With a whiff of PechaKucha, and a penchant for sideline knowledge areas, Weird Shift hosts "MicroTalks": an evening of short-form presentations that might include inspiring rants, marginalia studies and image-laden screeds.
Expect (and/or become part of) an eclectic array of offerings from local and telepresent artists, writers, concept engineers, cranks and independent researchers.
All are welcome! Bring images on flashdrive or laptop, or just step up, open-mic style.
Weird Shift began in 2012. It was named "Weird Shit Con" then, and was a gathering of interesting people so that they could talk about anything that they wanted to, outside of the standards of conferences and professional obligations. The idea worked well. When people got together to share things, chosen only because they wanted to share interesting things, a wide range of amazing topics were introduced. People talked passionately about what they knew and what they wanted others to know, and the common introduction "this might sound weird, but..." taught all who attended that the world is in itself much weirder than we give it credit for being, and that is in fact, normal.
In 2013, the project was renamed Weird Shift Con. With a month long gallery show at gallery:Homeland in Portland, Oregon, capped by a weekend-long conference in the middle, the scope of work that could be shared was expanded. It didn't just need to be ideas. Weird Shift could be musical performance, video art, improvisational walking tours, rehabbed and hacked machinery, book collections, food, and interactive art installations.
For 2014, with a grant from the Precipice Fund, The Calligram Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Weird Shift opened the Weird Shift Storefront. For a period of six months, Weird Shift will operate a center for marginalia studies. Above all, there will be access to the archives, which will catalog Weird Shift work both old and new, so that time will no longer be a factor in sharing and experiencing what people find weird and interesting.
Today, Weird Shift roams nomadically, programming events in artist-run and hertzian spaces.