Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts CounterCurrent Festival Installations: Piano Concerto-Houston by Byron Au Yong and Susie J. Lee and Uncanny Sensing (Texas Prototype) by Steve Rowell

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Commissioned by the Mitchell Center, Piano Concerto-Houston draws together a diverse group of 11 local pianists whose performances have been recorded, creating the audio and visual experience of an ensemble of pianos. The exciting young Seattle-based composer Byron Au Yong is known for his recent work Stuck Elevator, which is touring internationally. Visual elements will be created by video artist and collaborator Susie Lee.

Uncanny Sensing (Texas Prototype) is the second in a series of regional investigations, exhibitions and events in connection with a multi-year, transnational Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys project. The title of this larger project is a reconfiguration of the terms "remote sensing" (a method of data collection from the physical world via sensors and other remote technology) and "uncanny valley" (the cognitive dissonance caused by lifelike replicas of living things, the "natural" reaction to things perceived as "unnatural"). By relying on minimally mediated data, Steve Rowell consciously closes the gap between these two concepts, reducing his role as an artist in the conventional sense and expanding his role as interpreter, editor and curator of the landscape. Beneath the technological frameworks of the project are evocations of animism, activism, utopian visions, entropy and indeterminacy. Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys is a project about the rise of the machine in the age of the Anthropocene — the present geologic epoch of the indelibly human-altered earth.

The opening reception is on April 8, 6-8 p.m. On view through April 13.



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4101 San Jacinto St.
Houston, TX 77004


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