On the Doppelgänger Museum Catalogue and Collections

This is an excerpt from the Catalogue of the (im)permanent collections of the Doppelgänger Museum, a museum dedicated to displaying translations, reiterations, reimaginings, and evolutions of existing and lost works of art. The works in this collection are known to many, but through the curators’ repeated viewings and discussions, mutations have occurred. This art is accumulating; any of the multitude of contexts in which each original work has been situated (including non-linear time and space) can become a tangible part of the translated pieces held in the Doppelgänger Museum Collections. The mechanism of Time and the act of thinking or talking about works in the collections change the nature of the collections. The curators have attempted to isolate some of these aspects for closer examination through the inclusion of artifacts and archival excerpts in the Catalogue pages. The attached explanations are rather oblique, as it has become impossible to speak of this diaspora in a straightforward manner. Patrons may visit the Doppelgänger Museum at any time by describing, discussing, or dreaming about any existing work of art, even if that conversation remains inside its originator’s head. Acquisitions to the Museum’s Collections are ongoing; works recently accessioned may also be viewed here

Aspen Farer + Coleman Stevenson

Aspen Farer is an artist, educator, actor, filmmaker, writer, and game designer. He currently teaches in the sketch comedy writing program at the Brody Theater School where he is also the Communications Director and a regularly-performing member of the ensemble cast. Aspen previously taught at the Art Institute of Portland where he helped develop and expand the curriculum in both the film and game design departments. Aspen’s personal work ranges from sculpture to abstract games to film. He produces private commissions and shows annually in galleries. In 2013 he helped design and produce a museum-wide public geocaching game in the Portland Art Museum involving custom soundscapes, hidden clues and actors playing characters connected to works of art in the museum’s collection. In 2016 he was part of the team that designed the Satanic Panic Room, an immersive escape-room game created for Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Aspen has written and produced several award-winning short films and he is currently working on a feature length documentary about commune life in rural Southern Oregon.

Coleman Stevenson is the author of two collections of poems, Breakfast (Reprobate/GobQ Books, 2015) and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609 (bedouin books, 2012). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, OR, area, where she now teaches the Image + Text track of the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. She designs tarot cards and other divination products through her business The Dark Exact.


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