Hope and Failure

Hope and Failure::May 6th

Investigating the American Dream

Artists in Residence Global Alien

May 6th – May 28th, 2011

Opening reception: May 6th 6pm-9pm

From the Pacific Ocean, up the Columbia River, down the Willamette River, they finally arrive in Portland Harbor. Global Alien will land in the city – And they are going to be loud!

At galleryHOMELAND the exhibition “Hope and Failure” by the artist group Global Alien works on the idea of the American Dream today. In the time of global interconnections and flows of media-representation, how does our idea of the American Dream remain? All the actions will show different approaches sketching these dreams.

About Global Alien:

The group is self-organized and actively working on projects concerning the fragmentary nature and effects of globalization. The aim of each action is to actively create a fluid space for performativity. Each action will lead to another, in a state of continuous change towards its material structure. Working with a fusion of visibilities in art, fashion, design, language, sound and installation and recycling it in a Fluxus manner, we will create a temporary heterotopic space. Global Alien is: Youngjoo Cho, Thorbjørn Reuter Christiansen, Lizza May David, Marte Kiessling, Namsee Kim, Kuo-Wei Lin, Jakob Schaible, Jae-Hyun Yoo

Program: We came – We saw – We dreamt

The group will stage themselves self-ironically as “investigators” and work together with the public of Portland. It will start with ‘The American Dream’ boat – performance on the 2ndof May. The second performance on the 3rd of May, is about direct reminding and investigating the American Dream. During lunchtime, when people have a restful nap, the group will invite the public of Portland to come inside their tent in front of the City Hall, take part in a short hypnotic performance to voice their own humorous and ironical American Dream.

The results of the performances can be seen from 6th of May until 28th of May, 2011 at galleryHOMELAND. Global Alien will leave the idea of a classical exhibition behind and transform the space of  galleryHOMELAND into a collaborative and creative platform. The visitors will be able to actively participate and become a part of the process of playfully reinventing the American Dream.

Global Alien: Hope and Failure – Performances

2nd and 3rd of May, 2011  from 12pm to 3pm

at the river and in front of the City Hall

Hope and Failure is sponsored in part by Korean Arts Council, Danish Arts Council, Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department, The Historic Ford Building, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Stumptown Coffee, Milepost 5 Lofts, and galleryHOMELAND