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INCIDENT ENERGY: an infrared video installation

8371 N. Interstate Ave
Portland, Oregon 97217, United States (map)

Disjecta (Flex-Space)- 8371 N Interstate Avenue, Portland, OR 97217 (503) 286-9449 Disjecta is located at the Kenton Street station on the MAX Yellow light rail line. Onsite and street parking is available. Free public reception and live performance: Friday, September 20, 7-9pm, Dance Performance with Jim McGinn at 8pm. Exhibition Hours: Fri / Sat / Sun, Noon–5pm



INCIDENT ENERGY is a multi-channel video installation by Jacob Pander and Marne Lucas filmed with heat-sensitive Thermal Imaging (infrared/IR) cameras, exploring themes of nature, culture and the body. By utilizing Range Phenomenology technology usually associated with military, border, or aerial surveillance, we aim to inspire contemplation by framing the luminous energy of the human body and offering a glimpse into visual worlds that are ever-present yet hidden from our perception. Thermal imaging details the subtle changes in heating and cooling surface temperatures, revealing the changing light in corporeal and inanimate objects; heat appears white and cold becomes black. By visualizing changing heat-signatures radiating from the body, one senses the temporal coalescence of ancient stellar energy in the form of living beings. “We share a mutual fascination with the aesthetic of the human body and the intersection of technology within art and science; and how the advancement of surveillance technology continues to change cultural and human interaction - for better or worse - in practical, philosophical and creative ways.” -Lucas and Pander Contrasting the stark IR imagery with primal human movement, dance choreographer Jim McGinn and accompanying performers appear as translucent primitive humans, like living alabaster sculptures in a timeless realm where bodies possess a simultaneous interiority/exteriority; as warm veins, cold extremities and breath are all visible (in real time, no special effects). Scenes filmed in nature and in contemporary settings reflect events and emotions of community, love, birth, conflict, decay and death unfolding against black snow-covered forests, empty beach landscapes and dense urban crowds, juxtaposed with vast solar, lunar and interstellar imagery. OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE: Dancer Jim McGinn will perform live at the opening reception in conjunction with the installation; his body silhouetted against simultaneous live thermal image projections that echo his movements.