1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

KINOSONIK

SSSS! Second Sexing Sound Symposium
Featuring performances by Frauke Aulbert and Seth Parker Woods accompanying films by JoAnn Elam

Saturday, December 2 at 8:00 pm, Free

Back for its third year, KINOSONIK is a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut, Experimental Sound Studio, and Chicago Film Archives. This year’s project, the  Second Sexing Sound Symposium (SSSS!), is a series of public events in Chicago dedicated to ideas, research, performance, and conversation surrounding female and trans-identifying practitioners in and around the sonic arts. Saturday’s screening kicks off the series which includes panel discussions and performances at Sector 2337, Constellation, and the Experimental Sound Studio. Musicians Frauke Aulbert and Seth Parker Woods will collaborate to compose live scores for a selection of films curated and sequenced by CFA from the JoAnn Elam Collection. Aulbert and Woods were selected based on their substantive and exemplary artistic accomplishments to date, their commitment to risk-taking exploratory approaches to sound and music, their long-standing experience in collaboration, and their interest in integrating their various sonic approaches with moving image.

The soprano, voice performer, and multivocalist, “Hamburg’s queen of Avantgarde” (Hamburger Abendblatt Jan. 2010) Frauke Aulbert is one of the most active and multi-talented vocalists in the field of contemporary music today. Her almost infinite, impressive vocal sound palette enfolds a nearly four octave range next to classical singing (diploma), over- and undertone-singing, multiphonics, techniques from Bulgarian folclore, Korean gugak, gamelan, jazz, dhrupad, beatboxing a.s.o. Concerts led her to festivals all over the world: Europe, Korea, Australia, Brasil, Georgia, Tunesia, and the USA. Frauke Aulbert was awarded various prizes and grants, a.o. the first price by the Stockhausen-foundation, as well as artist residencies in Rome (Goethe Institut), Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts) and Stuttgart (Akademie Schloss Solitude) in 2016/17, where she is currently working on her project ‘Beatboxing and the Avant Garde’. Frauke Aulbert has collaborated with composers such as Georges Aperghis, Vinko Globokar, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Hans Joachim Hespos, Simon Stockhausen, Brigitta Muntendorf, Heera Kim, Michael Maierhof, Geoffroy Drouin and Alexander Schubert. Frauke Aulbert is founding member and artistic (co)director of her groups Collect/Project (Hamburg-Chicago), Decoder Ensemble (Hamburg) and Forum Neue Vokalmusik (Hannover). She studied in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, and in Kiel and Hamburg, Germany. Her diploma thesis examined ‘Overtone singing in Contemporary Music’.

Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. Outside of solo performances, he has performed with the Ictus Ensemble (Brussels, BE), Ensemble L’Arsenale (IT), zone Experimental (CH) Basel Sinfonietta (CH), New York City Ballet, Ensemble LPR and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. A fierce advocate for contemporary arts, he has collaborated and worked with a wide range of artists ranging from the likes of Heinz Holliger, G.F. Haas, Helmut Lachenmann, Klaus Lang, Steve Mackey and Peter Eotvos to Peter Gabriel, Sting, Lou Reed, Dame Shirley Bassey, Rachael Yamagata. His debut solo album, asinglewordisnotenough, has garnered great acclaim since its release in November 2016, and has been profiled in the Guardian, I Care If You Listen, Musical America, and Strings Magazine amongst others.

JoAnn Elam (1949-2009) is a central figure in the in the history of Chicago’s experimental film community. Her short experimental and documentary films capture the spirit and ethos of a politically active, feminist, and socially conscious artist. Along with Bill Brand, Warner Wada, and Dan O’Chiva, Elam founded Chicago Filmmakers (initially called Filmgroup, with screenings held at N.A.M.E. Gallery) in 1973.

