12128 (“Boat Space”) is a contemporary exhibition space located on the Labrador, a decommissioned Bering Sea crab fishing vessel moored in Portland, Oregon. We support progressive work.

12128’s SUMMER MICRORESIDENCIES program concluded in early August. Each of the participating artists responded to the condensed timeframe and the exotic space in different and productive ways. It was REALLY HOT, and there were LOTS OF BIRDS EVERYWHERE.

JORDAN WAYNE LONG developed a performance that explored group dynamics by establishing a sympathetic relationship between himself and the audience. This piece was structured around the potential— and necessity—for the audience to prevent Jordan from physical harm, which was oddly subverted by a single person shirking the intended procedural flow. This work resulted in very unexpected outcomes and invited a level of open discussion among the audience that was both RARE AND UNIQUE. Jordan’s performance and his working practice were perfectly suited to what we had hoped these brief and intensive residencies would produce.  To view video of Jordan Wayne Long, Impact Piece #1, July 19 2014, 12128, click here.

MICHAEL TRIGILIO used newly-available scanning and modeling processes to generate 3D media from elements of the boat. This content dovetails into his ongoing work T2ERU, which explores speculative and fictive relationships between existing architectural objects and science fiction design. Michael exhibited works-in-progress from his time on the boat along with existing T2ERU content, and performed a set of his specific brand of experimental music. He also held a DIY synthesizer-making workshop in which participants soldered together a square-wave oscillator from basic analog electronics. Michael’s pedagogical tactics and general hilariousness made his workshop A HUGE HIT. 


Michael Trigilio, T2ERU, August 1 2014, 12128


Analog electronic sound performance


Michael Trigilio, T2ERU, August 1 2014, 12128


About the Precipice Fund

Administered by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ Regional Regranting Program, the Precipice Fund awards grants to unincorporated visual art collectives, alternative spaces, and collaborative projects in Portland, Oregon. Recognizing the barriers to funding faced by independent arts initiatives, Precipice Fund seeks to support both new and existing projects emblematic of Portland’s alternative, on-the-ground art community.