Performances and Programming Enrich a Peaceful Prairie
On March 18, Rhizome spotlighted Prairie, faculty member Shawn Decker’s “large scale electro-mechanical sound installation” exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center through May 5. Sponsored in part by a Rhizome commissioning grant, the “immersive” sound installation occupies over 200 feet and is “comprised of over 400 small speakers and 400 motors, each independently controlled.” Rhizome highlights upcoming programming events in conjunction with the installation, including a panel discussion with SAIC’s Director of the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration Pamela Jennings, an artist talk, meditation sessions, and dance and musical performances staged within the piece. On March 12 Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich previewed a collaborative performance featuring Frank Rosaly. The Chicago musician will respond to “Decker's sonic environment in real time,” Reich says. “Considering the acuity of Rosaly's technique and the breadth of his imagination, the results could be rewarding. Certainly no one knows exactly what will happen, including Rosaly. Which is precisely the idea.” A calendar of upcoming events is listed on the installation’s exhibition page as well as the artist’s webpage.