Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh to host film event in Austin

Mark Mothersbaugh, artistic polymath and founder of the band Devo, comes to Austin Feb. 13 to host “The Something Weird Mixtape” at the Alamo Drafthouse South.

Tickets go on sale today.

Mark Mothersbaugh, 1964 – Monument to the conquerors of space, 2012. Ink jet on paper. Courtesy the artist.

Mark Mothersbaugh, 1964 – Monument to the conquerors of space, 2012. Ink jet on paper. Courtesy the artist.

Mothersbaugh has helped assemble a collage of film clips, trailers, loops and other filmic ephemera that celebrate Something Weird Video, the offbeat distributor of obscure and historic exploitation/sexploitation films. A friend of the late Something Weird founder Mike Vraney, Mothersbaugh will add previously unheard recordings to his “Mixtape” and stick around for a discussion following the screening.

The film event is just one happening surrounding the opening of the exhibit Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, a sweeping retrospective of Mothersbaugh’s prolific artistic output the goes on view at the Contemporary Austin Feb. 13-April 17.

In addition to the postcard-sized drawings Mothersbaugh has been producing daily since the 1970s and which now number more than 30,000, the exhibit includes several of what the artist calls “orchestrations” sculptural sonic machines that cull found objects and found sounds (such as birdcalls and abandoned organ pipes) to produce, well, unusual musical scores.

Mark Mothersbaugh, The General, 2014. Vintage organ pipes, electronics, and steel. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by David Lekach.

Mark Mothersbaugh, The General, 2014. Vintage organ pipes, electronics, and steel. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by David Lekach.


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