Unearthling: Films by Peter Lucas

Photographer/essayist/filmmaker/curator Peter Lucas premieres his latest short film in Unearthling: Films by Peter Lucas. follows a mysterious figure from beyond our planet as he ventures onto Earth. The gritty black­-and-­white photography calls to mind the brilliance of Cory McAbee’s , but features a harsh electronica soundtrack rather than lively show tunes. Also on the bill is a screening of Lucas’ 2013 film . When the Voyager spacecrafts were launched in 1977 they each contained a golden record meant to portray the best of humanity to any alien civilization that might happen across the probes. The records included spoken greetings in some 50 languages, whale songs and bits of music by Beethoven (a sort of message in a bottle but in space instead of an ocean). Lucas’ film is a collage of the records’ contents. The presentation opens with a live audiovisual installation performance by Lucas and artist/film collector Bill Daniel. You don’t get more far­out than this.

7 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information call 713­-639­7300 or visit mfah.org. $9.
Sat., March 29, 7 p.m., 2014

 
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