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TBA 2014 performance All the Sex I've Ever Had gets glowing review from Portland Monthly!

As the Local Producer for the Portland performances of All the Sex I've Ever Had, I couldn't be more proud to see this glowing review form Portland Monthly Magazine. The blurb from the Magazine's website, includes it with a few other "Critic's Picks" from the 2014 Time Based Art Festival, hosted by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. As he describes it, "Bottom line: Go. Epic but easy going, All the Sex I Ever Had is, in the end, a record of five love lives lived well (one of them even evading almost certain death four times over)—and a reminder it's best to do the same. Even I—normally relishing the theater’s fourth wall—shared an experience from my sex life."

Dreamland Collective Interviewed for Radiozine on KBOO

Original Air date: 07/25/2014

KBOO Interview: Dreamland Art Collective (Erica Thomas and Amy Conway) with Daniel Flessas

Host Daniel Flessas speaks with Amy Conway and Erica Thomas of Dreamland Art Collective about a series of events they are curating from July 27th through August 1st at the Weird Shift Storefront, an art space located at 201 N. Alberta St. This series of relational performances, which will include text message plays, getting into bed with strangers, dance and music collaborations, and more, will act as micro-examinations into how culture and technology are shifting the structure of relationships.

http://www.kboo.org/media/35113-dreamland-art-collective

Public Displays of Affection featured on OPB's State of Wonder!

Emily Fitzgerald and I were interviewed about Public Displays of Affection a second time by Ifanyi Bell, this time for the OPB radio program State of Wonder. The segment aired July 5, 2014 and you can listen on the State of Wonder page.

 

 This father-daughter pair was one of the participant groups we mentioned in the OBP piece.

This father-daughter pair was one of the participant groups we mentioned in the OBP piece.

 

 

Public Displays of Affection

I was interviewed for OPB's Arts and Life blog about Public Displays of Affection by writer Ifanyi Bell. The project was the June 2014 selection for the Portland Building Installation, a space curated and administered by RACC. Here's a excerpt from the article: 

“‘Public display of affection’ is this formalized term for a really personal way that people interact in public space. It’s also acknowledging the observer of the interaction in a way, which in this case includes both Emily and me shooting the photos and the viewers of the installation,” said Thomas... “We’re asking people to step into the studio, and into the public, and tell us why they chose to be photographed together.”

Shine a Light gets a nod from the Washington Post!

Jen Delos Reyes kindly mentioned my work in an interview with the Washington Post about social practice art!

"...museum-goers got tarot card readings from a deck designed to showcase the museum’s paintings and sculptures."

Harrell Fletcher is quoted in the article too: "I think that art is...a matter of intention...An artist can decide to locate the art part of the project anywhere they want, or the location can be part of the art."

Open Engagement 2014

What's Mine Is Yours: Labor, Participation, and Generosity in Feminist Art/Life Practices

Coverage from art blog Temporary on my 2014 Open Engagement panel, "What's Mine Is Yours: Labor, Participation, and Generosity in Feminist Art/Life Practices."

  (image courtesy of Jen Delos Reyes)

(image courtesy of Jen Delos Reyes)

A group of Art and Social Practice students were interviewed for the OE 100 Questions 100 Days Blog on the topic of making a living as an artist. My response was featured along with several others.

"When I left my office job for art school I decided I wanted 'to be the same person all day.' I wouldn’t build walls around certain parts of my brain anymore." Read the full 100 Questions 100 Days post here.

 

Filmmaker Josephine Decker Discusses Darkness, Sexuality, and the Problem with Wes Anderson

I interviewed the fascinating force of nature behind Thou Wast Mild and Lovely for Bitch Media's blog and she was so kind and complimentary about the end results. We met for the first time for the interview over Skype, which could have been strange and awkward, but instead it felt like catching up with an old friend. Hope our paths cross again! 

She recently shared the interview on the film's website as "Featured Press." Thanks, Josephine!

 I couldn't help but include this screen cap from Josephine's Facebook page. Witty, hilarious, and supremely generous!

I couldn't help but include this screen cap from Josephine's Facebook page. Witty, hilarious, and supremely generous!

Mainstream Media Discovers Polyamory, OpeningUp.net Discovers Me!

I posted an article on Bitch Media's blog about the recent uptick in media coverage and representation of polyamory and an amazing thing happened. Tristan Taormino, relationship expert, writer, blogger, frequent guest on Savage Love, wrote a blog post evaluating the piece. I was so excited that she had good things to say about it!

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Dreamland gets covered by Idealist.org

Idealist.org gave a nice write-up last winter on the Dreamland project, which inspired the name of a collective work group led by me and Amy Conway.

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Shine a Light 2013 - OPB Coverage