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Furin Project Exhibit & Symposium| Programming & Events

Artist Midori Hirose

bells / furin hanging from the gallery cables The Furin Project

April 10th – June 9th, 2023

SE Art Gallery | PCC Southeast Campus  | SCOM Building Lobby

In collaboration with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and Mural Arts Institute in Philadelphia (MAI), Midori Hirose’s Furin Project involves honoring the history and legacy of the Japanese American Farming community. This year-long community art and place-making project engage contemporary questions on how the longstanding local Orchards of SE 82nd Ave. and the surrounding area continue to serve as sites of community nourishment.

For this project, Midori researched the history and current landscape of the area, including but not limited to the Japanese American farming history of the area, the fruiting trees, and PCC’s role as a community site. Her focus is the intersection of the current social landscape of the area in relation to food and resilience, farming, and green spaces. She has worked in collaboration with several organizations since the project’s inception: Ikoi No KaiKirkland Union ManorPortland Fruit Tree ProjectMontavilla Farmers MarketRide Connection; and Portland Community College (PCC) SE, Rock Creek, Cascade, and Sylvania Campus —  GIS, Music and Sonic Arts, New Media Coding, Learning Garden, Community-Based Learning, English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Photography, and the Ceramics Department; McDaniel’s High School and a workshop study of pigment to clay applications with The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Portland Cultural Lifeways.

Midori Hirose’s Furin Project is a series of free ceramic bell-making workshops that invite the public to introduce interpretations of Furin, Japanese “wind bells,” which historically were hung from trees in Japan. The project was conceived with the goal of building community connections and engaging in discussions about Indigenous stewardship, past and present, and future of the SE Portland area. A collaborative sound mapping project is also in the works with PCC students and faculty in the Geographic Information System (GIS), Music and Sonic Arts, and New Media Coding departments. These sounds are in the process of being collected by ringing each bell as well as through a sound survey. Attached is a QR flyer with more information about the survey. The sounds will be exhibited as an interactive installation in the SE Art Gallery temporary Annex, also in the SCOM building in the NE corner.

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Capturing Community | Geospatial Info Systems (GIS) collaboration with Midori Hirose

Begins on May 5 2023 | Open during symposium event
Capturing Community continues through June 9th, 2023 | Contact the SE Art Gallery for class tours & information sessions by appointment

We are interested in hosting your classes, students and communities. Please reach out to make an appointment. kim.manchester@pcc.edu

This data collection survey is part of Midori Hirose’s Furin Project, a celebration of community, collaboration, and history, in particular, the Japanese American farming in SE Portland. Place is strongly tied to perception and certain locations can evoke feelings of community past and present. We are hoping this survey will help tell the stories about the places we move through everyday.

Capturing Community Website
answer the survey business card from GIS
Capturing Community – Data Collection Survey

This data collection survey is part of Midori Hirose’s Furin Project, a celebration of community, collaboration and history, in particular, the Japanese American farming in SE Portland.

Place is strongly tied to perception and certain locations can evoke feelings of community past and present. We are hoping this survey will help tell the stories about the places we move through everyday.

Link to the survey HERE

Installed in the NE Corner of the SCOM building , a temporary annex of the SE Art Gallery| the entrance faces SE 82nd and is accessible through the SCOM lobby or from the street

The Furin Project Symposium

4:00 – 7:00 PM | Friday, May 5th, 2023
To register for this event, please visit Apano Arts
The Furin Project Symposium is the culmination of APANO Catalyst artist Midori Hirose’s year-long community & place-making art project.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
Time: 4pm – 7pm

Location: This event involves a short walking tour – maps will be provided! We are starting at the PCC Southeast Campus Learning Garden at 2305 SE 82nd Ave, and ending at APANO, 8188 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97206

An exhibition of these bells and sounds will be held at the Portland Community College (PCC) SE Art Gallery from April thru May 2023, with a Symposium on Friday, May 5, 2023, that will entail a tour of the PCC grounds, the Capturing Community interactive project from GIS students, workshops, and potluck to follow at APANO.

** Face masks are required indoors at APANO.

 

Additional Programming

June 2nd | 5PM – 7PM

First Friday SE Art Walk Galleries open

PCC SE SCOM building – 120 & first floor lobby

June 9th | 5PM – 7PM

Closing Reception
Furin Project & Capturing Community GIS collaboration

PCC SE SCOM building – 120 & first floor lobby