Shadow Monsters by Philip Worthington at MFAH (Houston, Texas)

Shadow Monsters by Philip Worthington from Dezeen on Vimeo.

Shadow Monsters, an interactive installation by New York-based British artist Philip Worthington, invites Museum visitors to take part in a fully immersive art experience. Participants create their own shadow plays as their silhouettes are recast in fantastic forms.

Essentially a digital version of a traditional shadow-puppet theater, Shadow Monsters turns a childhood game of imagination into a reality. People’s hands become mouths with razor-sharp teeth; tongues, eyes, and fins appear from every appendage; and birds and dinosaurs squawk throughout the Museum’s vast Cullinan Hall—all thanks to vision-recognition software that augments visitors’ gestures with sound and animation.

They have a livestream running here:

Cosmic Dialogues: Selections from the Latin American Collection at MFAH (Houston, Texas)

Dynamic works from the Museum’s renowned collection of Latin American art focus on visual explorations of space and light in Cosmic Dialogues. This exhibition features nearly 50 significant sculptures and drawings created over the past 70 years, including immersive light installations, rarely seen works on paper, and masterpieces of Kinetic art.

Cosmic Dialogues: Selections from the Latin American Collection allows visitors to engage with Latin American artistic innovators in new and exciting ways. The presentation showcases Modern and Contemporary artists’ concern with the cosmos as a driving theme.

A highlight is the reinstallation of La ciudad hidroespacial (The Hydrospatial City) by Gyula Kosice (born 1924). An audience favorite at the MFAH in 2009, this immersive, room-sized display is Kosice’s utopian vision of space architecture. The Hydrospatial City epitomizes the Argentinean artist’s pioneering use of innovative materials such as Plexiglas and illustrates his fundamental preoccupations with water, space, and the human condition. At a time when few paid attention to the physical depletion of the planet, The Hydrospatial City—begun in 1946 and completed in 1972—was both a sounding alarm and a poetic manifesto for survival in space.

Kosice’s masterpiece is displayed in dialogue with a selection of light-based structures by other Argentinean artists active in the Kinetic art movement in Europe. Cosmic Dialogues also draws from the Museum’s extensive holdings of masterworks by German-born Venezuelan artist Gego (1912–1994). In the 1960s and 1970s, she developed a structural method for drawing in space with a series of flexible, hanging net sculptures made of stainless-steel wire. Her work contrasts with examples by contemporary artists, such as Argentina’s Gustavo Díaz (born 1969) and Mexico’s Pablo Vargas Lugo (born 1968), who are concerned with issues of light and space.

Fusebox Festival 2015 (Austin, Texas)

Fusebox is a hybrid arts festival that champions adventurous works of art in theater, dance, film, music, literature, visual and culinary arts. The festival takes place over 12 days in venues and locations all over the city. Hundreds of local, national, and international artists in all disciplines converge for one of the most unique cultural events in the country. Building on the success of our Free Range Art initiative last year, the 2015 Fusebox Festival will be completely free to attend.

Bounce House and Calibration Room by Christine Sun Kim (Austin, Texas)

Calibration Room: Date TBD
Bounce House: April 3-4, 2015

The artist Christine Sun Kim will be in residence at the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin from March 30 to April 4, 2015, where she will produce a process-oriented project to engage audiences in an interactive performance through two new installations: Calibration Room and Bounce House. Deaf since birth, Kim creates work that addresses her relationship to sound and language. She calls into question ideas of ownership and the ability to broaden one’s awareness by rethinking the physicality and other dimensions of sound through visual expression.

Calibration Room will occur on The University of Texas campus early in Kim’s residency and focuses on the individual’s sound reality over the collective. With this installation, the artist invites individuals to experience an audio piece within the intimate confines of a small room specifically adjusted to each participant’s personalized hearing levels.

In contrast, Bounce House revels in the opportunity to communally share awareness of the tactile qualities of sound. With a soundtrack provided by international and local sound artists, designers, and musicians, the public during the 2015 Fusebox Festival will immerse themselves in a room expressly designed with an audio system that delivers very low frequency sounds. Attendees will be able to feel and dance to beats that can only be felt rather than heard, exposing a deeper understanding of what sound can be.

Sensor Interactive Exhibition (Houston, Texas)

SENSOR is a new multi-media, interactive exhibition of works from an international mix of activists, philosophers, software engineers and artists. Their work brings the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs or “drones”, by the U.S., over the past thirteen years, to a tangible reality. The technology, implemented 8,000 miles away and officially unacknowledged by the CIA, is the future of warfare and military intelligence. Closer to home, drones patrol the southern border, and police forces look to adapt military surveillance technology in U.S. cities. This group of artists and engineers mine the issues and facts surrounding these controversial machines, their use here and overseas, and future implications.Curated by FotoFest Associate Curator Jennifer Ward.

South by Southwest 2015 (SXSW) (Austin, Texas)

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.

These are some of the sessions I would attend if I was going in 2015:

User Experience Design Shaping Our World – Genevieve Bell, Intel, Featured Speaker

A visit to the SXSW Eco Art Installations:

Beyond Wearables: Future Fabrics and Fashion Design – Abe Burmeister (Outlier), Billie Whitehouse (Wearable Experiments), Colin Nagy (The Barbarian Group), Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman (Pratt Institute)

Ready to Wear? Body Informed 3D Printed Fashion – Pauline van Dongen

Evolving 3D Production Into Immersive Technologies (Michael Wilken, Alastair Green, Brian Vogt)

Storytelling Engines for Smart Environments (Jonathan Belisle, Lance Weiler, Meghan Athavale, Vincent Routhier)

HoloGramma: How Tech Can ‘Bring Back’ Our Departed (Christina Lopez, Peter Meier, Nick Smith, Michael Chang)

Artist Meets Hacker: How Tech is Changing the Arts (Devon Smith)

Bioart: Melding Biotech and Art (Daniel Grushkin, Wythe Marschall, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Karen Ingram)

The Future of Physical Digital Place-making (Rick Lin and Shagun Singh)

Hello Lamp Post Austin Interactive Art (Austin, Texas)

Hello Lamp Post – Austin from PAN Studio on Vimeo.

Austin’s street furniture is waking up and wants to talk to you.

Hello Lamp Post brings to life the hidden stories of Austin by finding out what the street furniture has to say. Get talking to familiar objects around the city using text messages.

For 10 weeks only everyday things will come to life. Text the official Hello Lamp Post phone number to find out what they have to say.

Created by London based Pan Studio, the project has been commissioned by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department in celebration of the Art in Public Places program’s 30th anniversary year, and in partnership with Art Alliance Austin.