Friday, April 29, 2011

Daisy Chain: An Anarchic Performance Event

Daisy Chain: An Anarchic Performance Event
curated by Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook of Channel TWo

Opening Friday May 13 from 6pm-10pm
May 13- June 11, 2011

Adam Trowbridge makes work exploring the aesthetic possibilities that arise as communication breaks down. He invents incidents and simulations that occur slightly above the noise level, between words that organize our communities and the chaos that lies beyond them. His work was recently awarded a 2011 Turbulence commission and has been featured nationally and internationally including The Grey Market and Anthology Film Archives, NYC; Pleasure Dome, Toronto; Workspaces Ltd., San Francisco, CA; The Hyde Park Center, Chicago, IL; and festivals in France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Korea, and Russia. Trowbridge is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Contemporary Practices and Art and Technology Studies Departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jessica Westbrook’s projects explore desire, visual cues, cultural artifacts, systems, language, and contradictory sensations that vacillate between great fortune and impending catastrophe. Always semantic in nature and modular in form, she considers her productions a section of visual language culled from a complex matrix of assets, reconfigured and repurposed per space and time. She was recently awarded a 2011 Turbulence commission and has exhibited work nationally and internationally including recent and upcoming projects for: Chicago, InLight Richmond, Nature/Nurture Kinsey Institute, Carnegie Museum, and Experimental Media Series Hirshorn Museum of American Art Smithsonian Institute. She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Technology Initiatives in The Department of Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608
antenapilsen (at)
(773) 340-3516
Hours: by appointment only

DAISY CHAIN PROGRAM: Friday May 13, 2011

Susan Abelson, Deborah Boardman, Paola Cabal, Lisa Cline, Charles Mahaffee, Ryan Richey
title: La La La Death
time: duration

Put that paintbrush in the paint and spread it around like you're playing with your food. Lose all control like you're running in the nude.

J. Christian
title: Yelling Box
time: duration

Sheridan Cudworth
title: Two Girls, One Bowl
time: 8-8:30PM Central

Two Girls, One Bowl is a response to the infamous Two Girls, One Cup video that went viral in 2007. In continuation of my first live-feed performance, Exhibitionist: Scud6969, I will continue to investigate the relationship between the submissive and dominant aspects of sexual assertion amongst women, men, and its integration into media.

Sheridan Cudworth assembles her life and her artworks with a raw-refined enthusiasm that is not for the faint of heart. She works in performance, which is mediated by her career as a make-up artist. Cudworth's work incorporates these elements in a highly stylized edge that challenges the viewer's perspectives of femininity. Her most recent work branches out into social media, as she has begun to produce live-feed performances.

Tyrone Davies
title: tba
time: duration
Broadcast: tba

Tyrone Davies is a conceptual artist and a filmmaker. His work explores questions of mediated spectacle and mass culture either through the reuse, re-appropriation, and re-contextualization of recorded material and industrially produced objects, or by producing wholly new material that reconsiders established assumptions about cultural trends. Film, video, installation, collage, sculpture, performance, printmaking, and painting are all disciplines that Davies works within in order to disassemble, and then reconstruct themes, messages and trends that are found within both domestic and global cultures. Davies lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Joseph DeLappe
title: Chatroulette: Discipline and Punish
time: duration

I propose to engage in a performative reading of Michel Foucault's classic text Discipline and Punish - The Birth of the Prison whilst connected to the online video/chat site, Chatroullete. My performance will involve a four hour "professorial" reading primarily from Part Three Discipline, section 3 Panopticisim. For this performance I will read from a comfortable chair, with a bookcase in the background. I will dress appropriately to the task, in dress slacks, black sport coat and tie. I will connect to Chatroullete and proceed to read. Over the past ten years I have performed within a variety of online contexts ranging from first person shooters, to massively multiplayer online role playing games to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Chatroullete is a logical venue for performance experiments as it exists, as "a tool to meet new people with webcam and mic". 

