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DiverseWorks to Welcome Artist Liz Magic Laser to Houston, 2/5-6

DiverseWorks has commissioned acclaimed New York-based artist Liz Magic Laser to create a new performance and exhibition, which will open in April. Titled Tell Me What You Want to Hear, the project enlists the participation of local political figures, news media personalities, and a live audience to re-imagine the newsmaking process and the public's relationship to it.

Catch Laser this week while she's in town working on Tell Me What You Want to Hear -- she'll be at Rice Media Center on Tuesday and DiverseWorks on Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 5, 7 pm
Rice Cinema Film Auditorium, Rice Media Center
(at the corner of University Blvd. and Stockton, entrance #8 on the Rice University Campus)

Laser will give a free public talk as part of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University's The Arts in the Humanities Lecture Series, 2013.

Wednesday, February 6, 7:15 pm
DiverseWorks, 4102 Fannin
Part of DWOW (DiverseWorks on Wednesdays) and preceded by a reception

I Feel Your Pain, created for Performa 11, restaged America's recent political contests as a romantic drama. Drawing on a variety of agitprop theater tactics, particularly the Russian Constructivist idea of a "living newspaper," the performance examined how emotion is used to establish authenticity on America's political stage.

Staged in a movie theater, I Feel Your Pain took place simultaneously in the midst of the audience and on the cinema's screen. Eight actors performed a sequence of scenes that traced the progression of a romantic relationship in adapted dialogues taken from political interviews and press conferences with Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, amongst others. Borrowing elements from historic "living newspaper" productions, the performance featured live voice-overs, pantomime fight scenes, and mute commentaries by a clown. As the actors performed, live film from two cinematographers in the audience was projected onto the screen as a continuous feed, with Laser acting as a real-time editor, choosing camera angles for the audience to see.

Liz Magic Laser lives and works in New York City. She is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and Columbia University's MFA program. Laser is the recipient of grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012), and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010). Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012); Swiss Institute with Forever & Today, Inc., New York (2012); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2012); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); MoMA PS 1, New York (2010); Artisterium, Tbilisi, Georgia (2009); and the Prague Biennale 4, Czech Republic (2009). Gallery exhibitions include Derek Eller Gallery, New York (2012); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2012); The Pace Gallery, New York (2011); and Casey Kaplan, New York (2011). She is a current resident at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, New York and has been a resident at Forever & Today, Inc.'s Studio On The Street artist-in-residence program, New York (2012), Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2011) and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (2009). Laser is the recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012), the Times Square Alliance and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010). Laser will be the Armory Show 2013 Commissioned Artist and she has an upcoming commission and solo show at DiverseWorks. Liz Magic Laser is her real name from birth.

DIVERSEWORKS is located at 4102 FANNIN, STE 200, Houston, Texas. Call 713 223 8346 for more information. Entrance on Cleburne between Fanin and Main). For more, visit or email Gallery hours are Wed Noon - 8 PM, Thursday, Friday and Saturday Noon - 6 PM.

Pictured: Liz Magic Laser (portrait), rehearsal for I Feel Your Pain, 2011. Photo by Paula Court.

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