Beyond Form: a partnership of spiritual vision and brutalist flesh @ 3:00 p.m.
Jul
29
3:00 PM15:00

Beyond Form: a partnership of spiritual vision and brutalist flesh @ 3:00 p.m.

 

This is day three from a series of intentional duality featuring Julien Bayle’s FRGMENTS with Kim Alpert’s Scan Lines. The other two performances are held at Elastic Arts in Logan Square.

Sunday's show at Silent Funny features:
Presentation III: Installation with Artist Talk

3-5pm ::: INSTALLATION OPEN
4PM ::: ARTIST TALK

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This series is an experiment of live audio-visual immersive installation and performance presented in three ways. 

Every performance will be unique and after each showing, audience members will be encouraged to anonymously share their reaction.

*warning – this show uses strobing light*

This series is made possible with the generous support of the mediaThe foundation.

SCAN LINES
Kim AlpertVideo Synthesis
Paul GiallorenzoKeyboard & Electronics
Anton HatwitchUpright Bass
Jasmine Mendoza, Movement
Cristal Sabbagh, Movement

Scan Lines is a multimedia performance moving through three structured improvisational states. Incorporating dance and sound with video synthesis and feedback, the audience experiences states of energy transference from the performers to each other as well as from camera through analog processing and synthesis. This work is presented to create larger dialog about the root of consciousness and unexplainable universal phenomenon surrounding near death experiences.

Scan Lines is inspired by the entheogenic meditations performed over several years by creator Kim Alpert. This meditation practice is part of Kim’s process to best understand death and its surrounding issues by sitting as the witness of momentary totality. With her established visual language of electronics and video art, combined with signal searching from a young age, the representations are often offered to her through analog video symbology. She seeks to recreate the feeling of these experiences for audiences to provide a window into the clarity and peace this practice have given her. To find a calming uncertainty, like that of watching a string untangle, Scan Lines, like these mediations themselves, has the fluidity to change in each incarnation revealing new information as it unfolds.

Special thanks to Signal Culture for providing a means to explore and research the development of this project.

FRGMENTS
by Julien Bayle

FRGMENTS combines audio-visual live performance with an autonomous installation showing the permanent disruption of a continuous sound & visual flow.

FRGMENTS is a real-time programmed system that displays pre-shot video footage and then, assembles the clips again, sorts them, and cuts them time-wise, scrambling the playing order and space to create unexpected time loops and collages.

It runs a specific generative narration which changes based on context – the installation version is autonomous, but the live performance version is more controlled. The system generates sound, including parts that were partially written using rules and algorithms specific to the project.  Each one plays with metric, bars, time, and loop concepts.

FRGMENTS is inspired by the cut-up concept/technique, created by Brion Gysin and deeply applied, especially, by William S. Burroughs, but also by Tristan Tzara and his folding techniques. Since the 20s Dadaists have used decontextualization & recycled work to create new pieces, sometimes new texts as Burroughs did, but also new paintings, as Ellsworth Kelly did.

FRGMENTS displays human video portraits without any specific facial expression, all shot under the same conditions, systematically and almost-scientifically in the same posture, the same framing, rotating, or static. This footage serves raw matter and FRGMENTS proposes a complete time-wise and space-wise recomposition of the video sequence. Each time, the show creates a new experience that is permanently and constantly generated and regenerated.

FRGMENTS intensively involves senses by exploring perception itself. By using very intense sensory involvement, FRGMENTS tries to show the artist’s obstinacy in trying to understand who the other is and what it can feel.

Special thanks to Elastic Arts for co-hosting this event with Silent Funny.

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THELONIOUS STOKES PRESENTS: GATES AND FENCES THE PERFORMANCE; STARRING KIARA LANIER 7:00 <br> - 10:00 p.m.
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

THELONIOUS STOKES PRESENTS: GATES AND FENCES THE PERFORMANCE; STARRING KIARA LANIER 7:00
- 10:00 p.m.

Purchase tickets here

In an intimate performance, featuring singer/songwriter/actress Kiara Lanier, Stokes juxtaposes family safety and mass incarceration. This is a must see. Thelonious just made history, as the first, youngest African-American to be accepted and attending the school program at the world-renowned Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Kiara is the quintessential essense of a songbird butterfly, songwriter and actress, recently featured on Empire, The Chi, and American Idol. The raw warehouse landscape of Silent Funny will be transformed into a landscape of American civilization versus systematic injustice. Using the concept of hospitality, Stokes will unveil this conceptual ground, showing the first pieces of Thelonious Stokes' Caged Black Paintings/Thelonious Stokes' White Fenced Paintings.

