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Hillerbrand and Magsamen: A Fluxus Practice in Suburbia

  • Alabama Song Art Space 2521 Oakdale St. Houston, TX (map)

Courtesy the artists. 

Stephan Hillerband and Mary Magsaman will lead

a presentation that both investigates and invites participants into their intimate artistic process. The artists' work explores the domestic and quotidian, transforming seemingly mundane artifacts into poignant personal narratives.  

Each event is limited to 15 participants. To RSVP email  thenarrativeprocess@gmail.com

 

About the speakers:
Hillerbrand+Magsamen draw upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video and everyday objects  expanding their personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess. This new kind of “suburban fluxus” generates work that documents and re-contextualizes our objects and possessions of self, family and culture, the role of the camera in contemporary art and challenges presumptions of the everyday.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in prestigious international film and media festivals including SCOPE Basel, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival, Carnegie Museum of Art, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Dallas Video Festival and New York Underground Film Festival. Well known titles of their work include LickAir Hunger, Coffee & Milk, Let’s Get Married, Blender Love and Accumulation.

Their cinematic based installations have been seen in Hong Gah Museum in Taiwan, the Hudson River Museum, Woodstock Center for Photography, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, and Houston Center for Photography. They have been awarded grants from Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography.

They live and work in Houston, TX with their two children Madeleine and Emmett. Mary Magsamen is the Curator of the micro-cinema, the Aurora Picture Show, and Stephan Hillerbrand is an Associate Professor in the Photo/Digital Media Program at the University of Houston.