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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