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November 18, 2019

Joy Harris interviews Courtney Frances Fallon about her performative installation piece, "Trump and Co.," on the building that houses Notsuoh. This piece was featured at the November Performance Art Night on November 5th, election night for Harris County. The evening of politically themed performances was curated by Jonatan Lopez. 

October 13, 2019

Esther Neff


February 23, 2019

The artist Esther Neff stands on top of a bar in a loose black t-shirt, loose gray, sweat pants, and a green monster or ogre mask that either vomits / reveals her face through the open mouth. In her hand is a stack of grey sheets with hand writing on them. She speaks of emotions. Who is responsible for whose emotions and emotional responses? Who owns the emotion? Who owns its response? 

As she speaks, she disrobes. First she removes the mas...

May 22, 2019


Wired 2.0

February 22, 2019

A pure technologist would have been puzzled if it had walked in on Wired 2.0, a performance during Experimental Action 2019.

A woman sat on stage in a stylish sleeveless, black dress and black high heels with her legs spread. Perched on a tripod, a camera aims at her crotch. To her right, projected on a screen was a thermal image of her crotch. The blue-orange-red-yellow shapes undulated over an image of her inner thighs. A readout of...

April 25, 2019

Experimental Action 2019 was amazing. If you didn't get to experience it in person, you missed out on some creative, visceral, and inspired performances. Luckily, however, over the next month or so, myself and a group of artists and writers will publish reviews, photos, and videos of many of the performances that took place during the festival. 

Be sure to check back frequently and forward to your fellow performance art fans. Here's a glimpse of what's to come.

February 16, 2019

By definition, Performance Art is anything but static. It’s ever-evolving and always changing, constantly challenging the institutional and aesthetic norms. The Experimental Action 2019 Festival continues that tradition by collaborating with Houston’s Public Poetry.

It’s a perfect pairing for ExA. As Public Poetry’s Fran Sanders declares, “Public Poetry is all about taking poetry public....we have put hundreds of poets in front of thousands of people at parks, libraries, mu...

January 30, 2019

Robert Ladislas Derr in Seating Arrangement photo courtesy of the artist.

The next interview in our ExA 2019 series is with Robert Ladislas Derr. Robert brings a much needed and sophisticated sense of humor and humility to his work and the discipline of performance Art.

ExA: Have you ever been to Houston? What do know of it and It's performance art scene?

RLD: The last time I was in Houston was Spring 2005. I have visited many of the galleries and museums including the CAMH, ...

January 24, 2019

The Scraping Shape of the Socially Cyclomythic Womb (2016) Tempting Failure, London, UK. Photo by Julia Bauer

In anticipation of the upcoming festival, Experimental Action 2019, ExA reached out to a couple of the participating artists to give attendees a taste of what's to come. Our first interview is with Esther Neff, who operates across many disciplines as, to quote her website, "performance artist, librettist/director, theorist/thespian, and organizer". 

ExA: Have yo...

January 2, 2019

The ExA Artist selection committee is thrilled to announce the participants in Experimental Action 2019. The theme of this year's festival is Calculated Risk and the artist that we've selected take risks and push boundaries that challenge our social, political, and emotional status quo.

Our international artists include Roos Hoffman, who conducts public interventions and creates installations that invite the audience to participate in the performance. Schmitt & Schulz...

August 6, 2018

Disclaimer: The picture is repurposed from because no cameras or phones were permitted.

A performance artist, naked, performing a durational piece is an art cliche. Been there. Done that. Got the Marina Abramović's selfie to prove it. When the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (CAMH) announced that it was going to present Julia Barbosa Landois' Serious Work not once but thrice on April 28th , June 30th, and July 28, I was intrigued. Any institution can make a...

June 27, 2018

In Houston, if you’re an artist: whether visual, musical, literary, dance, theatrical, vocal, performance, or con, you eventually make a pilgrimage to Notsuoh, the social sculpture / perpetual performance art created by Jim Pirtle. Typically, the journey is neither planned nor wise, but it happens. You’ll find yourself pulled into the bar’s desultory conversations involving the profound and the mundane, the aesthetic and the philosophic, the political and the pop-cultural...

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November 26, 2019

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