Feedback is everywhere.
How are artists using feedback? Is the feedback we’re getting useful or equitable? Who gets to give feedback? Whose feedback counts?
In April 2019 The Field, will host their national network conference in Portland. We invite local artists and cultural workers to join us to explore feedback’s role in contemporary culture with a focus on the arts and equity. NOTE: If you are a current member of the National Field Network, please register here.
2019 Conference Schedule
Friday, April 5 | 1-5 pm at New Expressive Works (810 SE Belmont, Entrance is the South side door of the WYSE Building)
Friday’s program focuses on feedback as a tool for arts organizations and curators to address racial and other inequities.
1-1:45 pm: Welcome and introduction to The Field as an organization and Fieldwork, its signature method of non-directorial, artist-to-artist feedback.
1:45-2:45 pm: Portland Creative Laureate Subashini Ganesan presents a lecture demonstration about the New Expressive Works artist residency, a program to promote artistic excellence and cultural diversity in movement genres, that she has developed and stewarded over the last 7 years.
2:45-3 pm: In a presentation called “No Blank Slates,” The Field/PDX founder Katherine Longstreth will reflect on the philosophical and practical value of Fieldwork.
3:15-4:15 pm: A long table discussion about strategies for building racial and social equity in the arts will kick off with a group of grantmakers, curators and other cultural movers and shakers. Developed by Lois Weaver, who was in turn inspired by Marleen Gorris’s film Antonia’s Line, the long table is a project that combines theatricality and public engagement by appropriating a dinner party format (where “conversation is the only course”).
4:15-5 pm: The long table discussion will transition into a mixer hosted by Carla Rossi, Portland-based performance artist Anthony Hudson’s alter ego drag clown and “ghost of white privilege”.
Saturday, April 6 | 1-5 pm at New Expressive Works (810 SE Belmont, Entrance is the South side door of the WYSE Building)
Saturday’s program explores how feedback and technology play a role in cultural practices and production.
12-5 pm: Visitors can explore Karen Polinksy's installation CPU: Do You See Me?: From Freud to the 1960s chatbot ELIZA, this three-part installation tests out how one widely-accepted method of psychoanalytic treatment --- with a human and a computer -- excites a feedback loop that continuously reconfigures and reloads our sense of self. The subject of our inquiry is YOU. Performed by Vanessa Hopkins.
1-1:30 pm: Douglas Detrick & Joe Kye will perform The Bear In the Room, an interactive musical story based on an Indian-born Data Scientist Ratnanjali Adhar's encounters with Alaskan wildlife, with Detrick on banjo/trumpet/voice/electronics and Kye on violin/voice/electronics.
1:45-2 pm: Sarah Brahim, with improvisation by other guests, will perform turbulence: part 1, an exercise in collective catharsis and release from the pressure that women of color face to constantly explain themselves.
2:15-3:30 pm: Artists Sarah Brahim, Kaj-anne Pepper, and Crystal J. Sasaki will speak on a panel with artist and moderator manuel arturo abreu about how sharing their work (and selves) in digital spaces has shaped their practice.
3:45-4:15 pm: Kaj-anne Pepper will perform NOISE/DATA, an open ended conversation between audience and performer, technology and text.
4:15-5 pm: Saturday’s events at New Expressive Works conclude back in the lobby with a hearty snack and an opportunity for continued dialogue.
Saturday, April 6 | 5:30-7:30 pm
Join us for Fieldwork, peer-to-peer feedback for a work in progress by circus artists Amaya Alvarado + Kate Law. Led by NYC-based choreographer Pele Bauch. Followed by a reception at the Circus Project (1420 NW 17th Ave #388).
The conference is free and open to the public.
If you have questions about registration or your eligibility to attend, contact Jen Mitas, Conference Producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Field receives public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
All public events are made possible with funding from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and SE Uplift in Portland, Oregon.