Lou Mallozzi is a Chicago-based artist known primarily for his work in sound, often with a focus on dismembering and reconstituting language, gesture, and signification. His work includes performances, installations, music works, recordings, and radio works. In addition, he has a visual art practice that includes drawing and other media. He has performed and exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, including projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University Bloomington, Experimental Intermedia New York, Podewil Berlin, TUBE Audio Art Series Munich, and the Radiorevolten Festival Halle. In addition to his solo works, Mallozzi often collaborates with artists, filmmakers and musicians, including Sandra Binion, Michael Vorfled, Alessandro Bosetti, Michael Zerang, Frédéric Moffet, Antonia Contro, Jacques Demierre, Vincent Barras, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Charlotte Hug, and many others. He has received support for his work that includes several fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, and artist residencies through the Chicago-Lucerne Sister Cities Program, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, Ragdale Foundation, and Spritzenhaus Hamburg. He is on the faculty of the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is executive director of Experimental Sound Studio.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Halve Knots at the Arts Club Chicago

On April 20, 2016, I presented Halve Knots, a program of four simultaneous works at the Arts Club in Chicago.  The pieces presented were: 

Two Rooms (for DVM) [2005], looping video with stereo sound. 

Talk to the wall [2016], performed by Anna Orlikowska and Willy Smart with voice-activated piano. 

Module [2016], floor installation with four tape measures. 

Decades (for MM) [2016], a durational performance and drawing, beginning in the upstairs salon and continuing through the stairway and into the gallery space.

 Decades (for MM)

 Decades (for MM)

 Willy Smart performing Talk to the wall

Anna Orlikowska and Willy Smart performing Talk to the wall

Prior to presenting those pieces, I performed five pieces from the series Usi scrutati for Arts Club members and guests in the second floor salon.  

Arc from the series Usi scrutati

Special thanks to Experimental Sound Studio, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, John Vinci, Stephen Ptacek, Yechen Zhao, Anna Orlikowska, Willy Smart, Danhua Ma, Yoni Goldstein, Meredith Zielke, and Kristin Mariani. Design by Dan Mohr. Photos by Mary Maclane.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Residency in Krems, Austria

In July-August 2015 I had a one-month residency in Krems, located on the Danube about 1 hour west of Vienna.  It was awarded through the School of the Art Institute.  I  worked on a number of projects, including plans for a new sound installation and a series of drawings based on a little-known archaeological dig in the area that, in 2005, unearthed a unique burial of two infant twins dating to 25,000 BCE. 

This part of Austria, the Wachau, is home to some of Europe's finest white wines, a troubled fascist history, and innumerable beautiful landscapes and contradictions.  Our hosts were exceptional, the apricots were superb, and even the 100-degree-Fahrenheit heat didn't deter us from many new discoveries.
Third Coast Ensemble

In October 2015 I performed with the Third Coast Ensemble, led by Chicago's Rob Mazurek. This is a 16-piece ensemble of musicians from Brest, Chicago, and elsewhere organized by Ensemble Nautilis in Brest. We performed at the Penn Ar Jazz Festival at the Quartz Theater in Brest, and at the Banlieu Bleu Festival at the Dynamo in Paris.  There's a video excerpt here.

The lineup:
Rob Mazurek : Cornet, composition and direction
Nicole Mitchell : Flute
Christophe Rocher : Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Nicolas Peoc'h : Alto  and Soprano Saxophone
Irvin Pierce : Tenor Saxophone
Philippe Champion : Trumpet
Steve Berry : Trombone
Jeff Parker : Guitar
Christofer Bjurström : Piano
Lou Mallozzi : Turntables, Text Recitation
Vincent Raude : Electronics
Mazz Swift : Violin
Tomeka Reid :Cello
Frédéric B. Briet : Bass
Nicolas Pointard : Drums
Avreeyl Ra :Drums
Alexandre Pierrepont : Texts and Artistic Consultant
Sylvain Thévenard : Sound

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tranistions des arts, transitions des esthétiques

From March 5 - 8, 2015, I was in Paris and St Denis to participate in the conference Tranistions des arts, transitions des esthétiques, sponsored by Université 8 Paris.  I performed La patria partorisce padri partiti, and gave a talk called An architectonics of public speech.  The conference was organized by Université 8 Paris.

(photos: Sandra Binion)

Outpost returns

I will be performing Outpost once again, this time at the Hyde Park Art Center on 19 April.  I was invited by one of my favorite artists, Susan Giles, to perform the piece for one hour during the opening of her exhibition Scenic Overlook.

Hope to see you there (in extreme close-up)!

Sunday 19 April 2015, 3PM-4PM

Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell, Chicago

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NewCity's 50 Chicago Artists' Artists

I was named to the 2014 list of NewCity's 50 Chicago Artists' Artists. It's an honor to be mentioned among so many wonderful colleagues and friends:

The entry highlighted my work at Experimental Sound Studio, and accolades therefore MUST go out to the incredible staff at ESS: Adam Vida, Allison Schein, Alex Inglizian, and Dan Mohr.
Screenplay at SAIC

I was included in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Faculty Projects exhibition at the school's Sullivan Galleries, 26 August - 8 October 2014.

This exhibition, curated by Morgan Walsh, gave me an opportunity to show the complete version of Screenplay.  This includes the two-channel sound installation Screenplay: one and one, originally produced in 2010, and an accompanying set of 155 drawings in two grids, Screenplay one: MS and Screenplay one: LS, completed in 2014. There is a booklet about the work with an essay by Seth Kim-Cohen. 

The sound installation is a 106-minute loop of me describing, in real time, two feature-length movies that I'm watching. The drawings are made separately in a similar fashion, drawing as quickly and completely as (im-)possible everything I see as I watch the same two films.

Special thanks to Milad Mozari, Peter Speer, Tom Van Eynde, Sandra Binion, Ethan Rose, Joseph Clayton Mills, and the Illinois Arts Council.