Crossing multiple disciplines with her practice, Marina Zurkow builds animated and participatory environments that are centered on humans and their entanglement with animals, plants, and the weather. Her latest project “Sampan Super Chai,” is a collaboration with PDX-based The Last Attempt at Greatness whose design disruptions explore humans’ relationship with progress, expectations, liminality, and value. Their is an examination of Portland’s terroir: collecting, analyzing, and processing the substrate, waters, biota, and anthropogenic artifacts of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Partnering with scientists and activists, the project will explore new ways to understand the Portland hydroscape.
Zurkow and The Last Attempt at Greatness will be joined by a panel of regional arts and science colleagues:
Chris D’Arcy, Former Executive Director of Oregon Arts Commission
Kevin Kearns, Vice President of Exhibits at OMSI
Sarah Sentiles, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies and Visual Arts at PNCA
Jim Desmond, Metro’s Sustainability Center