Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts presents CounterCurrent 2018
The fifth annual CounterCurrent is a city-wide festival of performance, installation, and ideas occupying a range of unexpected sites in Houston. The festival will be comprised of cutting-edge contemporary and collaborative works, including audio and video installations, live performances, and participatory events by artists from around the world.
The lineup includes artists from the Costa Rica, the UK, and throughout the U.S., including Houston.
Performances will take place at multiple venues around Houston; for a full schedule, go to the festival website. Highlights, among many other performances, include:
- Race Cards, Selina Thompson: Race Cards takes place in a room containing 1,000 questions about race, written by British artist, Selina Thompson. In this constantly evolving installation and archive, Thompson invites participants to supply their own answers to the many facets of race and racism in modern society. In addition to the installation, Thompson will ask all 1,000 questions in a durational performance.
- Center Aisle Blues, Laura Gutierrez: A new site-specific work by the contemporary Houston and New York-based choreographer, Center Aisle Blues stems from childhood memories of Fiesta Mart to more recent political realizations. Gutierrez choreographs movement inspired by the aisles and atmosphere of a local Fiesta, playing on the aesthetics of the supermarket, the ritualistic experience of grocery shopping, and the convergence of diverse communities in the aisles.
- The Yes Men: Artists in residence at the Mitchell Center since their fall 2017 Mitchell Artist Lecture, The Yes Men (Mike Bonnano and Andy Bichlbaum) return to Houston with their thrillingly engaged guerilla approach, working with local artists and the University of Houston community imparting their interventionist techniques.
- Kinswoman, Karina Svirsky. A bi-lingual exhibition and performance by multi-disciplinary artist Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Kinswoman delves into themes of racial genealogy and collective memory. The elements of Kinswoman are a Spanish-language performance, The Poems of My Mother Recited/Los poems que declamaba mi Mamá , and daily screenings of the short film, The Perilous Journey of María Rosa Palacios/El peligroso viaje de María Rosa Palacios.