Stepping in the Same River Twice
October 23, Milwaukie Riverfront Park, 12–2pm
October 30, Cottrell, 12–2pm
All ages are welcome to join
A two day class that points to the age-old adage, “You could not step twice into the same river,” made famous by Heraclitus, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of the sixth century BC. We will step in the same creek twice. On day one, we will find out exactly how much water each person displaces when they step into a body of water; then, in special lab-worthy water collecting jars, the students will collect that amount of water at the confluence of Johnson Creek. On day two (Oct. 30), we will meet in Cottrell, at the headwaters of Johnson Creek, where we will pour the water back in the creek, so it can have a second chance at flowing. Post-water dumping, we will have a celebratory pic-nic.
Taught by Roz Crews and Spencer Byrne-Seres
Roz Crews creates site-specific projects that require participation from an audience and involve social engagement as a method of research. Her current work interrogates notions of community and encourages critical reflection on how we as a society define the word in support of, or to deny, assumptions. She experiments with inventing communities as alternative ways of living and relating while asking us to consider our daily interactions within our communities. She is currently supported as the Artist in Residence at Portland State’s University Housing and Residence Life Department. rozcrews.info
Spencer Byrne-Seres is an artist, preparator and culture-worker based in Portland, OR. His activities range from woodworking and custom fabrication to administrative and curatorial project management, and works with museums, non-profits, commercial galleries, colleges, small alternative spaces and for himself.
Spencer has been making research based and socially engaged projects that look at the intersection of broad systems with the daily and the personal. Spencer is interested city infrastructure, international time standards, and submarine cables. These often opaque or invisible structures allow us to connect, and inform how we think about and move around the built environment.
He currently co-runs a conceptual art club called Sunday Painters Group in collaboration with Roz Crews.
Clean the Creek! We will do a session of garbage removal together during class.