Tuesday, September 16, 2008

from the island. more images.

some new photos of the first leg of the corridor project.

the corridor project is part of a gathering of artists and words and ideas called suddenly - corridor project work + the work of many remarkable artists can be seen/experienced at reed college starting sunday september 21st.

photos by sergio

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Michael's Ross Island Table: From your captain and first mate

The Arca de Vida looks pale and empty since its excursion to Ross Island Lagoon--without its cargo of 21 passengers and 21 tons of support hardware. After that trip, boat rides and picnics will seem dull by comparison. What a wonderful table Michael made! Tim and I had a great time breaking bread with you, while the lightning and the talent flashed around us.

What we didn't say at the table was that our floating home community--where our boat ride began and ended--will soon be adding its own "spoils" to the moonscape we saw above the beach. Ten thousand tons of sand and silt that will have accumulated under our homes and docks will be removed, barged to Ross Island, and deposited either on the island itself, or--if the materials pass strict DEQ standards--in the lagoon, at a cost of many thousands of dollars. Ross Island actually makes it possible for us to go on living on the river, and we are grateful.

We hope you will all come this way again and take another boat ride with us.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Some more images from the evening here.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

sudden evocations of place that came traveling by sound

first add to this picture the inspiration of songbirds in the deepening light, then the sound of the freeway, unseen somewhere to the west, in my left ear. where i grew up in Michigan the sound of freeways came as if from every direction-- walking from my front door i saw grass and trees but heard always the faint roar of I-275, I-96, M-5, I-696. full of such violence up close, their hushed sounding in the distance through forest and over field was a continuous and comforting presence, like the sound of water rushing, rivers. here on Ross Island i let my eyes rest on these grand infrastructure-creating tools floating lightly above the secret void of the lagoon and listened, remembering, to the hidden hushed freeway sound coming from the west into my left ear, through trees, over water. shortly thereafter, sitting at the table, Michael's civil defense siren recordings added the sound of a tornado siren 200 yards from my house that went off every Saturday at 1pm.

sudden evocations of place that came quietly and privately, traveling by sound, in the midst of the larger gathering.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Views from Ross Island

Here are some photos shot on Ross Island during the first iteration of The Corridor Project.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

the first dinner. happened.

and that smirch of land above is ross island - portland oregon - and now there is a table - there - for you to use.

more very soon.

Monday, June 23, 2008

the corridor project + suddenly

the corridor project is honored to be part of a thrilling larger exhibition called suddenly.

A visual arts / literary collaboration
Reed College / Pomona College / and points adjacent
Stephanie Snyder and Matthew Stadler
September 2006–future

Suddenly is an array of visual arts exhibitions and a publication that together explore the environment of the Zwischenstadt or ‘in-between’ city. What is the Zwischenstadt? As articulated by German historian Thomas Sieverts, the Zwischenstadt is the continuous and transitional fabric of urban, semi-urban, and rural space, both residential and commercial, that constitutes our habitual experience of environment, architecture and city. The Zwischenstadt is a continuous field of development that collapses areas of once-solid polarities (such as city and suburb, town and country) by standing ‘in-between’ these poles—both centered and center-less, temporal and spatial, anchored to place and yet global in reach. Our project seeks to make the Zwischenstadt ‘intelligible and legible’ so that it can take on ‘an independent identity’ in the imagination of its occupants, and become a subject of politics, aesthetic experience and the development of subjectivity. The Zwischenstadt is neither here nor there, and it is often ‘tuned-out’ as we follow our nostalgia for the historical city, or violently recoil from our ingrained disavowal of the ‘vacuous’ perimeter of the ‘suburb.’

Before undertaking any active creative organization and intervention we must not only open our eyes but also use all our senses in order to be able to grasp the Zwischenstadt. Deliberate engagement, perception, recognition and interpretation with the purpose of critical and, as far as possible, unprejudiced and situation-specific appropriation of our own environment must stand at the start of every attempt to shape the Zwischenstadt. This in turn requires an expansion of the aesthetic world, a deferral of the limits between the non-aesthetic and the aesthetic. —Thomas Sieverts, Cities Without Cities, p. 97

Suddenly, the exhibition, opens in late August 2008 at the Cooley Gallery, and travels to Pomona College in January 2009. Suddenly is curated by Stephanie Snyder, director and curator of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College and is anchored in two central locations: the Cooley Gallery at Reed College, and the Pomona College Museum of Art. Snyder is working closely with Pomona Museum curator Rebecca McGrew to re-shape the Portland exhibition before it travels to Pomona. The exhibition—as a conceptual framework—will also spill organically into spaces as diverse as an Asian shopping mall in Vancouver B.C.; a disused farm house at a commercial thoroughfare in Sherwood, Oregon; an industrial park at the edge of downtown Seattle; or an empty storefront in Philomath, Oregon. Visual artists will visit Reed and Ponoma for short-term residencies, engaging students and the local arts community. Artworks will be presented in a variety of spaces and published forms that reflect the evolving, multivalent nature of space in the Zwischenstadt itself. In addition, we will help artists take their work into the Zwischenstadt, facilitating acts of cultural occupation.’

