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The Chiptune Crooner
With Robert Toth

Friday, September 16, 8PM
Location: The Menil Collection and Aurora Video Library, 1524 Sul Ross
Free Admission

Aurora Picture Show presents the 8th annual Media Archeology Festival Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Houston. Taking place at venues across the city, including Downtown and the Museum District, the festival is presented in collaboration with the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. This multi-media festival showcases artists who use, manipulate, recycle and reinvent electronic media to create live multidisciplinary performances.
This year, the festival explores the ideas of games and play from the past and present.  Games are social tools for interaction, community building, and entertainment that have traditionally permeated media in various ways—all the way from chess, charades and hula-hoops, to role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and now to the World of Warcraft, one of the most successful multi-player role playing video games of recent times.  This year’s festival Rewind – Play – Fast Forward examines new forms and contexts of performance-based art informed by games through visuals, interactivity and strategy.

For the second night of the festival, we invite you to another memorable night of Media Archeology at The Menil Collection with multiple projections of video games of the past and a live performance. Houston artist Robert Thoth present the live cinema performance “The Chiptune Crooner” during which he will perform popular songs from the 1960s to 1980s which are accompanied by a low tech 8-bit orchestra created from vintage computer parts, complete with large pixel-art music videos projected behind him.  The videos are manipulated from video games such as SIMS and Road Attack Race Car in sync with the content of the music performance.
In addition to Robert’s performance, Aurora will present a cornucopia of video games available to audiences to play and compete in a festive and larger than life capacity out under the stars. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and watch the community come out for a night of games. Food trucks will be on-site selling yummy treats and the Pedal Party will again host rides through the neighborhood.  Be sure to stop by the Aurora Video Library for samplings sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewery. 

Robert Thoth is a filmographer, composer and conceptual artist who has performed at numerous arts festivals, and is the co-founder of Houston’s Freneticore Theater.

In addition to the University of Houston Mitchell Center, Media Archeology is also supported by IKEA Houston and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts.  Special thanks to The Menil Collection, The Orange Show, and Chick and Chica for hosting these events.  Media sponsors include, KUHF-FM and With additional support provided by Saint Arnold Brewery, Jenny Conte at Sharp Egg Design,, Berryhill Baja Grill, Oh! My Pocket Pies, Pedal Party, Green Seed Vegan, Katz Coffee, H-Town StrEATS and Whole Foods Market.


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