BLESSINGS AND PROSPERITY AND ABUNDANCE

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Kenosis by Larry Kamphausen and Spencer Hutchinson featuring Jyl Bonaguro <br> 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Kenosis by Larry Kamphausen and Spencer Hutchinson featuring Jyl Bonaguro
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

A survey of work by Agitator Gallery co-founders Larry Kamphausen and Spencer Hutchinson featuring work by world re-knowned contemporary marble sculptor Jyl Bonaguro.

ke·no·sis (kəˈnōsəs)

noun: kenosis

In certain sects of Christian theology, the notion of kenosis refers to the renunciation of one's divine nature that is necessary to take on earthly form. It is a concept that has been explored by numerous faiths, both ancient and modern, and resonates with the notion that the earthly realm is beneath that of the heavenly.

The word kenosis, which in Greek means "emptying out", is explored in creative terms as pertaining to the artist. This show explores the concept of the creative process as a kind of kenotic action, an emptying out of one's emotions and laying bare one's state of mind for a cathartic, communicative purpose. 

Each artist presents work that deals with this concept in a way unique to their practice

Spencer Hutchinson's Abstract Expressionist style paintings, executed on rugs, are paired with Kamphausen's meticulously crafted Greek Orthodox style icons creating a radical juxtaposition of secular and religious artistic styles. Bonaguro's sculptural contributions help to illustrate the heaviness which accompanies earthly life in contrast with the lightness of the spiritual world, a visual metaphor explored by her human scale sculptures of wings.

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The Machine is Neither...
Nov
11
to Nov 12

The Machine is Neither...

The Machine is Neither… is an electroacoustic duo comprised of composer/electronicist Ben Sutherland and performer Emma Hospelhorn. Since 2013, the duo has been combining live music and motion capture technology to explore the complex relationships between people, music, and machines.

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Kiara Lanier's The Tongues and Teaspoons Experience - EP Release Party 7:00 <br> - 10:00 p.m.
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Kiara Lanier's The Tongues and Teaspoons Experience - EP Release Party 7:00
- 10:00 p.m.

Kiara Lanier is a vocal performance artist from Chicago who lives by her grandfather's mantra: "The only purpose of the tongue is to teach and heal." She curates and performs in site specific locations integrating her love for contemporary art, holistic health and unifying people. Her music is soulful and sultry yet funky and innovative covering themes of identity and ancestry with vocal loops, field samples and experimental choreography. 

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Industry of the Ordinary with Katinka Kleijn & Lindsey French: History and Forgetting 2:00 p.m.
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Industry of the Ordinary with Katinka Kleijn & Lindsey French: History and Forgetting 2:00 p.m.

Industry of the Ordinary will be making a new work, 'History and Forgetting', as part of the City of Chicago's Year of Public Art,as well as installing permanent artwork in the 37th Ward, with the support of Alderman Emma Mitts and DCASE.

Conceived and organized by Industry of the Ordinary (Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson), with Katinka Kleijn and Lindsey French.

On a concrete shop floor, two workers construct a flag from ice blocks, which, as it melts, washes away the dust, oil, blood and sweat that has stained the floor over its many years of use. As the flag passes into memory, the former life of the space it temporarily occupies will be remembered.  

Accompanying the flag’s disappearance will be the recorded voices of inhabitants, workers and former workers from the surrounding area. These voices will fill the space and remain audible, although disembodied, after the flag has melted away. Industry of the Ordinary will spend the summer of 2017 recording interviews with current and former workers in and around the 4106 W. Chicago location. This oral history will endure as a tangible record of the neighborhood over the years.

Throughout the melting process, a lone musician, Katinka Kleijn, (cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), will play a requiem. Meanwhile, artist Lindsey French will document Industry of the Ordinary’s and Kleijn’s presence in the space, using data collection, interpretation and other technologies. 

The day’s activities will be framed at sunrise and sunset by two aerial banners being flown over the City of Chicago.

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ON TRUTH AND LIE IN AN EXTRA-MORAL SENSE: A performance by Frank Willens and Peter Stamer <br> 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

ON TRUTH AND LIE IN AN EXTRA-MORAL SENSE: A performance by Frank Willens and Peter Stamer
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Conceived, directed, set and staged by Peter Stamer
Performed by Frank Willens
Text by Friedrich Nietzsche
Abridged and re-translated from German into English by Peter Stamer & Frank Willens
 
In the light of infinity, the limited time a human being spends on this planet does appear tobe deplorable, even ridiculous. Knowing about the futility of his existence, man tries to comprehend life by means of language which locks him into the cage of concepts though.
Language, following Nietzsche, denies access to the actual life of matter. Searching for knowledge about the world, about truth, about himself, man gets lost in the woodwork of his own thinking. To put it casually: man becomes a blockhead, unable to see what is there.
Taking away the foundation of the boards that mean the world to him: this is what it means to live.

