Rotture Portland, OR 2011 - 03/31 RYAT Despite the fact that RYAT recently played our SXSW house party, I will admit that I had no idea what their live show was like. Because I was running around like a madwoman, all I knew was that their set-up takes quite...

The use of type and lettering in art is getting mad attention, and I'm not complaining. On March 5th, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, Gallery Hijinks (2309 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA) is showing off its interpretation of this, with The Letter Collector. This group show...

A bit of short notice on this one, as this show goes on in T-minus a couple hours, for the SE neighborhood First Friday Art Walk in Portland. However it's totally worth writing about, the most interesting part actually taking place not today, but throughout...

Head down to the Pioneer Place Mall in Portland, Oregon this Sunday, January 30th, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm! Trade Gallery -- in conjunction with The Aspens and Recess Gallery -- for a closing show with interdisciplinary performances, music, interaction, and crafts. The goal? DIFFUSION OF PERFORMER/VIEWER...

December 8th 2010 7:00pm to Midnight @ Holocene, Portland $6.00 21+ Just six weeks after Sean Ongley's management of InterArts’ 2010 No.Fest – an annual festival dedicated to showcasing music, art, and performance across discipline, generation, and culture -- he and Vivian Hua, Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE Magazine, crossed unlikely paths....

With their video for "All Day," The Concretes are taking projections into boring everyday living spaces. The most visually-stimulating parts are when the projections live in a small corner of a room, adding just a slight accent to normality. It's a bit like the song...

It's nice when you're a small band being taken out by a large band and given the opportunity to use the large band's ace visual equipment (see: HEALTH talking about Trent Reznor). Well, same deal applies to Portlanders Morning Teleportation, who are now on tour...

While movie studios compete to outdo one another with the latest in 3-D technology and even pop stars like Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber are getting a bite of the action with their own 3-D concert films, Austin's The Octopus Project is leaving them all in the dust by thinking in terms of eight. With the desire to expand their already kinetic, spacey sound, the band has cooked up an idea that plays with a number of dimensions and would actually be experienced in a live setting, involving eight speakers, eight video projectors, and eight video sequences synchronized to music. The concept places the band in the center of a tent with an audience encircling them and the speakers surrounding the audience. Projected images on the ceiling replaces the night sky and watches over the crowd.
Before writing a note of music, though, the band took the performance idea to the Whole Foods Market flagship store in Austin, proposing to perform the project in the store's parking lot during SXSW 2010, says band member Yvonne Lambert. Without knowing all the specifications, Whole Foods agreed. However, The Octopus Project was then challenged with the task of figuring out how to make the idea come to life and write music that would do justice to such a colossal endeavor.

"We had a little bit of a freak out moment after they said yes," says Lambert. "It was exciting and scary at the same time."

The band named the venture Hexadecagon, and the music that was created later went on to form the latest The Octopus Project album by the same name, which was released by Peek-A-Boo Records in Fall 2010. However, making the music for the two free live performances at SXSW and recording it for the album were two different undertakings.

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Constructed Documentation of Altarpiece (Meant to Adorn Sacrificial Altar during Martyrdom of Google Images) Brian J. Hettler is a digital media artist who attempts to approach his digital works with a fine art mentality. These glitched out images certainly look like digital works, but the similarities lie in the number of layers and how each additional layer affects the previous ones. Check out his own statement about his works:
Having found myself previously embedded in theories based in traditionalism and the history of painting, I became lost in the idea of the transcendent image. This "goal" is, in my research, a commonality between many painters throughout history, all searching for a moment of aesthetic perfection that transports them beyond the everyday, the mundane, and the human. Whether this venture be to liberate myself spiritually or only to fulfill some internal craving for masturbation through aesthetic execution, it has consumed my practice. The digital world allows so many opportunities for me to go beyond my physical limitations, depicting visual illusions that are otherwise impossible for myself to create physically, creating colors that cannot and will never be depicted organically, and adapting flat space to become layered and spatial. Working in vivid, digitally enhanced colors, I fuse layered and mediated cultural data, creating "new space", simultaneously decomposing and self-constructing. I constantly accept and question my power in the creation of these images and videos, attempting to maintain some semblance of classical structure, enhancing their mythic and physically nonexistent qualities, while simultaneously pushing to make an entirely new image.