Take 1 • Video Bomb Houston • Magnolia Park

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Take 1 • Video Bomb Houston • Magnolia Park says
Monday, July 6th 7:00 - 10:30 pm

Reception 7 to 8 pm
Artist Talk 7:30 pm
Food Trucks 8:00 to 10:30 pm
Projection 8:30 to 10:30 pm

Community Family Centers
7524 Avenue E, Houston 770012

Parking available at Community Family Centers parking lots.

Free and open to the public.


"Video Bomb Houston" is an art project in four parts. Each consists of a site-specific video projection in an underserved Houston community. The inaugural event is presented in partnership with East End Foundation and hosted by Community Family Centers, and is dubbed "Magnolia Park: Take 1." Additional locations will be announced online.

The videos will be short animations with sound looped over the course of the event. Audiences will see my hand-drawn illustrations of people and animals come alive on the sides of urban buildings throughout Houston. This work is a departure from my digitally manipulated photographs and videos of zoo animals. With "Video Bomb Houston," I will create animations specifically for each location. The unconventional presentation of these videos transform urban eyesores into screens for contemporary art where playful stories inspire the community.

Video Bomb Houston plays off of the phrase "photo bomb," when a friend playfully jumps in front of your camera at the same time as you take a photo of someone else. It also refers to the description "bombed out neighborhoods" associated with poverty. Neighborhoods that are home to rusty warehouses are often lacking in healthy food, safety, and artistic outlets. With "Video Bomb Houston" I can share the joy of experiencing art firsthand by projecting it directly onto outdoor buildings. This presentation is unconventional and exciting, and sends the message to struggling communities that art is a necessity, not a luxury.

Last fall, I was commissioned to create a large-scale outdoor video projection, "Inter/Action," by the Houston Arts Alliance for the "Transported + Renewed" celebration. An outdoor video projection can be costly and difficult. But it's a beautiful way to transform urban blight into urban beauty with the flip of a switch. A year later, I am proud to make new outdoor projections with the support from an Individual Artist Grant by the Houston Arts Alliance and from the Humanities Research Center's Public Humanities Initiative at Rice University, where I am Humanities Artist in Residence in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

--Allison Hunter
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