As we approach the end of Precipice Fund’s third grant period and get ready to announce our Round 4 grantees on December 13, we’ve been checking in with our current round of grantees to see how their projects are progressing. This report comes from the LIKEWISE Bartender-in-Residence Program at the beginning of summer 2016. Want to learn more about the program? Stop by LIKEWISE at 3564 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland Tuesdays–Saturdays from 5–11 PM.
LIKEWISE is very please to report on three Bartender in Residency projects that were made possible through our Precipice Fund grant.
In February, Rory Sparks returned to LIKEWISE after her previous residency to help complete a goal set durning her tenure in October, 2015. On a notebook page in our OLCC log/idea book she had scribbled “2.) Turn LIKEWISE into an airplane”. A team of artists and regulars was built, and the fuselage of plane was constructed inside our narrow space. Tickets were sold and patrons became part of an interactive four hour performance piece where they gleefully, willingly, enacted parts dictated by their seat number. The event included white noise, showings of Airplane (I and II), a hot meal and towels, turbulence (the whole fuselage was supported by 25 casters) as well as overhead lights, custom glassware, letter pressed napkins, barf bags and a Likewise Airlines SkyMall brochure. Rory Sparks, Ben Paus-Weiler, Mitch Dec, Nancy Prior, and Adam Moser were the crew for “Likewise Airlines”, a delightfully organic and memorable piece of participatory theater.
Our second residency funded by Precipice was Zachary Schomburg’s “BEFORE YOU WERE HOME; Writing Letters to the New Owners of the Old Addresses We Care About”, a month-long project that engaged with the rapidly changing landscape of Portland through the art of the personal letter. By sharing personal histories and stories of certain places that no longer exist, or have been irrevocably changed by demolition and construction, Before You Were Home reconstructed the city via memory for the benefit of a property’s new owner. The project was an opportunity for previous owners, inhabitants, neighbors, or patrons, to pass on their love of place. Through the month of March our visitors were continually invited to write letters to the new owners/inhabitants of any address (anywhere) that was of personal significance to them. Heartfelt letters of reply have been arriving at LIKEWISE and a public reading will be scheduled this summer.
Our final residency to be funded by Precipice is the “Neighborhood Research Institute”. A collaborative project between Roz Crews, Adam Moser and Nancy Prior, the NRI seeks to create a living archive of the Sunnyside and Richmond neighborhoods. Research is primarily collected through social engagement with and between neighbors, but the researchers are also sifting through archival and secondary data to learn more about the formation and maintenance of the neighborhoods. By using techniques that encourage neighbor directed learning and word of mouth, the project so far includes a sampling of beers donated from our neighbor’s refrigerators, a weekly potluck, and a weekly artist talk by an artist who resides within the two neighborhoods bordering LIKEWISE. Special events, like “Jason’s Sidecar” and field trips are also in the works. Most exciting for the researchers is the opportunity to introduce neighbors to each other, and experience the gracious hospitality of these neighborhoods as we borrow and install toilet paper collections, mow grass, and give and receive lessons. The NRI is still in progress and will attempt to document the growing archive and memories in book and film format.
Please see our website and Instagram for more documentation. We are thrilled to have been able to host and participate in these projects and work with these artists.
Precipice Fund is administered with lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti, as part of the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.