Oct 6th 2018

Premiere performance of Dialogo Dialogo, a new improvisatory dance installation choreographed by Irene Hsiao and set to a carillon composition by Joey Brink.

Hsiao explores the relationship between the bronze Virginio Ferrari sculpture Dialogo and the nearby Rockefeller Chapel’s bronze carillon bells. Just as the bells are stationary and clappers move to strike them, Hsiao becomes the moving element within the statue and a visual reminder of how the aleatory and the living affect and respond to an ever-changing environment of sound and motion.
FREE, open to all.


About the Program:

As part of the Terra Foundation’s 2018 Art Design Chicago initiative, UChicago Arts’ Public Art Program presents Dialogo: Virginio Ferrari and Chicago, a series of public events with internationally-recognized Italian sculptor Virginio Ferrari (b. 1937), whose practice has been deeply embedded in Chicago’s art world since he made this city his home in the mid-1960s. Following the launch of Ferrari’s new monograph, Virginio Ferrari: Full Circle 1957-2017, at Humanities Day (October 21, 2017), Dialogo: Virginio Ferrari and Chicago will expand on that conversation with public tours and talks, K-12 programming, and opportunities to experience some of Ferrari’s lesser known or privately-held works.

About Virginio Ferrari:

Virginio Ferrari’s connection to Chicago’s rich history of art and design is represented in more than thirty works around the city, with many more sculptures in Illinois, the U.S., and around the globe. These myriad works link his practice both to the national art world in cities like Philadelphia and Los Angeles, as well as to the international art world in cities like Belgium, Ecuador, China, and his native Italy. His practice is representative of the work of his contemporaries within and around buildings in the 20th century, and can serve as a gateway to a broader understanding of the history of public art in relation to architecturally-defined spaces.


Irene Hsiao is a dancer, writer, and enthusiast interested in improvising on the edge of the ordinary in public spaces. She is fascinated by many kinds of art, most recently by the Smart Museum’s Monster Roster and Tang Chang exhibitions and Philippe Parreno’s My Room Is Another Fish Bowl at the Art Institute of Chicago. Dialogo Dialogo is her second project in coordination with the Smart, after The Radiant and the Dead in January 2018. She will present new work based on the paintings of Tang Chang at this year’s Asian American Performing Arts Festival at Links Hall. See her latest obsessions and experiments on Instagram.

Joey Brink is the sixth University Carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he performs on the 72-bell Rockefeller Memorial Carillon and directs a carillon studio of twenty students. He serves on the board of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and co-chairs the Johan Franco composition committee to promote new works for carillon. Brink began his carillon studies at Yale University in 2007; graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium in 2012; and studied further at Bok Tower Gardens in 2015. He received first prize at the International Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Mechelen in 2014, and has toured North America and Europe extensively as a performer. Brink is regularly a recitalist at congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and the World Carillon Federation, most recently as a soloist with the Barcelona Municipal Symphonic Band in June 2017. He performed the inaugural recital at Salisbury University in September 2017. He released his first album, “Letters from the Sky”, alongside his performance at Chicago’s Ear Taxi Festival, in October 2016.

About Art Design Chicago:

Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of art and design, creativity and commerce. With a scope and ambition befitting Chicago’s grit and can-do determination, Art Design Chicago shares with the world a dynamic convergence of more than 25 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs in 2018. Together, they tell the stories of the artists and designers that defined and continue to propel Chicago’s role as a hub of imagination and impact.





Photo by Erik L. Peterson

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