5TH WEDNESDAY: For What It's Worth Curated by Allison Halter
Michael Reinsch Frank Discussion
I know, this is pretty stupid. I think you know what I mean. Let's be frank; it doesn't matter. I'll be reading poems that I've written: wearing a hot dog costume, eating hot dogs, and giving hot dog take-aways. The stupid trumps the why. And yet, here you are wondering.
Michael Reinsch is a multidisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregon, where he earned his MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2009. His work incorporates performance and activated sculptural props to explore human connection and disconnection, often through themes of celebration and melancholy. www.lurkylurky.com
Jamie Marie Waelchli Dollars Dollars
For several years there has been a sense that our world may be on the verge of financial revolution. Topical concerns like the Occupy Wall Street movement demonstrate that economic stratification and anxieties related to money are prevalent. Portlanders of all ages are dealing with underemployment and overwhelming debt. This performance will provide an opportunity to look at the power of money with fresh eyes so that we can consider this transitory measure of worth.
Jamie Marie Waelchli was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. She completed her MFA in digital media at Washington State in 2007. She currently lives in Portland Oregon where she works as a software trainer and creates time based art and minicomics. Learn more at vehicleofescape.com
Allison Halter’s description of 5th WEDNESDAYS: Performances for live audiences only. 5th WEDNESDAYS is a new performance series that occurs on the fifth Wednesday of each month having five Wednesdays.
Born of a desire to create a continual conversation with performance art in Portland, 5th WEDNESDAYS is interested in additional ways of prioritizing temporal work. To this end, 5th WEDNESDAYS is a location where potential can be realized, functioning on the spectrum between radical laboratory and surprise party.
5th WEDNESDAYS wants a moment in time with the audience. 5th WEDNESDAYS wants the risk of exquisite failure. 5th WEDNESDAYS wants to engender a site for enchantment.
Allison Halter is a performance artist's performance artist and organizer of 5TH WEDNESDAYS. Halter has exhibited, published, and performed nationally at Plan-It-X-Fest, Catch That Beat, the Citizen Jane Film Festival, Feminist Form, Ditch Projects, and YA5. She received her MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.