Friday, March 31, 2006

High Level Access Only

Shhh. I have a secret Flickr site. Whatever you do, don't click on this link.

xxoo aurora

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Hosts with the Most

Aurora takes the Show on the Road this spring as we depart from our Dean’s and Clark’s Monday night series. Over the past several years we have been fortunate to have Eileen Maxson, Vinod Hopson and Camille Breaux for our Monday Downtown adventures. Their commitment to Aurora, our artists and audiences has been a cornerstone of our programming and an asset to the organization. Plus, they're fun to drink with.

A round of applause as we raise our glasses to toast the hosts with the most.

Where did I put my glasses?

All my love, Aurora

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Kevin Everson to Jury Extremely Shorts 9

Artist and filmmaker Kevin Everson has signed on as the Juror for Aurora's Extremely Shorts 9. Described by Variety as being “Unique among African-American filmmakers as a chronicler-poet of black folk and their everyday lives” Everson’s second feature length film, Cinnamon, screened at the 2006 Sundance and the New York Underground Film Festivals.

Submit your mini masterpiece. Details and entry form online at Entires of films and videos three minutes or less will be selected by Everson for screening at June 24 & 25, 2006 at Aurora.

Can you believe we're into our nines already? Number Nine. Number Nine.

xoxo Aurora

Photo: A Week in the Hole (2001) film

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Visit My Space

Want to be friends? Visit and be part of my extended network.

xxoo Aurora

Meet My Robot Friend

My Robot Friend, one of this year’s featured artists in Aurora’s Media Archeology: Software Cinema, April 19-23, takes moving image art personally. In fact, he wears the technology, transforming his body into an blinking marquee.

Hear My Robot friend on
xoxo Aurora

P.S. My Robot Friend you can be my friend anytime.

Photo of My Robot Friend by Alex Wright.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Sleeping Angels at Aurora

At the inaugural Video Feedback session this weekend photographer and video maker Nathalie Latham shared her work with Aurora. In town as an exhibiting FotoFest artist, Nathalie is an Australian living in France. Ever the host, Vinod guided her to Aurora.

Nathalie’s piece Sleeping Angels is a study of residents of Beijing who catch gentle naps during their train commute to and from work. As the sleeping city passes in the background the viewer wonders if these are really the dreams of the sleeping riders. The trance is broken when one woman opens her eyes. Thankfully she falls back to sleep so that the voyeuristic viewer can again watch the Sleeping Angels.

Image from Sleeping Angels, Nathalie Latham

Monday, March 13, 2006

More of Us to Love

Aurora is delighted to welcome Barna Kantor to our growing team. A renowned moving image artist and the founder of several arts nonprofits, Barna is taking on the facility and technology management role at Aurora.

Terra Cognita Cinematexas 10 describes Barna’s work… “Kantor integrates found objects into installations that have the slick feel we’ve come to expect from digital art, but with a difference. Kantor isn’t interested solely in the projected image that is shackled to cinematic media, but also in the machine that makes the projection possible. For the past two years, Kantor has been building projectors. His machines are drawn in part from the history of cinema.”

Meet Barna at Aurora’s Media Archeology: Software Cinema , April 19-23. Details on the website calendar at.

Images of Barna Kantor's work:
Construction Site
Festival 2004

xxoo Aurora

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Whose the Houstinist?

Houstonist is a website about Houston, makes sense. Jim Parson posted on March 6 "The best things in life are cheap" and listed Aurora!

We love you too, but darling, I'm expensive, very expensive.

xoxo Aurora

Astria's Mind is on Sex

At last night's premiere of Quantum Leaps at Clark's Astria asked audience members to take a survey. The simple question, "What is sex". Stunned, we had two minutes to write down our response, no name attached. Thank goodness since ol'Aurora gets out there and has some pretty strong feelings about the topic and I wouldn't want to shock anyone into awe.

Astria's compiling the responses on her website. Guess which one's mine.

xoxo Aurora

Image Credit: “I am a Conjuror,” Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, 8:30, 2004.

Fellow American for the Arts

Amy has been selected as a research Fellow for Americans for the Arts. Interested in the issue of leadership development she will be conducting research into the needs of Mid-Career arts managers. As Baby Boomers consider retirement (darling, don't even go there) and GenXers consider the next steps in their careers (oh to be 36 again) the field is on the brink of a leadership transition.

Amy's work will take a proactive step to addressing this critical juncture that is essential for sustaining the field at large. Interested in participating in her research? Complete the online survey on Amy's website.

xoxo Aurora

Swinging Intern

Turns out that our new Marketing Intern Holly Gracey is a swing dance instructor and one of the organizers of the 10th Annual Houston Lindy Fest.

Can you see old Aurora flying through the air?

xxoo Aurora