What We Did On Our Summer Vacation


PNCA Faculty member Stephen Slappe brings Out of the Great Northwest to Horse Hospital in London.

Faculty member Stephen Slappe kicked the summer off by taking the great Northwest across the pond via a comprehensive and eclectic program of videos he curated and presented at The Horse Hospital in London. The program—_Out of the Great Northwest_—featured work by artists who live or have lived in Portland, and along with other regional artists it featured work by fellow faculty member Carl Diehl as well as alumni Chris Freeman ’10, Brenna Murphy ’09, Julie Orser ’99 and Tabor Robak ’10. The Horse Hospital, an artist-led venue, provides a progressive center for the related media of art, film, fashion, literature and music.


Tabor Robak ’10, Explosions. Image courtesy the artist.

The London screening was part of a larger European research tour by Slappe funded by a PNCA faculty research grant (FAIR). The trip included stops in Dublin, London, Berlin, Venice, and Paris. Slappe investigated contemporary video and sound practices in Western Europe and, in addition to the screening at The Horse Hospital, participated in a closed seminar at Chelsea College on the subject of Moving Image Art and the Global Media Spectacle.


Brenna Murphy ’09, Wavy Yantra. Image courtesy the artist.

Stephen Slappe is an Assistant Professor in Intermedia at PNCA where he teaches Video, Sound, and Theory and Practice courses. Along with his own multidisciplinary work, Slappe is also an active curator and organizer of video and film exhibitions, including three large-scale installation shows for the PDX Film Fest in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He is an amateur film archivist and has presented two programs of archival 16mm films entitled Rolling Deep: Skateboarding Films, 1965-1980 and Static Age: The Culture of Early Television.

by Kate Van Brocklin and Becca Biggs

— Posted on 08/04 at 03:14 PM

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