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The Afterlife Will Have Everything – EXPO Sound 2018

In Chicago, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, Expo Chicago, Expo Sound, Sound, Uncategorized on 15/09/2018 at 10:47 pm

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EXPO SOUND

The Afterlife Will Have Everything

CURATED BY SASKIA HUBERT FOR DAATA EDITIONS

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Installed on the /Dialogues Stage within the exposition hall, the EXPO Sound program features a curated election of works by Daata Editions (https://daata-editions.com)—an online platform for the sale of commissioned artist video, sound, and web art editions—launching new artworks by select international artists. Additionally, a select group of artists and alumni of the School of the Art Institute Chicago are included in the 2018 program via Dr Giovanni Aloi, the SAIC Liaison.

PROGRAM STATEMENT
The capacity of voice is in flux. Powered by the rise of artificial intelligence and a growing aspiration for human embodiment, the role of voice requires us to shift perspective. To go beyond the human. Acknowledging the role of speech as it exists from new perspectives, from that of the machine. The first work, Maria Antelman’s Sin-Taks, represents a key node in this trajectory. Using spoken word, Antelman represents the perspective of search engine information processors, demonstrating a piece composed of stop-words and non-words, filtered out by search engines to help accelerate the process of harvesting information. Highlighting this distinctive method of processing information is Stephen Vitiello’s piece The Waves, which obliterates any component of human speech. The narrative—a reading of Virginia Woolf’s eponymous book—is methodically translated into a floating atmosphere of drone sounds, terminating arrays of soft distortion.

Of course, soon the afterlife will too have everything. From this vantage, young perspectives on the role of birth and death are woven together in Thora Dolven Balke’s YD4. The artist presents an introspection, driven by a selection of voices that bear semblance with one’s internal monologue, to offer both comforting and disruptive ideas to the listener. The absence of oral communication and its reconstitution within the somatic discourse of performance is reflected in Main Tool is Dummy by artist duo FlucT. The corporeal exchange draws on rhythm and nonlinearity, as commonly exerted in their work. Confronting the listener with a rich visual picture, as if embedded within the arrangement of sounds, the performative aspect of the duo is within touching distance.

The involuntary politicized voice is a facet that emerges within Matt Copson’s audio pieces. Exposing hate speech within the concealed environment of a phone call, Copson illuminates the anonymity of the perpetrator to reawaken memories about acts of discrimination; those often captured on video and spread through social media platforms.

The nature of a place solely captured by the voices that take place inside of it is John Skoog’s work. His exclusive approach to field recording within Marijuana Mars and Marlboro, rejecting the traditional execution of the medium to capture both environmental and human sounds. This selection is woven together through an explorative composition by Marina Rosenfeld that revisits ‘perceptual sound field reconstruction’ as developed in the AT&T Bell Laboratories. This technique pursues an authentic reproduction of sound as it was experienced live with a calculated array of microphones to capture spatial sound. Siting the past of today’s urbanized Bermondsey as a place of retreat, tidal rhythms of flooding and burning, polyphony, and palimpsest is surveyed in Fay Nicolson’s work Spa Songs. Drawing on concepts of Swiss Composer Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, who established the musical experience through movement, she crystallizes an integrated musical encounter between eight performers into the fabric of vocal history.

These recently commissioned works for Daata Editions are paired with sound pieces produced by current students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Jenny Boyles, Xiaolong Fang, Jack E Jacob, Yitong Lu and Kevin McGrath / Yu Nong Lin. With artists Anthony Janas and Andy Slater, High Concept Labs. Installed at the /Dialogues Stage within the exposition hall, the EXPO Sound program will provide a dynamic interlude to the panel programming at the 2018 edition.

Curated for Daata Editions by Saskia Hubert & David Gryn

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Maria Antelman | Daata Editions
Thora Dolven Balke | Daata Editions
Jenna Boyles | School of the Art Institute Chicago
Matt Copson | Daata Editions
Xiaolong Fang | School of the Art Institute Chicago
FlucT | Daata Editions
Jack E Jacob | School of the Art Institute Chicago
Anthony Janas |High Concept Labs
Yitong Lu | School of the Art Institute Chicago
Kevin McGrath / Yu Nong Lin | School of the Art Institute Chicago
Fay Nicolson | Daata Editions
Marina Rosenfeld | Daata Editions
John Skoog | Daata Editions
Andy Slater | 3Arts/High Concept Labs
Stephen Vitiello | Daata Editions

https://www.expochicago.com/programs/expo-sound

EXPO Sound at EXPO CHICAGO curated by Daata Editions

In Chicago, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, Expo Chicago, Navy Pier, Sound, Uncategorized on 11/08/2017 at 11:45 am
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Image: Larry Achiampong, The Ascent (100 Degrees), 2016

EXPO CHICAGO partners with Daata Editions and Navy Pier to present the inaugural EXPO Sound program (September 13–17, 2017). Curated by Daata Editions, an online platform for the sale of commissioned artist video, sound and web art editions, launching new artworks by selected international artists—the program featuring artists: Larry Achiampong, Tracey Emin, Leo Gabin, Rashaad Newsome and Hannah Perry, will be complemented by works from artists represented by EXPO CHICAGO 2017 Exhibitors.

“Artist sound—like artist video, performance and digital work—is being increasingly exhibited due to the dynamic and experiential nature of the medium, paired with its all-encompassing and ephemeral presence,” said Daata Editions Director David Gryn. “The artist as performer, musician and entertainer is ever sought after in our global calendar of art events, but somewhere in all of this is the truth and essence of art making, with the outcome of very real, tangible and brilliant works of art.”

Sound is truly art for everyone. You can try and contain it – but when it is released it purvades our every pore. 

Last year in walking around the Navy Pier – I realised that I couldn’t escape from the piped pop music of Britney Spears through the public speaker system, which for the area of a food mall makes sense, but for the path leading to an art fair – not so much sense. So I mention this, in my incredulity, to Fair director Tony Karman and he simply responds “why don’t you curate Sound for 2017 ?”

So this year EXPO Sound is born, playing artist sound works primarily from Daata Editions commissioned artists as well as selected works from Expo Chicago gallery submissions. 

The program will be installed throughout the public speaker system at Navy Pier—along the South Dock, within the exposition entrance, and on the /Dialogues Stage.

2017 EXPO Sound Artists:
Larry Achiampong | Daata Editions
Tracey Emin | Daata Editions
Leo Gabin | Daata Editions
Jared Madere | David Lewis Gallery, New York
Rashaad Newsome | Daata Editions
Hannah Perry | Daata Editions
Cheryl Pope | moniquemeloche, Chicago
Xaviera Simmons | David Castillo Gallery, Miami
Nick van Woert | GRIMM, Amsterdam

GUIDED TOUR OF EXPO SOUND: DAVID GRYN. Friday September 17 at 3:00pm. Join curator David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions (www.daata-editions.com) for an exclusive guided tour of the inaugural program of EXPO Sound. Launching new artworks by select international artists, the program will be complemented by artists represented by EXPO CHICAGO 2017 Exhibitors, installed throughout the public speaker system at Navy Pier.

Daata Editions features Artist Sound at Soho House Chicago with Scott Reeder, David Gryn and Amanda Schmitt in conversation (Sept 12) and launching a new sound project on Daata, A-V curated by Amanda Schmitt featuring new sound works by Maria Antelman, Alexandra Drewchin, FlucT, Marina Rosenfeld.

For more information, visit: https://www.expochicago.com/ & https://daata-editions.com/

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