Critical Art Ensemble: A Conversation About Art & Politics

Mar 14 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Free and open to the public. Image courtesy of the artist.


The Feldman Gallery, Portland State University, and Lewis and Clark College present a talk by Critical Art Ensemble at 5th Avenue Cinema.

Critical Art Ensemble events
Keep Hope Alive Block Party and Acceptable Losses
Acceptable Losses Opening Reception
Critical Art Ensemble Lecture
Brian Holmes Lecture
Keep Hope Alive Block Party

Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) brings two projects to the Feldman Gallery and Project Space, the Keep Hope Alive Block Party and Acceptable Losses. For the Block Party, CAE responds to inequitable distribution of resources with a block party acknowledging that while the majority of wealth may be in the hands of the very few, the many have a handful of remaining assets to give us pleasure including sustenance (soup kitchen open all afternoon); delirium (forty-ounce bottles of Miller High Life for those of age, and Big Gulps of Mountain Dew for under-agers); and hope (raffle tickets offering big cash prizes, so that for a lucky few, economic mobility will not only be downward.) The Block Party happens on NW 13th between NW Johnson and NW Kerney from 12 - 5pm on March 16.

Acceptable Losses is an exhibition that examines which forms of human sacrifice are acceptable within US society and which are not.

Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations, including computer graphics, wetware, video, photography, text art, book art, and performance. Formed in 1987 in Tallahassee, Florida, CAE focuses on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. CAE has authored six books on cultural production and political economy.

Brian Holmes was born in San Francisco in 1959 and lives in Chicago. With Claire Pentecost and the 16 Beaver Group he co-organized the Continental Drift seminars (2005–11). He is a member of the Compass group, exploring the “Midwest Radical Cultural Corridor,” and of the Technopolitics group, with Armin Medosh and others. His recent books include Escape the Overcode (2009) and Unleashing the Collective Phantoms (2008). He also wrote the foreward for Critical Art Ensemble: Disturbances (LONDON, FOUR CORNERS BOOKS, 2012).

Critical Art Ensemble is presented with the sponsorship of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.