Chloë Bass presents This Is A Film (1.4)
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm
Chloë Bass presents This Is A Film (1.4)

The PSU Social Practice Club is pleased to welcome artist and public practitioner Chloë Bass for a lecture performance.


Chloë Bass: This Is A Film (1.4)
Thursday, February 21, 2019

  • 6:00pm Free Dinner prepared by Grandmother's(s) Kitchen
  • 6:30pm Lecture Performance

PSU Native American Student and Community Center
710 SW Jackson St
Portland OR 98201

Free and open to the public

PSU Students - Please reserve your ticket through the PSU Box Office

This Is A Film (1.4) is a lecture performance exploring what it means to turn footage into language. Using clips of family home movies found in various online archives, Chloë Bass creates a descriptive piece for the audience to hear and imagine. Where is the film: in the language? In the images that come into each listener's head? Is it shared between us? What do we see, and how does it make a story?

About the project

This Is A Film is part of Chloë Bass' ongoing project Obligation To Others Holds Me In My Place, a study of intimacy at the scale of the immediate family. Previous projects have studied intimacy between a person and theirself (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011-2013), and between partners (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015-2018).

This Is A Film (1.0) premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Version 1.1 was presented at Temple Contemporary, Tyler College of Art and Design; Version 1.1.1 was shared with an intimate audience at Amherst College at the invitation of Macon Reed. Version 1.2 was presented at Triangle Arts Association; Version 1.2.1 (an excerpt) screened at BRIC Media Arts. Version 1.3 was presented in Berlin at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik and the support of the Association for Performance Art Berlin. This is version 1.4. Each new edit reflects changes based on the specifics of the venue or organization presenting the work, as well as straying further from direct description of the original pieces of footage.


About the artist

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation, publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She has held numerous fellowships and residencies. Her projects have appeared nationally and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Knockdown Center, the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at Queens College, CUNY, where she co-runs Social Practice Queens with Gregory Sholette.

Grandmother's(s) Kitchen is an artist project that explores the mixed cultural heritage of Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. Michael prepares food for gatherings to evoke the feeling of seeing distant relatives for the first time in months, or watching football on Thanksgiving as the smell of five turkeys drifts into the living room, or your grandmother making your favorite meal, just for you.

This event is brought to you by the PSU Social Practice Club, sponsored by the PSU Speaker's Board

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