Arts In Context Shorts focuses on community collaboration in this week’s story. In it’s tenth year as a grassroots, national festival, Combating Latent Inequality Together (C.L.I.T.) Fest comes to life in Austin for the first time. The DIY, punk and feminist communities come together bringing awareness to sexism, trans-phobia, gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination through workshops, bands and artist collaboration. Benefiting SAFEPLACE, a resource that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence, C.L.I.T. Fest reminds others that punk music is a vehicle for activism.
On the busy Austin street stretching through the heart of the city, North Austinites decided to beautify their neighborhood by painting the unassuming fences that line the congestion of cars on Lamar Blvd. The artists and residents did not just have visual decorations in mind, but a message for Austin to receive: “Beauty will save the world.” They painted this phrase very creatively in several different languages along the fences, along with drawings in between. Watch the 5 minute Arts In Context short, Beautiful Fences online now!
This week, Arts In Context Shorts presents the fun side of art. In the sequel of “More Awkward Than Heavy,” Ink Tank Lab‘s artists focus on collaborating, having fun and letting their imaginations go wild. “MATH2″ is an installation that explores going to art shows as a social event and pokes fun at museum and gallery stereotypes. Ink Tank’s artists want the attendees to participate, touch and help create the “awkward” experience. While some work in academic or museum settings and all have different aesthetics, working together as Ink Tank Lab allows these artists to lose the restraints put on when creating ‘serious’ artwork.
Clothing can inspire memories of the past or can be symbols of plans for the future. This week Arts In Context Shorts features artist Johnny Walker as he explores the relationship between people and their clothing in his public art installation Clothes Stories. KLRU commissioned Walker to create this public art project and brought on Goodwill Industries of Central Texas as a community-partner to help create this unique installation.
Attendees at the Arts In Context party at the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour were asked to participate in selecting from thousands of garments donated by Goodwill, writing their stories, and hanging them for display at Big Medium’s Canopy studios. Some attendees even brought their own special pieces to donate. Whether fact or fiction, these personal stories range from family histories and poems to revealing hopes and dreams. The installation was temporary, but the clothes’ stories didn’t end at the event. Walker has cataloged and tagged the clothes for online reference. The tagged garments were then returned to Goodwill to find new owners. As the pieces of clothing are purchased, the tag will lead the new owners to details about the item’s real or imagined past life at clothestories.com
Arts in Context will present a special screening of the director’s cut of the episode Not Alone, a documentary about musician Shakey Graves. Following the screening Shakey Graves will perform live in the studio.
Shakey Graves turns his one-man band into a do-it-yourself success story. Through nothing but word-of-mouth, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, has gone from obscurity to the national spotlight. His gravelly-voiced, impassioned, blues performances are the stuff of legend. “Shakey Graves is becoming an anti-folk phenomenon even in a city weary of ‘next big things.’ Unclassifiable original. And frighteningly good,” says NPR Music.
Special thanks to the evening’s sponsor Live Oak Brewing Co.
In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.
Denied a class trip to Barton Springs, Joan Khabele protested the exclusion of African Americans. She describes the measures she and others took to desegregate the iconic Austin landmark.
KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed
This week Arts In Context Shorts is bringing museums and gallery spaces to life! Jeremy Birks and Kirk Anders of Austin Art Services give a behind-the-scenes look into the world of art installation. They display each work of art with a thoughtfulness to help improve the viewing experience. Working to create an extension of the piece itself into the physical space with each installation, Austin Art Services helps artists and museums to express their ideas.
This week, Arts In Context Short travels to East Austin … It’s a different kind of place than the other neighborhoods in Austin! Every year (for the past 12 years), the annual East Austin Studio Tour inspires artists and galleries to open their doors to their neighbors. Wandering and exploring, those who attend EAST form a bond over the creativity, community and different kinds of art being made just a bike ride away.
Help KLRU raise $75,000 in one week by supporting what you love about your local PBS station: Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece Mystery, Austin City Limits, Nova, PBS Newshour and more. We’re keeping the regular, weekly schedule intact and are looking forward to seeing which Overheard and Arts in Context episodes you vote for!
Thank YOU for KLRU!
“The year is 1933. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Molly Sloan and her intrepid research assistant Timmy Mendez team up with a mysterious librarian from Flagstaff, Arizona, named Ben Wilcott. Together, they travel from Rumania to Scotland to the Alps to Tunis to the Robot Planet and finally to Imperial Zygon to defeat a terrible threat to the very future of humanity: an invading force of sludge-monsters from outer space known as the Zygonians.”
This month’s episode of Arts In Context will take us inside the unique production of the Live-Action Graphic Novel that is the Intergalactic Nemesis. Projecting the artwork from the original comic-book story panel-by-panel, while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score, The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth was an instant sensation when it debuted in the Long Center in 2010. Since then it has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Conan,” and is now on a world tour.
Arts In Context has been closely following the Intergalactic Nemesis crew behind the scenes of their rising production of Book One: Target Earth for the past few months. Full of striking images and interviews, this episode captures the creative process of the Intergalactic crew. But on this episode Arts In Context is trying something new. The crew is collaborating with documentary filmmaker Anton Curley, using footage from his upcoming film, Nemesis Rising. Nemesis Rising is a feature length film on the Intergalactic Nemesis that follows the crew through their history, their first national tour, and into their future from Volume 2 and beyond. In combination with the documentary that Arts In Context has been working on, this episode will tell the story of the the Intergalactic Nemesis crew from their small beginnings to their debut in Broadway earlier in April. This collaboration will make for a unique episode of Arts in Context that cannot be missed.
Make sure to tune in on Thursday, April 25th at 7:30 pm to take an intimate behind the scenes look at the Live-Action Graphic Novel on Arts in Context: Intergalactic Nemesis.
To see if the Intergalactic Nemsis is coming to you check out on their tour schedule.