Chatroullete allows for a type of random access to a two way, voyeuristic experience, to view and be viewed. Everyone connected to Chatroulette is performing in some basic sense of the word. This type of random, real-time visual and auditory social media website is unique and will not only provide a interesting context in which to perform, but will allow for the extension of the notion of "audience" to equally function in the Daisy Chain context but also exist as a live interventionist act within the semi-public forum that is Chatroulette. I am interested in Foucalt's book Discipline and Punish specifically in relation to his focus on the creation of the panopticon as a concept. This seems wholly appropriate content to read into a context such as Chatroullete.

Joseph DeLappe is a Professor of the Department of Art at the University of Nevada where he directs the Digital Media program. Working with electronic and new media since 1983, his work in online gaming performance and electromechanical installation have been shown throughout the United States and abroad - including exhibitions and performances in Australia, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. In 2006 he began a  project dead-in-iraq , to type consecutively, all names of America's  military casualties from the war in Iraq into the America's Army first person shooter online recruiting game.  He also directs the project, an ongoing web based exhibition and open call for proposed memorials to the many thousand of civilian casualties from the war in Iraq. He has lectured throughout the world regarding his work, including most recently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.  He has been interviewed on CNN, NPR, CBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and on The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio. His works have been featured in the New York Times, The Australian Morning Herald, Artweek, Art in American and in the 2010 book from Routledge entitled Joystick Soldiers The Politics of Play in Military Video Game.

Christina Houle
title: 16 Conversations with Escape Bird
time: duration

In the performance I wear a soft sculpture costume, created entirely out of trash, recyclables and the pelts of stuffed animals, and speak using gestures and nonverbal sounds as the character, Escape Bird. Conversations are scheduled with friends, strangers and art world professionals at 15 minute intervals during which I will try to communicate my intentions, goals and desires as a performance artist, as the Escape Bird. 

Christina Sukhgian Houle attends Texas State University in pursuit of BFAs in Drawing and Photography, and has studied and performed comedic improvisation at The Second City in Chicago, Illinois. Her performances have been nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award, named by the Austin Chronicle as one of the Top Ten Dance Phenomena of 2010, and selected to be performed at the Southwest American College Dance Festival. Ms. Houle has toured with Salsation Theatre Company (IL), worked with Creative Time (NY) and in 2008 was a visiting artist at Spelman College (GA). Additionally, her films and art have been exhibited at Flatbed Studios, Pump Project Satellite Space, and the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts, and her poems and essays published in multiple literary journals including the Sun Poetic Times and Quirk. Most recently her video, String Theory, received an Honorable Mention in the Spring FASA Show, and in July her installation and performance art will be exhibited in a solo show at Co-Lab. When not working on her artistic practice Ms Houle studies Hakomi and yoga, and works as an assistant to choreographer, Deborah Hay.

John Kilduff
title: Let's Paint TV
time: 6-7PM Central

Mr Let's Paint can be seen performing live in person around the world and on his internet tv show airing Monday-Friday 11AM -12:30PM Pacific Standard Time. 

John Kilduff and Let's Paint TV have performed live at the following venues: Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO 2009; Horse Bazaar, Melbourne,AUS 2009; Tape Space,Melbourne,AUS 200909; Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra,AUS 2009; Electrofringe,Newcastle,AUS 2009; Seriel Space, Sydney, AUS 2009; Red Rattler, Sydney, AUS 2009; Drake Hotel, Toronto,ON 2009; Pleasure Dome, Toronto, ON 2009; Ed Video, Guelph,ON 2009; Isssue Project Room, Brooklyn,NY 2009; Northwestern College, St Paul, MN 2009; Smokey's Tangle, Oakland,CA 2009; University of Wisconsin, 2009; Ottawa Bluesfest, 2008; Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, FL 2008; GarageComedy, Los Angeles, CA 2008; LA Weekly Biennual, Santa Monica, CA 2008; Electric-Eclectics Sound Art and Media Festival, Meaford, ON 2007; America's Got Talent, 2007; Tyra (Tyra Banks), 2006; VH1's Big in 06, 200

