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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 DeLillo’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 DeLillo, 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

Following Nonhuman Kinds

On December 3rd at 7:00pm, the Latitude reading group, Following Nonhuman Kinds, will meet for their final potluck discussion at Sector 2337, where co-organizers, Rebecca Beachy, Karsten Lund, Caroline Picard, and Andrew Yang will present their own work in relation to how humankind engages its nonhuman kin. An informal disucssion will thereafter open up, during which participants are invited to consider Jennifer Moxley’s There are Things We Live Among, & the final half of Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonpedia. This meeting is open to the public. Please RSVP to caroline@sector2337, indicating whether or not you’d like to bring some food for the group to share.


About the reading group: Everywhere we turn, we find a territory of nonhuman things. It is impossible to escape the material din of others – from material structures: plants, robots, animals and objects, to those all but invisible bodies outside the bounds of human perception: atoms, molecules, pollutions, viruses, satellites, planets et al. While humanity has historically identified itself as something categorically superior to all else, this reading group examines texts, theories, and works of art that challenge the theoretical terms with which we engage our landscape. Following Nonhuman Kinds pursues the complicated strangers among us, ignoring hierarchical conventions in order to reframe and reconsider the interstitial, interspecies web we inhabit. Organized by Caroline Picard, with texts co-curated by Rebecca Beachy, Karsten Lund, and Andrew Yang, the reading group will discuss the work of Jane Bennett, Ian Bogost, Isabelle Stegner, Reza Negarestani, Timothy Morton, Mel Y Chen, and others. Following Nonhuman Kinds: Ongoing Investigation is a direct continuation of a symposium of that same name that took place in Bourges, France in April of 2014.

About the organizers:

Born in Denver, Colorado, Rebecca Beachy is a recipient of both an MFA in Studio Arts and an MA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In Chicago, her sculptures, interventions and installations have been exhibited at Iceberg Projects, 6018NORTH, the Southside Hub of Production, and Gallery 400, among other spaces. A recent artist in residence at the FRISE Künstlerhaus of Hamburg’s Altona, Rebecca has since been collaborating on a new Chicago residency for German artists through Chicago/Hamburg Sister Cities Exchange. Her written work has been published with literary journal Puerto del Sol and will be included in the Center for Humans & Nature’s upcoming City Creatures compilation (Univ. of Chicago Press, Spring 2014). In addition to teaching at ChiArts, she works as a volunteer specimen preparator and educator, where she demonstrates taxidermy to the public at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the Chicago Academy of Sciences, Department of Collections.

Karsten Lund has worked as a curator, writer, and artist since 2007, after completing an MA at the University of Chicago. He is currently a Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where he has organized multiple exhibitions, including the forthcoming Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap, and assisted on a dozen others, including The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology and This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s. Alongside his work at the MCA, Karsten pursues a wide array of independent projects, often as a means to explore experimental approaches, collaborative structures, or more open-ended propositions. Most recently, he guest curated Phantoms in the Dirt, for the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (July 24-October 5). Past projects have been presented at the Hyde Park Art Center, Peregrine Program, and an immense factory shortly before its demolition, among other locations. As a writer and editor, Karsten has a strong interest in the essay as a creative form and he continues to explore new directions and alternative formats for exhibition catalogues and artist-driven publications.

Caroline Picard is an artist, writer and curator who explores the figure in relation to systems of power though on-going investigations of 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, painting, video, administrative practices, interviews with artists, works of fiction, comics, and critical essays. She writes regularly for the Art21, Artslant, and Art ltd. Magazines, and was the 2014 Curatorial Fellow at La Box, ENSA in Bourges France for her project, Ghost Nature. This October she will be the Co-Director of Sector 2337, an experimental gallery and bookstore with Devin King. www.sector2337.com

Andrew Yang’s research practice explores a range of themes across the evolution & development of form and natural history. His work can be found in journals such as Biological Theory and Gastronomica, and exhibited in Germany, Japan, and throughout the US. He studied zoology and philosophy of science at Duke University (PhD) and visual arts and the Lesley University College of Art and Design (MFA). He is an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History.

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.


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.

Hoks photo 2014

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.

Patrick Morrissey & Hannah Brooks-Motl

On December 6th, @ 7pm, poets Patrick Morrissey and Hannah Brooks-Motl will read in celebration of Morrissey’s new book The Differences, out from Pressed Wafer. This event is free.

Patrick Morrissey

Patrick Morrissey is the author of the poetry collection The Differences (Pressed Wafer) and the chapbook Transparency (Cannibal Books).  His poems have appeared in New American Writing, Harp & Altar, The Cultural Society, and other journals.  He lives in Chicago and is the poetry editor of Chicago Review.

Hannah Brooks-Motl

Hannah Brooks-Motl is the author of the full-length poetry collection The New Years (Rescue Press) and the chapbook The Montaigne Result (Song Cave). Her poems and criticism have appeared in Best American Experimental Writing, Bookforum, Fence, and the Kenyon Review Online, among others. She currently lives in Chicago.


Readings from the Division of Labor

Organized in conjunction with Columbia College’s group exhibition, Division of Labor, this reading explores personal reflections on the impact of parenthood on an artist’s work as it relates to making work for, depicting or collaborating with children, or employing a playful use of materials or aesthetics as a byproduct of exposure to children’s playthings or creative play. During the month of December, Sector 2337 will host a bookshelf co-curated with readings affiliated to parenting by creative professionals.


