Illahee Lecture Series
Free for Portland State University Students
All lectures begin at 7:30pm and will be held at Pacific Northwest College of Art's Swigert Commons, 1241 NW Johnson St, Portland, OR.
Portland's Terroir: Soil, Water, and Life
Marina Zurkow and The Last Attempt at Greatness
Crossing multiple disciplines with her practice, Marina Zurkow builds animated and participatory environments that are centered on humans and their entanglement with animals, plants and the weather. She is a recipient of a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and Research Fellow at PNCA. Her latest project in development “Sampan Super Chai,” is a collaboration with PDX based The Last Attempt at Greatness whose design disruptions explore humans' relationship with progress, expectations, liminality, and value. Their new project Sampan Super Chai is an examination of Portland’s terroir: collecting, analyzing, and processing the substrate, waters, biota and anthropogenic artifacts of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. In partnering with scientists and activists, the project will explore new ways to understand the Portland hydroscape.