Lampo Fall Schedule

From Chicago’s Lampo:

TRISTAN PERICH
SAT OCT 16 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE
Reservations are required; click HERE to RSVP.

Lampo and the Graham Foundation are very happy to bring you Tristan Perich and his “1-Bit Symphony” with 1-bit video. His new five movement work was just released, and the press is agog. Grampo is agog too.

1-bit is lo-fi and low-res. Binary electrical pulses—that is, on/off switches—synthesized by code, are routed by microchip to speaker or cathode ray television to create sound or light. Tonight, Tristan will show you what can be done with simple forms and complex systems.

Trained in mathematics and piano, Tristan Perich (b. 1982, New York) works in acoustic and electronic music. Best known for his constructions that explore the physicality of sound and the polyphonic potential of 1-bit audio, his “1-Bit Music” (2004–2005) and “1-Bit Symphony” (2010) celebrate the virtuosity of electricity. Neither release is a traditional recording. Instead, each is a music-generating circuit, housed in a CD jewel case with a headphone jack. Perich also has composed several works for musicians with 1-bit music accompaniment, and is in the music group the Loud Objects (with Kunal Gupta and Katie Shima), which performs by soldering its own noise-making circuits live in front of the audience.

As a visual artist, his projects include “Machine Drawings,” pen-on-paper drawings executed by machine, and 1-bit video, low-resolution black and white images synthesized by microchips and displayed on cathode ray televisions.

GERT-JAN PRINS
BAS VAN KOOLWIJK
SAT NOV 6 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE
Reservations are required; click HERE to RSVP.

This evening, Lampo and the Graham Foundation team up to present Synchronator, a stunning audiovisual project by Dutch artists Bas van Koolwijk and Gert-Jan Prins. The collaborative work is a continuation on medium specific experiments between image and sound from the early years of video art.

Together Van Koolwijk and Prins set out to solve a problem: how to record complicated, merged and distorted video and audio signals, and then have those signals accepted by current video equipment. Needless to say, their solution suits us fine. In performance they improvise with live signals, cross-wiring image and sound. It’s everything wrong but in all the right ways.

The duo developed Synchronator during a 2006 research residency at Impakt. Since then they have presented their work at a range of international screenings, released a DVD, and issued the first commercial edition of the Synchronator box, a device for translating three channels of audio input into RGB video.

Bas van Koolwijk (b. 1966, Nijmegen, The Netherlands) works with video errors and digital code to create sound and image interactions. He uses self-made software and hardware applications in live performances, installations and video compositions. He has appeared at media art festivals worldwide, including Impakt in the Netherlands, Mutek in Canada, Netmage in Italy, Avanto in Finland, European Media Art Festival in Germany and Courtisane in Belgium. From 2003 to 2006 Van Koolwijk was part of Umatic, a small group of Dutch artists working in the different fields of net-, video- and sound art. He lives in Utrecht.

Gert-Jan Prins (b. 1961, IJmuiden, The Netherlands) is a self-taught artist who focuses on the sonic and musical qualities of electronic noise. In his work, Prins makes connections with modern electronic club culture, occupying a radical position with his investigation of electronic sound and its relationship to the visual. Current projects include M.I.M.E.O. (the 12-piece Movement in Music Electronic Orchestra) and a duo with Tomas Korber. Prins first appeared at Lampo in April 2004, when he performed an extended version of “Risk,” (Mego) his solo project for electronics, customized transmitters, television and AM/FM radio.

JOE GRIMM
FRI NOV 19 8pm
Columbia College
916 S Wabash, Rm 214
Admission $10, Students $5

Epic new solo work from Joe Grimm. Circuit-bent 16mm projectors and screen-mounted light-sensitive audio electronics. If you were on a bus, writing a blurb and your stop was coming up, you might say in haste: flickering light modulates the sound. But that’s an oversimplified abstract. Joe’s stuff is not to be missed. It’s raw, it’s stroboscopic, it’s the week before Thanksgiving.

Joe Grimm (b. 1978, Safety Harbor, Fla.) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist working primarily with light and sound. In his performances, sculptures, videos and constructed situations, he appropriates material from enlightenment-era metaphysics, contemporary pop music, and the troubled legacy of minimalism—insisting always on the centrality of sheer sensory pleasure. Grimm studied philosophy at Yale before receiving a graduate degree in experimental music composition at Brown and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Collaborators and associates include Lauren Carter, Lucky Dragons, Glenn Branca, Alvin Lucier, Dirty Projectors, Lightning Bolt and experimental filmmaker Ben Russell. His work has been shown at institutions such as CAPC Bordeaux, La Casa Encendida in Madrid, Bezalel Gallery in Tel Aviv, and MCA Chicago.

LOVID
SAT DEC 4 8pm
Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Admission FREE
Reservations are required; click HERE to RSVP

More coupling tonight: music and video. Here, Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus use their Sync Armonica, a 9 ft. sculptural, analog, handmade A/V synthesizer and electrical signals gathered from guest performers. Lampo and the Graham Foundation are thrilled to present the husband-wife duo in this special performance.

LoVid events are playful yet aggressive, with realtime audiovisuals that are immersive, visceral and intensely colorful, patterned and rhythmic. Works combine handmade and machine produced craft, DIY electro-engineering, textile, video and noise.

LoVid is the art duo of Tali Hinkis (b. 1974, Jerusalem) and Kyle Lapidus (b. 1975, New York). Working together since 2001, LoVid’s interdisciplinary works explore social, personal and corporal experiences in the networked era. LoVid has performed and exhibited internationally in venues such as: Real Art Ways, Urbis (Manchester), MoMA, PS1, The Kitchen, The Jewish Museum, The Neuberger Museum, The New Museum of Contemporary Art and Institute of Contemporary Art (London). LoVid has been artist in residence at Smack Mellon, Cue Art Foundation, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, free103point9, and has received grants, awards, and fellowships from NYFA, LMCC, Experimental TV Center, NYSCA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, turbulence.org, Puffin Foundation, and Greenwall Foundation.

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