On Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 pm, students from the School of the Art Institute present Warm Data, an original program of talks and performances. In their words: “Warm Data is the display of quantitative data in a qualitative dialogue. Warm Data acts as an attempt to make what we currently perceive as cold analytical fact into something more emotionally obtainable. Cold data (numbers, statistics, generalized trends, etc.) is sometimes viewed as too objective to the point that we have lost the intimacy behind what we are trying to comprehend and why. We have become alienated from what we are looking at and subsequently lack the fundamental humanistic quality that allows us to truly connect with the space we inhabit on a more complex level. Warm Data acts as a point of accessibility for self-reflection based on the way information is presented to us to allow for a more tangible and immediate experience – a method of presenting, accepting, and archiving information that will begin to set a platform for a new type of understanding.”


Sophie Cymone Bolla (BFAAE, SAIC) is a multi-media artist, curator, and educator. Her practice embeds itself in the context of technology, math, andsocial science. She is interested in challenging the way in which affective data is presented in academic systems of knowledge and attempts to expose its unsustainability.

Elizabeth Judd is a filmmaker and future United States senator. I’m working on a feature length film that began as ethnography of the self that follows a traditional three act screenplay structure and is evolving into that allow the audience to draw connections between disparate lives, events, and images. I’m currently in research mode for a vingette following a conversation between members of a white, male dominated family debating the origin of wars in the ” Middle East.” I’m looking at the relationship between causes of climate change and the growing refugee “crisis,” inspired by a friend’s move from Tehran to Chicago.

Ohm Phanphiroj is an international filmmaker and photographer. Ohm has participated in more than 100 exhibitions worldwide with recent residencies and fellowships including Lightwork, Columbia College, Newspace Center for Photography, Documentary Arts Asia, Society for Photographic Art and Society, and the Art Institute ofChicago. His current book Underage (Bruno Gmunder, 2017) deals with underage male prostitutes in Thailand. He is adjunct professor in Film and Photography at EdnaManley School of Media and Visual Arts and on a two-year fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Maya Gendusa is a multifaceted human. From gardener to artist, writer to performer, she believes in ideas and dreams. She is interested in the things that cannot be explained by facts. More than the answers, she is interested in the questions. She believes in looking to history as a means of understanding the future as well as the current reality. She is now looking at history through sound & technology and questioning: “What is the importance of that which is dying?” “What do we lose when always searching for the next?” “What is to be gained from looking back?” “Why do some things change more than others?”

Megan May Erwin is an artist and filmmaker based in Chicago by way of Louisiana. Her recent work traces the simulacra of the “American Dream” and itsinevitable self-destruction. She is currently planning a move back down south to research and document cancerous air pollution along the Mississippi River.

Claire Barnes is a writer and sculptor with a background in photography. She’s focused primarily on narrative poetry and combinations of object and text. Her practice is largely queer and environmental and operates under the belief that quietness allows air into a work, making it more accessible.

Navi Schiff is a 20-year-old student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sharing her ideas of social change and conveying them through artistic purposes have always been her passion. Heavily influenced by photography and gifted at nine years of age with a small Fisher-Pricecamera, she has since explored a variety of mediums including writing, painting, drawing, videography, installation, sculpture, print design and sound art.  Sheaims to educate and highlight the ways in which each of us can improve for the betterment of the earth.

Hosu Lee is a sculptor who investigates religion, science, and philosophy through the work of art as a practical experiment for developing his concepts.Recently, he began to explore the topic Anthropocene in relation to his previous major, engineering and environmental studies.

Brandon Brown, Feliz Lucia Molina, + Jennifer Scappettone

On Friday May 5th at 7pm, Brandon Brown, Feliz Lucia Molina, & Jennifer Scappettone  will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Brandon Brown’s most recent books are The Good Life (Big Lucks) and Top 40 (Roof).  His work has appeared recently in Fanzine, Art in America, The Best American Experimental Writing, The Felt, and Open Space. He is also the author, with J. Gordon Faylor, of two volumes of Christmas poems, most recently A Christmas Reckoning. He lives in the Bay Area.

Feliz Lucia Molina was born & raised to Filipino immigrant parents who ran board-and-care facilities in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, from the early 80s to mid 2000s. Her books include The Wes Letters, Undercastle, and Crystal Marys is her latest chapbook. Her generative poetry book Roulette is forthcoming from Make Now Books in Spring 2017. She lives in Hyde Park where she occasionally makes chapbooks, is a poetry editor for LARB, and walks along the beautiful blue lake.

Jennifer Scappettone works at the crossroads of writing, translation, and scholarly research, on the page and off. She is the author of the hybrid-genre verse books From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009) and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (just out from Atelos Press), and of the scholarly monograph Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice (Columbia University Press, 2014). Her translations from the Italian of the polyglot poet and musicologist Amelia Rosselli were collected in Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli. She founded, and curates, PennSound Italiana, a new sector of the audiovisual archive based at the University of Pennsylvania devoted to experimental Italian poetry. Installation pieces were exhibited most recently at Una Vetrina Gallery in Rome and WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles, and she has collaborated on site-specific performance works with a wide spectrum of musicians, architects, and dancers, at locations ranging from the tract of Trajan’s aqueduct beneath the American Academy in Rome to Fresh Kills Landfill. Scappettone is Associate Professor at the University of Chicago.


