Drawing by Kirsten Leenaars

Symprovisation

A Public Rehearsal

For three hours on the afternoon of November 5th, five artist practitioners meet at Sector 2337 to rehearse an improvisatory conversation about empathy and art. This effort is in some sense a public rehearsal, in others a collaborative form of research in the mechanics of discussion. In this “ear-to-ear encounter” the participants must observe only two conditions: no questions are to be demanded, and no answers are to be supplied. The public is welcome to attend this rehearsal for as long or as little as it likes. When the gallery closes at 6pm, Erik Hagoort, Kirsten Leenaars, Jaxon Pallas, Caroline Picard, and Tricia Van Eck will create and record the final piece privately, behind closed doors; the result of that recording will later be distributed via digital recording, and only then become accessible to the public. Email caroline@sector2337.com or visitwww.erikhagoort.nl  to hear that recording. For more information about participants and conversational directives visit this page.

 

for the other:

let somebody

let the other one develop a thought, give time

let somebody repeat, in same words or in other words

let somebody make a variation

let somebody translate

 

invite:

please go on

invite to continue

may I continue where you said….

try to translate

try once again

try to say it in other words

 

for yourself:

take your time

repeat

vary

tell an experience

give an example

translate

continue

say the same in a different register

tell a story

 

“let me say it again

let me use other words

let me take this or that, what you said

this reminds me of

let me give an example

this resembles an experience I had

let me use your phrase

let me continue where you mentioned this or that”

 

try:

to avoid asking a question

try to avoid statements

try to avoid playing with words

try not to react

try not to judge

try not to ask for an explanation

try not to argue

don’t feel obliged to give an answer

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- “conversational directive” by Erik Hagoort

About the participants: 

Erik Hagoort (1962) develops a dialogue between contemporary art and ethics. Usually he works together with other initiators, participants, and visitors of social art practices. Erik: “Sometimes I take care of other artists’ practices. Sometimes I let my own practice being cared for by others.” Originally he was trained in philosophy of ethics – as part of his study theology at the University of Amsterdam. Erik currently works on a doctoral research in the arts, titled ‘Resuming Encounters. Reciprocity and Asymmetry in Social Art Practice’, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in collaboration with the University Antwerp. Previously his research has been generously supported by St. Joost Academy of Art and Design, where he teaches as tutor of the master fine art course. www.erikhagoort.nl

Kirsten Leenaars practice is a hybrid of social practice, video and photo based work. In her practice Leenaars engages with specific people and communities. Looking at the nature of documentary practices, reality TV and narrative constructs she examines how our relationships with other people are shaped through these mediations and representations. Her work oscillates between fiction and documentation, reinterprets personal stories and reimagines everyday realities through staging, improvisation and play. She examines the very nature of our own constructed realities, the stories we tell our selves and the ones we identify with and explores the way we relate to others. In her work she brings to light a shared humanity, often through humor and play. She is currently developing a series of performances Notes on Empty Chairs for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in response to the work of Doris Salcedo. Recent projects include a producing a science fiction film: The Invasion of the Hairy Blobs, at the Hyde Park Art Center, Not In Another Place, But This Place… (Happiness), a video project exploring notions of happiness, responsibility and policy focusing on the Edgewater community in Chicago. And On Our Way to Tomorrow, a soap opera series developed working with staff and visitors of the MCA over a one-month research period and as part of the exhibition Without You I Am Nothing. She has shown and developed projects at the MCA, Glass Curtain Gallery, Threewalls, 6018 North, and Gallery 400, Printed Matter, NY, The Wexner Center, Columbus, and at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Kunst Fabrik, Munchen and was part of the LOOP Festival in Barcelona and the Traveling Tehran Biennale. Leenaars is an Assistant Professor at the Contemporary Practices department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jaxon Pallas is an artist, archivist, curator, and educator primarily concerned with projects at the intersection of the personal, the popular, and the political.  He organizes shows as curator for the City Colleges of Chicago under the name Pedestrian Project.  His other projects include the Teen Creative Agency at MCA Chicago and the Institute for Encyclopedic Amalgamation.  He earned a MFA from the University of Chicago and BA degrees from Rice University.

