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SOME ASSEMBLY: A Lunchtime Talk with Palmarin Merges and Mary Krell

Dec 6 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


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

Watershed Center for Fine Art Publishing + Research

Free and open to the public


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Palmarin Merges (PNCA) and Mary Agnes Krell (Sussex University, UK) will speak about their new collaborative project SOME ASSEMBLY: A Remediate Exquisite Corpse. The work is informed by questions of how identity is constructed and the voice(s) we use to communicate it. With Palmarin based in Portland, OR and Mary based in Hebden Bridge, UK distance and mediated forms of communication inform and shape the work. In December, 2017, completed and emerging work is being shown at Blackfish Gallery. Throughout 2018 the pair will continue to explore identity, voice and language. Methods used for these explorations include those from print media, interactive design, typography and sonic art.

In this talk, they will discuss their own work as artists and their collaborative project.

Palmarin Merges is faculty in BFA and Print Media MFA programs. She has been creating work across multiple print-based media for more than three decades.

Mary Agnes Krell is senior faculty in Digital Media Practice & Theory in the School of Media, Film & Music at the University of Sussex in the UK. Prior to that, she chaired the Design Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She has been making interactive works for over 25 years and, as an associate member of Britain’s Forced Entertainment, created Nightwalks (an interactive virtual reality project that won the Transmediale in 2000). She has also worked with the Lee Miller Archives, a range of other artists and is about to begin a new project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council titled, “Digital Ghost Hunt”.

The last time these two worked together was thirty years ago.