April 23 - May 2
by Kate Watson
Ok, so you know that Fusebox exists. Maybe you’ve even shared a jovial high-five with the king of the Fuse, Mr. Ron Berry. Then you look at the website and your mind gets blown. Your heart starts to palpitate with that same creepy feeling you get when your body and mind get smashed by a certain other spring festival we hold dear to our Austinite souls. So here goes, we’re gonna break it down for you, feed it up to you like a mama bird spitting in your mouth. If you spend half the year feeling cranky that there’s nothing much happening in our fair hamlet, here’s your chance to live it up.
Here are our top picks:
Friday, April 24:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Austin Ventures Studio (Ballet Austin)
Pierre Rigal & Aurélien Bory
Additional performance @ 9pm
Inspired by Darwinian theory and science fiction, érection tracks the evolution of man from primitive life to homo erectus in forty-five spellbinding minutes. Directed by founder of the acclaimed CIE 111, Aurélien Bory, a pioneering figure in the French contemporary circus, érection melds body movements with images and sound to create a stunning visual environment that gives us a glimpse into infinity. This event is free, and sponsored by local art momma Julie Thornton’s new project, testperformancetest.
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm , The Off Center
The Method Gun
Yes, we know. You’re skeptical of anything “theater.” But what theater company lists the films of Cassavetes and the writings of Susan Sontag as inspiration in their show’s program? This original performance explores the life, ethos, and techniques of actor-training guru, Stella Burden, as recounted through the eyes of her students. The show includes: guns, pendulums, "Streetcar," physical danger and… penises.
Sunday, April 26:
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm, The United States Art Authority @ Spider House
The Exquisite Bee
Austin Video Bee
For FuseBox 2009, AVB has developed a method for a city-wide round of "exquisite corpse" on video. The collective provides the camera, sets, props and costumes, you mold the story. On Sunday April 26th, AVB will transform the US Art Authority into a studio lot where their sets will serve as a backdrop to the movie you create. The end of your cinematic invention will be the starting point for the next set of auteurs, and so on. Make sure to come back on Saturday May 2 @ 7:30pm, when the Bee hosts a premiere of the finished masterpiece.
Reservations required - email here. Very few slots remain!
Thursday, April 30:
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm, The Long Center for the Performing Arts
No man on Earth is like Reggie Watts. He is a tornado on a stage, hypnotizing his audiences with improvised music and absurd comedy. Reggie is classically trained pianist and jazz singer, and one of six Americans in possession of full vocal range (ten octaves of tone plus 300 distinct vocal styles).
Saturday, May 2:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Lora Reynolds Gallery
Practice Practice Practice
curated by Michael Smith & Jay Sanders
This exhibition takes the punchline of a joke as its starting point, as the included artists each uniquely address some aspect of "practice." Works in the show exemplify a wide range of artmaking approaches, from literally employing practice in the development and refinement of a final form (or foregoing any sense of a final form altogether) to thematic considerations of practice, or through processes such as repetition, imitation, comedic structuring, or other maneuvers which challenge or drastically alter their own given realities.
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, The United States Art Authority @ Spider House
The Exquisite Bee Premier
Austin Video Bee
This evening will be the premiere of the finished masterpiece, shot last weekend by participants and put together by the collective.
Salvage Vanguard Theater
Conceived and created by Ant Hampton, with Joji Koyama and Isambard Khroustaliov
Five participants (each receiving different instructions via their earpieces) talk together with a televised character whose role flicks uncannily between spiritual and marketing guru. Revelling in the absurdities of marketing technique and group therapy, Hampton, Koyama and Khroustaliov reverse the awkward history of consumer research by allowing their audience to create their own animated therapist - by means of a focus group!
Reservation required: GuruGuru requires 5 participants for the piece to run. Make an appointment here.
Moving Light: Spring 2005
Salvage Vanguard Theater
Art and science are a sexy duo. In Moving Light: Spring 2005, Blumenfeld documented the 93 days between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice, the days in the year that comprise the season known as Spring. At the exact moment of civil sunset on March 20 (equinox), Blumenfeld recorded a two-second exposure of the sun onto a single sheet of film. For the subsequent 92 days she documented the sunlight at that exact same moment onto separate sheets of film. The resulting 93 images were animated in sequence to produce Moving Light: Spring 2005.