T.S. Eliot: Reading Group

Winter/Spring 2015

In tandem with the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Sector 2337 is holding a monthly reading group focusing on the work of T.S. Eliot. The group is still open, and members may drop in and out as they please. For more information please contact Devin at: devin at sector2337 dot com.

The full schedule of dates is: 2/28, 4/4, 4/25, 5/23, and 6/20.

Reading List:

1. 2/28:

Prufrock and Other Observations (1917)

Poems (1920)

Tradition and the Individual Talent

2. 4/4:

The Waste Land (1922)

Hamlet and his Problems



3. 4/25: TBA

4. 5/23: TBA

5. 6/20: TBA


Ben Estes / Sue Tompkins: Listening Tour

Between 4:30 and 7:00 pm on March 7th, in support of the release of Illustrated Games of Patience, visitors will be able to listen to mp3 players featuring a sonic collaboration between Ben and Sue.

Ben Estes / Sue Tompkins

In support of the release of Ben’s book Illustrated Games of Patience, Ben and Sue both made audio recordings (Ben recorded himself reading from his book, Sue recorded two new pieces specifically for this project), and The Song Cave then put these recordings onto a group of mp3 players to be shipped to each destination.

Ben Estes is the author of the chapbooks Lamp like l’map (Factory Hollow Press), Cymbals (The Song Cave), and 8 Poems (Engineered Garments), and Illustrated Games of Patience (The Song Cave). He currently lives in New York.

Sue Tompkins is an artist and a musician. Using a range of media including collage, painting, performance and typewritten text, her visual practice explores the subtleties of language, relying on an approach akin to concrete poetry. Tompkins’ works have been described as “strung-out exercises in associative free thought: performance poetry that moves from the page to the voice, from speech to song, from song to signal, from signal to pure sound.” Her work has been shown in the 29th Sao Paolo Biennale, at the Hayward Gallery, London, MACBA, Barcelona, ICA, London, Kunsthalle Basel, Tate Modern, London, and many others. Sue lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.


Olivia Cronk & Aaron Kunin

At 7pm on March 7th , Olivia Cronk and Aaron Kunin will give a poetry reading. Doors open at 6:30pm. This event is free.

Olivia Cronk’s first book was Skin Horse (Action Books, 2012). Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Deluge, Dusie, Jubilat, Newfound,  Spolia, Swine, and Tender.Some of her work will be anthologized in Electric Gurlesque. She co-edits The Journal Petra (thejournalpetra.com) with Philip Sorenson and is an instructorof Composition and Creative Writing at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

Aaron Kunin’s new book of poems is Cold Genius (Fence, 2014). He lives in Los Angeles.



Structures Employed: Kelly Kaczynski & Ira S. Murfin

Featuring two presentations & one performance from Kelly Kaczynski & Ira Murfin

At 7pm on Friday, March 13 Ira S. Murfin and Kelly Kaczynski will each present short talks about structure in their respective fields, and then  together present Murfin’s table-performance piece, Our Theatrical Future.

Artist Talk: (Kelly Kaczynski)

Details TBA

Lecture: Surface Aesthetics: The Table as a Site of Performance (Ira Murfin)

Proceeding from a prompt to discuss a theatrical structure, this talk takes up the recurrence of a minimalist impulse for individual artists to stage formally simple performances seated at tables. Surveying occurrences of this presentational structure across artistic disciplines, Murfin identifies an enduring theatrical format that sets non-dramatic and anti-spectacular performances in quotidian physical circumstances, which are nonetheless formally available to uniquely theatrical relationships and modes of address. Focusing on the case of Spalding Gray, whose use of the table in his autobiographical monologues helped define a performance genre, Murfin examines the development and circulation of Gray’s table performances through their mediated representations and the citational practices of the artists he influenced. More broadly, this talk places Gray’s work within a network of mutually legitimizing table performances that includes intentional artworks by cross-disciplinary performers from John Cage to Bill T. Jones, and the vernacular performance repertoire shared by newscasters, teachers, panelists, interviewers, first dates, and breakfast partners sitting, and performing, at tables. Tracked across time, context, and media the table maintains its authoritative and authenticating force, suggesting the ways that performance structures come to establish and assert themselves, sometimes without even having to settle on their own status as theatre.

Performance: Our Theatrical Future: A Talk Duet Between Hong Kong and Chicago (Re-Performed)

Conceived by Ira S. Murfin

Created by Ira S. Murfin with Aaron Kahn + Guest Artists

Performed by Ira S. Murfin + Guest Artist (Kelly Kaczynski)

Ira is a graduate student in Chicago. Aaron is a yoga instructor in Hong Kong. They have been making theatre together and not making theatre together for over 20 years. On December 10th 2014 in Chicago and December 11th 2014 in Hong Kong they had a conversation via video chat over the internet, in the way it is possible to do now. They talked about theatre they have made together and theatre they have not made together and theatre they might make together someday. At each performance of Our Theatrical Future a different Guest Performer from a distinct artistic background joins Ira onstage to re-perform his conversation with Aaron, and Ira and the guest have a conversation of their own about making art and not making art, or whatever else comes up.


