Hillerbrand+Magsamen Virtual Home Tour

with a Live Q&A with Hillerbrand+Magsamen

Jul 10, 2020, 07:00 PM Virtual Screening Free Get Tickets

The collaborative artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen debut a new video, Shelter in Place, in conversation with the Covid19 pandemic and current political and social times, along with five other video art shorts that span the past decade with all its familial joys and discontents. Hillerbrand+Magsamen are the photographers and the photographed -- their home is the canvas, their actions are the content, and their family is the subject. They are interested in how their relationships are constantly changing as they grow older. They draw upon the Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video, and everyday objects to create a conversation around family dynamics, suburban life, and American consumer excess.

Please register for access to the film from July 10th through 16th. Join us on IG Live at 7pm on July 15th for a special Q&A with duo Stephen Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen moderated by Artistic Director Jessica Green.

This program is made possible with funding from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal CARES Act.

Special Guests

Hillerbrand+Magsamen

Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s practice utilizes collaboration, process and media experimentation through videos, photography, installations and interdisciplinary performances. They explore their relationships to each other and society with an uncanny sensibility that merges the real and unreal, blurring boundaries between life and art and often includes their two children, Maddie and Emmett.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s work has been presented at festivals including the Houston Cinema Arts Festival/CineSpace, London SciFi Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), CounterCurrent Festival (Houston, TX) and Diffusion Photography Festival (Wales, UK). Exhibitions include the Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI), Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), and Center for Photography Woodstock (Woodstock, NY). They have received grants from Sustainable Arts Foundation, Austin Film Society, Houston Arts Alliance and Experimental Television Center and participated in residency programs: Wassaic Projects (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), I-Park (East Haddam, CT), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York, NY), Experimental Television Center (Owego, NY), Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC), Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX) and Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM). They were awarded a residency at the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva for 2020.

Stephan Hillerbrand is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston. Mary Magsamen is the Curator at Aurora Picture Show.

Shelter in Place

During the Covid19 pandemic we have experienced our home, family, community and politics in new ways rife with fear but also new ways of seeing and being together. From face masks to quarantine to zoom calls, our methods for connecting are forever changed. In this video we take large sheets of recycled plastic to physicalize our air, breath, objects and space as we move and interact through our home.

Country, Year United States, 2020
DirectorHillerbrand+Magsamen
ProducerHillerbrand+Magsamen
LanguageEnglish
Runtime3 MINS, 30 SECS
GenreShort
SubjectFilm
Event TypeCompilation, Free Event

Four Place Setting

Hands of family of four gather together plates that are shattered and reconstructed while an unseen force shakes the table, making it a futile process.

Country, Year United States, 2014
DirectorHillerbrand+Magsamen
ProducerHillerbrand+Magsamen
LanguageEnglish
Runtime4 MINS, 30 SECS
GenreShort
SubjectFilm
Event TypeCompilation, Free Event

DIY Love Seat

DIY Love Seat, is a playful, experimental short video that reinterprets family and its identity. In this dark comedy, a woman takes the family couch and cuts out a section with a chainsaw. Her husband, in a very deadpan manner, uses duct tape to repair the couch. This physical act brings them literally closer together, but perhaps not emotionally.

Country, Year United States, 2012
DirectorHillerbrand+Magsamen
ProducerHillerbrand+Magsamen
LanguageEnglish
Runtime2 MINS, 30 SECS
GenreShort
SubjectFilm
Event TypeCompilation, Free Event

Whole

Embarking on an epic adventure, the collaborative artistic team of Hillerbrand-Magsamen creates new levels of interaction, communication and exploration by breaking and cutting holes into their actual home to make a habitrail-like environment where they go nowhere fast while dramatic music propels their action.

Country, Year United States, 2012
DirectorHillerbrand+Magsamen
ProducerHillerbrand+Magsamen
LanguageEnglish
Runtime3 MINS, 00 SECS
GenreShort
SubjectFilm
Event TypeCompilation, Free Event

ETA

Short for “estimated time of arrival”, ETA reveals a couple’s tension through the enclosed space of a car as rain and thunder dramatically pour down with an impending doom. The end reveals a constructed reality in a suburban environment that plays on ideas of film, theater and reality within a relationship.

Country, Year United States, 2011
DirectorHillerbrand+Magsamen
ProducerHillerbrand+Magsamen
LanguageEnglish
Runtime3 MINS, 55 SECS
GenreShort
SubjectFilm
Event TypeCompilation, Free Event

Whether

What appears to be a typical family dinner becomes surreal as a cloud of fog engulfs and distorts the everyday event and fluctuates between memory, reality and dream worlds through the metaphor of fog and home.

Country, Year United States, 2010
DirectorHillerbrand+Magsamen
WriterHillerbrand+Magsamen
LanguageEnglish
Runtime6 MINS, 40 SECS
GenreShort
SubjectFilm
Event TypeCompilation, Free Event