As part of the SPACE Program, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) will host The Ikigai Machine Experience, an experimental work in progress by artistic director and musician, Myles de Bastion, whose work enables sound to be experienced as light and vibration. This piece is a continuation of a project which was recently developed at N M Bodecker Foundation. The Ikigai Machine Experience will take place at PICA, 15 NE Hancock Street, where de Bastion is currently in residence.

The Ikigai Machine Experience art installation meets live-action role-playing with a lens on disability inclusion. Set to a science-fiction story of an inventor born in a world without sound. The work centers upon audience-participation through puzzle-solving, role-playing and sensory immersion with sound substituted with non-verbal communication, light, and tactile phenomena. The work is inspired by de Bastion’s perceptual own perceptual experiences as a Deaf musician and features imaginative environments including a Crystal Cave Mine, Doctors Lab, Neon City and more. Project collaborators include musician/producer Chris Funk (The Decemberists), lighting and scenic designer Jeremy Roth (Wilco), Vibrotextile wearables lab Music: Not Impossible & Cinco Design, and filmmaker Andre Gray (Beyond Tone).

Saturday, February 29, 2020
11:00 AM–10:00 PM

SPACE Program

SPACE (Supporting Partners, Artists, and Community Events) offers PICA’s space, equipment, staff, and other resources in support of local artists and community organizations to curate and produce residencies, programs, and events.

SPACE is supported in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Pacific Power Foundation, and Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust. 

More information on the SPACE Program, including its two-year history at PICA, will be released in coming months.