A Look Into "The Miraculous" In Houston

A Look Into "The Miraculous" In Houston

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On one of my strolls through campus, I happened to stumble upon a yellow poster plastered to the sidewalk. Through the leaves, I was able to decipher black lettering and a huge number 16 at the very top. Of course, being an English major and in love with the unconventional, I stopped in my tracks and let my eyes take in the story in front of me. It spoke about a Yugoslavian artist and one of her pieces of work. As I continued reading, I found myself wrapped up in this story about an artist willing to put her life in danger for her art. Poster 16 is found on the sidewalk leading towards the fountain after crossing Entrance 14 from SR1. You can find it in the shade a stone's throw from the food trucks.

As I kept walking, I kept finding posters in the strangest places. In some instances, there was more than one of the same number translated into different languages. Each poster had its own unique story to tell. Every time my eyes found the bright yellow posters around campus, I could feel myself drawn to the life behind the words placed upon the side of a building. Why did someone put this here? Why did they want to share it? Why is it important for people to read?

The day after I found that first person, I decided to take a walk around the entire campus so I could find every single one. I was hell-bent on the fact that these strange writings on the walls and sidewalks had to mean something. It was a Friday afternoon, the sun was killing me, and I had the smartest idea to wear a black t-shirt. Long story short, I was dying.

As I passed Blaffer Art Museum and the School of Art, I noticed a man pulling bright yellow rolls out of the bed of his pickup truck. Just one of those "right place at the right time" scenarios. Through this chance encounter, I met the masterminds behind this project and learned what's it all about.

A critical studies professor at UH, Raphael Rubinstein, is the author of a book called The Miraculous. Each of the 50 chapters in this book describes an artist and their work. Some of the stories are quite fascinating. Each of the posters is a page pulled from each of the 50 chapters in the book. The project is meant to bring awareness to contemporary art. Dr. Rubinstein and his partner, Heather Bause, wanted to create something that would cause college students at the University of Houston to stop, put their phones down, and think about these stories. Most of our generation has little to no knowledge about the elements of contemporary art. By creating public exhibitions, Bause and Rubinstein use curiosity as their weapon of choice.

The project is a part of CounterCurrent, an art festival presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. Their mission is to put on "a festival of performance, installation and ideas". It will take place April 18-23, 2017. A full schedule can be found here.

I encourage everyone to try to go to at least one of the amazing events planned for CounterCurrent. When you pass by one of these vivid posters, take a moment to stop and read them. It may spark a train of thought that could lead you somewhere incredible.

Get your tickets here.


Cover Image Credit: The Miraculous: Houston

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Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

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Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting


Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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