The Power of Sex in Germany, France, and Rural Oregon
A German edition is published by Stiebner and a French edition has been published by Pyramid. Both have a silkscreened rubber cover matching the US edition.
Also, look for an installation of the Museum of Sex exhibit curated by Joshua Berger and Sarah Dougher to be installed at the Campbell Gallery at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. Includes an introduction by Steven Heller.
Opening reception 2/14/07 6 - 8 pm
Show runs 2/14/07 - 3/13/07
Western Oregon University
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, Oregon 97361
Limited edition posters will be available, silkscreen with Vaseline. Join our email list to be informed when these go on sale.
November 28, 2006
Plazm knows its ABC's—or at least its X's
Berger received the "X." Berger's piece was inpired by a report in the New York Times (October 10, 2006) that a team of American and Iraqi researchers had estimated over 600,000 civilians have died in violence across Iraq since the 2003 American invasion. Berger decided that he would mark and “X” for each civilian life lost. The first piece in this ongoing series is on display at the ABC show; it represents 7,193 lives. Based on this first page, Berger anticipates that it will take about one hundred hours of continuous drawing and at least eighty sheets of paper to complete this project.
Opening 11/30 at 7pm, runs one month
at Office 2204 NE Alberta
Works by Brad Simon, Martin Ontiveros, Driscoll Reid, Chris Hutchinson, Bwana Spoons, Sarah Hollowood, the Sturgills, Wesley Younie, Jessica Lynch, Trish Grantham, Damion Triplett, Geoffrey Lorenzen, Adam Bayer, Matt Cassity, Eric Lovejoy, Scott Barry, Guy Burwell, Evan Harris, Le Merde, Ray Fenwick, Apak, Jason Vivona, Ademar Matinian, Ian Lynam and Tony Secolo.
August 18, 2006
Plazm takes part in the Urban Forest
This project displays 200 banners by designers, artists, photographers, and illustrators from around the world, (such as Ed Fella, Paula Scher, Massimo Vignelli, David Carson, Vaughn Oliver and many others) in New York’s Time Square. The banners will then be recycled into tote bags and auctioned off, with proceeds going to scholarship and mentoring programs to benefit visual art students. The Urban Forest starts on August 17 and will be on display thru October 31, 2006. The website for the project will also launch today at: www.urbanforestproject.org
June 24, 2006
Plazm Celebrates our 15 Year Anniversary with Issue #28 and a Blow-out Bash
An evening of art, music, and performance featuring:
Fleshtone > DJ Copy > E*Rock > Valet > The Watery Graves >
Sissyboys / DJ Shannon / Dim Sum Puppet Theater confessional booth / Tahni Holt of Monster Squad > Mike Barber of 10 Tiny Dances > Kaosmosis > + more
Birthday treats provided by Saint Cupcake Vodka by New Deal Distillery Frosty Beverages from Deschutes Brewery, New Belgium Brewing, Miller High Life, Hot Lips Soda + Tasty treats from Valentine's
June 24 / Disjecta Building / 1 SE 3rd St.
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June 08, 2006
OSU Students Surprise Plazm with Typographic Birthday Cupcakes
The students frosted the alphabet with Todd Munn's font, Spacecadet. Not to be outdone, Saint Cupcake plans to make approximately 500 cupcakes for the official Plazm birthday bash on June 24th at the Disjecta building.
June 06, 2006
Plazm and ConcreteCMS Collaborate to Preserve Natural Spaces
It directs Metro to protect land around rivers and streams, preserve fish and wildlife habitat, and restore natural areas. It also includes tough accountability provisions – including a citizens’ oversight committee and yearly independent financial audits that must be published in the newspaper – to ensure the money is spent as promised. We think these things are extremely valuable.
Together this November, we can protect our legacy of natural areas and clean water for future generations.
Visit the site, get involved.
April 24, 2006
Old Joy to Premier at PDX Film Fest
Old Joy is directed by Kelly Reichardt and written by Raymond and Kelly Reichardt.
March 28, 2006
Debut of the Rubber Vloeren Font
The Rubber Vloeren alphabet was used by Zwart on several other
occasions. There's a showing in Dutch Type by Jan Middendorp of the most
spectacular version: a gold-on-blue version on ceramic tiles made for the
First Church of Christ Scientist in The Hague when working for the
architect Berlage. We hope this first digital rendering will find new life
in new places Zwart could have never imagined.
