Press Release: Open Signal Presents Site-Specific Media Installation

August 29, 2018

Media installation at Open Signal investigates climate change, mass migration

Mapping (Borderline)
, an installation by Fernanda D’Agostino
On view through September 29
Opening reception Wednesday, September 5, 7:00pm

Open Signal
2766 NE Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212

PORTLAND, ORE. – August 29, 2018 –  Open Signal presents an immersive media installation by artist and 2017 New Media Fellow Fernanda D’Agostino.

Mapping (Borderline) shines a light on the intersections between climate change, mass migration and surveillance. The work combines government surveillance videos, imaging from the US Forest Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and footage of performance by local artists Jaleesa Johnston and Sophia Wright Emigh.

The installation was created to fit the architecture of Open Signal’s lobby. Moving images projected in a collage accompany content displayed on tiny LED screens and a sound composition by Fernanda with Guillermo Galindo, Karim Lakhdar and Kevin McDonald. The work will take different forms at sites around the city during the next six months, including the Portland Art Museum and Disjecta Contemporary Art Center.

Fernanda says, "As an artist, I believe it’s my job to see what others might miss or turn away from. For the last eighteen months, I’ve researched the painful truth of our current situation and the way new media is being used by governments both as a tool of repression and as part of a search for salvation.

“By immersing viewers in responsive environments, I hope to provoke reflection on the ways our seemingly disparate emergencies are both completely intertwined and all enveloping."

Since 1984, Fernanda D’Agostino has completed twenty-five public commissions and sixteen solo exhibitions. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation. Her work has been screened at Rencontres Internationales Sciences et Cinémas, France; 809 International New Image Art Festival, China; Technarte, Spain; Flying Films Festival, Berlin and at the Mumbai International Film Festival where it was a National Film Board of India selection in Experimental Media.

In addition to completing a New Media Fellowship at Open Signal in 2017, Fernanda participated in the media arts center’s 10-month intensive alternative education program Future Forum, concluding in May 2018.

Open Signal’s 2017 New Media Fellowship was supported by a project grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



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