A Tale of two ghettos
May 16, 2018 6-8pm
One night only, at 2 Simultaneous locations!
a cultural and boundary art installation
This multimedia, cultural and boundary crossing art installation excavates the hidden and layered history of displacement of the Japanese and Chinese communities in Portland’s Old Town. A Tale of Two Ghettos proposes to connect Chinatown with the developing Jade District in East Portland via social media/video conferencing platforms. At two selected locations (the Portland Chinatown Museum in Old Town, and Portland Community College SE Campus' Community Hall in the Jade District,) simultaneous real time videos of performance, audience and discussion are projected into the spaces in both districts. The musicians in Old Town will be performing to a projected phantom audience, and at the same time, audience in the Jade District will be viewing a ghostly performance projected on multiple translucent scrims. This one-night double public event features musical performance of Chinese and Japanese traditional instruments, drumming and singing, followed by discussion at both sites.
A Tale of Two Ghettos is co-sponsored by PCC SE Campus Multicultural Center in the Jade District, and the Portland Chinatown Museum in Old Town Chinatown. This project is made possible by an artist project grant funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC).