September 20th, 2013 – October 13th, 2013
Free public reception and live performance: Friday, September 20, 7-9pm
Exhibition: Fri / Sat / Sun
Noon–5pm or by appointment
Incident Energy is a multi-channel video installation filmed with heat-sensitive Thermal Imaging (infrared/IR) cameras, exploring themes of nature, culture and the body. By utilizing Range Phenomenology technology usually associated with military, border, or aerial surveillance, we aim to inspire awe and contemplation by framing the luminous energy of the human body and offering a glimpse into visual worlds that are ever-present yet hidden from our perception. IR footage details the subtle changes in heating and cooling surface temperatures, revealing the changing light in corporeal and inanimate objects; heat appears white and cold becomes black.
By visualizing changing heat-signatures radiating from the body, one senses a glimpse of the temporal coalescence of ancient matter and energy in the form of living beings, a startling new way of perceiving the Self. We share a mutual fascination with the aesthetic of the human body and the intersection of technology within art and science; and how the advancement of surveillance technology continues to change cultural and human interaction -for better or worse- in practical, philosophical and creative ways.
OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE:
Contrasting the video with primal human movement, choreographer Jim McGinn will perform live at the opening reception in conjunction with the installation, silhouetted against simultaneous live thermal image projections that echo his movements and light the body.
ABOUT THERMAL TECHNOLOGY:
Thermal imaging details the subtle changes in heating/cooling surface temperatures, revealing the changing light in corporeal and inanimate objects. What appears white depicts heat, while objects undergoing rapid cooling turn black.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Jacob Pander is a filmmaker and visual artist and has directed music videos for artists Fantastic Plastic Machine, Howie B., and Spacer. A strong sense of storytelling and visual art background drives Pander’s distinct cinematic style, his work garnering top awards and featured in film festivals nationally and abroad. Recent films include the feature length documentary, “Painted Life”, a personal look at the life and work of his father, Dutch immigrant artist Henk Pander. Working with his brother Arnold extensively as the Pander Brothers, their feature film debut, “SELFLESS”, is a sexy psychological thriller about the corrosive nature of ego and obsession.www.jacobpander.com, www.panderbros.com
Marne Lucas is a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York City. Using photography, video, and installation, she explores nature, pop-culture and sexuality to present social, aesthetic and eco-based philosophies about humanity while pushing personal, political and visual boundaries. Lucas is known for her intuitive, stylistic photographic portraits celebrating the body. She exhibits nationally and internationally, is a recipient of RACC Project Grants, an Oregon Arts Commission Pubic Art residency & grant, participated in national residencies, most recently in the Mongolia 360 ̇ Land Art Biennial.
Jim McGinn, a dancer and choreographer living in Portland Oregon. He serves as the Artistic Director of TopShakeDance, a company that he founded in 2010. Jim has danced for a variety of choreographers in the Portland region including Linda K. Johnson, Linda Austin, Angelle Hebert of tEEth, Carla Mann, and the late Keith V. Goodman. He danced 7 seasons with Tere Mathern Dance and 12 seasons with Oslund+Co/Dance. His recent choreographic projects include ‘Exquisite Corpse’ with Carla Mann, 2009, ‘Blown’, 2010, ‘Gust’, 2011, and “Jamb” 2012. Since June 2012, Jim, along with TopShakeDance have been working toward the November 2013 premiere of “Float”, an evenings’ length work inspired by hypothermia and out of body experiences.
Incident Energy is funded in part by a 2012-13 RACC Project Grant.
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center is located at the Kenton Street station on the MAX light rail line. Plan your trip here. Onsite and street parking is available. Please respect our residential neighbors when parking and exiting.