Jun 30th 2019

Without Within: Sensitive circuits listening ground

@ Experimental Sound Studio

5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Opening Sunday, June 30th, from 3PM - 5PM

On view through Sunday, August 18th

A silent walk focusing on listening to the diverse soundscape of the west Edgewater neighborhood. Led by artist trio N.w. Long, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson and Sara Zalek.

Join us at Experimental Sound Studio at 3 PM to embark; the walk will finish back at ESS around 5 PM. Participants are then welcome to join the group at Roman Susan afterwards to discuss the experience.

Norman W. Long (b. 1973, Chicago, IL) is a sound artist/designer/composer based in Chicago, IL. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. He has exhibited and/or performed in galleries in Chicago, Ithaca, New York, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The processes involved in his practice lie within the area of field recording, electro-acoustic composition and dub technique. His art/studio practice involves gardening, collecting, performing and recording to create objects, environments, situations in which the artist and audience are engaged in a dialogue about memory, space, value, silence and the invisible. It is his desire that his practice offers us a space to consider our relationship to sound via social, ecological structures, our interiority, and to affirm our existence. To hear work online, please visit soundcloud.com/normanlong and normanwlong.bandcamp.com.

Sara Zalek is an artist, choreographer, and curator rooted in Butoh and investigations of personal identity. She is obsessed with time travel, experimental science, hybrid animals, permaculture, and the intentional act of transformation. Zalek created and manages all aspects of Butoh Chicago and Saratonin, dba. Through Butoh Chicago, Zalek continues to connect national and international Butoh artists with Chicago art makers across genres of dance, music, film and performance art. She seeks to foster positive communication and arts integration within Chicago’s complex, overlapping arts sectors by providing opportunities for workshops, conversations, and performances. Saratonin, dba is an ad-hoc arts organization, seeking opportunities to foster diversification in the field of art through dedication to artistic practices, public art, and community workshops. Sara also co-manages OuterSpace Studios with Jessica Marasa of the Watering Can. By fostering space, they advocate for teaching and rehearsing artists to have access to space and community. For more information, please visit saratonin.com.

Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson is a depressed animist, descended from European invaders and immigrants, based in Chicago and Baltimore. She makes time for the animation, absurdity, patterns, and paradox of humans and not-humans, often focusing on sensations and systems that are invisible to us due to their immateriality or assumed normalcy. She’s presented work in galleries, festivals, forests, and empty lots throughout the Northern Hemisphere. As an artist in residence, she’s gestated at the Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), FRISE (Germany), Harold Arts (Ohio), Arteles Creative Center (Finland), and Utopiana (Switzerland). She teaches teenagers at the Lutz Center for After School Matters, and has taught in many other institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, and Johns Hopkins University’s Baltimore Youth Film Arts. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received her certificate from the Center for Deep Listening in 2018. She thinks all artist bios and CVs are deceptive. For more information, please visit gwynethvzanderson.com.

Experimental Sound Studio is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization dedicated to artistic evolution and the creative exploration of sound. As an international hub for sonic experimentation, ESS nurtures artists, heralds new works, and builds a broad, supportive community of makers, enthusiasts, and creative partners through production, presentation, education, and preservation. For more information, please visit ess.org.

Sensitive circuits, listening ground is a part of the ongoing exhibition Without Within, a collaborative project between Experimental Sound Studio and Roman Susan Art Foundation. For additional information about the exhibition and upcoming programming, please visit ROMANSUSAN.ORG/WITHOUT-WITHIN.

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