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Saturday Art: Art Outside 2013 Preview

3:20 pm in Uncategorized by Kit OConnell

Artwork by Judibeth Hunter

Art Outside’s new tea house features the artwork of Judibeth Hunter.

See Kit’s coverage of Art Outside 2012.

I return to Art Outside from October 18-21. This annual outdoor festival in Texas combines music with visual art and performance of many kinds.

Every year, artists from all over the world bring their works and their presence to Art Outside. From dancers to painters to new media makers – Art Outside is teeming with creativity of all forms.

Viewing artwork in nature changes our experience of both.

In addition to multiple music stages and daily classes and work shops, Art Outside creates an open air art gallery, complete with docents serving wine. There’s something unique, surreal and beautiful about camping but being able to step under a canopy into an elegant art gallery built beneath the sweeping branches of a tree. While we all have expectations about what ‘art’ means, experiencing it in this environment, mingled with live music and set in the midst of nature, forces the viewer to consider this form in a new way.

One addition to this year’s event is the Tea House, a relaxation space near the gallery. Hosted in a Bedouin tent made of wool, it features Saudi-style couches and rugs for lounging. Set apart from the vending and other spaces, it will be devoted to the comfort of Art Outside visitors.

Volunteers will offer tea service in the “Gongfu” style throughout the day. Tea House designer David McCully just returned from providing tea service in the Nevada desert at Burning Man, the massive outdoor arts gathering which is a major influence for Art Outside. The Tea House will feature the visionary artwork of Judibeth Hunter, whose liquid flowing lines and feminine forms should beautifully enhance the sensual, low-key atmosphere of this space.

Some other anticipated highlights of Art Outside 2013:

  • Stand-up comedy from the New Movement Theater, Austin’s popular improv conservatory.
  • Contributions from the artists at 18 Below, an organization devoted to cultivating the talents of teenagers.
  • Over 50 bands and musicians, including returning favorites like Katie Gray, Minor Mishap and Wino Vino.
  • A larger, longer festival running through Monday rather than ending on Sunday.

If you live in Texas or feel like experiencing some of the best creativity the state has to offer, check out Art Outside (also on Facebook) and be sure to say hello!

The Tea House in a Bedouin wool tent

Art Outside’s new Tea House, housed in a Bedouin tent. 

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Watercooler: Minor Mishap Marching Band (#ArtOutside)

6:07 pm in Watercooler by Kit OConnell

Hi, y’all.

Interruptions are frustrating for any journalist, but much less so when the interruption is as delightful as the Minor Mishap Marching Band. On Saturday of Art Outside while conducting interviews with members of 999 Eyes, the nearby stilt-walking workshop was invaded by this beautiful madness. I had no choice but to pause my interview and record the above video instead!

The Minor Mishap Marching Band are part of a trend toward modern ‘freak’ marching bands — what happens when band geeks grow up and get exposed to Burning Man, psychedelics, and other alternative culture. Perhaps the most well known is the Bay Area’s Extra-Action Marching Band. New York City has the Hungry March Band, which appears in the finalé to John Cameron Mitchell’s delightful Shortbus. Minor Mishap hosts the annual Honk TX! festival which draws in street bands from around the country.

Here’s a short film on Minor Mishap from the Zgraphix.org / Austin Indymedia Center team:

For more from Minor Mishap Marching Band, see minormishap.com

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