Crasis: A Bold Fusion of Local Music, Art & Technology

Categories: Only In Houston

Photos courtesy of Eric Todd/{exurb}
A previous installation by local collective {exurb}
Houston's experimental scene doesn't always get a lot of media attention, but the city is home to a number of artists who regularly both expand and violate the boundaries of what is usually considered popular music. Many if not most of them employ some form of technology as one of their primary tools, whether it comes in the form of several surveillance cameras looped into a live video mixer or a church-style organ built out of PVC pipe.

This Saturday anyone who may have always been curious about this scene will have an excellent opportunity to learn a little bit more about it at the Brandon, the gallery on Westheimer that took over the space of DOMY, the beloved Montrose bookstore and bohemian gathering spot next door to Brasil.

Entitled "Crasis" after the word meaning the fusion of two vowels to make one word (from the Greek word meaning "to blend"), the show brings together artists from various artistic disciplines for -- according to the press release -- "an event that will be equal parts live music, visual art and tech carnival, and all spectacle."

Eric Todd, a member of Houston collective {exurb} and the organizer of Crasis, says that while the components of the show - which is laid out Brandon's three rooms within the Brandon - may be vastly different, all of them are designed to be interactive. Those who have attended Free Press Summer Fest in the past couple of years might recall {exurb} projects like the waterwall or "theremin doorways."

"I sort of have two groups of people I can invite to things," he says. "I know art folks probably aren't going to be interested in sitting in a dirty club, who I can't necessarily invite out to Mango's for a show. Conversely, we have a lot of shows in these art galleries that a lot of the music folks find maybe kind of stuffy with the white walls and whatnot, and find that to be something that's not their scene.

"I wanted something that would get me excited, and also engage people in a way that they hadn't been engaged, to sort of cross-pollinate some of those audiences a little bit," Todd adds.

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Location Info


The Brandon Contemporary Gallery

1709 Westheimer, Houston, TX

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