Beau Van Hinklywinkle
WHO: Smart and funny innovator who creates live, story-telling slide shows and other situationist/living art endeavors.
WHY: Because he's hilarious, and also because he'll be showing two new presentations, Mod Fashion in the '90s and The JFK Assassination Story, alongside filmmaker Johanna Hibbard and musicians Glacier Park at The Charm Bracelet (Stumptown Coffee, Fri Jan 5, 9 pm, $5).
When did you start doing slide shows?
When I was about 18, a little village that I lived in got a slide projector, and then I got it for my birthday. I started fooling around, and at first I started doing slide shows of bloody and gory stuff, like STDs and head wounds. Then I got bored and started writing stories with the slides that I was finding everywhere.
So you just started showing them?
I used to have a theater at my house and every Wednesday night we would show films and slide shows. We'd eat popcorn and wrestle around and drink beer. Most of the films we were watching were bad '70s classroom films.
What are you thinking when you're writing them?
I get ideas in my head and try to find slides that fit. Sometimes I start laughing hysterically when I'm making them. It's a frustrating process cause there's so many slides; I have thousands of them, and to look through them is pretty tedious.
I did The Lance Armstrong Story because... basically, there's a lot of Texas pride in Texas, and there's this guy who was ragging on Texas a lot and everyone was talking about him... there were parades, mainstream people, people in grocery stores, all these people were gossiping about him. And then I found out he had testicular cancer and he was in the Tour de France.
Sometimes I'll make little documentaries, and I make a lot of slide shows about my family life. Like my dad was a terrorist and blew up a plane when I was a kid and I made a documentary slide show about that. It's called Flight 206.
They're not all documentaries--only about half of them are. It's kind of fun to play with stories in my own way. I get to screw around with the stories and fill in the blanks of something I don't know about.
In The Lance Armstrong Story, everything that happened is actually true. That's the funny part. Well, I don't think he got testicular cancer from a worm or a prostitute, but I know he did have a problem funding the Tour de France because of testicular cancer. And the United States Postal Service ended up sponsoring him, and if you see any pictures of him he's wearing big US Postal Service uniforms. He was talking trash about Texas, I know that. Everything I know is word of mouth. I never read anything about it or learn it from TV, but people talk about it.
Do you have any influences?
No. I guess I would like to see more slide shows, though. I saw one at a rave in New York once that was the Mumia Abu-Jamal story. It was done in cartoons and put up really big on this wall. I haven't really seen that many slide shows, besides the family vacation.
Is there a subject you haven't made a slide show documentary about yet that you'd like to?
Yes; PED. Post-Ejaculation Depression. It's people who get depressed after having orgasms and they get this feeling of worthlessness. I am going to do a slide show about that.
You also do the Bicycle Drive-In Theater, right?
I've only done that a couple times here. At the Bicycle Drive-In Theater, people just come and ride their bikes and drink beer and watch different movies--some on video, some on film, some slides. I do multimedia film collage where I used a bunch of different projectors and make a big wall of film and it changes as it goes. I do a lot of different stuff. I do a lot of shadow puppet shows, too.
What about the infamous Parade on Alberta?
We had a Parade on Alberta just for fun. I traveled in the circus for awhile. I did puppet shows and slide shows with them.
You're leaving Portland for awhile?
I'm going to Siberia with my friends for about two or three months. We're just going to visit people and travel around, and then I'm going to Texas. We're probably bringing some video stuff and slide stuff.
Are you coming back?
I'll be back in about April. I like Portland a lot, actually.
What's your favorite thing about Portland?
I like the fact that the neighborhood I live in feels like a small little town, and I like being close to the water and I like that all of the Northeast is kind of like a gang. I like a lot of things about it. Every day there's something new.
If you had the Rose Garden all to yourself for one night, and it would guarantee to sell out, what would you do?
The Rose Garden... where is that, exactly?
It's that big stadium in Northeast that can seat something like 30,000 people.
Is it where the Portland Trailblazers play?
I'd probably just hijack the place during a Blazers game. JULIANNE SHEPHERD