Vibrant balloon signage marked the spot for Allison Hunter's inaugural Video Bomb Houston. Three more installments are planned for the project funded by Houston Arts Alliance and Rice University's Humanities Research Center. Eastend Houston was also a sponsor. Photo Felix Sanchez.
Eastend Houston director Diane Barber with artist Allison Hunter. The foundation partnered with Hunter in promoting the project. Photo Felix Sanchez.
A rapt audience gathered near the campus of the Eastside's Community Family Centers, turning a parking lot into an al fresco cinema. The nonprofit hosted the reception, which featured a stellar lineup of food trucks including the Chocolate Wasted Ice Cream Bus. Photo Felix Sanchez.
This scribe joins the artist in cavorting with the art. Photo Mary Margaret Hansen.
Hunter basks in the glow from her projection. Photo Mary Margaret Hansen.
Hunter's previous outdoor video project, held last fall, was also sponsored by Houston Arts Alliance, this time as part of the Eastside celebration, "Transported + Renewed." Silos were employed as screens, while looming honeybees buzzed. Photo courtesy the artist.
A lineup of chairs at night's end marked the temporary site of this surreal cinematic experience. Photo Catherine D. Anspon.
This past Monday night, Eastside Houston was the unlikely scene of a very surprising visual happening when Rice University Humanities Artist in Residence Allison Hunter rolled out the first installment of #VideoBombHouston.
Chapter one of the four-part series — more coming throughout the summer — turned the side of a rust-speckled industrial structure into an avant-garde film screen for Hunter’s droll little animations, starring an adorable rat and his avian pals and one bird frenemy. Scroll through for scenes from this underground evening filled with the paradox of art in an unexpected, authentic setting.
(To suggest a site for a future projection in your ‘hood, Tweet to Miz Hunter, @amhunter, or email email@example.com.)