Supported by a generous grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Building Demand for the Arts initiative, PICA is pleased to announce a 2016 research and development residency with Darren O’Donnell, Artistic & Research Director of theatre and performance company Mammalian Diving Reflex. Over the course of 2016, Darren will work with PICA to explore innovative strategies and methods for expanding, deepening, and activating youth participation and engagement in contemporary and experimental art and performance through an equity lens. During his residency, Darren will share his extensive experience in socially engaged art, performance, and urban planning, as well as his revolutionary models for collaborating with young people from diverse backgrounds in creative, curatorial, and producing capacities. Three Portland site visits will help connect Darren to Portland’s local communities, youth programs, and some of our most pressing political, social, and civic issues.

On Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 PM at PICA, Darren will give a free, public talk to share some of his most recent international projects and research, including long-term public engagements in London and Hong Kong, as well as his work with refugee and immigrant youth in Germany.

To date, PICA has presented two projects by Mammalian Diving Reflex as part of our annual TBA Festival: Haircuts by Children (2007) and All the Sex I’ve Ever Had (2014). We are thrilled to bring Darren back to Portland to engage more deeply with PICA and the city.