Details of (PORT's own) Jeff Jahn's latest curatorial concoction have begun to emerge. Organism's nascent aesthetic is one of hyperconnectivity and rampant lateral growth in which different genres and ideas freely intertwine, following the model of neurons forming new and unexpected synaptic connections. For instance, in it's launch event, it creates an interchange between Rock Stars like Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, and video art by Pipilotti Rist.
As described by the curator:
"Organism is adapted to visual culture and there is a place for design, science, ecology, architecture, very visually oriented music and even advertising in its focus. Yet everything will come back to contemporary art, this is an applied evolution of Superflat.
Organism was conceived as a 21st century art institution... the word references scientific nomenclature and implies a sense of growth. Organism is designed to serve and challenge its audience in Portland while creating something unique and on the cusp enough to be worthy of note elsewhere. Portland can only gain renown by being innovative and very forward thinking, the upshot of this is if you innovate it actually is less financially taxing.
Organism is scaled appropriately to where Portland is right now and has an international outlook.
One of Organism's chief goals is providing outside curators an opportunity to realize exciting projects in Portland. Having these people working for a short time in Portland can make a huge impact.
Organism in addition to being membership driven and patron supported has a number of very innovative fundraising ideas. The inaugural Introducing Organism
event is just one such example."
The launch called Introducing Organism
is a fundraiser, kickoff and exhibit on July 27th at the Wonder Ballroom
(tickets are available at Ticketmaster the Wonder Ballroom and by sending an email to organism:
Music will be provided by The Dandy Warhols along with Small Sails opening. There will be 1 piece of video art by Pipilotti Rist as well as more info on organism at the event. Tickets are $15 advance $20 day of, $40 VIP lounge (upstairs and includes two free vodka drinks, thanks to Portland's own New Deal Vodka
Organism's website can be found at: