Opening Celebration: 'Karmic I' by May Cat

Opening Celebration: 'Karmic I' by May Cat

Join us for the opening of Open Signal's next exhibition: 'Karmic I', by multimedia artist and Summer 2018 New Media Fellow May Cat.

Karmic I is a four-part multimedia project that materializes as texts, lesson plans for youth, community events and a series of videos about Thai ghosts in media.

Through the use of multiple video monitors, New Media Fellow and multidisciplinary artist May Cat illustrates the common themes of reincarnation and the supernatural with mashups of Thai horror movies and soap operas — also known as lakorn.

“Thai horror movies are often driven by an idea of karmic justice: you reap what you sow, and the consequences of your intentions can unleash paranormal punishments," May Cat explains.

May Cat also penned an article for the quarterly Buddhist magazine Tricycle about the 2009 short film Novice, "an example of how Thai ghost movies explore how karma can haunt us."

While working with Caldera’s Youth Program and Literary Art’s WITS program, she designed and produced several versions of a lesson plan; high school students investigated the differences between western horror films and the context of the supernatural in Thai ghost films.

This project was facilitated with help from Chicago-based art historian, curator and academic Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol.

Open Signal's 2018-19 New Media Fellowship program has grown thanks to the generous support of the Fred W. Fields Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and the Jane Schiffhauer Charitable Trust.


Mar 13


7:00pm – 9:00pm


Open Signal, Portland Community Media Center

2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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Featured Media-Maker

May Maylisa Cat Summer 2018 New Media Fellow

May Maylisa Cat is a multidisciplinary artist who grew up in Chicago and graduated from the Cooper Union in New York, NY. Her projects have received support from multiple grants including the Precipice Fund from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation, the Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. In 2019 & 2020, May will be in future residencies at Chautauqua Visual Arts, Wassaic Project, Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera Arts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, New Media Gallery Residency at Jack Straw Cultural Center, and Glean Portland. She is based in Portland, OR. 



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