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The Medium is the Messenger: Visiting Artist/Scholar Birgitta Hosea

Aug 2 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Shipley/Collins Mediatheque

Free and Open to the Public


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Visiting artist/scholar Birgitta Hosea presents her work in animation, installation and performance inspired by Victorian spirit photography and automatic séance drawings. Birgitta’s work examines animism and gesture as constructs for identity: in particular how we perform our gender identity.

Rather than using animation to create short films, Hosea is concerned with deconstructing conventional ideas about animation and digital technology. Combining drawing, animation, video and live performance, her work explores animism: the vital spark of movement that brings the still and lifeless into motion. She explores how the movements we make - our gestures and actions - lead us to construct our identity: in particular how we perform our gender identity. These interests have taken many forms including still drawings with animations projected over them or performances in which she becomes possessed by a cartoon character or channels digital doubles and raises electric spirits.