Join artist group Physical Education for a free workshop and group performance at the Chehalem Cultural Center on March 14, 6pm.
As part of their exhibition Futility of Preparedness at Linfield Gallery, Portland-based artist group Physical Education will facilitate an immersive workshop at Chehalem Cultural Center. Through movement, writing and group discussion, participants will maneuver between conceptual, political, historical and subjective experiences of the body. The artists will use readings as a loose platform from which to open conversations around fiction and reality, science-fiction, codes, geopolitics, language, and technology. Together, we will move beyond the title of Futility of Preparedness to look at how the body is implicated and effected by this weather right now.
No movement experience necessary.
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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION at LINFIELD GALLERY
Conceived of as a six-week installation and original performance, Physical Education’s Futility of Preparedness is an accumulation of ideas, objects and actions addressing the phenomenology of disaster planning.
Working with Linfield students and community members outside of the college, the project considers how the language of necessity, survival, and the informed create meaning in different contexts. The evolving exhibition space is meant to function as both a site for performance and contemplation, asking visitors to question how the language of preparedness functions in relation to speculation, paranoia and the world of resources.
Additional support for this exhibition comes from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition, which includes funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Community Foundation.
STATEMENT FROM THE ARTISTS
Preparedness is an imaginative idea/force/act. It exists in the imagination, but also exists as a heavy object that weighs you down literally/physically. “What’s the worst that could happen?” is a common question, but in the context of disaster planning it can sometimes yield daydreams of the unfathomable, spiraling out to the farthest reaches of fear and anxiety while simultaneously bringing focus and consideration to the self in its immediacy—what do I need to survive for X amount of days without access to any of the things I rely upon? What are my most basic needs? And which of those needs can fit in this duffel bag that is three feet long and two feet wide? When the big one comes, everything will come down to milliseconds, hundredths of centimeters which will determine survival or death. Wrong time, wrong place or not. But it will also be measured by lines on a page at a remote seismograph location, an innocent looking line that literally describes the earth shifting.
This exhibition is an exploitation of survivalist tendencies, apocalypse as oppression and the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical impact of apocalyptic scenarios. The relief in knowing the end is near. Energy expenditures on the possible though not plausible, anticipated yet unknown, destructive though generative. Predictions for the future - visions, data, divinity, context, history, lore. The relationship between expecting the end in one’s lifetime and human self importance or the individual & collective ego. What if we give up on the apocalypse as a notion. Welcome the end of humanity. The end as the beginning of healing. The usefulness of a diminished human ego. Is our survival necessary, useful, productive, or beneficial? Maybe a party is in order. Let’s celebrate our temporality and throw preparedness with caution into the face of harsh winds. Can futility be promising and even hopeful? Where do our allegiances lie.