Check out our website pdxsynesthesia.org for much more information. Here is a synopsis of the all ages all day event briefly summarized.
PDX SynesthesiA is the first annual summer event for the purpose of showcasing local artists, writers, and musicians of the northwest. This event is different from others because we are showing artists in a non-competitive environment that allows multiple levels of self-curated navigation by the viewer. This is not an art fair, this is not a Ted-Talk, it is not a music festival, this is an event that allows the viewer to have a choose-your-own-adventure curatorial experience. You could say it is a scouting adventure for new talent and up and coming artists, conceptualists, composers, who may be showing for the first time. After attending many of the art events, speaking events, and music festivals in the northwest, we at PDX SynesthesiA want to see cross pollination of a collectivized local canon of the three primary modes of perception: Art, Concepts, and Music. This event should elicit divergent thought patterns and lines of cultural flight towards a more rhizomic connectivity of aesthetic meaning. In this way PDX SynesthesiA will be a transformative and culturally transcendental experience bringing together many of the already mature elements of the writing, music, and art communities in Portland and the greater northwest.
PDX SynesthesiA will take place on Saturday, 8/16/14, at Studio 20 in Southeast Portland. The all-day event will open at 9AM and will run through 9:30pm. The showcase will feature writers: Jessica Cox, Benjamin A. Craghead, Rose Swartz, Richard Van Barriger, Giando Sigurani, Stephanie McManus, Mick Seppala, E. J. Ershbock, and many others to come. Artists to present (including painters, photographers, sculptors, filmmakers, and performance artists) are: Jessica Cox and Cameron, Miki Masuhara-Page, Hyunju Kim Jackson, Jessey Zepeda, Marie Conner, Amanda Buckman, Seth Fox, Rose Swartz, Tatyana Ostapenko, Seth Snyder, Alicia Capp, Edward Ershbock, Christopher Columbus, Daniel Griffin, Rebecca Moreau, and counting. Musicians/bands will include: Turtle, Daniel McManus, Junior Scholastic Club, Whales Wailing, Jupiter Sprites, Sceptre Fretpen, Dogory Nogami, and more on our website.
A single ticket price of $10 will grant access to the full day event. At the end of the day, presenters from each medium will be awarded prize packages based on panel and audience feedback.
In addition to the public event on Saturday, PDX SynesthesiA will be hosting an invitation-only opening night meet and greet catered dinner on Friday, 8/15/14. The opening night will be an opportunity for all the presenters, organizers, and top level supporters to meet, socialize, and preview the art on display. The opening night will also include a shorter set of live music featuring artists from the main event.
Funding for this event will go towards the cost of leasing Studio 20, a 2500 sq. ft. remodeled event space on the south east waterfront, a high quality sound system, lighting, permitting, event insurance, awards for the presenters, catering, security, advertising, production of an art book and sample CD of the event. We also plan to make this an annual event so any additional funding above and beyond this will be placed in holding for the creation of our non-profit organization, PDX SynesthesiA, with the goal of supporting ambitious creative folks in the northwest.
Risks and challenges
PDX SynesthesiA has had its share of challenges with this project. Public art events can be risky due to permitting and creating a support base of folks to make it happen. Because of the cross-disciplinary interest that has been generated with this event attendance has already proven not to be a problem based on the sheer number of folks registered to present. We have already leased the space with our own money, pulled together regular staff meetings, and we have an amazing project consultant who has put on many music events here in Portland and is already arranging permitting. Big risks here will be getting a great sound system, affording lighting for over 30 artists to present, and renting some other equipment to keep folks cool, fed, clean, and happy. We have already begun doing layout for the art book, samples for the CDs, screen printing for t-shirts, and Microcosm Publishing is donating 70 titles from their independent writers as thank you gifts for high level donations. All to say, the risks are still real but we have been jumping hurdles elegantly and as a team in this process of making space for new artists, writers, and bands, like ourselves, in Portland.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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