March 15, 2006
Joshua Berger Invited to Participate in the Urban Forest Project.
Each banner will use the form of the tree, or a metaphor for the tree, to make a powerful visual statement. Together they’ll create a forest of thoughtful images in one of the world’s busiest, most energetic and emphatically urban intersections. We hope that bringing nature and art to the “Crossroads of the World,” visited by 30 million people each year and known mainly for its dazzling commercial signage, will encourage passersby to pause, if only for a moment, to be entertained, stimulated or provoked by the work.
Plazm's Joshua Berger has been selected as a participant.
This project is organized by the AIGA New York Chapter, Times Square Alliance, and Worldstudio Foundation.
January 22, 2006
Old Joy wins Tiger at Rotterdam Film Festival
Read more about Old Joy below under the December 20, 2005 news entry.
New York premier set for the week of March 27, 2006, check your local media.
Portland premier set for April 26, 2006 at the Guild theater.
January 16, 2006
Martin Luther King, Jr. day
Go to www.remembersegregation.org for more.
December 20, 2005
Old Joy to premiere at Sundance, Plazm completes titling sequence.
Plazm has completed a titling sequence for the film.
The story: Two old friends, Mark and Kurt, reunite for a weekend camping trip in the mountains outside Portland, Oregon. Kurt is still the free spirit, unrooted, drifting through life, but Mark has moved on, with a serious relationship and baby on the way. As the hours progress and the landscape changes, the two men move through a range of subtle emotions that trigger unfamiliarity with the new terrain in their relationship. What will be the rules of their continued friendship?
Locate the Sundance schedule
November 26, 2005
Red Bull Theater Presents The Revenger’s Tragedy
The Revenger's Tragedy, a Jacobean thriller written a few years after Hamlet, is a searing examination of the need for justice and the desire for vengeance. Vindice, the "Revenger," sets off a chain reaction of havoc in a corrupt and decadent Venice, which exposes outrageous indulgences and government hypocrisy, and ends in a coup de théâter massacre of epic proportions. Part black comedy, part social satire, the play is a gleefully macabre plot-twisting blender full of Shakespeare's greatest hits. Written by Thomas Middleton, Cyril Tourneur, or Annonymous, the work is adapted by Artistic Director Jesse Berger.
Poster and marketing materials designed by Plazm's Joshua Berger and Todd Houlette. View poster.
For more information, showtimes and tickets visit www.redbulltheater.com.
November 14, 2005
Crack Press Ten Year Anniversary
Plazm partner Pete McCracken will show a retrospective of work at Berbati's during December 2005, opening the show on First Thursday, December 1st, 7-10PM. The show with feature work created at Crack Press by Pete and also collaborative work with artists, designers and musicians in Portland, the Pacific Northwest and from around the world, including Jim Riswold, Alfredo Jaar, David Eckard, Peter Wegner, Shawn Wolfe, Danny Seim, Jeff Kovel, Kevin Sampsell, Joshua Berger, Shane Sauers, Derek Welch, Danny Seim, Jeremy Bittermann, Matthew Stadler, Menomena, Nut Brown and many others.
The Crack Press Anniversary will also include the Crack Ten Bash at Berbati's Pan on Saturday December 10th with bands Lackthereof, Rollerball and The Doors of Perception, who will perform one last show to celebrate Crack Press's Ten Years and Jim Morrison's 62nd birthday. For more information contact Pete McCracken, 503 229 0892 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view more work visit www.crackpress.com
November 08, 2005
Plazm's Joshua Berger and eight others kick off the Change Me project to raise money for The One Campaign.
The project raises awareness and money for the One Campaign. The One Campaign is a new effort by Americans to rally Americans to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. Learn more at http://www.one.org/
For each entry, Getty Images will donate $10, up to their goal of $50,000.
Project initiated by Chris Ashworth of Getty Images. Thank you, Chris! Launch contributors include: Jane Walsh, Michael C. Place, Mike Benson, Andrea Lugli, Adrian Shaughnessy, Joshua Berger, Alexei Tylevich, Chris Ashworth, and Paul Belford. Please join us.