To further explore modes, instances, and insights parenthood has on an artists work, practice and career, Sector 2337 hosts this reading and curated bookshelf in tandem with Glass Curtain Gallery’s group exhibition, Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents, curated by Christa Donner and Thea Liberty Nichols. Readers include Cándida Alverez, Claire Ashley, Christa Donner, Lise Haller Baggesen, Thea Liberty Nichols, Keiler Roberts and Fred Sasaki; with a musical performance by The Speers. They will present works and reflections from personal experience that highlight the reciprocal and typically private relationship between family and professional life. As part of this reading, Sector 2337 offers an affiliated shelf in our bookstore with titles supplied by Nichols and Donner.

Division of Labor examines direct links between the aesthetics, materiality and meaning of an artists work in relation to parenthood. By and for artist parents, it also raises larger, universally applicable questions about what constitutes a sustainable artistic practice.

Cándida Alvarez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Alvarez received a BA from Fordham University and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in Painting and Printmaking. She is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum of Harlem, and PS1 Long  Island City, Queens. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world and is represented in numerous public and private collections, including The Addison Gallery of American Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and El Museo del Barrio. Reviews of her work have appeared in various publications, including Art in America, Art News, and The New    York Times. Alvarez has taught at the School of the Art Institute since 1998, where she is a tenured professor in the Painting and Drawing Department. Alvarez served as Interim Graduate Dean for years 2010-2012.

Claire Ashley received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago(Chicago, IL), and her BFA from Gray’s School of Art (Aberdeen, Scotland). Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Ashley is now Chicago based. Currently, she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of  Contemporary Practices, and the Department of Painting and Drawing. She is represented by Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas, TX, and ROR Contemporary, Miami, FL.

Christa Donner is an artist, writer and curator whose multimedia projects are exhibited internationally. She is a founding member of Cultural ReProducers, a creative platform supporting cultural workers who are also working it out as parents.

Lise Haller Baggesen left her native Denmark for the Netherlands in 1992, to study painting at the Academy of Art and Industrial Design in Enschede and the Rijksacademy in Amsterdam. In 2008, she relocated with her family to Chicago, where she graduated from the School of the Art Institute in 2013 with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies. Over time, her painting practice evolved into a hybrid production, including teaching, curating, writing, and multimedia installation work. She has shown internationally in galleries and museums including Overgaden in Copenhagen, the Municipial Museum in the Hague, MoMu in Antwerp, Württembergischem Kunstverein in Stuttgart, CAEC in Xiamen, The Poor Farm in Manawa, Wisconsin, 6018 North, Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. MOTHERNISM (Green Lantern Press, 2014) is her first book.

Colin Palombi is a teaching artist and initiator of projects. He enjoys working collaboratively though video, animation, and printmaking. He maintains a blog of his work at colinpalombi.com ­

Thea Liberty Nichols is a curator, writer, and arts administrator from Chicago.

Keiler Roberts teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University. Her autobiographical comic, Powdered Milk has received three Ignatz nominations and was included in The Best American Comics 2014 Notables List. Her work has been published in The Chicago Reader, Mutha  Magazine and Newcity. She was special guest at Chicago Zine Fest 2013, a panelist at CAKE 2011, and performed at Brainframe.

Fred Sasaki is art director for Poetry magazine and a gallery curator for the Poetry Foundation. He also co-founded Homeroom Chicago’s “101” lecture series in which artists and professionals explore pop and subculture in front of a drinking crowd. With his son and late father he is the author of the zine series, FRED SASAKI’S & FREDSASAKI’S FOUR-PAGER GUIDE TO: HOW TO FIX YOU, a series of instructional pamphlets featuring the art and wisdom from three generations of family. Titles include “How to Stretch,” “How to Make Friends,” and “Prelude to Healthy Sex.”

Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes

On December 13th, at 7:00 pm, Ecstatic Ritual Theater presents Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes, a reading for four voices of a new translation by John Tipton. This event is free.

Ecstatic Ritual Theater presents Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes : a reading for four voices of a new translation by John Tipton : directed by Devin King

Situated between the events of Oedipus the King and Antigone, Eteocles prepares to face his brother Polyneices in the encounter that will destroy them both. The play unfolds a complex lattice of opposing signs–brother/enemy, son/father, male/female, reason/rage, freedom/fate, life/oblivion–in one of the most striking spectacles in all of Greek tragedy.

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.

Laura Goldstein’s first collection of poetry, loaded arc, was released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2013 and her second collection, awesome camera was published by Make Now Press in 2014. She has also published six chapbooks as well as numerous poems and essays in magazines in print and online. She currently teaches at Loyola University and co-curates the Red Rover Reading Series.

Patrick Morrissey is the author of the poetry collection The Differences (Pressed Wafer) and the chapbook Transparency (Cannibal Books).  His poems have appeared in New American Writing, Harp & Altar, The Cultural Society, and other journals.  He lives in Chicago and is the poetry editor of Chicago Review.

Suzanne Scanlon is the author of Promising Young Women (Dorothy, 2012), and the forthcoming Her 37th Year, An Index (Noemi Press, 2015). New fiction has appeared in Spolia, Hobart and MAKE. She reviews theater for the Chicago Reader and Time Out and teaches writing at Columbia College and in the MFA program of Roosevelt University.

Devin King helps run Sector 2337 and The Green Lantern Press with his wife Caroline Picard. A long poem CLOPS is out from The Green Lantern Press, and a new chapbook These Necrotic Ethos Come the Plains is out from Holon Press.