Jeff Kolar
title: Hallmark Cards
time: 7:10-7:30PM Central

"Hallmark Cards" is a hand-bent playback of Hallmark greeting cards with sound.
Jeff Kolar is an audio/visual artist working in Chicago, USA. He is the grandson of an ex-military radio operator and has a history of trespassing to land. His work, described as "speaker-shredding" (Half Letter Press) and "amusingly kitschy" (Music For Maniacs), investigates circuits that are disguised, hidden, or ignored. His recent interests include cross-platform collaboration, low-powered radio, and live performance.

Another language Performing Arts Company
Elizabeth Miklavcic – Artistic Director, Jimmy Miklavcic – Executive Director

title: The Two
time: duration

Combining different art forms in innovative ways and broadening access to cutting-edge performance art with today's technology since 1985.

Wyatt Niehaus
title: Obscenity Sleep
time: duration

As an artist, I have found myself drawn to new media for its clear political implications. My work focuses on the dissonance and subversion of traditional communication through the Internet. I see the Internet as a place for an egalitarian and anarchistic reconstruction of both artistic process and conversation. Intensely interested in the critical theory surrounding emerging media, I have spent time both creating art that relates to this subject, as well as writing formal analysis and speaking at interdisciplinary conferences in academic settings.

Rob Ray
title: Boom Harangue
time: duration
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"Boom Harangue" uses Richard Serra and Nancy Holt's 10min 27sec "Boomerang" (1974) public television broadcast as a script for improvised streaming performance.

Rob Ray makes site specific electronic installations, wondrous public games and experimental videos. He has recently relocated to Los Angeles, CA from Chicago via Rensselaer's Electronic Arts MFA Program in Troy, NY. Rob also collaborates with Jason Soliday and Jon Satrom as a member of the Chicago-based circuit-bent multimedia noise trio I Love Presets and is visual arts editor for the online journal Drunken Boat. Rob is also a keyholder at Public Address Los Angeles via Publica - a new experimental cultural center currently in residence at the Outpost for Contemporary Art and is a member of the CrashSpace hacker space in Los Angeles. From 1999 to 2008 Rob was founder and head curator of the DEADTECH electronic arts center in Chicago, IL, USA.

title: untitled?
time: duration

V1rus has been doing rap and beating on samplers for a lot of years, and it doesn't look like it is going to end anytime soon. In his home city of Seattle he is known for making all forms of music, from true school hip hop to improvisational noise.

Heather Warren-Crow
title: 4-Hour Confession (After 1984 After 1984, or Confession is the Princess of Evidence)
time: duration

Using Winston's final confession from the 1984 film adaptation of the novel 1984 as a template, 4-Hour Confession is a series of public expressions of guilt. A group of volunteers working in shifts will watch other Daisy Chain performances and make small changes in the original text based on what they see. Warren-Crow will read these scripted mea culpas with great sincerity, happily taking on other artists' "crimes" as her own.

Heather Warren-Crow is a performance artist and professor based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her solo performance pieces both critique and embrace representations of identity in the mass media. She joins the vernacular of low art (the language of pop music, social networking websites, and Internet memes) with the rhetoric of body art to address issues pertaining to youth and femininity. Alternately playful, tragic, cheeky, and earnest, her performances confront the aesthetic pleasures of the American Brand Identity as well as its pains. She has exhibited her work at galleries and in performance spaces in the United States, Austria, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain,Tanzania, and Trinidad and Tobago. Warren-Crow received a doctorate in Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a professor of art theory and practice at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts.

