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.

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.

Supercollider at Constellation

On 20 October 2014, I participated in the fifth annual Supercollider at Chicago's Constellation, a commemoration of the long-running Collision Theory series curated by Dan Mohr and Rachel Damon that brings together improvising musicians and dancers, under the auspices of Links Hall.  This one included a wonderful line-up: musicians James Falzone, Carol Genetti, Lou Mallozzi, Dave Rempis, and Michael Zerang; and dancers Josh Anderson, Adriana Durant, Lisa Gonzales, JulieAnn Graham, and Mikey Rioux.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

European weeks

From late August until early November 2013 I was in Europe for a variety of projects, adventures, and excursions.  This included six performances in Berlin, one in Geneva, and a conference in Athens…

6 and 7 September, LaborGras, Berlin: performances with Chris Heenan,
 Michael Vorfeld, Michael Thieke, Ute Wassermann, Mercedes Appugliese, Renate Graziadei, Reinaldo Ribeiro, Arianna Rodeghiero, Mariagiulia Serantoni, Arthur Stäldi.

10 September, Ausland, sponsored by Liebig 12, Berlin: performance with Alessandro Bosetti, I volunteer to be what I already am.

13 September, Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance, Berlin: performance with Johannes Bergmark and Tomomi Adachi.

14 September, Lange Nacht mit Trojanpferd, Berlin: performance with Michael Vorfeld.

22 September, Ausland, Berlin: performance with Michael Thieke and Michael Vorfeld.

2 October, Echopolis Days of Sound, conference on sound and the city, Athens: presented a paper titled Sound Art in public space: integration, opposition, but never decoration.

30 October, @ptt, Geneva: solo performance and duo with Céline Hänni.

1 November, Haute École d'Art et de Design, Geneva: visiting artist presentation.

Many thanks to Sandra Binion for being the world's best travel companion, to our friends and hosts, to my collaborators, and to the Goethe-Institut and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Alessandro Bosetti & Lou Mallozzi: I volunteer to be what I already am
photos by Sandra Binion

Friday, August 9, 2013

Scene demo version

I've posted a video demo of a new installation called Scene, a 10-minute continuous loop, which you can view here.

I'm hoping to find a presenter for the piece in the near future.   Some friends and colleagues recently came to screenings of Scene and gave some very helpful feedback -- so, thanks to them!   

The naturalistic sound in Scene (produced in 5.1 surround) is a container for the shots that make up the scene; but instead of these being edited into a single mise-en-scène, they remain atomized yet in sync, presented on 16 separate video monitors, each monitor showing only one category of sound-producing subject (the interlocutors, a phonograph, traffic, mobile phone, tomato sauce, etc.). The acoustic privilege of the piece is subverted by the language of the characters -- they speak ancient Greek, a tongue currently unavailable but underlying much of western culture. The text (below) is translated into English on a 17th monitor and presented as a single static page. In the installation, the monitors would be stacked vertically to create a single column of images in contrast to the enveloping soundscape; they are presented in the demo video as a grid for the sake of visual clarity and to describe the rhythmic relationship of images to sound.

Scene (2013)
10-minute continuous loop, 17 monitors, 5.1 surround-sound audio.
Concept, text, sound: Lou Mallozzi.
Videographer: Melika Bass.
Greek translation: Alessandra Lukinovich.
Couple: Vincent Barras and Alessandra Lukinovich.
Additional recording: Adrien Keeler (ADR) and Robby McBain (Foley).
Song: Adam VIda, Dan Mohr, Rob Mazurek, Emile Jaeger; composed by Mallozzi, Mohr, Vida.
Thanks to: Andre Fiebig, Virginia Saavedra, Cécile Barras, David DuBois, Sandra Binion, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Film Program of the School of Fine Arts Geneva.
Shot in Geneva, Switzerland; post-production at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sound Generation e-book published

I'm very happy to announce my inclusion in a newly-published e-book called Sound Generation, edited by Alexis Bhagat and Greg Gangemi, published by Autonomedia.  It's available at

From the editors:

Sound Generation is a record of many conversations about sound, music, technology and politics, which took place between July 2001 and March 2005. Sound Generation is not another history of sound art: rather, it is an impossible conversation that surveys an ongoing and incomplete present, formed from cut-up and reconstructed interviews with: Maryanne Amacher, Mark Bain, Claudio Chea + Jorge Castro, Christopher DeLaurenti, Grey Filastine, Brenda Hutchinson, Jeph Jerman, Richard Lerman, Annea Lockwood, Francisco Lopez, Lou Mallozzi, Ken Montgomery, Phill Niblock, O+A (Bruce Odland + Sam Auinger), Ed Osborne, Jodi Rose, Janek Schafer, tobias c. van Veen, Hildegard Westerkamp, Gregory Whitehead, Pamela Z.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Solos and Duos in Chicago

An evening of text pieces, instrumental improvisations, recorded sound works, and video. 
Constellation, 3111 N Western, Chicago, 23 June 2013, 8PM

An excerpt from my performance of La patria partorische padri partiti is here.

Lou Mallozzi: voice, text, turntables, CDs, microphones, mixer
     Troy Schafer: violin
     Julia Miller: guitar
     Adam Vida: percussion
     Gino Robair: percussion
     Alessandro Bosetti: text
     Sandra Binion: video

set 1
     Swaves (sound recording, 1996)
     La patria partorisce padri partiti (voice and microphone, 2011, solo)
     Hi-Hat duosolo (hi-hat, Adam Vida and Gino Robair)
     Oval (sound recording, 2011, with Alessandro Bosetti)
     Improvisational duo with Julia Miller
     For the Record (solo violin and amplified bow, 2003, Troy Schafer)
     Captions (sound recording, 1996)
     rain 1.4 (sound recording, 2006)
set 2
     Eye Chart (sound recording, 2011, with Alessandro Bosetti)
     Violin duosolo (violin, with Troy Schafer)
     Guitar duosolo (guitar, with Julia Miller)
     Black (video with sound, 2003, with Sandra Binion)
     Improvisational duo with Gino Robair
     Reroundedaround (whistle, text, sound effects LP, drum, 2013, with Adam Vida)
     Super (voice and microphone,1996/2013, solo)

Swaves and Captions were composed and recorded at Spritzenhaus Hamburg, special thanks to Heinz Weber.
Oval and Eye Chart were recorded at Casa Bosetti Berlin.
rain 1.4 was composed at Ragdale Foundation Lake Forest and mixed at Experimental Sound Studio Chicago.  
Black was originally produced as part of Thirteen Nights and was edited by Hiroshi McDonald Mori.

                                                 all photos by Mark Booth