Current showS

24 Hour Empire - Solo Show - Portland, OR - 1/7/2016 through 1/16/2016 - Upfor Gallery
Electronique Souterrains 1.0 - Paris, France - Ongoing - All SNCF stations with large displays in La Defense and Franklin

Recent Shows

No Vacancy - Curator - Portland, OR - 11/28/2015 - Service
1010 Art Show @ XOXO - Organizer/Curator - Portland, OR - 9/11/2015 - Instrument (419 NE 10th)
Electric Storefronts 1.0 - Organizer/Curator - Portland, OR - 8/15/2015 through 9/1/2015 - SE 12th and SE Division (Ford District)
SFPC Student Show - Participating Artist - New York, NY - 8/8/2015 - Babycastles


The Diode Series

From May 2014 through May 2015 Josh operated a permanent gallery in Portland's Old Town district. The gallery focused on electronic and experimental artwork. It included a storefront window that had an ongoing series of interactive installations. Over the course of the gallery hosted six shows and several unique window installations.



Deviant Cartography - This solo show featuring artist Doug McCune brings together maps, map data, and cutting edge production techniques to explore difficult subject matter such as environmental disasters and criminal activity. Artwork was created using 3D printers, laser cutters, aluminum, and acrylic prints. Deviant Cartography was on display April & May 2015 at the Diode Gallery for Electronic Art.


PINS - This window installation crafted by the crew at Second Story filled the Diode Gallery window with two giant interactive displays inspired by pin art. Utilizing two Kinect's, two LED strips, two displays, and powerful PCs this work lit up the street day and night. PINS was installed at the Diode Gallery for Electronic Art in March 2015.


Dungeon Hacker - This gallery show and window installation featuring Lumenal Code was an interactive game in disguise. Featuring hand illustrated artwork, every piece of art could be scanned using the Layar augmented reality app. Players can choose a character and weapon and then face off against a boss all using their mobile device. Dungeon Hacker was on display in Feburary & March 2015 at the Diode Gallery for Electronic Art.



Uncontext: Duel - This combination hack day, mystery, and gallery show was crafted by local Portland artist John Brown and Josh Michaels in conjunction with PDX Creative Coders. Participating artists were given basic code to receive a stream of unknown data from a server. The artists were not given any explanation as to what the data meant, simply what format it was in. Artists then worked to create individual works based on this data set. At the gallery installation it was revealed that the dataset was a historical database of chess games. Uncontext: Duel was on display at the Diode Gallery in December 2014. 


Together - This combination art hack day and gallery show was put together by Surya Buchwald and Josh Michaels in conjunction with PDX Creative Coders. The vision for the show was a single gallery with many electronic art installations that all reacted to the same touch surface. Artists were given a basic interface for receiving touch data from a large interactive touch screen. They then crafted individual artworks to react to this data. The gallery install featured a single central touch screen and twelve different installations from Portland artists that all reacted in tandem. Together was on display at the Diode Gallery for Electronic Art in August 2014.


Church of Robotron - The great and holy Church of Robotron put on an exhibition at the Diode Gallery in September 2014 featuring three interactive alters to the game Robotron 2084. The show included a fully playable window installation with touch interface, sound, and a leaderboard. Walking into the gallery was like opening a game cabinet. Inside guests found an Oculus Rift alter, an electric shock alter, video sermons, and more. Openings included live preaching and street acting. More than two thousand unique players interacted with the window display over the course of the show. 



The Future/Canvas Series


This series of shows focused on artwork created on, with, or involving iPads and other mobile devices. The first show was the first ever multiple artist iPad show. The second was the first ever week long alternative WWDC event. This groundbreaking series ran from December 2010 through February 2015 and has now been retired. More information on this series can be found at