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Emilý Æyer

Houston, TX

Æyer is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who lives and creates in Houston, Texas. In their vocal practice, they mesh a powerful and harrowing multi-octave voice with stark electronic soundscapes made of vocal loops and found sounds, they create portraits of queer lives and bodies striving to survive and thrive within an often-hostile Southern cultural landscape. Their original compositions and performances have been featured in several short films with collaborators Traci Lavois Thiebaud of Houston, TX and Maria Bang Espersen of Denmark. Their film with Maria Bang Espersen, "A messy story about oak and," has been screened at Glassell CORE shorts at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, QFest Houston 2019, and the Danish National Autumn Exhibition: Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling (KE19) at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen.  Most recently the film has been selected to screen at the 58th Ann Arbor Film Festival on March 26th, 2020.

Performances include Sitting on a Man’s Head in collaboration with MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili, Stonewall 50 Texas Noise & Ambience (2019) and Cell Lust | a body (2018) at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Queering the Wheel at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Eternal 30, Everyone at Blaffer Museum, and many others.

Organizational/Curatorial projects include Mystic Stylez — a platform merging performance, fashion, and music in raves and club nights showcasing the artistic vibrancy of the underground scene in Houston.  Æyer has been w0rking in collaboration with Nathan Kennard of Mystic Stylez since 2018. WEEDS, in collaboration with Maria Bang Espersen for 3 consecutive days in May of 2019 -- created a functional project space, funded in part by the Houston Arts Alliance and City of Houston in response to the gentrifying "Innovation District" lead by Rice University in 3rd Ward. Bayou City Be All with Diverseworks -- a night of queer performance, music, and fashion celebrating queer voices all over Houston. Creatives for Asylum Seekers & Migrants, a silent art auction and poetry performances benefiting Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative.   In addition to their organizing efforts, Æyer has joined Common Field as a partner and is the Convening Events & Tours Production Manager for the 2020 Houston Convening!

Æyer has many upcoming performances in 2020.  Contact them for more inquiries.