Caroline Picard is an artist, writer and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power though on-going investigations of public and private space, inter-species borders, how the human relates to its environment, and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an anthropocentric world view. To further accent the porousness of borders and bounds, Picard’s projects manifest in a variety of cross-disciplinary mediums including curation, critical essays, painting, administrative practices, works of fiction, and comics. In 2005, she founded The Green Lantern Press and has since edited, produced, and released over 30 slow-media titles. Recent short stories, essays and comics were published or are forthcoming in Paper Monument, Rattapallax, The Coming Envelope no. 5 (Bookthug), Diner Journal, Tender Journal, MAKE Magazine and Everyday Genius. She writes regularly for Art21, Artslant, and Art ltd. magazines, and was the 2014 Curatorial Fellow at La Box, ENSA in Bourges France for her project, Ghost Nature — a group exhibition that also took place at UIC’s Gallery 400. Together with Devin King, she opened Sector 2337 this October, an experimental art venue in Logan Square, where she is the Curatorial Director. www.sector2337.com

Tricia Van Eck is Artistic Director and Founder of 6108NORTH, which empowers multidisciplinary artists to work together and with the public to nurture creativity, build community, and enhance Chicago’s quality of life. 6018North challenges what art is, whom it’s for, and where and how it is created. 6018North recently presented Bling Bling at EXPO Chicago and Water Music on the Beach at Berger Park in Edgewater. For Chicago Artists’ Month 2013, she curated a month long of artistic encounters in Chicago’s Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods, which included the exhibition The American Dream: The (W)holy Grail. At 6018North she most recently curated Risky Encounters in conjunction with Columbia College’s Risk exhibition, which received funding from the Joyce Foundation. Previous shows at 6108NORTH are the critically acclaimed Home: Public or Private exhibition involving 27 artists in its dilapidated mansion, CURE, and numerous other events. 6018North’s first project, the citywide The Happiness Project, received a Propeller Fund grant from the Warhol Foundation and Three Walls.

Previously Van Eck worked 13 years as a curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago organizing more than 70 exhibitions and programs, many of which experimented with public engagement. Some of her projects included Without You I Am Nothing: Art and Its Audience, Theaster Gates: Temple Exercises, Jan Tichy’s Project Cabrini Green, Tino Sehgal’s Kiss and Kerry James Marshall: One True Thing, Meditations on Black Aesthetics. She also curated the MCA Chicago presentations of various traveling exhibitions such as Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe, and Andy Warhol: Supernova as well as numerous UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibitions, which showcased the work of emerging Chicago artists.

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Jane Jerardi: November Artist-in-Residence

with a looped screening of "Efficiency" (2005) in the Sector Project Space & an artist workshop on November 9th

November 07 – December 06, 2014

November 9, 2-3:30pm Artist Workshop

This event is affiliated with The New [New] Corpse

Jane Jerardi is a time-based artist working in the media of choreography, performance, and video. She has created work for a variety of contexts — from theaters and galleries to record store listening booths, public subway escalators, audio walks, and projected videos — constructing pieces that often move fluidly between media.

In addition to screening her film and organizing a workshop, while in residence Jane Jerardi will develop a new piece, with the working title Tenuous. Drawing on Delilo’s Cosmopolis, an article about immortal jellyfish, and interviews with security guards, Jerardi’s new choreographed work explores strategies of control in every day life, and the sense of uncertainty.

“I don’t own a watch or clock. I think of time in other totalities now. I think of my personal time-span set against the vast numerations, the time of the earth, the stars, the incoherent light-years, the age of the universe, etc. World is supposed to mean something that’s self-contained. But nothing is self-contained. Everything enters something else. My small days spill into light-years.” -Don Delilo, Cosmopolis

 

About Efficiency (2005) Video documentation from a performance work by Jane Jerardi. Efficiency originated from a Washington Post commentary that looked at our incessant desire for hyper-efficiency all in the quest for more free-time— tracing its roots to the industrial revolution and the way it permeates contemporary life. Despite more and more technological advancements and methods for speed — from smartphones to email, transportation to exercise regiments — increased efficiency never seems to quite live up to its promise of more ‘free’ time. Documentation from this work captures abstract choreography against a backdrop of fast-paced urban life in an exploration of the ordinary intimacies that crop up between strangers. It reflects on how our labors seem to disconnect us from ourselves and our relationships. Images of a swimming pool allude to some the fantasy and desire for inefficiency — removed from the office and everyday commutes. With an original score by UK experimenter Scanner (aka Robin Rimbaud) and video projections create in collaboration with Michael Wichita, the piece features Brian Buck, Jane Jerardi, and Nicholette Routhier. Efficiency was commissioned by Washington Performing Arts Society on the occasion of its 40th anniversary season, with support from the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation. The creation of Efficiency was also funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Exercising Inefficiency : a workshop
Sunday Nov 9, from 2-3:30 pm

What if you already are everything you needed? You didn’t need to work harder, or faster, or more efficiently to ‘get ahead’? That in fact there was no getting ahead and instead you might slow down and become aware of your body to realize you are already here. You might ‘exercise inefficiency’ in a strident refusal — or subtle resistance — to everything telling you to be faster and more productive. Come practice inefficiency on Sunday Nov 9, from 2-3:30 pm. A mix of relaxation, breathing, meditation and movement exercises will aid us in traveling into body-time. Open to all – all ages, sizes, types, experience, people. While this event is free, space is limited, so please RSVP via facebook or send an email to caroline@sector2337.com

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Partial and Billie Howard

On Friday, November 7th, Billie Howard will be performing a solo score of Joseph Clayton Mills, and Partial will be improvising with objects.

