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Winter video projections will brighten First Thursday

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COURTESY: RACC - Fernanda D'Agostino's 'Pool' is one of the video displays to be featured at First Thursday's Winter Light Festival. February's First Thursday event will take on a winter theme: "the fluidity and the stillness of bodies," as portrayed by seven Oregon filmmakers.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council will host the Portland Winter Light Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday evening, Feb. 4.

Video projection of “Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest” will be displayed on the north wall of the building facing Northwest Glisan Street.

The RACC and Hollywood Theatre have been collaborating on the First Thursday video projection series called Night Lights since September. Investigating the psychology and the science of movement, Fernanda D’Agostino and six other Oregon video artists will interpret the theme from various perspectives. Artist, filmmaker and writer Penda Diakite will analyze the body as a source of cultural identity and expression, while dancer Kelly Rauer will her own body as the subject to simulate movement.

Julie Perini and Stephen Slappe, both artists and educators in Portland, will study the mysterious and strange aspects of everyday life experiences.

Mack McFarland, an independent artist and curator for Pacific Northwest College of Art, will explore the visceral aesthetics in his videos and communicate the nature of perception.

Ying Tan, an associate professor in digital arts at the University of Oregon, sometimes uses bodies of water or the bodies of other creatures to display motion and welcome reflection and contemplation.

Festival-goers may view the large video projections can from the parking lot. RACC is at 411 N.W. Park Avenue.

For more: www.racc.org.