CounterCurrent Arts Festival to Highlight Mitchell Center for the Arts Season

By Mike Emery

The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts continues its 2014 – 2015 season of public events, which feature a range of newly commissioned works, collaborative partnerships and presentations by visionary artists from across the globe.

Among this season’s highlights are CounterCurrent, the annual festival of bold, experimental art presented throughout the city, and “Unsilent Night,” an interactive musical experience along Buffalo Bayou.

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Season Highlights
Conversation with the Artist: Mimi Swartz and Dario Robleto

6:30 p.m., Dec. 2

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross (Free)

In her upcoming book, Mimi Swartz, an executive editor of Texas Monthly, traces the history of the artificial heart. The first artificial heart was implanted in 1969 at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, and much of this tale of ambition and innovation focuses on the work of surgeons living and working in the city today. Artist Dario Robleto and Swartz have been in dialogue since the early stages of their respective projects and invite the public to join them in a layered conversation about the past, present and future of this technology.

Unsilent Night

7 p.m., Dec. 11
Lot H of Sabine Promenade along Buffalo Bayou (Free)

The Mitchell Center collaborates once again with Buffalo Bayou Partnership for this free, interactive holiday event. New York composer Phil Kline created this 43-minute piece, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music that can easily be downloaded on a smart phone upon arrival.  When participants play their different “parts” simultaneously, it helps create the special sound of the piece. Revelers will walk a carefully chosen route along Buffalo Bayou’s beautifully lit Sabine Promenade.


April 8-12
CounterCurrent is a festival of bold experimental art that occupies a range of unexpected sites in the city of Houston. CounterCurrent includes audio and visual installation, live performance and participatory events by artists from around the world. Collaborations with dynamic organizations and artists in the Houston community are included as well as fresh new works by faculty and students

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