Partial is the collaborative project of Noé Cuéllar and Joseph Clayton Mills. Their first full-length recording, LL, was released in 2014 by Another Timbre.

Noé Cuéllar is a sound composer working with focus on bellowed and pneumatic instruments and techniques for their internal preparations. Since 2009 he has poured his practice into a collaborative nexus that includes performance, installation, sculptures, and visual art with Joseph Kramer as Coppice.His work has been presented at a number of festivals, broadcasts, and venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pritzker Pavilion, and Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago; and in Ireland, Iceland, and India, among others internationally.

Joseph Clayton Mills is a musician, artist, and writer who lives and works in Chicago. His text-based paintings, assemblages, and sound installations have been exhibited in Chicago, New York, and Europe and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker and the architectural journal Log. He is an active participant in the improvised and experimental music community in Chicago, where his collaborators have included Adam Sonderberg and Steven Hess (as Haptic), Michael Vallera (as Maar), Sylvain Chaveau, Jason Stein, Michael Pisaro, and Olivia Block, among many others. His recordings have appeared on numerous labels, including Another Timbre, Umor Rex, FSS, and Entr’acte. In 2013, in conjunction with Noé Cuéllar, he launched Suppedaneum, a label focused on releasing scores and their realizations.

Billie Howard is a Chicago-based pianist, violinist and educator. As an adjunct Professor of Piano at Concordia University, she is dedicated to sharing her pedagogical knowledge of music theory and technique as well as encouraging her students in their artistic and musical expression. As a performer, she is inspired by contemporary music on the farthest ends of the volume spectrum, ranging from the quietest sounds to fully-amplified extremes. She frequently works in collaboration, often with one of her groups: The Paver, NbN Trio, a.pe.ri.od.ic, Aptera Strings andGirl Group Chicago.

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Rodney Koeneke and Trisha Low

This event is sponsored by Kenning Editions with help from Poets & Writers. Admission is free and the venue is ADA accessible.

Rodney Koeneke’s Etruria is just out from Wave Books. Earlier collections include Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006) and Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003). Recent work can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, Granta, Gulf Coast, The Nation, and at Harriet, where he was August’s Featured Writer. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches British and World History.

Trisha Low is committed to wearing a shock collar because she has so many feelings. She is the author of The Compleat Purge (Kenning Editions, 2013). Remote controls are available at Gauss PDF, Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, Troll Thread and others. She lives in New York City.

 

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Mathias Svalina, Andrea Rexilius, Mairead Case, & Joel Craig

On November 15th, @ 7pm, poets Mathias Svalina, Andrea Rexilius, Mairead Case, & Joel Craig will read. This event is free.

Mathias Svalina is the author of four books, most recently Wastoid from Big Lucks Books. Civil Coping Mechanism will release The Depression, a collaboration with photographer Jon Pack, in the future. He is an editor for Octopus Books & lives in Denver, Colorado. 

Andrea Rexilius is the author of  New Organism (Letter Machine, 2014), Half of What They Carried Flew Away (Letter Machine, 2012), and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation (Rescue Press, 2011).  She is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Poetics at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she is also the Summer Writing Program Coordinator, co-coordinator of the What/Where Reading Series, and the co-founder and coordinator (with Michelle Naka Pierce) of the biennial conference [Dis]Embodied

After a decade working in Chicago at independent presses and public events, and with youth at the Poetry Foundation and Louder Than a Bomb, Mairead Case now lives in Colorado where she is a PhD student at the University of Denver, a columnist at Bookslut, and a project editor. Her first book, See You In the Morning, comes out from featherproof in October 2015.

Joel Craig is the author of The White House (Green Lantern Press, 2012), and the chapbook Shine Tomorrow (Lost Horse, 2009). He co-founded and curates The Danny’s Reading Series and edits poetry for MAKE Literary Magazine. He lives, in Chicago.

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Joel Felix: Fool for Love

A talk testing the privileges of the lyric field in models of the beloved, the erotic, and the holy fool

On November 20th, @ 7pm, Joel Felix will give a talk titled Fool for Love: a talk testing the privileges of the lyric field in models of the beloved, the erotic, and the holy fool. This event is free.

