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:
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.
- City Dwellers: UH Students Explore Houston With Guidance From Center For Land Use Interpretation [University of Houston]
- Center for Land Use Interpretation University of Houston Residency 2007–2008 [UH School of Art Program News]
- Center for Land Use Interpretation
- You Are Here- Center for Land Use Interpretation [Vimeo]
- The Museum of Jurassic Technology – Culver City, California [Roadtrip America]