After mostly going dormant during the pandemic, the Fusebox Festival returns April 13-17.
The art and performance festival will be at sites and venues large and small across Austin. Most events are free, though shows require advance reservations. Tickets will be available on the Fusebox Festival website starting March 23.
Several offerings are programs hosted by other Austin art organizations. “Beethoven in Virtual Reality: Fidelio” is a program of Austin Opera. “The Plastic Bag Store” is presented by Texas Performing Arts at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar. And “The Whisperers” is a sound art performance presented by The Contemporary Austin as part of its exhibition featuring sound artist Tarek Atoui.
Festival highlights include:
- Led by Graham Reynold’s Golden Hornet Project, “MXTX: A Cross-Border Exchange,” is a live performance, album and open-source audio sample library crossing physical and social boundaries to promote a message of justice and innovation. Created through collaborative exchange, this project involves more than 40 DJs, producers and composers from both sides of the Rio Grande. A concert at Waterloo Greenway celebrates the CD release.
- After successful presentations in New York and LA, artist Robin Frohardt brings her “The Plastic Bag Store” — part installation, part performance, a re-imagined grocery store with all the products rendered in single-use plastics collected from the streets and garbage dumps. Several times a day, there’s a puppet-infused dynamic live experience.
- “100 Keyboards” is an immersive live music performance by Japanese experimental sound art Asuna featuring over 100 toy keyboards that create a sound bath of frequencies and reverberations.
- “Art Cruise” is a take on the booze cruise party: stops at nine Austin galleries and art spaces, and signature cocktails along the way.
The full Fusebox Festival is at fuseboxfestival.com/schedule/festival-2022-schedule