Organized by FotoFest
Technology & Mixed
Video projections, Web-based art, DJ performances,
digital prints, sculptural works, and handmade books
are part of 26 contemporary presentations of Mixed Media
and New Technology work sponsored by FotoFest in 2002.
The installations in reconstructed warehouses and downtown
buildings are designed to challenge audiences and artists
to look at the spectrum of change and evolution with
photography and related media.
"We hope to stimulate people to look at the transformation
of lens-based imagery," says FotoFest Artistic
Director Wendy Watriss. "The movement of the silver
gelatin photograph into the fluid space of what the
Dutch call "unstable media" is one of the
most powerful forces in art today."
One-person and small group presentations will feature
work by mid-career and young artists as well as new
commissions by well-known artists. The works have been
selected for their diversity of approach to significant
aesthetic, conceptual and societal issues.
Internationally known French artist Georges Rousse
will do his first major urban installation in the U.S.
with the creation of large-scale, site-specific graphic
constructions in the interiors of old, currently unused
buildings in Downtown Houston. Issues of change and
transition are central to Rousse’s art that he designs
to be transformative but ephemeral. His work will bring
attention to the city’s own process of urban transformation.
For Opening night, the RAINProject, a team of
international architects, video artists, and public art
curators are programming indoor-outdoor downtown video
installations reflecting urban movement and change
across cultures. The artist/curators are Eugenio Valdés
(Cuba), Lise Schmidt Colinet (Austria), Suzanne Jirkoff
(Austria), Siggi Hofer (Austria), Alex Schmoeger
(Austria), and Florian Zeifang (Germany).