9/25: Tania Mouraud’s FATA MORGANA film screening and discussion

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016
9/25: Tania Mouraud’s FATA MORGANA film screening and discussion

Filming Oil Refineries in Texas: Screening and Roundtable with Tania Mouraud

Date: September 25, 2016

Time: 5:30-7:00 (**A wine and cheese reception will be held before the screening at 5pm**)

Location: Rice Cinema, Houston, TX


In conjunction with her new exhibition “Everyday Ogres” at The University of Texas at Austin’s Visual Arts Center, visiting French artist Tania Mouraud will present and discuss a selection of her works, including the newly commissioned video and sound installation FATA MORGANA. Filmed at night at an oil refinery in Pasadena, TX, FATA MORGANA captures a haunting vision of Texas’ metal cities filled with toxic smoke and threatening power. It follows from Mouraud’s other videos, which bring to life the immensity of environmental industrial sites around the world to audiences often removed from a direct experience of such sites’ force and intensity.

Mouraud will be joined by Rice Professors Dominic Boyer and Joseph Campana and by curator Allison Myers for a roundtable conversation after the screening.

Tania Mouraud is a celebrated conceptual artist working across media since the 1960s. Since the late-1990s she has focused primarily on video and sound-based installations that intertwine the conceptual and sensual while exploring relationships between art and society. Mouraud has exhibited widely, with solo exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, among others. Her videos and typographic wall paintings were the focus of a recent multi-city retrospective based at the Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Support for this event comes from the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS, culturesofenergy.com), the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston, and Rice Cinema.