Public Art along Buffalo Bayou

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Time No Longer by Anri Sala in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

On view through December 12, 2021

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Time No Longer is a newly commissioned artwork for the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern by the internationally-renowned multi-media artist, Anri Sala.  This immersive film and sound installation will occupy the Cistern for a period of nine months, transporting visitors into an other-worldly environment within this vast, subterranean reservoir. Time No Longer will incorporate film projected onto a massive translucent screen with a soundtrack emanating throughout the space, its reverberations creating ripples on the surface of the water. Visitors will encounter the work in 360 degrees by making their way around the full perimeter of the 87,500-square-foot Cistern, hearing, feeling, and watching it through the Cistern’s 221 supporting columns.

The film depicts a weathered turntable floating in a space station. The turntable is tethered only by its electric cord, which allows it to keep playing a new arrangement of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, written while the French composer was incarcerated in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany during the Second World War. The new arrangement, composed in collaboration with André Vida and Olivier Goinard, also references another remarkable musical event: in 1986 Ronald McNair, one of the world’s first Black astronauts to reach space, had planned to play and record a saxophone solo on board the Space Shuttle Challenger. This would have been the first original piece of music recorded in space had not that journey been suddenly and tragically curtailed.

Upcoming Programming Related to Time No Longer:

June 24: SPACE JAMS presented by The Currents, BBP’s YP Group

Lead underwriting provided by Suzanne Deal Booth Cultural Trust, John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, and Marian Goodman Gallery. Free Thursdays at the Cistern sponsored by KBR.

Major support provided by Franci Neely, Jereann and Holland Chaney, Michael Dokupil, Radoff Family Foundation, [N.A!] Project, Scott and Judy Nyquist, The Brown Foundation, Inc./Ralph Abendshein, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas, Anonymous, The Clayton Fund, The Lindley Family Foundation, Leigh and Reggie Smith, Weingarten Art Group, Jerome Schultz, and Houston Public Media. Buffalo Bayou Partnership is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Photo credit: Anri Sala, Time No Longer, 2021, Four-channel HD computer-generated imagery and five-channel sound, color, translucent screen, pulse-generating speakers, dynamic lights, Duration: 13 min, Dimensions of projection: approx. 45 x 6.35 m, Courtesy of the Artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, Copyright: Anri Sala, photo by Lawrence Knox, courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Weingarten Art Group.

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Buffalo Bayou Partnership is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance

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