CLUI Houston Residency: Open to Interpretation

Center for Land Use Interpretation Research Unit Site on Buffalo Bayou, Houston

Uh-oh. That trailer — behind the pole barn — on a former scrap yard — next to the Houston Biodiesel plant — on Buffalo Bayou — may look innocuous. But it’s the new temporary Houston outpost of Los Angeles’s Center for Land Use Interpretation. The CLUI is taking up a year-long residency at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at UH — but this is where our L.A. visitors will be camping out.

What does the CLUI do? Some sample CLUI projects:

You get the idea. CLUI’s front man is artist Matthew Coolidge, whose act often incorporates academic-sounding narrations of landscape slide shows.

Here’s video of part of a Coolidge performance at the Aurora Picture Show late last year:


Another shot of Coolidge in action:

Matthew Coolidge of the Center for Land Use Interpretation Performing at Aurora Picture Show, Houston

So what’s CLUI up to in Houston?

CLUI members Matthew Coolidge, Erik Knutzen, and Steve Rowell will begin their residency by establishing a research field station on a site on the Buffalo Bayou, adjacent to Houston Biodiesel on Navagation Blvd. & N. Drennan Street. From this base camp, CLUI will conduct land research in a mobile unit and will explore the Houston waterways by boat.

Research will focus on the highway system, Buffalo Bayou, and the 50-mile long Houston Ship Channel.

CLUI’s headquarters is on Venice Blvd. in Culver City, California — dangerously close to the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

Photo of CLUI research field station: Matt McCormick; photo and video of Matthew Coolidge: Bree Edwards

One Comment

  • I always enjoyed the introducing friends to the CLUI installation when visiting Wendover NV. I am glad to know they are here. Thnks.