November 03, 2005
The 32nd Annual Northwest Film and Video Festival
The festival—one of the premiere showcases of new work by Northwest film & video artists—kicks off November 4 at 7 PM with a program of shorts followed by the Opening Night Party in the Fred and Suzanne Fields Ballroom in the Portland Art Museum’s newly renovated Mark Building.
Jim Appleton shot everything for the print campaign. Joelle McGonagal did the macramé and the beaded type. The writer was Ginger Robinson. There are also three trailers which you can see in theaters directed by Todd Korgan, Ryan Jeffrey, and the Sushitaka Brothers.
November 01, 2005
Plazm and the Heathman Hotel sponsor 2GQ's Regarding Language
Part of the Enteractive Language Festival
November 3, First Thursday at the Heathman Hotel Tea Room
SW Broadway & Salmon
7-10 pm ~ Please dress exquisitely
Free/suggested donation $5-15
• Haiku Inferno
• Lauren K. Newman/LKN
• Word of Mouth
• Angelle Hebert & Philip Kraft
• Julian Tulip
• Yvette Tourangeau
with your hosts, Tiffany Lee Brown & Nora McCrea
Sponsored by the Heathman Hotel and PLAZM
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCES:
Haiku Inferno is Kevin Sampsell, Frayn Masters, Frank D'Andrea, and Elizabeth Miller -- "The Ramones of Haiku."
Critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist/song-noise composer Lauren K. Newman (LKN) is known for her out-of-control stage presence and emotionally resonant guitar technique. For 2GQ, the founder of Stellamarie and former drummer of Vanishing Kids promises to do something a little different.
Angelle Hebert & Phillip Kraft present performance art involving language, movement, and music.
Yvette Tourangeau leads you, the audience, in an ongoing game of Ahnamanna. This language was created especially for tonight's show, and the booklets at your tables will help you speak it with each other. And oh: it can also be played as a drinking game.
Word of Mouth is a found poetry project conceived by Scott Allen Smith. He recruits people to collect words on a certain day— this time, on Day of the Dead. The resulting poems will be read by Scott himself and Zea Ewert-Bean.
Julian Tulip has a wicked way with singing, spoken word, and new wave stylings. At our show, this Julian Tulip's Licorice and Cancer Fags founder will entertain from the bench of the Tea Room's sleek grand piano. He'll also be creating a special song/spoken word piece for infamous free speech advocate and arts attorney Kohel Haver, who won the song as a prize at 2GQ's September fundraiser.
Visit www.2GQ.org for more information.
October 08, 2005
Girls Rock! The Movie materials launch
Plazm's Joshua Berger worked with a few other folks to put together materials to help market the film: big props to Jeff and all at Deepplay for their dedication on building the web site. Also to Melina Rodrigo for the drawings, and Yasmeen Ayyashi for all the hours slaving over a hot computer on the print materials and packaging. Everyone is doing this stuff pro-bono to help get the film off the ground. If you want to get involved or view the trailer, check out the first version of the site here:
And of course, check out the actual Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls— one of the most inspiring things ever to happen in Portland, Oregon.
July 19, 2005
Plazm participates in CMYK Independent Magazine Festival in Barcelona
CMYK 2005 will take place in Barcelona on July 21st, 22nd and 23rd at the CCCB - Contemporary Culture Centre of Barcelona.
Check out the web site for more details about participation, workshops, directions, etc.: www.cmyk-mags.com
Click on “SOFA” for an excellent list of independent magazines from around the world with corresponding web site links...
July 01, 2005
Project Hello Extended Through July.
Please come by if you can -- view the works, pick up and distribute signs, or submit photographs.
July 1-July 31 Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm
Plazm 1640 NW Johnson St. Portland OR 97209
June 03, 2005
Design of Dissent exhibit opens at SVA in New York
It corresponds with the release of their book by the same title. Plazm has some work featured— including the piece “Supersize" (pictured above).
Opening reception: Friday June 3, 2005 6 pm: A conversation with Milton Glaser and Mirko Illic moderated by Steven Heller 7-9 pm: Opening reception with wine and tapas
Continuing exhibition: The exhibition will remain on view June 3 - July 2, 2005.
