Nov 10th 2017

The Unsolicited Sideshow and SUBSTUDIO present: Reverberations

Reverberations is a site-specific, immersive light, and sound installation that positions affect-rich artifacts throughout the Tank to engage the human body in unexpected ways. The room will be animated with an LED light installation, plush “puddles” of color that spill out onto the floor, and spatial collages activating custom screens. The evening will be punctuated by a rotating ensemble of musicians who will play experimental music reacting to the space.

Experience space abounding with strange and pleasurable sensations!

Collaborators: Marc Governanti (animation), Zohair Hussain (musical curation), Thomas Dewhirst + Lynn A Jones (fabrication)


The Unsolicited Sideshow is a pop-up exhibition and event series that explores how the contemporary condition of ‘otherness’ informs architectural expression. It opens at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (CAA) as a corollary exhibit to the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial’s main stage at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Like the parallel tents of entertainment that congregate around a traveling circus, The Sideshow positions a cast of architectural oddballs to amplify the energy and visitorship of the main attraction, and give voice to a younger generation of thinkers and practitioners.

In the current political and cultural moment, hard lines are being drawn to define and reward ideas of normalcy by spotlighting and punishing an expanding profile of “others.” Just as the circus sideshow challenged the bounds of normalcy, The Sideshow will explore the contemporary condition of “otherness” as it informs architectural expression through form, program, material, and affect.

Alongside the exhibition, the Sideshow will culminate in a four, monthly Friday Tank Takeovers. The events will highlight select exhibition contributors to expand the dialogue between the Sideshow, the Biennial, and the Chicago community through performance, installation, and celebration.

Could Be Architecture (Joseph Altshuler & Zack Morrison), curator and critic Chelsea Ross, and designer Matt Heartland.

CONTRIBUTORS: Hailing from far and wide, with an emphasis on Chicago and Midwest.
Adrianne Jørgensen (Singapore), Architecture Hero (Chicago), Chicago Underground Practice (Chicago), Cosmo Design Factory (Philmont, NY), Could Be Architecture (Chicago), Galo Cañizares Proaño / office ca / (Columbus, OH), John Clark & Taylor Holloway (Chicago), Office Andorus (Portland), Substudio (Detroit and Cincinnati), Team B Architecture & Design (Cincinnati), Susan Surface (Seattle).

Upcoming EVENTS:
December 8: Office Andorus presents “Vacilon Columnar,” an epic dance party set within an architectural fibers installation. Produced in collaboration with Chicago fibers artist Melissa Leandro and hosted by one of Chicago’s premier drag queens.

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