Hillerbrand+Magsamen's videos, photographs and installations reinterpret the people, activities and objects of their everyday life and engage the edge between the heroic and tragic. They navigate perceptions of identity, emotion and family within a uniquely American subjectivity.
As the collaborative husband and wife visual artist team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen draw upon the rich Fluxus practice of incorporating humor, performance, video and everyday objects and expand their personal family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess. This new kind of "suburban fluxus" generates work that documents and re-contextualizes their objects and possessions of self, family and culture, the role of the camera in contemporary art and challenges presumptions of the everyday. Hillerbrand + Magsamen have worked together since meeting in graduate school at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where they both received their MFAs.
They have presented their videos in prestigious international film and media festivals including SCOPE Basel, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival. Their cinematic based installations have been seen in Hong Gah Museum in Taiwan, the Hudson River Museum, Woodstock Center for Photography, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, and Houston Center for Photography. They have been awarded grants from Austin Film Society's Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography.
Hillerbrand+Magsamen live and work in Houston, TX with their two children Madeleine and Emmett.
Mary Magsamen is the curator for the mirco-cinema The Aurora Picture Show.