February 4, 2023

Up next: OUTsider transmedia festival celebrates creative nonconformity


In a city that seems stricken with a severe case of festival-itis, it’s nice to see a fest that sincerely has some freshness and relevance to it.

A queer transmedia festival and informal conference, OUTsider is in its fourth iteration this year. It runs Feb. 14-18 with all happenings happening at the Vortex in East Austin.

Live performances, screenings, readings, music and art installations along with workshops and panel discussion fill the fest. Artistic director Curran Nault says: “This year’s line-up of queer happenings complicates, confuses, and contemporizes history.” All info at

The fest’s opening show is “Within, Above and Beyond,”  a mesmerizing 20-minute transmedia performance by Austin-based Yuliya Lanina. With a practice based in painting, sculpture and drawing, Lanina constructed a vivid dream-like animated film with which she performs in an impeccably synchronized movement narrative with a live music soundtrack.

Read our profile  “Studio Visit: Yuliya Lanina”


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