Susan Philipsz - Wednesday @ 4pm // 23 February // 417 Sensorium // 4th Fl // 112 S. Michigan // SAIC // Chicago
Recent Turner Prize winner Susan Phillipsz (UK) will discuss her practice, including Lowlands, a piece developed for Glasgow International Festival of visual art in 2010.
Georg Essler – Wednesday @ 4pm // 2nd March // 417 Sensorium // 4th Fl // 112 S. Michigan // SAIC // Chicago
Building the Foundations for Mobile Art and Music Performance
We are in the midst of what could be considered the second mobile revolution. Mobile technology has become smart and sensor-rich. This makes mobile devices much more than a convenience for making phone calls, but a powerful and malleable vehicle for art-making. In this talk we discuss efforts to create environments that support interactive artistic expression on mobile devices, drawing from such traditions as code as art, live coding and graphical patching. Mobile devices are very different than other general computing devices in that they typically come with a new set of input and output modalities. Multi-touch replaces mouse and keyboard, motion and location sensors address mobility, and limited screen space amplifies the need to consider visual presentations in new way. We will discuss how all these influences help shape urMus, a meta-environment for interactive content creation for music and art performance on mobile smart devices.
Sonia Yoon, Todd Carter and Lou Mallozzi on the Sun Ra/El Saturn audio archive @ Experimental Sound Studio
Wednesday 16th March // 4:15pm // Sensorium 417 // 4th Fl // MacLean Building // SAIC // 112 S. Michigan // Chicago
Experimental Sound Studio provides an inside look at the Sun Ra/El Saturn Collection and the preservation efforts of the Creative Audio Archive. Representing the work of iconoclastic composer and bandleader Sun Ra, the collection offers a rare insight into his unique philosophy and a broader context for his musical ideas. Excerpts from the collection will be presented,dating between the 1950s-1980s including rehearsal tapes, live concerts, home recordings of sketches and experiments, lectures and recitations of unpublished texts, and master tapes.
Yan Jun, Li Jianhong and Wang Fan
4.15pm // Sensorium // 426 4th Floor // SAIC // 112 S. Michigan // Chicago
Yan Jun works with sound and language. Born in Lanzhou in 1973. Based in Beijing. B.A. in Chinese Literature. Works with feedback noise, voice, field recording, site-specific sound installation, improvised music, writing, publishing and curating. Founder of Sub Jam, which
runs weekly event Waterland Kwanyin (2005-2010) and annual festival Mini Midi (since 2005). Has worked on musical projects as Tie Guan Yin (varied members). Pisces Iscariots (Yao Dajuin, Li Jianhong and Yan Jun). Now member of FEN (Fareast Network, Otomo Yoshihide, Ryu Hankil,
Yuen Cheewai and Yan Jun). He has published 5 essay collections about Chinese new music and 3 poetry collections.
With his guitar and effect pedals, Li Jianhong is one of the best noise / improv musicians in China. His guitar drifts among improvisational music, noise music, and psychedelic rock. Recently, he is trying a new way to create from the relationships between environment and performing. The groups he formed or participates in include D!O!D!O!D! and VagusNerve. He has released over 30 solo albums and collaborations on several labels including 2pi Records, PSF, Utech, Post-concrete, Archive and so on. He also manages an indie lable “2pi Records”, which has held an annual experimental and avant-garde music festival “2pi festival” since 2003.
Wang Fan is a pioneer in China’s experimental/improvisational music scene. Born in Lanzhou in northwest China, he is an autodidactic in composition and sound design. He started to create multi-spatial awakening/enlightening sound art and neo-minimalist soundscape work in 1990. His musical work includes pop, avant-garde, musique concrète, neo-folk, ethnic electronic, religious beats, neo-classic, post-acid to experimental noise music, violent improvisation, grainy dance music and ambient fusion. He relocated to Beijing in 1996 and founded his own record label Adopin in 1998. Since then, he has published a collection of acclaimed albums including Sound of Meditation within the Body, Infinite Loops and Five Primary Elements. Besides doing live performances and organizing music events, Wang Fan is also actively involved in the areas of mindwave exploration, meditative sound spaces development, sound installation art, architectural and environmental acoustic space design. He is one of the most desired collaborators for filmmakers, theater directors and contemporary dancers in China, for whom he has created soundtracks and rhythmic sound spaces. Wang Fan is now based in Beijing.
