Art, art everywhere! Kick-off of CounterCurrent Festival

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April 13th kicks of the 2nd annual University of Houston Cynthia Woods Center for the Arts COUNTERCURRENT Festival. Focused on bringing public art in the areas of performance, installation, and video, this festival brings together artists from around the world and gives Houstonians a chance to experience art forms that are perhaps outside the parameters of standard galleries and other art institutions.

If this season is as good as last years, we are in for 6 days of awesomeness!

A complete schedule of events can be found here, but here are a few of the shows that I will be going to

(Text and images courtesy of CWMCoA)

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Luke Savinsky

Tue, April 14, 2015 from 8:30pm – 10pm

Allen’s Landing
1001 Commerce Street, Houston, TX 77002
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Austin-based multimedia artist Luke Savisky returns to Houston with Ht/X, a live video spectacle on the underside of downtown Houston’s Allen’s Landing Bridge. The giant arch at once becomes a huge movie montage against the night sky; a watery reflection of the life along the river, a window through time and possibly even a passage to an inner world.

Savisky is known for transforming non-traditional spaces into immersive experiences that interact with and mesmerize audiences. In 2010, Savisky’s interactive installation E/x was projected onto four silos in Houston’s East End, igniting the city skyline with the bodies of audience members as they appeared to move and merge within a visually stunning montage.

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Bodycast

Suzanne Bocanegra

Sat, April 18, 2015 at 4pm
Sun, April 19, 2015 at 4pm

60 minutes

Brown Auditorium Theater
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

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Inspired by the two teenage years visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra spent in a body cast due to scoliosis, Bodycast is an inventive theatricalization of the ubiquitous “artist talk.” Part performance and part essay, Bocanegra uses the format to explore how and why she became an artist. It is a sequel of sorts to Bocanegra’s work When a Priest Marries a Witch, which used a similar approach to explore her Texas upbringing and had its premiere in 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Exploring topics as disparate as Roman art, Rose queens, and Texas drill teams, Bodycast mines specific details of Bocanegra’s life to create a more general meditation on art-making and shifting ideals of feminine beauty.

Performed by film and television actress Lili Taylor (Mystic PizzaSay Anything…I Shot Andy WarholSix Feet UnderThe Haunting), the story of Bocanegra’s Bodycast takes on a new life, with the phantom presence of the artist herself looming in the sidelines.

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Ten Tiny Dances

Sun, April 19, 2015
11am Brunch  + 12pm Performance

75 minutes (Performance)

Anita + Caroline Streets, adjacent to 13 Celsius
3000 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004
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Connecting local and visiting dance communities for an experiment in confined space, Ten Tiny Dances® is a performance series dedicated to fostering inventive dance and providing an accessible performance experience for a diverse audience…all on a 4’ x 4’ stage.

Ten Tiny Dances® challenges artists to invent ways of collapsing known and recognizable vocabulary as well as to invent new vocabulary that responds to the possibilities of 16 sq. ft. It interrupts the usual expectations for dance vocabulary, performance and viewing, and affects the way people move and are perceived in space.

As well as the delight that comes from innovation, the event also offers an experience of tension for the audience as they ponder and witness how each performer meets and deals with the challenge of the space.

Ten Tiny Dances® was created in Portland, Oregon in 2002 and continues to be produced by founder Mike Barber and others, with permission. Please see www.tentinydances.org for more information.

Jeanette Joy Harris is an artist and writer who lives in Houston, Texas. She has had solo and collaborative photography, installation, and video works shown in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Portland, and San Francisco. She has published work with TribTalk, Glasstire, and Illusion. With a background in philosophy and politics, Joy has also presented academic work on the concepts of public space and action, particularly in the work of Hannah Arendt and Diane Arbus.

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