SPAM: Science, Performance, Art, Music exhibition (…not the canned meat)
COHouston, Culture Pilot, and CoInside, collaborate to create a unique idea: an exhibition that blends the numerous fields of science (ie. neurology, psychology, biology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, etc.) with visual art, performance art, and music.
The exhibition, SPAM (Science, Performance, Art, Music), is in its first year and will commence with an Opening Reception at CoInside (1919 Houston Ave.) on Thursday, November 1, 5-9PM. The exhibition will remain on display and open to the public throughout the month of November. Fifteen pieces of visual art, 3 musical compositions, and one piece of performance art will be featured for display. At the exhibit there will be a published book for sale that will include the artists’ name, bio, concept, and image.
This creative exhibition is made possible with entries from the public. Submissions are being currently and gladly accepted until the deadline of October 15. With a flat $30 entry fee per person, artists can submit artwork, original music compositions, and performance art pieces. These submissions must be original and will be judged 70% on concept, 30% on quality.
Entries chosen for the exhibit will be judged by the jury based on direct application of scientific research to the arts, the integration of research into the piece, the artistic quality and originality of the piece, and the potential of broad distribution of the products of the research to the community.
Here are the rules for submission: If submitting a music piece or performance art, only one piece per artist is allowed for submission, and there is a limit of 10 visual art entries allowed per artist. Music compositions must be 3-15 minutes in length and recorded for listening at the exhibition. Performance Art pieces must be 10-15 minutes in length. Individuals submitting pieces must be a Houstonian or must live within a 100-mile radius of our beautiful city, and must show his/her face at the opening of the exhibition! Submissions may be submitted via USB, DVD, or in print to CoInside. Items to be dropped off may be done so M-F 8:30am-6pm at CoInside. Deadline for submission materials and entry fee is October 15 at 5pm. Any sales made on art at the exhibition will be split 50/50 between CoInside and the artist.
Co-founder and jury member Felipe Lopez says one of the main reasons he wanted to create this exhibition was to “connect the medical community in Houston with intellectual artist who both spend a lot of time studying and embracing science, math, and life long education. By partnering with Culture Pilot and COHouston for SPAM, we are promoting not only the art of creating but also the art of cross disciplinary dialogue and the cultivation of collaboration within the community.”
Lopez also adds, “Many artists including myself are fascinated on how the brain works, even beyond the study of neuroscience. Many artists convey human behavior, actions, society, and science in subtle ways or full-fledged concepts. The jury and myself hope to encourage the direct application of various fields of science in artists work. Also by including the disciplines of music, visual art, and performance art in one exhibition, we can display not only the variety of expressions of facts and research but also showcase the dialogue of various art forms and talent in the city of Houston.”
Lopez hopes that this exhibition “sparks more interest in the cross sections of these fields addressed in this exhibition and that both children and adults of all backgrounds start to delve more into the power of these subjects. I also hope classes and families visit the exhibition and use this as an opportunity to empower thought while embracing math, science, art and it’s application in education especially in the local schools.”
Visit www.spamexhibition.wordpress.com for more information about SPAM and submission inquiries, or contact O’Neil Public Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the sponsors, Culture Pilot and CoInside, visit www.culturepilot.com and www.coinside.com.
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by Erin Dyer