Mobile Projection Unit
Mobile Projection Unit (MPU) is a roving studio that presents new, experimental, site specific outdoor video projections throughout Portland, Oregon. Our work as an artist team focuses on spatializing video through projection mapping, and live interactive video performance through creative coding. Founded and directed by Fernanda D’Agostino and Sarah Turner in 2018, the MPU is also a curatorial project. Part of our curatorial ethos is to put the tools of production into the hands of artists. Throughout Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 MPU layered the nighttime city-scape of Portland with works by a cohort of media artists that included; Sharita Towne, Sabina Haque, Ruben Garcia Marrufo, Jaleesa Johnston, Craig Winslow, Megan McKissack, Victoria Wells, and Hasan Mahmood. Sites ranged from abandoned grain elevators to grand openings of community centers. In Spring of 2020 Mobile Projection Unit was commissioned by the Northwest Film Center to create three site specific video installations “Phases of the Moon,” for public events surrounding the Portland International Film Festival. More recent projects include “been there,” a series of experimental works by Black filmmakers curated by Ariella Tai and presented as a drive-in movie, and screenings with Snack Block in support of BLM. MPU is funded in part by the Precipice Fund the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Calligram Foundation, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Sarah Turner is an artist, new media curator, creative producer, and art director. Fernanda D’Agostino is an interactive video installation artist, public artist, and creative coder. Both are based in Portland, OR.
Against the Current; Commissioned by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art for TBA2020
Video artists and Mobile Projection Unit Founders Fernanda D'Agostino and Sarah Turner bring their new piece "Sea Creatures" to the Portland Art Museum for the Portland Winter Light Festival. "Sea Creatures" was conceived as an investigation of the ocean's transformational power and its age old position in myth and cosmology in every culture. Each of the three video installations investigates a different mood or aspect of water and how it pervades our consciousness, our mythologies, and our rituals of health and healing. The work features digital performers Jaleesa Johnson, Sophia Emigh, Yaara Valey, Sahra Brahim, and Sarah Turner. D'Agostino's virtual performance space "Liminal Performance Space" captures work by the Kusanagi Sisters in Tokyo and Sparrow Dance in Astoria. Crystal Quartez performed a live musical score to the piece from the Museum's covered entryway.
Phases of the Moon-Portland International Film Festival Commission-Cinema Unbound.
Che La Luna-Virtual Venice Biennale-Commission by Portland art Museum and Northwest Film Center
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