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Great Dane + Groundislava w/ Interactive Art Installations <br> 8:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Jul
28
to Jul 29

Great Dane + Groundislava w/ Interactive Art Installations
8:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

with support from ʟᴜᴍɪɴᴀᴛᴇ & MADLY
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presented by le foncé

An interactive art installation event focused on the music, color, light, and, of course, the dark. Manipulate your environment! Installations will be open for all guests to try and mess around with. 

Tickets: $20 (See PayPal ticket link. Very Limited Door sales. All tickets bought online will have immediate access.)...

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Silent Funny's First Open House <br> 4:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

Silent Funny's First Open House
4:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Tickets: silentfunny.eventbrite.com
Facebook invite

Have you been to Silent Funny? If not, now’s the chance to visit one of Chicago’s most dynamic and creative art spaces for their first ever Open House. A variety of Silent Funny “alumni” artists will perform and feature new works. Also on display at the West Humboldt Park space will be permanent works by Luftwerk, Dont Fret, Juan De La Mora, Mr. Rios and Titus Wonsey. Beverages and snacks provided.

All performances and works shown are by artists that have been a part of past Silent Funny programs:

New Works/Performances by
Luis Mejico - “Arise! Ascend!”
Ellis von Sternberg - "Goodbye Cruel World"
Jacob Kart - Bucket Brigade (modular synthesizer performance)
Sarah Beth Woods - “Hear the Glow of Electric Lights” (musical performance)
Coppice - "Acrylic, aluminum, clay, copper, custom electronics, glass, metal, paper, polystyrene foams, S-1 01.01 020:00, twine"
Colleen Plumb - “Path Infinitum”
A film by Amir George
Martha Bayne & Andrea Jablonski - Superhero Workshop and Photobooth
and special guests

Permanent Exhibitions by
Luftwerk - “FLOW”
Juan De La Mora - “Bring May Flowers”
Titus Wonsey - “Loose Squares”
Dont Fret - “Unlocked” 
Mr. Rios - “Backyard Life”

$25 Suggested Donation - all money goes towards Silent Funny’s inaugural artist-in-residence program, called SF: Guild (Spring 2018) - tickets @ silentfunny.eventbrite.com

Silent Funny is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts space in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood that believes everyone can have life-changing experiences with the arts. It’s mission is to create a haven where art, artists and everyday people connect in a contemporary and active space that’s open to all. Founded by educator and musician Matt Baron and artist Daniel Schor in 2015, the space has been featured in Chicago Reader, Social Justice News Nexus (SJNN), DNA Info and “1,001 Chicago Afternoons” and is available for commercial rental use.

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WANTED: Thelonious Stokes <br> 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
May
6
7:00 PM19:00

WANTED: Thelonious Stokes
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Join Thelonious Stokes for an intimate discussion about his recent conceptions and collection entitled The Caged Black Paintings. According to Thelonious, he will use performance and objective Urban Reason to create a historical day of excellence and urgency.

RSVP: Thelonious.us

 "Rendering cages as housing devices for the purpose of gesticulating a Western reference". 

 - Thelonious Stokes

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M.I.G.S. 2017 by Stacy Petty (One-Night Exhibition) <br> 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

M.I.G.S. 2017 by Stacy Petty (One-Night Exhibition)
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

MIG (metal inert gas) welding is a process used to join pieces of metal in metalwork. This exhibit will be about Modernistic Industrial Gestural Sculpture.

A series of charcoal drawings of gestural sculptures on paper will be exhibited alongside what I call “flat sculptures” constructed of forged steel.  Inherently 3-dimensional in physicality, these flat sculptures will hold all information on the same side of a single plane.  There will also be a series of multimedia paintings depicting gestural sculptures in “nowhere landscapes.”  These nowhere landscapes encompass flat paper sculptures layered onto a painted, timeless, scale-less landscape which, ironically, could be anywhere.