Webster Oppewal and Interweb Plasma (Jon Satrom, Mark Beasley)
title: Daisy Chainsaw: An Anachronistic Parallelistic Event
time: duration

Throughout the evening, Webster Oppewal and Interweb Plasma (AKA Jon Satrom, Mark Beasley) will be functioning as gateways betwixt the IRL Pilsen Antena Gallery Meatspace and a Second Life Participants, attendees, and virtual visitors will overlap and dissolve through this anarchistic mirrored polygon swap.

Mark Beasley is an artist/educator making software, video, performance and web art.

Jon Satrom performs realtime audio/video and enjoys working within collaborative projects and open systems.

ANTENA @ MDW ART FAIR, April 23-24, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Antena @ The MDW Fair

The MDW Fair: visual arts landing in Chicago

CHICAGO: threewalls, Roots and Culture and Public Media Institute announce The MDW Fair, a gathering of alternative art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups from the Chicago metropolitan area. Held April 22-23, 2011 at The Iron Studios, 3636 S. Iron Street, The MDW Fair will demonstrate the diversity, strength and vision of the people/places making it happen in the art ecology of our region.

The fair features for-profit, 501(c)3, and commercial and unincorporated galleries, independent curatorial projects and publishers and media groups in over 25,000 square feet of exhibition space that includes a 10,000 square foot sculpture garden with work by local artists. The MDW Fair is a manifestation of the collective spirit behind the region's most innovative visual cultural organizers, focusing on the breadth of work done here by artists and arts-facilitators alike. Participants include: threewalls, Roots and Culture, Reuben Kincaid, ebersmoore, OxBow, Heaven Gallery, Antenna, Roxaboxen, Regional Relationships, The Suburban, ACRE, Iceberg Projects, The Post Family, Western Exhibitons, 65GRAND and more.

The MDW Fair

Saturday and Sunday April 23-24, 2011

3636 S. Iron Street
Chicago, IL 60609



Saul Aguirre is a Chicago Based artist born in Mexico City. He has been considered a standout at NEXT 2010 Chicago by PEDRO V√ČLEZ who is an artist and critic living in Chicago. Saul used real manacles, to remind people of the reality of being picked up by the police during a live spectacle, and captivated people with his small drawings. Saul has been exhibiting Nationally and Internationally, in several Museums and Galleries since 1990.

Sebastian Alvarez
, born in Lima, Peru, is an interdisciplinary performance artist, who is interested in transforming his personal vision into social responsibility with new cultural imperatives that include a renewed sense of community, an ecological reintegration, and greater access to the mythic and archetypal bases of bio-restoration.

Arielle Bielak is an integrative minded collaborationist living and working in Chicago; circa 2005. By day, she works as a program coordinator, teaching artist, writer and curator at the esteemed and astounding Marwen. By night she concocts real live performance art and other Objects. She makes art chiefly to be in direct and ecstatic participation with the joy and wonder of living and understanding life. Photography has been a dominant force in Arielle's life, beginning about 13 years after she was born-at-home in Damascus, Maryland. This medium followed her through her studies at the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies (Redlands, CA). Photography took center stage in her studies in Florence, Italy, and then on through a career as a mental health advocate and organizer on tour with Warped, Take Action, and Plea for Peace. She was doggedly photographing as an employee of the Big Apple Circus (NYC-Based) in 2004. In May of 2005, she and her one suitcase and her Nikon D70 arrived in Chicago. Currently, Arielle is organizing her first apartment-style exhibition set to open in the magnificent Pilsen on Tuesday, June 7, with an promising group exhibition entitled Mothers. You are invited.

Miguel Cortez is an artist/curator living in Chicago and born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has studied filmmaking at Columbia College and art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently runs Antena, an alternative art space located in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. His artwork has been shown at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Krannert Museum and at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Other shows included exhibits in Dallas at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery, Glass Curtain Gallery and at VU Space in Melbourne, Australia. Upcoming shows include a two person show with Saul Aguirre at Carlos & Dominguez Art Gallery.