CASE/PRH Fellowship Presentation
The Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) and Project Row Houses (PRH) are pleased to host performance lectures for the inaugural CASE/PRH fellows Carrie Schneider and Carol Zou. The fellows have synthesized their research into a multimedia lecture performance that examines the role of art as change agents in communities.
“Exercises for the Invisible Enemy”
A performative tai chi lecture on spatial capitalism
Equal parts auto-orientalism, cultural recuperation and critique of capitalism, “Exercises for the Invisible Enemy” utilizes the tai chi practice of occupying public space to deconstruct capitalism’s spatial (il)logic. In other words, learn how to practice tai chi and resist gentrification at the same time.
All are welcome as either an observer or participant in the tai chi exercise. Participants should wear loose clothing and rubber-soled shoes.
“Artists Opening Up Space: Hacking Tactics in Neoliberal Contexts”
Carrie Schneider will give a slide talk snapshot tour of her year in research and show objects and drawings made during the fellowship.
Over the course of her 2017 fellowship, Schneider did a deep dive on artists mining the personal impetus of their public practice and match-made Houston artists and activists. She also examined how Lewis Hyde’s view of the “trickster artist” rearticulating ossified joints is expanded both in current trends in somatics for social justice, as well in ongoing ways of knowing, such as the character of Onwonyo in Octavia Butler’s novel “Wild Seed.”