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The Miraculous: Houston

Heather Bause and Raphael Rubinstein’s “The Miraculous: Houston,” debuts at 2017 CounterCurrentFestival.

Feats of endurance, acts of absurdist wit, public actions that confront political repression and racism, celebrations of the natural world, accidental moments of revelation. All this and more can be found at 50 locations where chapters of this site-specific installation are placed throughout the campus of the University of Houston.

Taken from Raphael Rubinstein’s book The Miraculous (Paper Monument, 2014), short stories—from one sentence to several paragraphs, recounting acts from the past fifty years of avant-garde and contemporary art—are documented at unexpected spots and in unexpected ways. Visual artist Heather Bause inserts these narratives into the interior and exterior architecture and landscape of the University of Houston campus using large-scale building graphics, outdoor canvases, and vinyl “pages” affixed to paths and stairways.

Whether guided by a map or encountered by chance, viewers can expect to encounter and participate in the transformation of the University of Houston campus into an innovative conceptual art installation.

The website features a virtual map and location finder. Physical maps are also available at all CounterCurrent festival venues.

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“The Miraculous” Installation at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

4 June – 31 August 2016
Monday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm

An exhibition relocating the works and lives of the following artists, to the spaces of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop:

Bas Jan Ader, Joseph Beuys, Joseph Grigely, David Hammons, Helmut Heissenbüttel, Alison Knowles, John Latham, Lee Lozano, Marta Minujín, Daniel Spoerri, Cindy Sherman and Mierle Laderman Ukeles.

In an unusual text-and-architecture experiment, New York-based poet and critic Raphael Rubinstein will work with designers Maeve Redmond and Sophie Dyer to transpose short narratives from his book The Miraculous into an installation that permeates the spaces of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Episodes, both legendary and obscure, taken from the artistic avant-garde from the last five decades will reside along studio corridors, within communal spaces and on exterior walls, relocating a range of historic and contemporary artworks onsite via the imaginative space of writing.

Text about David Hammons in "The Miraculous" at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 2016.

Text about David Hammons in “The Miraculous” at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, 2016.

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Reading of “A Geniza” in Houston, April 10, 2016



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included in Best American Poetry 2015

Poem Begun on a Train” is among the poems chosen by Sherman Alexie in Best American Poetry 2015. The poem previously appeared in Harper’s Magazine.

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Review of “The Miraculous” in Bomb Magazine

The Summer 2015 issue of Bomb Magazine includes a review, both imprint and online, by Anthony Graves of The Miraculous. Graves writes that “the book gestures toward a kind of restitution of the subject of art (the artist) while today so many narratives merely gesture at the transformation of artists into human capital.” You can read the entire review here.

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Granary Books publishes “A Geniza”

Granary Books has just published A Geniza, a fragmented “poem in a box” that delves into the history of the city of Cairo as a multi-ethnic, cosmopolitan and contested site. The presiding presences of the poem are  Edmond Jabès, Uum Kalsoum, Waguih Ghali and Maurice Blanchot. Each copy of the edition, which is limited to 40 copies, includes 108 fragments individually printed letterpress on more than a dozen different papers accompanied by a 36-page pamphlet containing an introduction, which details the context and compositional process of the poem; biographical and bibliographical notes on the sources of the work; and the first printing of a provisional ordering of the poem based on one reading of the fragments.

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The Silo wins award from AICA

On April 25, 2015, the United States chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) announced that The Silo had been awarded 2nd place in the Best Blog category for 2015.

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Reading/Book Signing in Houston at Brazos Bookstore

On April 30th, 7 PM, I will be reading from and signing copies of The Miraculous at Houston’s great independent, Brazos Bookstore.

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Review of The Miraculous at Hyperallergic

A review of The Miraculous by Louis Bury at the always-interesting Hyperallergic. The piece is titled “Fables from Artlandia” and opens with a quote from poet Charles Olson: “There has been, is too much of everything, including knowledge, because it has not been winnowed.”

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Poem Published in Harper’s Magazine

“Poem Begun on a Train” appears in the October, 2014, issue of Harper’s Magazine (accessible only to subscribers). It is also included in Privacy Policy: the Anthology of Surveillance Poetics (Black Ocean). As of October 2015, the poem is accessible on the Harper’s website, no subscription necessary.

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