Started nearly a decade ago as an underground festival funded mostly by organizer Ron Berry’s credit card, Austin’s Fusebox Festival has grown into an arts fest behemoth. In this, its eighth year, Fusebox will span twelve days and fifteen venues, and will feature artists from around the world. The fest has certainly grown in scope and in size, but it’s remained true to its core concept: presenting and talking about modern art in its myriad forms. There will be dance, film, food, music, art pieces and performances that are a little harder to categorize, and plenty of discussion between local and international artists and art fans.
One of the many performances that will take place during the festival is An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk, which stars not the legendary actor himself, but rather a video puppet of Mr. Shatner, who will give a talk on the current state of art. Director Phil Soltanoff is the man behind this unusual show; he and his team created the dialogue based on existing recordings of William Shatner in character as Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek television show. Michael Lee of Arts Eclectic recently sat down with Fusebox artistic director Ron Berry and An Evening with William Shatner Asterisk director Phil Soltanoff to talk about the Fusebox Festival.
April 25 – May 6