Suddenly includes traditional art media such as photography and projected video, but it also includes ‘relational’ and ‘exchange-based’ activities such as communal dinners, spontaneous public lectures, and poster-based projects—all of these initiative will extend themselves into the Zwischenstadt that is Pomona. For instance: Michael Hebberoy (of the Corridor Project) will produce a communal dinner in the museum courtyard. This dinner will bring together Pomona faculty, students and other members of the community to explore the Zwischenstadt through conversation and conviviality. The material artifacts—tables, chairs, dishes, etc.—and documentation of the dinner will then be installed, communally, in the exhibition. Other dinners may take place in Los Angeles and their material artifacts brought to Pomona.

The book is in the final stages of editing by project co-author Matthew Stadler—novelist and founder of Clear Cut Press. Literary editor of Nest magazine during its seven-year existence, Stadler possesses a deep knowledge of contemporary cultural criticism, fiction, and letters. We are positioning the exhibition and the book to infect and challenge one another. An essay on the visual art exhibitions is being integrated into the book; language from the book is being carefully inserted amidst the works in the exhibitions — but the book will not stand as an explanation or representation of the art, just as the art will not illustrate the points made in the book. We are fashioning both realms of the project to instigate ideas, actions, and associations beyond the other.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

an introduction: in moving images

one pot + the corridor project from hebberoy on Vimeo.
drawing by the ever-talented joey veltkamp

an introduction: in words.

one pot + the corridor project.

one pot is a multidisciplinary project actively investigating the rituals of the table and the power of the table as a cultural locus, a living archetype.

the corridor project - june ‘08 - may ‘09

the 1-5 interstate highway corridor stretching from eugene, oregon to vancouver b.c. is the single most expansive and prominent architectural space in the region some affectionately refer to as “cascadia” or what the less poetically inclined call “the pacific northwest”

this carpet of land - which i call home - is consistently lauded by national and international delegates as one of the most environmentally progressive regions in the united states. vancouver, portland, and seattle - are cities to emulate - according to planners, environmentalists, policy makers, and the ever present swarming media.

yet in this middle of this environment of self congratulation resides a silent building (that has yet to capture the cover of dwell magazine) - 300 miles long - and with over 500,000 daily occupants - it is a mammoth residence of asphalt, concrete, and steel. it collects stunning light, requires constant attention and maintenance, and hosts some of the most remarkable views in the land.

it is as egalitarian as the automobile (non motorized vehicles are not permitted on this super structure). and it is the only roadway in the three states that enjoys constant supervision by dozens upon dozens of public safety officers.

despite this impressive police presence it is the most dangerous neighborhood in our region. it is the most dangerous for children, for the elderly, for pregnant women, and for well bodied citizens. the mortality rate per square inch is higher than any neighborhood in america.

but the corridor project is not an exercise in underscoring or attempting to affect the dangers of the roadway. the corridor project has much less lofty goals: to allow for the consideration of this piece of architecture, this community of transients, this civic space - and the lands that flank its fast moving streams. it is genuinely and simply a project about perspective.

our brightest intellects, artists, architects and planners in the pacific northwest appear to spend the majority of their time and imagination considering the densely populated cities - strung like jewels along the necklace - of the 1-5. it is our goal to seduce some of those individuals to the table - and allow for an enlarged dialogue.

twelve tables

once a month for twelve months ONE POT in collaboration with other artists will endeavor to draw some attention to the in-between, the building we all share - this vast common space called the 1-5.


twelve dinners. alongside, in the middle of, and spanning over the interstate.

twelve locations - some dangerously close to the onslaught of traffic - some idyllic in their vantage point. one crossing an international border, one hung over the highway on an overpass, one floating in a major body of the water, and a solitary midwinter dinner party for one in the physical margin between northern and southern traffic.

the events will bring leading architects, poets, historians, policy makers, farmers, craftsmen, elected officials, and local community members to a common table - exposed to the elements and offer an opportunity to share food and conversation while in the shadow of the monumental structure of the 1-5.

the dinners will be made using food exclusively from local farms - working with local chefs and winemakers. the dinner itself will be an expression of the specific place it is hosted. some dinners will be in the sparkling sunshine - some will be in driving rain - or a blanket of snow. one dinner will host 100 people some will be as small as 10 - and the dinner in the margin will be for a single individual.


each dinner will be filmed, photographed, and taped. a short silent film will be created from each dinner. a separate but corresponding audio track will also be produced, including the sounds of the table and the various conversations that emerge. a website will track the progress of each dinner - include writings from the guests, and allow for ongoing discussion to take place for those in our region and beyond.

this project is being conceived as an online phenomenon and as an exhibit that is capable of being shown in various cities. it is our hope that proper funding is secured to produce a modest but handsome monograph of this work - including commissioned essays from our distinguished dinner guests - and in-depth documentation of the creation of each dinner.

the table

each table will be designed in collaboration with an artist in the region. the designs and the resulting tables will reflect the the environmental challenges and opportunities of each specific site.