Project Description

Outerspace on a Thursday

Artist: Tiny Rothko | Curator: co-presented with Portland State University’s School of Art and Design
May 3rd, 2014

Tiny Rothko in Outerspace on a Thursday
A multimedia, musical performance by Jordan Rathus and Andrew Adolphus. It incorporates live, multi-channel projections of video edited from a variety of sources ranging from intimate behind-the-scenes footage of Rathus on an surrealist game show set to Rathus and Adolphus’ concussion-themed home videos. Original, absurdist/existentialist rap lyrics are combined with elements such as found vinyl recordings of whale songs and soliloquies from avant-garde films, all together creating an alternative media hub of sorts, through which new and old audio-visual materials funnel and expand.

Julie Perini’s Minute Movies
For the past three years, Julie Perini has been using a small handheld video camera to create a single-take, 60-second video at some point during the day. Often observational, sometimes involving her own body, she gathers and catalogs information about her daily life and uses this material to create low fi, rhythmic renditions of reality and experimental video diaries. For this special screening and performative lecture about the Minute Movies project, Julie will screen fifteen Minute Movies in their unedited form and several other works created from this archive of the everyday: Julie Time (2012, 1 minute), Nebraska Diary (2013, 3 minutes), 306 Steps in Guanajuato (2012, 2 minutes), and White Lady Diaries (2013, 5 minutes).


Jordan Rathus was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1983 and earned her BFA in Film and Television Production from New York University in 2005. In 2012, she completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Arts (New Genres) at Columbia University, New York. Double Agency, a film co-produced with artist Nick Paparone, premiered at Adams and Ollman in Portland, Oregon in November 2013, and her solo exhibition Based on, If Any opened at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in December 2013. She was the 2012 MFA Artist in Residence at Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI, and is a recipient of the Brooks Fellowship Award from Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO and the Tony Hawkins Award from New York University, New York. Rathus lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. A solo exhibition at Upfor, Portland, OR is forthcoming in May.

Andrew Adolphus is a lens-based artist, film editor, and musician from Toronto, Canada. He attended York University in Toronto, Canada, and Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, Canada, and has edited over one hundred music videos and multiple documentary films and television series. Most recently, Adolphus co-edited the film Double Agency, which premiered at Adams and Ollman Gallery in Portland, Oregon in November, 2013. Adolphus is a recipient of the Much Music Video Award for Best Post-Production (2005) and was nominated for a Gemini Award in Best Picture Editing in an Information Series or Program (2008). Adolphus’ newest endeavor is the collaborative, live multimedia musical performance team Tiny Rothko, together with Jordan Rathus. Their first performance was at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in December 2013. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Julie Perini creates experimental and documentary videos/films, installations, and live events. Originally from Poughkeepie, NY, Julie has been exploring her immediate surroundings with cameras since age 15 when she discovered a VHS camcorder in her parent’s suburban home. Her work often explores the areas between fact and fiction, staged and improvised, personal and political. Julie has exhibited and screened internationally at such venues as the Centre Pompidou-Metz, France; the Maldives Pavilion at the Venice Bienniale, Italy; Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco; Visible Evidence XX, Stockholm; The Horse Hospital, London; Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, NY; Microscope Gallery, New YorK City; Upfor, Portland, OR; among others. She has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, Signal Fire, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She has received grants and fellowships in support of her work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Precipice Fund.  Her writing on art, media, politics, and culture has been published by AK Press, Afterimage, and Incite: The Journal of Experimental Media. Julie is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art + Design at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

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