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Liquid Dungeon Byproduct

October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020

A cavernous room rendered in high contrast digital graphics. There are DNA helixes spaced throughout the room, and brightly colored lines across the floor and ceiling.

Welcome to the Dungeon. You have been here since the 5th grade, though in dreams you glimpsed it long before. Through your symbiosis with the dungeon we glean Liquid Dungeon Byproduct. It flows over you and through you.

Liquid Dungeon Byproduct is a job creator.

Liquid Dungeon Byproduct is your constitutionally protected right.

Liquid Dungeon Byproduct is a bespoke smoothie of cortisol, lactic acid, and diesel.

It is regrettable that a rhetorical environment has sprung up in which the dungeon is maligned as a “carceral landscape” and “sword-industrial complex.” The droplet diffusion model of an orc’s exploding chest would never have been modeled without the research opportunities provided by the dungeon. A nine-year-old, bald, diverse girl is receiving medical care because of the dungeon. Her eyes reflect the iconic armor outline of the brave, yet non-toxically masculine men, women, men-identified people, and women-identified people bravely spelunking the dungeon. A bipartisan path forward. A cure for mana rash and autism. Hands across the future. Elves and humans.

We thank you for your service. You are the dream you’re looking for.

Liquid Dungeon Byproduct is a video game artwork and installation by Tabitha Nikolai and collaborative partners Porpentine Charity Heartscape (writing) and ESPer99 (sound). In addition to the downloadable game, the gallery presents an immersive projection viewable through the windows at 916 NW Flanders Street. Visitors can experience the exhibition at anytime on Thursdays – Saturdays during the month of October.

On October 15th at 5pm PT / 8pm ET, HOLDING Contemporary will host an online conversation and Q&A with Porpentine and Tabitha Nikolai, as well as a VJ/DJ set by ESPer99 over Twitch.tv.



October 1, 2020
October 31, 2020
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Wheelchair accessible
Women artist(s)
Event Type
Gallery, Visual Art
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Holding Contemporary
916 NW Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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