Futility of Preparedness

February 14 - March 23, 2017

February 21, 5 - 7pm: Artist Reception and Performance (@ Linfield Gallery)

March 14, 6pm: Movement Workshop (@ Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E Sheridan St, Newberg)



Linfield Gallery is pleased to present Futility of Preparedness, an exhibition and performance featuring Portland-based artist group Physical Education. The Exhibition opens February 14 and will continue to change and evolve as both a site-specific installation and as a staging ground for an original performance. Join us on February 21 for an opening reception and performance with the artists. As a community partnership to expand the reach of the exhibition, a Movement Workshop with Physical Education be held on March 14 at the Chehalem Cultural Center. Both events are free and open to the public.



Conceived of as a six-week installation and original performance, Physical Education’s Futility of Preparedness is an accumulation of ideas, objects and actions addressing the phenomenology of disaster planning.

Working with Linfield students and community members outside of the college, the project considers how the language of necessity, survival, and the informed create meaning in different contexts. The evolving exhibition space is meant to function as both a site for performance and contemplation, asking visitors to question how the language of preparedness functions in relation to speculation, paranoia and the world of resources.

Additional support for this exhibition comes from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition, which includes funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Community Foundation.



Preparedness is an imaginative idea/force/act. It exists in the imagination, but also exists as a heavy object that weighs you down literally/physically. “What’s the worst that could happen?” is a common question, but in the context of disaster planning it can sometimes yield daydreams of the unfathomable, spiraling out to the farthest reaches of fear and anxiety while simultaneously bringing focus and consideration to the self in its immediacy—what do I need to survive for X amount of days without access to any of the things I rely upon? What are my most basic needs? And which of those needs can fit in this duffel bag that is three feet long and two feet wide? When the big one comes, everything will come down to milliseconds, hundredths of centimeters which will determine survival or death. Wrong time, wrong place or not. But it will also be measured by lines on a page at a remote seismograph location, an innocent looking line that literally describes the earth shifting.


This exhibition is an exploitation of survivalist tendencies, apocalypse as oppression and the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical impact of apocalyptic scenarios. The relief in knowing the end is near. Energy expenditures on the possible though not plausible, anticipated yet unknown, destructive though generative. Predictions for the future - visions, data, divinity, context, history, lore. The relationship between expecting the end in one’s lifetime and human self importance or the individual & collective ego. What if we give up on the apocalypse as a notion. Welcome the end of humanity. The end as the beginning of healing. The usefulness of a diminished human ego. Is our survival necessary, useful, productive, or beneficial? Maybe a party is in order. Let’s celebrate our temporality and throw preparedness with caution into the face of harsh winds. Can futility be promising and even hopeful? Where do our allegiances lie.



Physical Education began as an intimate reading group centered around critically engaging with performance, dance, media, theory and ideas amongst artists keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Takahiro Yamamoto, and Lu Yim. The group opened up to the community and started to host and organize reading groups and performance events when they landed their first Precipice Fund grant in 2015. Since then they have collaborated with S1, Holocene, and Short Space.

They curated history is a hole in collaboration with HQ Objective and PNCA, and hosted a reading group with de:canon project (2017). Most recently, PE put on SAY WHEN, their first mini-festival which curated international and Portland-based performers and interactive media artists. They are two–time recipients of the Precipice Fund (2015, 2017). They were artists-in-residence at PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art & Culture(2016-17). PE has toured as a group to Minneapolis and San Francisco and were visiting artists in Garrick Imatani’s Invisible Weather at Southern Oregon University in Ashland,  Oregon.

They do not identify as a collective and have yet to find a fitting word other than Physical Education to describe what they are.


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