From Chicago’s Lampo:
FRI NOV 19 8pm
916 S Wabash, Room 214
Admission $10, Students $5
Organized in cooperation with Columbia College, Audio Arts and Acoustics Department
Epic new solo work from Joe Grimm. ALIAS (for Kathryn) is a synaesthetic light/sound performance for modified 16mm projectors, homemade light-sensitive audio electronics, and a large, white, side-mounted ceiling fan. The projectors create flicker-patterns that are often too fast for the eye to detect; but the changes in speed of these invisible flickers can nevertheless be traced in the illusions of movement (and stasis) in the fan-blades, as well as in the mutating timbres of the light-generated music. It is a meditation on the limitations of the body and the senses, on the breakdown of one’s ability to sensually access the physical world.
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.