Second Sexing Sound Symposium (SSSS!)

On Sunday, Dec 03 from 11am-4pm, the Green Lantern Press is proud to host two panels from the Second Sexing Sound Symposium (SSSS!) at Sector 2337, organized by The Goethe-Institut. SSSS! is a series of public events in Chicago dedicated to ideas, research, performance, and conversation surrounding female and trans-identifying practitioners in and around the sonic arts. See the full three-day program of performances, screenings, and public talks here.

First Panel: 11 am to 1 pm // Neo Hülcker will report on gender relations in Darmstadt, feminist activism at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2016. Frauke Aulbert will discuss the discrepancy between women who are educated as vocalists vs. women who make their living as vocalists and singers. Jenna Lyle will reflect her thoughts about the New Music scene in Chicago. Moderated by Neo Hülcker.

Second Panel: 2:30 pm to 4 pm // Through diverse artistic and professional perspectives Lakshmi Ramgopal, Sara Slawnik, and Caroline Picard will present their ideas about worthwhile gender politics for daily use in the Arts. Moderated by Anna Parkinson, Associate Professor of German at Northwestern University.
(Almost) all SSSS! Participants will be available for Q&A during and after the event.


About the panelists:


Neo Hülcker is a composer performer whose work focuses on music as anthropological research in everyday life environments. Their compositions evolve as situations, performance-installations, actions and interventions, and work with different kinds of public spaces.

Frauke Aulbert is one of the most active and multi-talented vocalists in the field of contemporary music today. Her almost infinite, impressive vocal sound palette enfolds a nearly four octave range next to classical singing (diploma), over- and undertone-singing, multiphonics, techniques from Bulgarian folclore, Korean gugak, gamelan, jazz, dhrupad, beatboxing a.s.o.

Composer, performer, installation-builder, and administrator, Chicago-based artist Jenna Lyle explores how the physical body, and in turn the culture in which it functions, adapts to its semiotic or “data-based” representation.


Anna Parkinson is an Associate Professor of German, the Co-Director of the Critical Theory Cluster, and a member of the Advisory Boards for the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Holocaust Education Foundation in Weinberg College at Northwestern University. Her first book, titled An Emotional State: The Politics of Emotion in Postwar West German Culture, was published in the Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany series by the University of Michigan Press in 2015. Her current interdisciplinary project focuses on decolonizing critical theory, specifically in the field of critical memory studies in the context of the “global South.”

Caroline Picard is a curator, publisher, writer, and artist. She is the Executive Director, Head Curator, and Founding Editor of The Green Lantern Press (GLP), established in 2005 that produces contemporary art exhibitions, critical art and poetry publications, and cultural events that intersect literature, philosophy, theory, and art.

Lakshmi Ramgopal performs ambient electronic under the moniker Lykanthea. Her performances feature synths, harmonium drones, and processed vocal improvisation that draws on Carnatic techniques, with appearances that include NYU’s Occult Humanities Conference; Leipzig, Germany’s Wave Gotik Treffen; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College and based in Chicago, IL and Northampton, MA.

Sara Slawnik joined the 3Arts staff as Director of Programs in 2014, overseeing the 3Arts Awards program, 3AP (3Arts Projects), residency fellowships, and other artist support initiatives. Prior to 3Arts, she was Deputy Director of the Chicago Artists Coalition, Program Director at the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago, and held positions in development at The Renaissance Society, The Drawing Center in New York City, and The Archives of American Art. Sara earned a BA in the History of Art from the University of Michigan.


Performances in The Hysterical Material

at the SMART Museum, 5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago

Join us at the SMART Museum (5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago, Illinois) on Tuesday, Dec 5 from 6-9pm and hear renowned poets Mina Pam Dick and Graham Foust along with the Nick Mazzarella Trio will perform selections of their work chosen in proximity to the Smart Museum of Art’s special exhibition The Hysterical Material.

Performed in the gallery and amongst works by Auguste Rodin and Bruce Naumann, the performances will expand and redirect a dialogue raised by the exhibition about emotion, its embodiment, and expression across human form, object, and in this case, text.

FREE, and open to the public. A reception follows the reading.

Presented in partnership with Chicago-based publishers Flood Editions and Sector 2337 + The Green Lantern Press.

Mina Pam Dick (aka Misha Pam Dick, Gregoire Pam Dick, et al.) is the author of this is the fugitive (Essay Press, 2016), Metaphysical Licks (BookThug, 2014), and Delinquent (Futurepoem, 2009). With Oana Avasilichioaei, she is the co-translator of Suzanne Leblanc’s The Thought House of Philippa (BookThug, 2015). Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere; it is included in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, (ed. TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson, Nightboat Books, 2013). Also a visual artist and wastrel philosopher, Dick hides out in New York City and runs off to Montreal.

Saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella has been described as “continuing the approach taken by like-minded trailblazing altoists like Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, and Gary Bartz” by “seek{ing} to embody the history of the music while pushing it forward into new realms” (Troy Dostert, All About Jazz). He has been a consistent presence in Chicago’s music scene since the early 2000s, where his continuous performance schedule has made an aesthetically unique contribution to the city’s rich culture of jazz and improvised music. His working trio and quintet have served as the primary vehicles for his endeavors as a composer and bandleader, while as a collaborator or sideman he has performed and recorded with such artists as Tomeka Reid, Joshua Abrams, Hamid Drake, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Avreeayl Ra, Rob Mazurek, and Makaya McCraven. Recordings of his original music have been released by Nessa Records, Clean Feed Records, International Anthem Recording Company, and Astral Spirits, and he has performed with his ensembles and as a solo artist throughout the United States and Scandinavia.

Graham Foust is the author of six books of poems, including Necessary Stranger (Flood Editions 2007) and Time Down to Mind (Flood Editions 2016). With Samuel Frederick, he has co-translated the final three volumes of the late German poet Ernst Meister, including Wallless Space (Wave Books 2014), which was short-listed for the American Literary Translators Association’s National Translation Award. He is Director of Undergraduate Studies in English at the University of Denver.