Faculty Member Presents “Eerily Authentic” Installation
Writer Tomi Obaro highlights faculty member and sound artist Shawn Decker’s “eerily authentic” installation, Prairie, at the Chicago Cultural Center in the February 21 edition of Time Out Chicago. “It’s surprisingly entrancing stuff,” Obaro says. “Dozens of computer-controlled brass rods click and buzz at different intervals in emulation of the insects, rain and wind you’d find on the plain.” Prairie is the catalyst for a series of programs designed in collaboration with SAIC, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and its “Chicago Cultural Center Presents” program. Each event seeks to investigate the complexities of rhythm, small motions, sounds and the dynamic behavior of natural systems. Highlights include an improvised “duo” performance between Prairie and critically acclaimed Chicago improviser/composer Frank Rosaly, terrarium workshops, and a panel discussion featuring SAIC’s Director of the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration Pamela Jennings to be moderated by Dieter Roelstraete, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. A calendar of upcoming events is listed on the artist’s webpage.