About the Participants:

Kelly Kaczynski is an artist working within the language of sculpture. Selected exhibitions include Ortega y Gasset Projects, NY; Soap Factory, MN; Comfort Station, IL; Gahlberg Gallery, IL; threewalls, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, IL; Rowland Contemporary, IL; University at Buffalo Art Gallery, NY; Triple Candie, NY; Islip Art Museum, NY; Josee Bienvenu Gallery, NY; DeCordova Museum, MA; Boston Center for the Arts, MA. Public installations include projects with the Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA; the Interfaith Center, NY; Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston and the Boston National Historic Parks, MA; Boston Public Library, MA. Curatorial projects include the 2014 exhibitions, Roving Room at Habersham Mills, GA and Virtually Physically Speaking at Columbia College, Chicago, IL and the 2011 exhibition Mouthing (a sentient limb) at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. She received an MFA from Bard College, NY and BA from The Evergreen State College, WA. She has taught with Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Chicago, University of Pennsylvania and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kaczynski currently is a Lecturer with the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL.

Ira S. Murfin is a Chicago-based writer, theatre artist and scholar. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre & Drama at Northwestern University, where his dissertation examines talk-based performances in the post-1960s American avant-garde. He also holds degrees in writing from New York University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Critical and creative writing has appeared in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International, Review of Contemporary Fiction, 491, elimae, Fiction at Work, Chicago Art Criticism, Chicago Arts Journal, and Requited, where he is now also the Performance Editor.  His solo and collaborative performance work has been seen at MCA Chicago, Links Hall, the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival, and the Chicago Cultural Center, among other places. Ira is a member of two ongoing theatrical laboratories: The Laboratory for Enthusiastic Collaboration (LEC), a collective concerned with the unique phenomenon of the performance event, and the Laboratory for the Development of Substitute Materials (LDSM), which makes collaborative performances about cities and science. He is currently a Chicago Shakespeare Theater PreAmble Scholar and a Graduate Affiliate of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, this summer he will be a 2015 Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Fellow.



Official Book Release for Sonnenzimmer's "Didactics"

, Improvisation, & Print

Jack Henri Fisher will present a draft of a slide show titled “The book as value form: 10 contradictions,” enumerating a set of cases in which the book-as-commodity produces and reflects formal ruptures in the political economy. Fischer’s talk is followed by an improvisational musical featuring Keefe Jackson (tenor sax), Jason Roebke (double bass), and Jordan Martins (pedal steel, guitar). That group will use the 18 steps of Formal Additive Programs that Sonnenzimmer printed in Didactics (basically a set of poetic instructions towards abstraction) via an improvised performance.

Jack Henrie Fisher is a graphic designer and writer who works within and against a variety of publishing platforms. He seeks in each instance of practice to locate or invent a position from which the graphic designer is compelled, or compels another, to speak. He is a partner in the design studio Other Forms and an associate professor of design at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Keefe Jackson saxophonist/clarinetist/improvisor/composer, arrived in Chicago in 2001 from his native Fayettevile, Arkansas. He performs regularly in the U.S. and in Europe with many musicians including Pandelis Karayorgis, Tomeka Reid, Jason Roebke, Anton Hatwich, and Christoph Erb in groups such as the Fast Citizens, Project Project and Likely So. Bill Meyer, writing in the Chicago Reader, commended: “…the impeccable logic of his lines and the richness of his tone leave you wanting more… Jackson’s high-register squiggles and coarsely voiced, rippling runs push the limits of the tenor’s tonal envelope.” Frank van Herk, writing in de Volkskrant (Amsterdam), asserted that “…[Jackson] has an old-fashioned, warm-woolly sound, and a feeling for melodic lines that take their time in unfolding.” He has placed in the DownBeat Critics Poll in the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone category. Recordings are available on Delmark and Clean Feed Records.
Jordan Martins is a Chicago based visual artist, curator, educator, and musician. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007 and has been an instructor at North Park University since 2008. He co-founded the Comfort Music series in 2011, and is currently co-director of the Comfort Station, where he oversees general programming, gestates new projects, and coordinates partnerships with outside organizations and artists. Martins’s visual work is based in collage processes, including mixed media two dimensional work, photography, video and installation. His recent work is primarily concerned with visual codes, camouflage, and gestalt theory. As a musician Martins collaborates with Angela James and Quarter Mile Thunder, in addition to improvised performances with musicians from varied backgrounds. He directed the Relax Attack Jazz Series from 2011-2013, and is currently on the programming committee for the Chicago Jazz Festival.
Jason Roebke has been a integral part of the Chicago jazz scene since locating to the city in 1999. He composes music for two ensembles, Jason Roebke Combination and the Jason Roebke Octet. Solo performance and a duo with dancer Ayako Kato are also at the forefront of his creative activities. His improvisations are intensely physical, audacious, and sparse. The Chicago Reader described his work as “a carefully orchestrated rummage through a hardware store.”