912 Congress: April 2013

 

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912 Congress: April 5th to May 5th

 

The temporary hub will investigate the role of contemporary culture in advancing the vision of a vibrant, people oriented Congress Avenue. A retail space in transition, the site will be activated with a diversity of artist-led uses to understand the potential and responsibilities of improving quality of place. Project funded in part by the Downtown Austin Alliance.

Schedule of Events Overview

Scroll to the bottom of the page for details….

4/17,  Wednesday
4/18,  Thursday
4/22,  Monday
4/23,  Tuesday
4/27,  Saturday
4/28,  Sunday

Fusebox Happy Hour – 6pm to 7pm
transFIGURATION featuring JADE WALKER – 5:30pm
transFIGURATION featuring CATHERINE LEE – 10am (until 5pm Thr)
transFIGURATION featuring CATHERINE LEE – until 5pm
See Wha’m Sayin’ part of WEST
See Wha’m Sayin’ part of WEST

 

 

See Wha’m Sayin’

Saturday April, 27th & Sunday April, 28th

Salvador Castillo will host a series of artist interviews conducted in a Late Night talk show format. 16 episodes will be produced to air during the Spring Season 2014. Interviews will address the overarching question of “How does Austin make art?” with the first half dozen interviews focusing on collectives and partnerships.  Collectives include MASS, Up Collective & Ink Tank.

 

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 912 Congress will play host to 2 of the 12 artists participating in transFIGURATION

transFIGURATION is a visual arts collaborative project that includes elements of performance and a series of reflections on identity, authorship, memory, and ritual in art production. It is based on a concept developed by photographer Rino Pizzi and will unfold as a process of exchange, transformation, and appropriation in collaboration with 12 visual artists. Artists will initially sit for a photographic portrait, then they will receive a print that they will damage/destroy it in their own terms. For many of the artists this stage of the process will take place as a public event, such as a performance or a “happening” during the Fusebox Festival (see schedule). In the second stage artists will restore, reintegrate or mend the damaged/destroyed images, again with complete freedom with regard to the extent and nature of the restorations, techniques, imagery and media involved.

 

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JADE WALKER

Thursday, April 18th, 5:30pm

April 18th’s edition features the work of JADE WALKER titled Sharing and includes three characters (fitter, bouncer, maker), a skin-toned work space, one large mirror and a set of wearable prostheses. During the course of this intimate performance, Walker invites viewers to become participants in an ongoing examination of the human body intersecting with inanimate objects that fill our livable spaces. The performance will include an active workspace dedicated to producing wearable versions of the body, refashioned through the lens of the artist’s portrait.

Walker received her BFA from the University of Florida and her MFA from The University of Texas at Austin. She was the venue coordinator at the Baughman Center, a division of the University of Florida Performing Arts Center and held a position at the Austin Museum of Art before becoming the Visual Arts Center Director at UT Austin. Her work has been exhibited throughout Texas and at Centro Cultural de Nuevo in Mexico.

 

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CATHERINE LEE

Monday, April 22nd, 10am to Tuesday, April 23rd at 5pm

“Having grown up in the panhandle of Texas and being a minimalist at heart, I will both obliterate my portrait and create a new abstract painting in one action lasting approximately 16 hours. A stop action film will be produced of this process, which will of course prove the preeminence of abstraction over realism.” — Catherine Lee

 

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912 Congress will play host to an archive of the multitude of work performed in alley #111 as part of the 20ft WIDE project. Including the work of Dan Cheetham, Michelle Tarsney, Creative Action, TBG, Matthew Winters, Steve Parker and more.

 

Austin’s downtown alleys remain largely unnoticed. Yet, these public spaces are in danger of being removed by super-block developments, which will alter the character and scale of the city fabric. 20ft Wide seeks to bring awareness and appreciation to this urban space, to foster discussion about the role of the alley in the city, while simultaneously generating new possibilities for its use.

Active with service functions and vehicular deliveries, the alley must be envisioned as a new kind of public space – something temporary, dramatic, multi-use, and pop-up. Our intention for 20ft Wide is two-fold. First, is to underline the features of the alley, to elevate its presence and expose its utilitarian beauty. Second, is to transform the experience of the space. The installation creates a backdrop or context for new public activities to occur in this space in-between.

 

 

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find all 4 sound pieces on our soundcloud page

 

 

 

Schedule of events – details:

 

WED. April, 17th

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Fusebox Happy Hour: 6p @ 912 Congress

Kicking off the Fusebox Festival. Fusebox is a hybrid art festival that consists of 50+ events over 12 days in 20+ different venues/sites all over Austin. For more information please click here.

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20ft WIDE Opening: 7 -10p in Alley #111

For details click here.

In partnership with Nelson Partners. Opening night coincides with the opening of the Fusebox Festival which will find itself processioning to alley way #111 accompanied by a vocal performance by Convergence.

 

THR. April, 18th

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transFIGURATION featuring JADE WALKER: 5:30p @ 912 Congress

For details click here.

transFIGURATION is a visual arts collaborative project that includes elements of performance and a series of reflections on identity, authorship, memory and ritual in art production. It is based on a concept developed by photographer Rino Pizzi, and will unfold as a process of exchange, transformation and appropriation in collaboration with 10 to 15 visual artists.

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Pecha Kucha Night: 7:30p in Alley #111

PechaKucha #17 is coming to the alley! Check here for updates and information about past PechaKucha Nights.

 

FRI., 19th

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Movability Austin’s Commuter Pop-Up Breakfast in partnership with ZipCar: 8 – 10a in Alley #111

For details click here.

Make plans to attend as commuters of all stripes will descend onto one of Downtown’s alleyways for a well-deserved breakfast and coffee break.

 

SAT. April, 20th

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Alley Kids Family Day: 10a – 3p

Austin families are invited to explore the transformation of Alley #111 into an artist-driven playground for kids and adults. CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE FAMILY DAY DETAILS!

 

SUN., 21st

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Alley on your own: ALL DAY in the alley

Sunday is your day to enjoy the alley for what it is – experience the alleyway as a work of art, a respite space on a Sunday … something other that a traditional alley way.

 

MON. April, 22th & TUE. April, 23rd

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transFIGURATION featuring CATHERINE LEE: 10a @ 912 Congress (continues until Tues @ 5p)

“Having grown up in the panhandle of Texas and being a minimalist at heart, I will both obliterate my portrait and create a new abstract painting in one action lasting approximately 16 hours. A stop action film will be produced of this process, which will of course prove the preeminence of abstraction over realism.” — Catherine Lee

 

SAT. April, 27th  & SUN. April, 28th

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See Wha’m Sayin: ALL DAY at 912 Congress

Jaime Salvador Castillo hosts a series of artist interviews conducted in a Late Night talk show format for the local cable access channel, ChannelAustin. 16 episodes will be produced to air during the Spring Season 2013. Interviews will address the overarching question of “How does Austin make art?” with the first half dozen interviews focusing on collectives and partnerships.  Collectives include Okay Mountain, MASS, Up Collective CoLab & Ink Tank.

 

 

Here’s an overview:

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