Joel Felix was born and raised in the Downriver Detroit area. As an adult, he settled in Chicago where he co-edited LVNG magazine for ten years. He holds an MFA from Bard College and presently serves as an Associate Director of Curriculum in the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. He lives in the Lake City area of Seattle with Candice Rai and their son Sanchaman. Limbs of the Apple Tree Never Die is his first book of poetry.

Sarah Fox, Justin Petropoulos, & Paul Martinez Pompa

On November 21st, @ 7pm, poets Sarah Fox, Justin Petropoulos, & Paul Martinez Pompa will read. This event is free.

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Sarah Fox is the author of Because Why and The First Flag, both from Coffee House Press. She lives in Chicago.

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Justin Petropoulos is the author of two collections of poetry, Eminent Domain (Marsh Hawk Press 2011), selected by Anne Waldman for the 2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and <legend>   </legend> (Jaded Ibis Press 2013), a collaborative work with multimedia artist, Carla Gannis. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crab Creek Review, Gulf Coast, Mandorla, Portland Review, and Spinning Jenny. Justin is a contributing editor for Entropy magazine and the program director of an after-school program for at-risk, elementary age children. He is also an adjunct faculty member at New Jersey City University, where he teaches composition and creative writing.

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Paul Martinez Pompa is the author of a book of poems. His work has also appeared in some journals and some anthologies. He lives far, far away from Logan Square.

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Monica Westin & John Tipton

Poetry and Theory #2: Philostratus and Paramnesia

Our second Poetry and Theory event pairs a discussion of early ekphrasis with a poet attending to paramnesia and translation. This event is free.

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Monica Westin is an arts writer and historian of rhetoric based in Oakland. Her dissertation explores the role of mental images in rhetorical theory from Aristotle through the Second Sophistic. A regular contributor to Artforum.com, Monica‘s criticism and essays on art and aesthetics have appeared in The Believer, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, along with other publications that don’t start with the letter B.

During the “Crisis of the Third Century AD” that marked the end of Classical Antiquity in Imperial Rome, the Greek sophist and writer Philostratus the Elder produced a long, strange book containing only descriptions of imaginary paintings. Westin’s talk will present Philostratus’ ekphrases both as artifacts of creativity during catastrophe and as evidence of an understudied shift in historical models of the imagination. Westin will first contextualize these ekphrases in their literary period of the “Second Sophistic” (1st-4th centuries AD), when writers identified with and attempted to return to the great rhetoric of Classical Greece, and yet were deeply engaged in the creation of new forms and genres, including the earliest Western fictional novels. She will give an account of how the role of description/ekphrasis shifted and grew from a simple rhetorical device and into a key element of these first Greek novels, where long descriptions, far from being digressive, provided the first systems for what we now think of as literary interpretation. Westin’s ultimate argument is that the novels’ use of description/ekphrasis to engage readers in searches for hidden meaning grew out of a conception of fictionality that the field of rhetoric, through Philostratus and other sophists, developed during this period. She will end by suggesting that Philostratus’ ekphrases also offer an alternative history of art criticism, one anchored not in art history but in the history of phantasia.

John Tipton has two books, a translation of Sophocles’ Ajax and surfaces, a collection of his own verse, both published by Flood Editions. A translation of Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes and a new collection, Paramnesia, are forthcoming from Flood. He is the publisher of Verge Books and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie and son Levi.

Trevor Perri and Nathan Hoks

Poetry and Theory #3: Brakhage and Circles

Our 3rd Poetry and Theory event pairs a philosopher exploring perception in the works of Stan Brakhage and a poet using circles to converse between inner and outer experience.

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Trevor Perri received a PhD in philosophy from the University of Leuven in Belgium in 2013. His research focuses on theories of habit and memory in nineteenth and twentieth century continental philosophy, and he currently teaches philosophy courses at Loyola University Chicago. Most recently, he has published “Image and Ontology in Merleau-Ponty” in Continental Philosophy Review and “Bergson’s Philosophy of Memory” in Philosophy Compass.

Sounding the Depths of the Visible: The Films of Stan Brakhage as Philosophy of Perception: In his early manifesto Metaphors on Vision the avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage asserts that our perception is ordinarily limited and disfigured by language and learned laws of perspective. Although he does not think that we can simply undo this limitation and return to some original perception, Brakhage does suggest that it is possible to overcome this condition by developing our “optical mind” or “visual understanding.” And further, Brakhage suggests that it is possible to make visible what we have learned in “cinematic experiences.” Focusing on his early film Anticipation of Night (1958), Perri will consider what it is that Brakhage succeeds in showing in his films (which may be different than what he himself writes), and will also ask what a philosophy that aims to account for vision and perception might learn from Brakhage’s work.

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Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, which was a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series and published by Penguin. He is an editor and letterpress printer for the micro-press Convulsive Editions and currently works as a tutor at Truman College and as a lecturer at the University of Chicago.