Oct. 19-21, IPRC (and other venues), Portland, OR
THE PROJECTS brings together experimental artists from comics, animation, and other narrative arts for a free three-day festival of workshops, exhibitions, panels, performances, projections, collaborative projects, and intensive creative mayhem! Guest artists each have a small space to curate however they please and visitors are invited to join in the fray. The festival is oriented toward creative process, idiosyncratic expression and inspiration, leaving behind the festival model of comics as commerce. Gone are the tables and the sales pitch – instead, a party!
The Projects is modeled on a new breed of European comics festivals that put creativity and connection at the forefront (festivals such as: Novo Doba in Belgrade, Serbia; Crack! in Rome; Škver in Mali Lošinj, Croatia; and Ligatura in Poznan, Poland). These festivals create an intimate and stimulating environment for artists from different cities, countries, and generations to work together and share ideas. Fundamentally, this is not a commercial activity and although books and objects are bought and sold, the emphasis of the event is to make art, experiment, and play. The festival will be free and open to the public, everyone is welcome.
/// WHAT WILL THIS LOOK LIKE? ///
WORKSHOPS: Various free workshops on screenprinting, animation, book-making, and more. There will also be an ongoing mural-painting project and collaborative comics and drawing sessions that anyone can partake in.
GUEST ARTISTS: Festival guests will each have a space in which they are free to represent themselves or their collective the way they feel is best. This could be for an exhibition, muraling, staging a performance, distributing their work, etc. This space will be open to the public, so it can also be the site of a collaborative project.
PANELS: Conversations with artists and discussions about topics in experimental comics and narrative arts
EXHIBITIONS: Shows at multiple galleries and shops across the city
SIDE PROGRAM: Projections, performances, and music shows
POP-UP SHOP: You don’t have to sit behind a table – we’ll handle that!
/// CONFIRMED GUESTS ///
Le Dernier Cri (Pakito Bolino and Marie-Pierre Brunel - France), Matthew Thurber, Austin English/Domino Books, Sammy Harkham, Jonny Negron, Igor Hofbauer (Croatia), Panayotis Terzis (Greece/NYC), Kevin Hooyman, PictureBox, Profanity Hill, Sparkplug Comic Books, Komikaze (Croatia), Johanna Marcade + Turbo Comix (France/Serbia), Bianca Barragan (LA), Plink Flojd, MSHR, Experimental Half Hour (Eva Aguilara and Brock Fansler - Portland), Julia Gfrörer (PDX), Maria Sputnik (Portland + the cosmos), Kinoko Cascadia ... and more!
/// a little bit about the place where it all happens: PORTLAND ///
Portland is a small big city, nestled among the forests below Mt. Hood, our sleeping volcano. Known for its high concentration of cafes, breweries, bikes, food trucks, house shows, forest defenders, basement print shops, and back yard gardens -- it is also home to an unusually large comics and experimental arts community.
The festival will be hosted by the Independent Publishing Resource Center (iprc.org), a DIY self-publishing center since 1998 and a cornerstone of Portland comics. The IPRC has the largest zine library in the country and offers workshops and classes on letterpress, screen printing, design and publishing software, comics, zines, and web publishing, and more. They also run a year-long “comics college” dedicated to the study and creation of independent and self-published comics. The IPRC is located in inner SE Portland near a complex of art galleries and artists’ studios, several outstanding restaurants, cafes and beer gardens, and within walking distance of downtown.
/// YOUR HELP ///
Since we are committed to making The Projects free, we are depending on donations to cover the cash-dependent costs. We are a scrappy bunch and much of the festival will depend on the free and priceless ingenuity of organizers, guests, volunteers and participants in order to make this thing come alive. However, we are also dreaming of a festival that will reach beyond our immediate and local community and bring together amazing people from across the country and world. And for this, we simply need money...
When you need money, there's nothing like money...
We need cash donations in order to buy 3 international plane tickets (for Le Dernier Cri and Igor Hofbauer), 3 domestic plane tickets (for Matthew Thurber, Jonny Negron, Sammy Harkham, and hopefully to pitch in on others' travel expenses), and for some of the materials that we can't get through other means. We are grateful for any support you can offer, and, please...
... join us in October!
- (32 days)