William Corbett + August Kleinzahler

On Saturday May 6th at 7pm,  we will celebrate the release of two new books from August Kleinzahler: Before Dawn on Bluff Road / Hollyhocks in the Fog and Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs. Kleinzahler and William Corbett will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

William Corbett is a poet, memoirist and essayist who writes on art. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York where he directs the small press Pressed Wafer. He has written books on the artists Philip Guston, Albert York and Stuart Williams and edited the letters of the poet James Schuyler. In 2016 Granary Books published I Rode with the Cossacks, his collaboration with the painter Rackstraw Downes.

August Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1949. He is the author of eleven books of poems and a memoir, Cutty, One Rock. His collection The Strange Hours Travelers Keep was awarded the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Sleeping It Off in Rapid City won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. That same year he received a Lannan Literary Award. He lives in San Francisco.

Action Books Live

with Johannes Göransson, Katherine Hedeen, Jesse Lee Kercheval and Daniel Borzutzky 

On Thursday May 11th at 7pm,  Johannes Göransson, Katherine Hedeen, Jesse Lee Kercheval and Daniel Borzutzky will give readings. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Jesse Lee Kercheval’s translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man, by Javier Etchevarren. She is the editor of the anthologies Earth, Water and Sky: An Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetryand América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets. She is a  professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is the Director of the Program in Creative Writing.

Katherine M. Hedeen’s latest book-length translations include night badly written and tasks by Víctor Rodríguez Núñez, and Nothing Out of This World, an anthology of contemporary Cuban poetry. She is an associate editor of Earthwork’s Latin American Poetry in Translation Series for Salt Publishing, an acquisitions editor for Arc Publications, an editor for Cubanabooks, and Translation Editor at the Kenyon Review. She is a two-time recipient of a NEA Translation Project Grant. She teaches at Kenyon College where she is a Professor of Spanish.

Johannes Göransson is the author of six books of poetry, including The Sugar Book most recently. He has translated several books of poetry, including works by Aase Berg, Ann Jäderlund, Johan Jönson, Henry Parland and, together with Don Mee Choi and Jiyoon Lee, Kim Yideum. He edits Action Books with Joyelle McSweeney and teaches at the University of Notre Dame. He will read from his most recent work in translation, Aase Berg’s Hackers (Black Ocean) and Ann Jäderlund’s Which once had been meadow (forthcoming from Black Square Editions). 

Daniel Borzutzky is the author of The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry. His other books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (2015),  The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011), and The Ecstasy of Capitulation (2007). He has translated Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia;Raúl Zurita’s The Country of Planks (2015) and Song for his Disappeared Love (2010), and Jaime Luis Huenún’s Port Trakl (2008). His work has been supported by the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pen/Heim Translation Fund. He lives in Chicago.

Angela Davis Fegan + Lisa Vinebaum: A Conversation

In conjunction with Lisa Vinebaum’s installation in our project space, on Friday May 12th at 7pm, Angela Davis Fegan + Lisa Vinebaum will have a conversation about how protest can be archived. Doors open at 6:30 pm. This event is free.

Angela Davis Fegan is a native of Chicago’s South Side. A graduate of Chicago’s famed Whitney Young High School, she received her BFA in Fine Arts from New York’s Parson’s School of Design and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Angela has mounted shows at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Montgomery Ward Gallery, Galerie F, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, the DePaul Art Museum, The Center for Book (NY) and the Hyde Park Art Center. Her work has been selected for book covers including How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps by Laura Yes Yes, The Truth About Dolls by Jamila Woods, Secondhand by Maya Marshall and the upcoming All Blue So Late by Laura Swearingen-Steadwell. Her work has been written about in The Offing (LA Review of Books), Hyperallergic, Chicago Magazine, the RedEye and the Chicago Reader.

Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. Working across art and theory, her practice explores collectivity and intersubjective relationships, working conditions and workers’ rights, and the value of artistic labor. Her art practice incorporates performance, text-based installations, textiles, print, neon, video, photography and protest tactics. Her work has been included in exhibitions and festivals internationally, including Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Performance Studies International 19, Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice, La Centrale, the UCLA Hammer Museum, Lincoln Center, and in conjunction with Grace Exhibition and Performance Space, and Articule Gallery. Her scholarly work has been commissioned and published in edited anthologies, academic journals and exhibition catalogues, including Exhibiting Craft and Design: Transgressing the White Cube Paradigm 1930-present, Danica Maier: Grafting Propriety from Stitch to Drawn Line, More Caught in the Act: Performance by Canadian Women, The Handbook of Textile Culture, the Journal of Modern Craft online, and Textile: Cloth and Culture. Lisa Vinebaum holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is an Assistant Professor of Fiber and Material Studies, and affiliated faculty in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.