Co-presented with Rice Public Art at the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University.
Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra is an ongoing symphonic performance project. Each instrument represents a planetary position and maps the artist’s astrological birth chart as seen from the perspective of each planet. The chart is translated into the strings of handmade instruments that are tuned accordingly. Echoing Turrell’s pyramidal structure, for the live performance in Houston, Grinnan will reference ancient astrology, which relies solely on planets that can be seen with the naked eye. Grinnan has performed this work in a series of significant artistic and architectural locations including Venice Beach, the 60-inch telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory, and the Integratron, a structure designed and built by ufologist George Van Tassell near Joshua Tree in the 1950s.
This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Katie Grinnan: Nocturnal Hologram, on view at DiverseWorks September 11 – November 14, 2015.