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Experiments in Space + Time

  • Elastic Arts 2830 N. Milwaukee Chicago, IL 60618 (map)

Experiments in Space and Time is a research and performance project that investigates relationships among time-based art forms and spectators. The first project, THE LAW OF PROXIMITY: Close But Not Touching, will be presented by Homeroom and NON:op and will present sound and movement pieces by Elliott Sharp, Asimina Chremos, David Lakein, and Christopher Preissing.

Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer. A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music.

Asimina Chremos, who will perform remotely from her native Philadelphia via video, is a choreographer and dancer, dually grounded in formal techniques and free improvisation. Chremos’s work explores ongoingness, while seeking new forms through repetition and recursiveness.

David Lakein is a Berlin & Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, director, choreographer, and performer. His work swirls around the borders between dance, theatre, cabaret, performance art, and social gatherings, incorporating video and installation elements. His work often includes a significant degree of audience interaction, while embracing and confronting the edge between the serious and silly.

Christopher Preissing is a composer, improviser, and collaborator who earned his DMA and MM degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana while studying with Herbert Brün, Salvatore Martirano, and William Brooks. His recent eight-channel, evening-length score and performance for the Waking Room was described as a “brilliant… sound-crazy score… that might best be described as John Cage on steroids.” (Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune)

Proximity refers to absolute and relative distance in time and space among individual events and sources as they influence the determination of hierarchy, control, fusion, framing, and expectation in the spectator. In addition to the performance, each Experiment will address specific PROXIMITY issues. Preselected “data collectors” will actively participate in discussions and questionnaires. Along with this data, the evening will be documented aurally and visually and include scores, space and time measurements, and notes from each of the collaborators.

Experiments in Space and Time is an ongoing series of research and performance projects that investigates relationships among time-based art forms and spectators. Each event in the series will be based on a specific theme, and will bring together multiple art forms and collaborators to create original works that examine this relationship. In addition to the live presentation, each Experiment will be documented with aurally and visually and include scores, time and space measurements, and questionnaires and discussions. The results will be made publicly available with the goal of digital and print publication.


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