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Map Quest: Land, Cartography, Art Explored in ‘You are Here’ SymposiumCynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH Co-Presenting Event Nov. 30 – Dec. 1

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Artists and researchers will explore the social, political and artistic implications of land, cartography and tactical media during “You Are Here,” a two-day symposium presented Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 by the University of Houston’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and Aurora Picture Show. All events take place at Aurora Picture Show (800 Aurora St.). Its curator is Bree Edwards.

The schedule of presentations is as follows:

Friday, Nov. 30. Admission is $6.

  • 9 p.m., Matt McCormick, “Future So Bright – Live” – This symposium kick-off event features award-winning filmmaker and artist Matt McCormick. He will perform the soundtrack to his film “Future So Bright,” which documents decaying structures and desolate landscapes of the American West and the American dream.


Saturday, Dec. 1 from 1 - 5 p.m. Admission is free.

  • Matthew Coolidge, “Points of Disinterest in the Gulf Coast Region” – Coolidge, founder and director of research organization Center for Land Use Interpretation, will discuss the group’s recent Gulf Coast projects and its upcoming residency at the Mitchell Center.
  • Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA), “Terminal Air” – IAA, an anonymous collective of artists, activists and engineers, will discuss “Terminal Air,” a project that focuses on the movement of planes for alleged governmental activities.
  • Nato Thompson, “Experimental Geography” – Thompson, curator and producer of New York public art organization Creative Time, will discuss the radical implications of politically engaged public art works.

For more details on “You Are Here,” visit or call 713-743-5548. To learn more about the Mitchell Center, visit

WHAT: “You Are Here” symposium
WHEN: 9 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30
1 – 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1
WHERE: Aurora Picture Show
800 Aurora St.
WHO: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH,
Aurora Picture Show,