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Directions to The Synthetic Zero Art Space

Sunday, March 22nd, 6:30pm - Jessica Danser/dansfolk presents:

Thursday, March 26th, 7pm - Portland writer, performer, and interdisciplinary artist Tiffany Lee Brown brings the Easter Island Project: Participation Tour to the Synthetic Zero Art Space:

Friends are invited to bring art- and music-making gear. And we'd LUV it if you wanted to help document the gathering --- bring video cameras, recording devices, cameras, etc. of any quality or lack thereof.

Contact Tiffany at easterislandproject@gmail.com if you want more info about participating (in person or via mail/Internet). Music, writing, tiny sculptures, dance, performance, & objets trouves have all been contributed. No, you don't have to be "An Artist" to participate, but there are a couple guidelines.

Attached photo by: Motoya Nakamura of The Oregonian; for press-ready images, see link below.

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We are compelled to create-to make, write, act, and give birth. How do we manifest this deep desire? How do our creations-novels, babies, and atom bombs-affect our lives, our culture, and our planet?

The Easter Island Project invites audiences to explore the questions through the act of creation itself with Plazm magazine"editor Tiffany Lee Brown, as she prepares for an interdisciplinary art expedition to Easter Island in the South Pacific. The "Easter Island: participatory tour" welcomes live audiences at intimate gatherings in Seattle, New York City, Portland, Prescott AZ, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The work, while lighthearted in many respects, arises from Brown's explorations into childlessness and the act of creation. "With Tiffany, things are not theoretical," said Stephanie Snyder, curator and director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College in Portland, when interviewed about Brown's work. "With her, it's always about the lived issues." (The Oregonian, Jan 24, 2009).

Audience wishing to participate without attending an event-and those who'd like to prepare a special artwork or performance to reveal at an event-can email easterislandproject@gmail.com. "Seeds" for the Easter Island Project are accepted via email and snailmail. The project's ongoing blog will launch April 1, 2009 at www.magdalen.com, when Viator.com will also publish related arts/travel writing from the artist's journey.

File Under: Participatory & Interdisciplinary Arts; Process-focused; Community Engaged; Social Practice; Casual & Fun (no black turtlenecks or stilettos required).

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2GQ/New Oregon Arts & Letters, http://www.2GQ.org

Viator.com, Tastebud, Performance Works NW, Myrtle Street Review (Oakland), Studio Current (Seattle), Synthetic Zero (NYC), and Plazm Media.

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2GQ/New Oregon Arts & Letters
PO Box 2863, Portland, OR 97208 USA

Preview on Wednesday, April 1, 2009 6pm - 9pm, presentations on Saturday, April 4, 5pm - Stranger Than Fiction

Presentations and work shared by Yasmine Alwan, Sergio Bessa, Melissa A Calderón, Ethan Ham, Jane Hsu, Edwin Torres and Spanic Attack, and Angie Waller, curated by Laura Napier.

The movie Stranger than Fiction is about an author who is literally writing a real person's life as it happens.

The event Stranger than Fiction features interdisciplinary art and literary work that fictionalizes and is often collaborative: it follows the lives of strangers, disorients one while browsing the internet, uses social networks in ways not originally intended, and is cryptically dispensed and dispersed.

The installation of Stranger than Fiction is artifacts and archives related to the event: a networked computer, video and movies, photographs, signage, a manuscript, clothing, supplemental books, and a comfy couch.

Upcoming Events

April 16, 6:30pm - 9pm - "An Evening of Vibrance, Sass, and a Touch of Class" art fundraiser

May 6 and 9, 7pm - Alison Ward-curated show

June 3 and 6, 7pm - Synthetic Zero Event


The art space is at 305 E. 140th St., #1A, Bronx NY 10454.

IF YOU HAVE EXPERIMENTAL FILM, VIDEO, ARTWORK, WRITING, A PERFORMANCE, MUSIC, OR SOMETHING ELSE you would like to submit to a future event, please email us at events at syntheticzero dot com. Send video submissions to:

Mitsu Hadeishi / Synthetic Zero
305 E 140th St #1A
Bronx, NY 10454
718 772-4961

Preferred formats for video are DVD (NTSC or PAL) or Blu-Ray disc.

We're about 20 minutes from Union Square. From Manhattan, 4-5 train to 125th, transfer to 6, one stop to 3rd Ave/138th, 2 blocks north on Alexander Ave, left on 140th to 305, #1A. (Ring 3A if 1A does not answer). If you end up at 138th and Grand Concourse, walk east, across 3rd Avenue, turn left, go to 140th, then turn right to 305, #1A (ring 3A if 1A does not answer). You can also take the 2 train to 149th and 3rd Avenue (one stop PAST 149th/Grand Concourse!) and walk 9 blocks south to 140th, turn left and it's half a block to 305.

By car:
FDR to Willis Avenue bridge, take the left fork, left on 138th, right on 3rd Ave, right on 140th, park anywhere. From Triborough Bridge: Take Bronx exit, head towards Major Deegan, get off at Willis Avenue, stay on 135th (go straight), right on Lincoln, at 138th, take right fork onto 3rd, turn right on 140th, park.  From the north, on I-87: Take Madison Avenue Bridge/138th St exit, turn left, turn wide left onto 3rd Ave, turn right on 140th, park.

305 is on a paper sign in the glass door. Ring doorbell marked 1A, to the right of the door. If 1A does not answer, please ring 3A.