To the casual observer the creative process seems linear.  The gestures depicted in the charcoal drawings are similar to the flat metal sculptures and acquire context in the paintings.  One with a keen eye and a penchant for meaning, however, will notice the process itself may fade into multiple processes simultaneously or superimpose itself onto an underlying concept. Drawings become sculptures and both inform the paintings. All three types of art are unique in context but hold a commonality as they all depict gestural sculptures.

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M.I.G.S. 2017 by Stacy Petty (Preview)  <br> 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

M.I.G.S. 2017 by Stacy Petty (Preview)
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 

MIG (metal inert gas) welding is a process used to join pieces of metal in metalwork. This exhibit will be about Modernistic Industrial Gestural Sculpture.

A series of charcoal drawings of gestural sculptures on paper will be exhibited alongside what I call “flat sculptures” constructed of forged steel.  Inherently 3-dimensional in physicality, these flat sculptures will hold all information on the same side of a single plane.  There will also be a series of multimedia paintings depicting gestural sculptures in “nowhere landscapes.”  These nowhere landscapes encompass flat paper sculptures layered onto a painted, timeless, scale-less landscape which, ironically, could be anywhere.

To the casual observer the creative process seems linear.  The gestures depicted in the charcoal drawings are similar to the flat metal sculptures and acquire context in the paintings.  One with a keen eye and a penchant for meaning, however, will notice the process itself may fade into multiple processes simultaneously or superimpose itself onto an underlying concept. Drawings become sculptures and both inform the paintings. All three types of art are unique in context but hold a commonality as they all depict gestural sculptures.

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Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

artshowChicago Show #1 to benefit Art Reach at Lillstreet
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

artshowChicago is an organization that puts on charitable art shows. At each show we aim to give back to a designated organization who gives back. This particular show is about relationships. The artists of this event are local Chicago artists who are submitting on artshowchicago.com. In addition to helping out for the community we also give new artists a chance to present their work in a professional atmosphere. Sponsored in party by Lagunitas Brewing Company.

"ARTSHOW BRINGS LOCAL ART TO THE EYES OF THE COMMUNITY THROUGH ART EVENTS THAT RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY. WE EXIST TO CREATE CHANGE IN SOCIETY THROUGH ART’S EMPOWERING EFFECTS ON THE HUMAN CONDITION."

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Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

E PLURIBUS: REFLECTIONS ON 9/11 Closing Reception #1 of 2

Please join us to celebrate this remarkable show. Food and drinks will be on hand, as will some of the show's artists and curator.

Often artists make work as a respite from the times and contemporary issues, but the artists gathered here felt compelled to respond to the 9/11 attacks and the repercussions of those tragic events from which the world still reels. Through an unsentimental perspective, combined with beauty and craft, they call attention to, and offer opportunities for engagement about, topics ranging from drone strikes in Pakistan, to those detained without trial in Guantanamo, to the destruction and looting of ancient and contemporary culture from Iraq to Syria.  On this anniversary, we can ask “what have we learned?” and hopefully find answers that can inform our actions in the future.

The artists represented are Mahwish Chishty, Jackie Kazarian, Michael Rakowitz, Alison Ruttan, Mary King, Amber Ginsburg & Aaron Hughes and Barbara Koenen.

E Pluribus is an informal collective of artists who work independently and have joined together in recognition of this anniversary for a special project that offer exhibits of artwork and related programming, including artists talks and Story Corps interviews, to organizations that are working with people most impacted by the attacks – refugees, veterans, aid workers and their families.  We welcome your recommendations for organizations to contact.   

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Theater Oobleck: A Memory Palace of Fear by Martha Bayne
Oct
29
to Oct 30

Theater Oobleck: A Memory Palace of Fear by Martha Bayne

What haunts your house? Eviction? Foreclosure? Mice? Ghosts?

A MEMORY PALACE OF FEAR is a haunted house about housing -- an immersive theater installation exploring the ways the spaces we call home can turn from refuge to menace, and back again.

Workshop performances

October 29, 6-10 pm
October 39, 1-5 pm

$10 suggested donation; more if you’ve got it, free if you’re broke. 

Tours start every 15 minutes, with a running time of approximately half an hour. Timed advance tickets are strongly recommended, and available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2638657. A limited number of walkup tickets will also be available, first come, first served.

May not be appropriate for kids under 12.

Created by: Martha Bayne, Billie Howard, Sara Heymann, Andrea Jablonski, Charlie Malawe, and Lily Emerson Malawe

With: Emmy Bean, Jean Carlos Claudio, Sharon Lanza, and Kat McJimsey

Produced by Theater Oobleck, with support from the Social Justice News Nexus program at Medill School of Journalism.

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