September 16-18, 2010

Aurora Picture Show and the University of Houston Mitchell Center for the Arts present a media archeological dig right from the heartland of Texas, curated by Mary Magsamen. An annual event, Media Archeology is a multi-day festival that showcases artists experimenting with multidisciplinary practices.

This year, Luke Savisky of Austin, Potter Belmar Labs of San Antonio and Graffiti Research Labs of Houston will present site-specific media events that explore the past and the present through manipulated and repurposed tools such as film, light, sound, and live performance. These playful interactions at three unique Houston locations will give audiences unparalleled experiences from the talents of Texas.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information: Aurora Picture Show

Laser Graffiti
Graffiti Research Labs Houston

Thursday, September 16, 8PM
Location: Aurora Picture Show Video Library, 1524 Sul Ross

The beautiful minimal exterior of the Menil Collection is about to be tagged by Graffiti Research Labs of Houston. Laser Graffiti is a participatory installation where attendees will use a laser to draw with light on the side of the Menil Collection. Simultaneous projections of traditional spray-painted graffiti images and Twitter feeds will also be illuminating the building.

I Am Curious Remix
Potter-Belmar Labs

Friday, September 17, 8PM
Location: Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th Street

Live cinema performance artists, Potter-Belmar Labs, investigate the culture of Houston in the 1960s through media, censorship and violence with a spectacular remix of the controversial film by Vilgot Sjman I Am Curious (Yellow), in the very theater that was burned down in a 1969 protest by arsonists.

Mature content warning.

Luke Savisky

Saturday, September 18, 8PM
Location: Buffalo Bayou East End Silo Site, 490 N. Live Oak

Luke Savisky brings us a haunting media interaction with four large abandoned silos along the bayou on the darkest edge of downtown Houston. Audiences are invited to participate in and interact with the live video projections of faces and bodies mixed with original film footage and found elements from 16mm, 35mm and digital media that will blanket the huge silos surfaces while the Houston skyline shines in the background.

Special thanks to Buffalo Bayou Partnership,, KUHF 88.7FM, Art Lies Contemporary Quarterly, Aerosol Warfare and Saint Arnold Brewing Company for their support of Media Archeology.