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Take 1 (details)

Monday, July 6th
7 pm - 10:30 pm

Take 2 (details)

Monday, July 20th
9 pm - 10:30 pm

Take 3 (details)

Monday, August 3rd
9 pm - 10:30 pm

Take 4 (details)

Monday, August 17th
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Sketches

Drawings over photographs
combining locations with illustrations

ABOUT VIDEO BOMB HOUSTON

"Video Bomb Houston" is a 4-part series of guerrilla-style video art projections in diverse Houston communities. I create site-specific video animations based on urban animals such as toads, egrets, parrots, and rats for each location. The inaugural event was presented in partnership with East End Foundation and hosted by Community Family Centers,

The videos are short animations with sound that last for approximately 6 to 7 minutes and are repeated over the course of the event. I create each video incorporating my hand-drawn illustrations from my photos of animals and landscapes in the projection site. I project the video onto the sides of structures in areas normally overlooked. The unconventional presentation of these videos transforms neighborhood buildings into screens for contemporary art inspired by the community. 

The project title, Video Bomb Houston plays off of the phrase "photo bomb," when a friend playfully jumps in front of your camera at the same time as you take a photo of someone else. It also refers to the idea of dropping something into a community, which is, in this case, my video art. In each community, I research the area to look for a suitable structure on which to project. This means the building needs to be relatively large enough to be seen and situated so that folks can easily watch it from a comfortable distance. I decided to create this project in four distinct locations in order to reach different communities in Houston. By projecting outside, directly onto buildings, I add an element of surprise and delight to the passer-by in the community. This moment of unexpected wonder can inspire and uplift folks in any area. I selected areas that are less well endowed with art institutions than others because I believe art is a necessity, not a luxury.

I began working with outdoor video projection as a result of a commission from the Houston Arts Alliance. Last fall, I created a site-specific video called "Inter/Action," 2014, for the "Transported + Renewed" celebration. This work consisted of four videos projected on the abandonded silos at Buffalo Bayou. That experience inspired me to ask for a grant to continue working in this manner. A year later, I received support for Video Bomb Houston from the Individual Artist Grant award from the Houston Arts Alliance and from the Humanities Research Center's Public Humanities Initiative at Rice University, where I am Humanities Artist in Residence in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

--Allison Hunter

 

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Map of locations of Video Bomb Houston projections, 2015
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Video Bomb Houston is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Humanities Research Center's Public Humanities Initiative at Rice University.