Black Life Experiential Research Group


BLERG

The Black Life Experiential Research Group is an interdisciplinary collaborative for inquiry and activism at the intersection of art, urban planning, and radical geography.

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The Black Life Experiential Research Group (BLERG) is a think tank. Instead of dry analytical reports, it produces transmedia experiences. It anchors itself to a Black geography of Portland, but it doesn’t stop there. It’s porous and collaborative with diverse artists, thinkers, audiences, and cityscapes. It can fly through neighborhoods that were razed by slum clearance, exhume voices and documents that unsettle our understanding of what happened then, now, and can happen in the future. It gives language, shape, and form to Black imagination through public art and intervention, augmented reality, print, and video, to breathe possibilities back into sites of Black Life in Portland and beyond.

This project was discontinued in 2019.


Award Year
2019
Status

Discontinued

BLERG

Portland, OR

The Black Life Experiential Research Group is an interdisciplinary collaborative for inquiry and activism at the intersection of art, urban planning, and radical geography. In shifting through historical and contemporary Black geographies, the work provides clues to understanding how Black possibilities live, breathe, and reclaim space.


Individual Bios

Sharita Towne is an transdisciplinary artist and educator based in Portland, OR, born and raised on the west coast of the U.S. along Interstate 5—from Salem, OR, to Tacoma, WA and down to Sacramento, CA.

Lisa K. Bates is an activist scholar who uses research, art practice, and spatial intervention to develop new visions of Black history, present, and possibility.