appreciate different sounds, and the beauty they seek is found within their compromise.
Max Smith-Holmes and Alex Maguire
Eliot Hall 314, time TBD
During this experiment, musicians will enter sensory deprivation chambers, atmospherically isolating each other from any dialogue, in order to investigate latent structures constructed during musical performance. Reducing the interface between operators and instruments into a merely physical act. Caught between the actions and interests of the musicians, the audience must make sense of varied forces unknowingly at play.
Outside Eliot Hall
In two sounds and two seconds, a person can call for help. That call can traverse the sea and race miles across the prairie, but it fades as quickly as it was made. In making my project, I sought to find a way to make the elegance of morse code last. Literally, I wanted to set it in stick and stone. Making the message tangible has an additional advantage: it is not untouchable, it can be broken, and, no matter what we think, it can be conquered.
/uncommons/ is a Portland-based collective of student food-artists, responsible for a guerrilla-style underground mobile restaurant. at intimate monthly dinners, twelve diners are served between six and fourteen courses, usually thematically grouped, of the fine dining explorations that inspire us at any given moment. for reed arts week, /uncommons/ seeks to interrupt the sensory barriers between taste, smell, and sight.
Hauser Library Thesis Tower
A switch between night and day.
Discovering differences in perception of day as a function of time.
Two tents as one in space.
A Foggy Memory
Gray Campus Center Room C
A Foggy Memory. I made a beat tape, for sleeping. I was given Mozart, Chopin, Grieg, Ravel, Debussy, Vaughan Williams, Gorecki, and Nyman. Each track samples one piece, by one composer. Processes engaged include: delay, reverb, pitch shift, stereo pan, sample, loop, shuffle, reorder, layer. Here: brokenhistories.bandcamp.com you can find direct quotations / suspended derivatives. I read from The Classical Style by Charles Rosen for Music J-sem last week. He said Mozart and baroque style were "a clash not so much between two musical personalities as between two isolatable and definable systems of expression". That's been ringing in my head.
February 29th, 8:30 pm, Reed College Student Union
The Transorbital Railway Company is pleased to present to you, A Phantasmagoria Show!
On the evening of FEBRUARY 29th, We welcome you to bathe in the GLORY, rejoice in the MAGNIFICENCE, partake in 20th century PROGRESS with – a voyage to the Moon, for the first time EVER! You will not want to forgo this PHENOMENAL OPPORTUNITY to communicate with the DEPARTED, chiefly the late, great, GEORGES MÉLIÈS, Magical Innovator of Cinema! There will be Entertainment! Libations! Thrills and Chills! Excitement for All! Visit with us the Lunar HereAfter!
The train departs from Student Union Station PROMPTLY at 8:30 post meridiem - DO NOT BE LATE.
Come burst out of the bubble of your studies, classes and daydreams to MAKE YOUR MARK with the ART CART! This moving, glowing, rockin party machine will come cycling your way during RAW to interrupt your life and extract your mind-pictures. If you see the cart: come on up and make some projects, hang with your community members and listen to some rockin tunes. Attending lectures about art is nice, but why not make some? INTERRUPT YOUR LIVES with F-ART!
Casey Yazejian and Amandine Malkovich
Gray Campus Center Room C
This is a ferrofluid sculpture. It consist of liquid iron that flows and climbs along the magnetic field the sculpture emanates. The fluid constantly ruptures and recombines according to the strength of the magnetic field, like plasma arcs during solar flares. It is composed of about 5% iron, 10% surfactant, and 85% carrier fluid. The iron filings line up along the magnetic field lines, and the surfactants serve to keep them separated so that the solution stays fluid when the field is off, and stiffens when the field is applied. The spiky pattern of the fluid is due to an effect called the normal-field instability which occurs because it minimizes the energy required to balance the forces of gravity and surface tension with the magnetic field’s desire to keep the particles in suspension. We were inspired by the works of Sachiko Kodama in particular, who created the ferrofluid sculptures known as the Morpho Towers, that moved synthetically to music.
100 is JY's first interaction with free movement as performance and most public and intimate encounter with gravity, ever. This performance owes much to TP, AD, and BJA, and is thence lovingly dedicated.