 



Filed under: 8mm, artist in attendance, collaboration, documentary, feminism, film, Free Screening!, history, international, music, performance, queer, Super 8mm, Uncategorized, video

ST. FRANCIS HEARS A NOISE

New Sci-Fi Feature by Jimmy Schaus
Artist in Attendance!
Presented by ACRE Projects

Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is delighted to partner with ACRE Projects to present the narrative feature debut of Chicago based artist Jimmy Schaus. St. Francis Hears a Noise is a psychotronic, picaresque science fiction romp about a sound recordist whose special microphone picks up messages from beyond, which are stolen by a sinister underground production network to unlock latent psychic energy from the young actors they routinely exploit. Francis, the titular protagonist, sets off on a journey to investigate and retrieve his precious sounds, only to uncover a vast network of control in which he may already be enmeshed.

Jimmy Schaus is an artist whose work spans narrative film, video art, music, sound and performance. Born and raised in central Florida, Schaus spent several years touring in underground music projects before shifting focus to filmmaking along with a move to Chicago in 2012. He completed an MFA in Moving Image at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, and works as a videographer, editor, and instructor of film and audio production. St. Francis Hears a Noise is his first feature length project.

Program Details:
St. Francis Hears a Noise (2017, Digital File, 130 min.)

Image credit: Jimmy Schaus, Still from St. Francis Hears a Noise, 2017; Image courtesy of the artist.

Programmed by Kate Bowen, Aaron Walker, & Christy LeMaster



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, queer, sound, video

THIS STRUCTURE EXISTS…

This Structure Exists in Real Life:
Digital Video Work by Orr Menirom
Artist in Attendance!

Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is delighted to present Orr Menirom and a solo screening of her digital video art. Surveying work from the past eight years, this screening follows Menriom’s development from a sculpture background into a concrete exploration of the materiality of the video medium. Broadly, Menirom’s work investigates how contemporary digital technologies complicate indexical representation of reality and human perception. In making work that plays on the edges of the technical and conceptual properties of digital video, Menirom engages narrative expectation and the murkiness of memory by using glitch, off-set editing, and conspicuous digital construction.

“My current video practice focuses on the ephemeral as a tool for the investigation of the social and political condition. Can the act of imagination, underlying the work of art, become a tool for social and political change? My short films move between figuration and abstraction, investigating what is real and what is barely or beyond perceptible. Some of the videos begin as a familiar form, such as a news interview, a political debate or a viral YouTube video. As the work progresses, the form slowly disintegrates into an abstract space, inhabited by glitched images and anonymous voices. Another area of interest in my work is the complex relations between video art and film. I re-edit materials from film, television and social media in order to investigate the mechanisms by which they construct meaning. Influenced by the video essay genre, I question the narrating voice often used in video essays and cinema in general, and try to find texts within the footage itself. I re-edit speeches, dub images and use others’ words to create new sentences. The editing is transparent, and the editor’s hand is felt through jump-cuts and glitches. This brings to the surface the power dynamic between the viewer and the author: Whose voice speaks in the video? Whose message is heard?”- OM

Orr Menirom was born in Tel Aviv and received an BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem in 2010 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Her work has been presented internationally at festivals and galleries including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Fafa Gallery in Helsinki, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Chicago Underground Film Festival and Aspect/Ratio Gallery in Chicago.

Program Details:
The Vanishing Monuments (2009, 5:42)

Index (Untitled Symmetry) (2017, 0:39)

Sunset and a Tower (2010, 4:50)

Index (Untitled Gatekeeper) (2017, 1:11)

Limited Speech Holds Endless Misunderstandings (2013, 10:00)

Index (Untitled Exit) (2017, 0:37)

Exchange (2014, 12:03)

Index (Untitled Modern Savage) (2017, 2:10)

Clinton and Sanders Looking at the World and Naming Things for the First Time (2017, 11:23)

Index (Untitled Baudrillard) (2017, 1:12)

Homewrecker (2016, 14:32)

TRT 64:31

Programmed by Christy LeMaster

 



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, found footage, international, place, re-photography, surveillance, Uncategorized, video

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