Location: School of Visual Arts 209 East 23 Street New York, NY 10010 212.592.2144
Exhibition hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 9am – 6:30pm; Thursday, 9am - 8pm; Saturday, 10am – 5pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays. The exhibition is fully accessible by wheelchair.
June 01, 2005
Announcing Project Hello - the Portland premiere.
Holding a sign with their own handwritten name, the individuals are being photographed for a website— www.projecthello.org— several exhibitions, a book, public service announcements, and more.
Hundreds of the photos will be on display in our lobby during the month of June. Please feel free to come by and view the works, pick up and distribute signs, or submit photographs. Contact email@example.com for further information.
July 1-July 31 Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm
Plazm 1640 NW Johnson St. Portland OR 97209
May 18, 2005
Longtime Plazm Editor Jonathan Raymond Set To Release First Novel
We are pleased to announce the release of The Half-Life (Bloomsbury), Jonathan Raymond's stunning debut novel about two friendships separated by generations but bound together by a dark mystery.
The Half-Life, with extraordinary power and grace, reveals the pleasures and heartaches that bind us to one another.
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May 06, 2005
Plazm editor Jonathan Raymond and photographer Justine Kurland present their latest collaboration, Old Joy.
In the meditation on cosmic themes of purification and desire, writer Jonathan Raymond describes a hike by two old friends to remote hot springs in the foothills of the Cascade mountain range. As the hours progress, and the landscape evolves, and Kurt and Mark enact a pilgrimage of consciousness replete with mystical insights, wonderment, and intimations of subtle spiritual battle. Which path is the truly enlightened? What perception is the truly devout? How does one live in a fallen world?TICKETS: $8 PICA Members / $10 General Call or email PICA for more details 503.242.1419 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.pica.org
February 14, 2005
Nobody Said it was Going to be Like This
February 16th 11:30am – 1:00pm
Bend Golf & Country Club
Reservations are due by noon on February 14th either by calling 541-385-1992 or registering online
For more info: www.adfedco.org
February 07, 2005
Exhibition Opening: The Power of Sex in Contemporary Design
Curators: Joshua Berger and Sarah Dougher Exhibit advisor: Steven Heller
New work featured as part of the exhibition: Spotlight on the Permanent Collection For more info: www.mosex.com
January 28, 2005
Plazm creative director Joshua Berger speaks at Portland State University AIGA
January 28, 2005 / 6:30 pm PSU Art Building SW 5th and College Street Room 200
January 15, 2005
Plazm creative director Joshua Berger speaks at Design Madison
January 20, 2005 / 7 pm Madison, WI Club Majestic For more info: www.designmadison.com/dm/pages/events/0405/berger.html
January 11, 2005
Museum Of Sex Taps Joshua Berger, Sarah Dougher, and Steven Heller to Curate Exhibition
“The Power of Sex in Contemporary Design” focuses on the use of sex and sexuality in design and advertising, and features an introduction by exhibit adviser Steven Heller. For current exhibition hours, see their Spotlight on the Permanent Collection.
March 03, 2004
Plazm and PNCA present Alfredo Jaar—artist and architect—for a lecture and workshop.
He fuses the aesthetic and the ethical to focus on injustices around the world such as poverty, exploitation and genocide. Jaar was born in Santiago de Chile, where he studied architecture and film direction. Since 1982 he has lived and worked in New York City.
His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at museums throughout the world, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. Jaar has also participated in the Venice, São Paulo, Johannesburg, Sydney, Istanbul and Kwangju Biennales, as well as Documenta in Kassel.
Alfredo Jaar will present a selection of projects from the last 20 years, including film, performance, installations and public projects that fuse the aesthetic and the ethical to focus on injustices around the world such as poverty, exploitation and genocide. Jaar is conscious of how one-dimensional the mass media has made stories on global politics and how it has cheapened the power of the image.
"I feel we have reached a point where we have too many images," he says. "Images inform us about the world, and by understanding images we form ideas about ourselves. If images lose their power to affect us, we have lost our humanity." For Jaar, one of the most difficult aspects of his art is finding a balance between sending a powerful political message and preaching.
