May 17th 2019

Mie Kongo and Norman W. Long: Without Within

@ Experimental Sound Studio

5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Opening Friday, May 17th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, August 18th

Found, arranged, abstracted, and transformed, Without Within is a two person exhibition with a new sound installation commissioned from Norman W. Long and assembled ceramic sculptures by Mie Kongo, curated by Ruth Hodgins. Inspired by observations and discovery from their surrounding environments, both artists play with altering perceptions using inspiration from found materials and field recordings. From metal and porcelain to electro-acoustic composition, each artist transforms the randomness and chance inherent to our everyday lived experiences into ordered, composed forms that meditate on memory, scale, shape, and sound. Over the course of the exhibition, each month a performance will activate the space, bringing together other artists who use sound and moving image in relation to the works on view. Without Within is a collaborative project organized by Experimental Sound Studio and Roman Susan Art Foundation.


Friday, May 17 from 6-9 PM – Opening reception with live performance by Norman W. Long

Sunday, June 30 at 3 PM – Sound walk with Norman W. Long, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson, and Sara Zalek

Sunday, July 21 at 3 PM – Sound performance with Norman W. Long, Andrew Clinkman, and Lia Kohl

Thursday, August 1 at 7 PM – Sound performance with Brett Naucke and screening of moving image works by Deborah Stratman and Manuela De Laborde

Mie Kongo grew up in the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan and now lives and works in Evanston IL, where she makes multidisciplinary work: ceramic sculptures & installations, 2D work and porcelain designed objects. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at Seerveld Gallery at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights IL, Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago IL, Arts and Literature Laboratory, Madison WI, 4th Ward Project Space, Chicago IL, Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington IN, Cleve Carney Art Gallery, Glen Ellyn IL, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. Kongo has been an artist in residence at Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park, Shiga, Japan, European Keramic Work Center, ‘sHertogenbosch, Netherland, “Intonation” Deidesheim, Germany. She received BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is Adjunct Associate Professor in Ceramics department at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information, please visit

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 and

Ruth Hodgins is a board member for Roman Susan Art Foundation, and works as Bentson Archivist/Assistant Curator at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where she oversees the care, use, and scholarship of the historic Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. As curator for Moving Image events, Ruth has contributed to a range of events and exhibitions including, Metaphors on Vision by Brakhage, Patrick Staff, and “I Am Not a Filmmaker”: The Films of Marcel Broodthaers, Expanding the Frame series, Sound for Silents: Film and Music on the Walker Hillside, and co-curator for the exhibition Platforms: Collection and Commissions. From 2013 to 2016 Ruth was the Distribution Manager at the Video Data Bank at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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

Roman Susan Art Foundation is a nonprofit art space and platform for exhibitions and events in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Roman Susan develops and supports new opportunities to create, display, and experience art. For more info, please visit

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Image: Untitled (2018) courtesy of Mie Kongo

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