Wednesday 6th April // 4:15pm // Sensorium // 4th Fl // Sound Department // 112 S. Michigan // SAIC // Chicago
Michael Vorfeld, musician and visual artist, based in Berlin, plays percussion and self-designed stringed instruments and creates electro-acoustic sound pieces. He works in the field of improvised, experimental music and sound art and is often involved in site-specific art projects. He creates installations and performances with light and works with photography and film. Besides his numerous solo activities he is a member of several ensembles and collaborates with artists across disciplines and borders. His list of activities includes numerous concerts, performances and exhibitions in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia.
Michael Vorfeld’s Chicago appearances are presented through a partnership between Experimental Sound Studio, the Goethe-Institut Chicago, The Sound Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Heaven Gallery, and Umbrella Music.
Jacque Demierre and Vincent Barras
Please join us for this week’s colloquium from Switzerland!
Wednesday 20th April // 4pm // Sensorium // 4th Fl // Sound Department // MacLean Building // SAIC // 112 S. Michigan Ave // Chicago
The Sound Department will be having two amazing sound poetry collaborators from Switzerland, Jacques Demierre and Vincent Barras, in the department as visiting artists April 18 – 22. In addition to sound poetry, they are also involved in a number of other areas as well, including improvised music and sound installation. Interestingly, Vincent is also a medical historian with a focus on the history of medieval medicine. In addition to the Wednesday colloquium, they are currently scheduled to visit Lou Mallozzi’s undergraduate class Writing Drawing Talking on Monday 6PM-9PM, and Mark Booth’s Aloud class Thursday 1PM-4PM.
Information on their work is available at Jacques’s website:
Some pieces are also available for listening on ubuweb:
They will be performing at the Renaissance Society in Hyde Park on Wednesday April 20 at 8PM, and at Experimental Sound Studio on Saturday April 23 at 8PM.
Miha Ciglar // Wednesday // 4pm // Sensorium // 417 McLean Building// SAIC // 112 S. Michigan // Chicago
He is exploring a composition approach where pain is introduced as a central reference for selection and temporal arrangement of sonic objects. By connecting the performer’s (composer’s) body to the electronic circuit of the instrument, or to an electronic instance of the sound that is being generated, he is able to experience the sound in a haptic way, which influences his musical decisions and thus generates rather unconventional results.
Maya Masaoka // Friday 19th November // 1pm // Sensorium // 417 MacLean Building // SAIC // 112 S. Michigan Street // Chicago
Composer/Performance Artist/Instrument Builder and writer Miya Masaoka shows
sound and performance work with explosive powder and model trains, live insects, brain wave activity, plant response, field recordings, sound sculpture, electro-acoustic instruments, instrumental ensembles, homemade LED kimonos and naked men.
Her work has been presented and exhibited in the Venice Bienale, the Kitchen, V2 in Rotterdam, Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Torino Winter Olympics, Siggraph, Japan, IRCAM, France, STEIM, the Netherlands, Center for Visual Culture, Baltimore University. She is currently writing a book on Japanese Fluxus artists.
Synchronator // 4pm // Wednesday 5th November // Sensorium // 417 MacLean Building // 112 S. Michigan St // Chicago
Longtime experimental video-Sound artists from The Netherlands, SYNCHRONATOR will give a lecture on their work and experiments between image and sound.
Rhys Chatham // Wednesday 15th September 2010 // Sensorium // 417 MacLean Building // 112 S. Michigan Ave // Chicago
Chatham aimed for naturalism and transcendence: simultaneously beautific and horrifying, his music can sound like a tornado or a swarm of bees, as peaceful as a nave or as chaotic as an avalanche. Sumptuously designed… check it out. – Blender
Ben Frost // Wednesday 8th September 2010 // Sensorium // 417 MacLean Building // 112 S. Michican Ave // Chicago
Frost’s music is more than a cerebral exercise and has an undeniable visceral presence, felt as much as heard. His compositions are created with an acute awareness of the listener and their comfortable thresholds, exploiting every extreme of pitch and volume. Frost has collaborated with the likes of Bjork, Tim Hecker & Fennesz.