Emilý Æyer

Houston, TX

Æyer is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who lives and creates in Houston, Texas. Meshing 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. Screenings from this year include Glassell CORE shorts screening at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, QFest Houston, and more recently as a part of the Danish National Autumn Exhibition: Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling (KE19) at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen.

Performances include Sitting on a Man’s Head in collaboration with MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili at Project Row Houses as a part of CounterCurrent19, Stonewall 50 (2019) and Cell Lust | a body (2018) at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, recurring performances with Nameless Sound series at Lawndale Art Center, Queering the Wheel at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in affiliation with Experimental Action, Eternal 30, Everyone at Blaffer in conjunction with Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Jaqueline Nova’s opening at Blaffer Art Museum,  and in the underground circuit via the variety shows Internal/Eternal and Carol Where Are You?.

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. WEEDS, in collaboration with Maria Bang Espersen for 2 weeks in May of 2019 -- creating a functional welcome space and sit-in protest for all funded in part by the Houston Arts Alliance and City of Houston in response to the gentrifying "Innovation District" 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.

Æyer has several unannounced projects incoming for 2020.