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October 12, 2003
Plazm Applies Design to Social Activism in the Americas
Portland, Ore., USA -- For the second conference in a row, the prestigious American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has invited Plazm partners Joshua Berger and Pete McCracken to present and conduct workshops at their bi-annual gathering of the North American design community. The Plazm talk and workshop are entitled "Cultures of Violence, Cultures of Peace: Anti-War Graphics in a Digital Age," a theme echoed in other workshops and shows the partners will present in Brazil and in Oregon this fall.
This year's AIGA conference, focusing on social activism with the theme "The Power of Design: Culture, Economy, Environment," will be held October 23-26 in Vancouver, B.C. Plazm will present a concise history of post World-War II anti-war graphics, followed by a case study of the latest Gulf War examining how digital media has changed the observation, consumption, and analysis of conflict and violence in our society. The role of digital media and networked communications in organizing and mobilizing anti-war efforts will also be discussed, including the website Plazm created at www.anti-war.us.
"Designers have played a significant role in world events," explains Berger. "The most effective posters in nearly every modern political movement have been created by artists and designers, who now have computers and the Internet to work with. We are trained in using methods of mass communication and propaganda. We have the potential to catalyze a movement and create powerful, positive messages in the world."
Together with Anthony Ramos of On Interactive and Jon Steinhorst, Berger developed the anti-war.us site to collect and distribute anti-war materials to other graphic designers as well as to activists all over the world.
June 09, 2003
Plazm and PNCA present artist Shawn Wolfe
Shawn Wolfe is best known as the man behind Beatkit™. The so called "brand without a product" has served as inspiration for the improbable RemoverInstaller™ as well as the artist's global "Panic Now" campaign, paintings, t-shirts, comics, sculpture and performance. A practicing designer for over fifteen years, Wolfe currently makes his home in Seattle where he works and teaches at Cornish College of the Arts.
November 10, 2002
Behind the Seen: Plazm and PNCA present David Carson
May 05, 2002
Plazm Presents at the AIGA National Conference Washington, D.C.
what does your art save? who does your art serve? what does your art conserve? what does your art convey? whom does your art convince? what does your art confirm? what does your art affirm? to whom does your art ascent? where does your art ascend? what does your art pretend? how does your art blend? what does your art bend? whom does your art defend? what does your art detail? what does your art entail? whom does your art entitle? whom does your art excite? what does your art expect? what does your art expand? to whom does your art pander? on whom does your art depend? what does your art suspend? what does your art suffer? what does your art offer? whom does your art offend? to whom does your art attend? what does your art attack? what nut does your art crack? what does your art crave? who does your art save?
As creative individuals trained in sophisticated methods of communication, designers are uniquely positioned to expand or disrupt the status quo.
How do you experience the conflict between commercial and pro-bono work?
How have you reconciled it?
How does your work build community?
Plazm also participated in the 20/20 portion of the opening night ceremony: 20 designers each giving a one-minute presentation. View ours here.
June 10, 2001
Plazm Open House
So we had a welcome party to break in our new home, the old Black & Decker building at 1640 NW Johnson. Everyone stopped working, except Dave who diligently worked to repair yet another Mac casualty. Thanks to Portland Brewing for the beautiful beverages and to Saucebox for the delicious treats.
May 15, 2001
Plazm Presents an evening with renowned typographer Matthew Carter
He worked for Mergenthaler Linotype (1965-1981), and co-founded Bitstream Inc. with Mike Parker in 1981. In January 1992, he founded Carter & Cone with Cherie Cone. In 1995, he won the Gold Prize at the annual Tokyo type Directors Club competition for Sophia.
In 1997, he received the TDC Medal for "significant contributions to the life, art, and craft of typography". He has created hundreds of typefaces-- many ubiquitous to the common eye including Verdana for Microsoft, Bell Gothic which is utilized in most US phone books, custom faces for Newsweek, US News & World Report, among many others.
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May 01, 2001
Plazm 10-Year Anniversary
This particular year was extra special because the party celebrated Plazm's tenth year. Over 600 people attended the event -- some travelling 3000 miles to be there -- with many staying until darkness turned to light. The party was sponsored by Culligan Water, Final Home, Tanqueray X and the Portland Brewing Company.