Day For Night brings an Immersive Interdisciplinary Experience to Houston.

Here at Urban Circus we support interdisciplinary collaboration among the arts. Our collective has been pushing interdisciplinary experiences at a local level for the last five years and we can tell you, it's no easy task to pull off such an event. Far more planning, preparation, setup, and tear down is involved than for a regular show. Seeing Free Press up the ante for our city by bringing an immersive interdisciplinary experience with big names in music and visual art alike, we believe Houston is in-store for being an incubator for these very mediums in the years to come.

Being visual creators, we enjoy when events are enveloped in projections and lighting. It adds an aspect of production to a live music experience that enhances it tenfold. Getting our feet wet recently with live projections and mapping, we've found ourselves spending more time with local connoisseur of all things audio and visual, our good friend and Day For Night artist, FLCON FCKER. If you're a local show-goer and don't know about him then you've probably been sleeping under a rock... so do yourself a favor and click his name in the last sentence.

Refik Anadol (work pictured above) is an incredible Turkish projection artist who is now based in Los Angeles. His specialty is creating site-specific immersive audio/visual installations. Browsing through his catalog of work you can see that he thinks well outside the box, playing on the themes of change and distortion. We are excited to see what Refik has in store for Day For Night.

An other artist that caught our eye is Nonotak. To get an idea of their work, check out the video above. This group is a collaboration between illustrator Noemi Schipfer and architect/musician Takami Nakamoto. Their first work was a public art installation in Paris in 2011. Since then the group has been asked to make custom work for numerous festivals and galleries.  

The work of Mark Eats can be described as intricate, well-arranged, and most of all trippy (check out his fusion above). His synthesis of sight and sound takes fans on a beautifully designed immersive ride. His playful style finds audio triggering visual patterns and vice versa. Looking forward to seeing what Mark has in store for us.

You can catch Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Flying Lotus, the timeless Philip Glass Ensemble and many more as they immerse themselves in an audio/visual experience unlike anything Houston has seen before. Day For Night is December 19th & 20th - get your tickets ASAP and check the website for more info.

 

 

The Summer's Freshest Festival

This summer on a warm evening in June, I found myself at Last Concert Cafe for FreshDark Fest. Having heard about it from friends who were performing as well seeing flyers tucked away in every nook and cranny around town, it looked to be a new flavor in the burgeoning local festival scene. Fusing electronica, soul, jazz, and classic hip-hop the lineup included local acts as well as several out-of-towners. Along with the well-curated lineup DJ Elevated and DJ Anarchy spun between sets keeping the vibe alive all night long. The event also featured live art, local vendors, crafts, and baked goods.

Local music-collective Milky Wayv (pictured in art below) stood out with their energy and eclectic sound. Watching this group of young talent rise up in the city has been exciting to watch. Their performance was the best I've seen to date and proved that unified talent blows minds. Definitely be on the lookout for them as they host events around town and relentlessly release online content.

An other act that blew my mind with their sultry soul meets hip-hop vibe was Oshun. Their beautiful melodies blended with impeccable flows make you envision what it would be like to witness a Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu duo-supergroup. With their homegrown Brooklyn roots-style sound, these ladies will see many bright things in their future as they continue to inspire, teach, and heal through their music. Intellectual, soulful, stylistic, harmonious, pure - one love.

Capping off the night was Shafiq Husayn of famed Sa-Ra Creative Partners. He performed some ill new content along with a few of Sa-Ra's hits. His eclectic taste and futuristic sound made it easy to see why he headlined a festival built around cultural progression.

FreshDark Fest won our vote for the freshest festival of the summer. Can't wait to see what they cook up next year!

 

all images ©The Eternal Artist (T.E.A.) 2015

Travel Awakens the Soul

I am not a tourist. I am a traveler. There is a difference. I don't use tour guides (not that they are not useful). If I want to know the history or culture of a particular part of a country I use Google. The only time I hire a tour guide is when I need an expert for hiking, rafting etc. I encourage you to get out and explore. Half of the adventure is making discoveries on your own. Otherwise your story will be that of most other tourists. The same photos taken by the same landmarks and statues. Rent a motorbike, hop in a tuk-tuk, hire a camel, be careful and go explore!

I am not bothered by humble accommodations. I don't need to have a pool, room service or even air conditioning for that matter. I only require a roof and a bed to sleep. Sometimes I don't even require a bed. Friends have been made all over the world during my travels and most often they are more than accommodating when it comes to having visitors from abroad. What better way to catch up with your friends then by visiting with them for a few nights short of wearing out your welcome. This obviously cuts down on costs as well.

A couple of years prior I had grown out of the senseless affinity to want material things such as fancy cars and expensive clothes seemingly to create an illusion of status. Its not to say I don't like some of those things from time to time, but the things you own start to own you if you are not careful. Most of the things we acquire we don't own anyway. We pay monthly payments for cars, homes, credit cards etc. and work jobs that bring us little or no fulfillment to keep buying shit we do not need.

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Be fearless! Going out into the unknown is not for the faint of heart. There are dangers and you most likely will be on your own when it comes to help; but the same can be said for where you live everyday. Nothing was ever discovered from the couch. Get out there and live. Don't ever be afraid to live. If you want to see the world, don't let fear and excuses stop you. It can be done if you have the will to do so.

story & photos by Muzzlewump