Special Q&A with Artists after the screening!
Vanessa Renwick presents Hope and Prey (2010), a three-channel video of animals hunting and being hunted by each other, a slow build toward oblivion that summons the awesome grandeur and the intensity of the wild. Score mixed live by Daniel Menche, Portland’s infamous underground composer. And a segment from The Land Piranhas , a work-in-progress, feature-length new western. Land use and immigration all seen through the prism of the reintroduction of gray wolves into the modern. Cinematography by Bob Landis and Vanessa Renwick.
Deke Weaver presents WOLF , part live performance, part cinematic documentation of a larger performance in central Illinois in 2013. WOLF is the third performance in Weaver¹s lifelong project, The Unreliable Bestiary featuring a performance for each letter of the alphabet, each letter represented by an endangered animal or habitat. WOLF is part wild, vivid dream, part sci-fi origin myth and part environmental education. WOLF is written, performed and co-directed by Weaver, and co-directed and choreographed by Jennifer Allen.
VANESSA RENWICK is one of the country¹s most-celebrated independent film /video / installation artists. She is the founder and janitor at the Oregon Department of Kick Ass. Based in Portland, Renwick¹s films have screened at the Portland International Film Festival, The Berlin International Directors Lounge and The Museum of Jurassic Technology. She has received the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, a career opportunity grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, and a Ford Family Foundation Grant, among many other awards and recognitions. She is represented by PDX Contempary Art and an exhibition of her work will be presented at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (April 13 May 17).
DEKE WEAVER is a writer, performer, designer and media artist. His performances and videos have been presented in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, Europe and the United States at experimental theater, film/video, dance, solo performance, and broadcast venues such as Channel 4/U.K., the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, The Berlin Video Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art/LA, The Mothand and many others, including livestock pavilions, night clubs, backyard sheds and living rooms. His work has been supported by commissions, fellowships and grants from Creative Capital, the city of San Francisco, the states of Illinois and New York, and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). Weaver is an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with appointments in the School of Art and Design and Department of Theater.
JENNIFER ALLEN has been creating densely layered performance works described as “enigmatic thoughtful and compelling” for the past 15 years. Her work has been seen all around New York City as well as venues on both coasts and Chicago’s Millennium Park. She enjoyed residencies through the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and The MacDowell Colony. As a performer in NYC, she worked with many influential artists, including John Jasperse, Donna Uchizono and DD Dorvillier.
Orlo is a nonprofit organization using the creative arts to explore place-based issues. Orlo publishes The Bear Deluxe Magazine, facilitates visual arts programming and serves as a leader in the field of place-based art.
SPECIAL THANKS to the folks at Signal Fire and Richard Herskowitz.