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SILENT VOICES

Nine people who have been killed and silenced by Portland Police come back to life in this tender, angry, sometimes-hilarious play being produced as a movie because of Covid-19 restrictions on theaters. Each character speaks directly to the audience about their life and death, and they are interrupted by a chorus of three voices representing the audience, their words taken from comments posted online with news stories about the killings. The chorus pauses the monologs to voice opinions about people they never met, in circumstances they never saw. After the interruptions, characters resume their monologues.

The playwright is Donna Hayes, whose seventeen-year-old grandson was killed by Portland police in 2017. Hayes explains, “We hear on TV and in the media a carefully-constructed police narrative. We see in the ‘comments’ what people who never knew our children think about them, but we can’t hear our children tell their side of the story. I wrote this play so we can hear them. I speak for the silent voices.”

The video was created by the playwright, the performers, a video team from Open Signal and Kendall. Portland Playhouse donated the space. Don't Shoot Portland, Shrine13, Michael Hull, Girl Game Gang Productions and Open Signal donated their time, skills and resources to support this production.

 

Virtual Exhibition

 

Laura Medina // Laura Camila Medina is an interdisciplinary artist born in Bogota, Colombia. She bases her practice around memory and identity as a response to personal, cultural, and historical research. Her work utilizes a unique combination of traditional mediums within digitally constructed spaces to create immersive visual analogies of cultural hybridity.

 

Medina is inspired by her memories of home, her mother’s arepas, and her father’s soundtracks. Her work has shown at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, PLANETA New York, Wieden + Kennedy, and with the Nat Turner Project.

 

In addition to the New Media Fellowship at Open Signal she was awarded the Artist in Residence at the Living School of Art, and most recently the IPRC Artists & Writers in Residence Program. She earned her BFA at PNCA and is currently based in Portland, OR.

Laura Medina

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New Media Fellowship

Open Signal supports Portland-based artists in the deep exploration of the artistic, technical and social implications of immersive technologies such as 360-degree video, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) through the New Media Fellowship program.

Laura Medina was awarded the New Media Fellowship in 2019.

Recordar es Construir

Recordar es Construir focuses on the reconstruction of memory, images, symbols, and meaning every time we practice remembering, with original work by Laura Medina. The exhibition takes the form of a downloadable, interactive game.

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