Category Archives: Opinion

Rebeca Mendéz: design is a social force for change

  Hard to believe, but I’ve now known Rebeca for nearly twenty years. Back in 1998 we asked her to design a cover for Plazm magazine. That was issue #19. We printed a series of postcards with her work to … Continue reading

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Visiting the temporal with glass blower Michael Davis

Glass blower Michael Davis talks with OnCreativity about the creative process, uncertainty, and being present. With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like … Continue reading

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OnCreativity: Ann Hamilton interview

OnCreativity visits with visual artist Ann Hamilton on location at her massive installation’ the event of a thread’, to discuss flexibility, trust, and risk taking. With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores the nature of creativity and how it works via … Continue reading

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OnCreativity

We all have the ability to create. But what is creativity? How does it work? With the “OnCreativity” series, Plazm explores these and other questions via informal interviews with designers, artists, musicians, animators, and educators. Like creativity itself, their differing … Continue reading

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Who is this slimy creature?

Twenty years ago, in Plazm issue #9, we invited the Guerrilla Girls to do the inside front cover. They provided this nifty educational ad about Newt Gingrich. Back then Newt was Speaker of the House in the mid 1990s. When … Continue reading

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Just be

I finally got a chance to see Gimme Danger—the Stooges documentary by Jim Jarmusch. I can’t specifically recall the first time I heard the Stooges. I came of age on the punk rock that was inspired by them. But somehow it … Continue reading

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Dear Electoral College

Since Alexander Hamilton didn’t have access to email, I went ahead and sent this letter to all the electors via this site: Ask The Electors. Also submitted it to the Electoral College Petition folks.

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Mourn Heal Act

Like many of you, I have spent this week feeling a mixture of fear, nausea, and shock. Now there is someone at the upper echelons of government whose stated views about everyone that is not a white Christian male—not to … Continue reading

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Making Portland Work

I remember the first time I met Chloe Eudaly in her small store just north of Hawthorne Blvd. on 37th Avenue, a few blocks from my house. I was already a lover of ‘zines and printed matter of all kinds. PLAZM was a few years … Continue reading

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