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 Arts Club in Chicago, 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, "Le Cri du Patchwork" on Radio France, Ausland Berlin, 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. These have included Sandra Binion, Michael Vorfeld, Alessandro Bosetti, Michael Zerang, Frédéric Moffet, Antonia Contro, Jacques Demierre, Vincent Barras, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Charlotte Hug, Jaap Blonk, Vincent Raude, 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 co-founder and former executive director of Experimental Sound Studio.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Glaze at Garfield Park Conservatory

I'm presenting a new performance called Glaze, created specifically as an homage to the hail storm destruction at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory. In the summer, a sudden violent hail storm destroyed much of the glass in the conservatory's roofs; through painstaking efforts, the plants, display rooms, soil, and glass are now being repaired and replaced. Glaze uses glass as its material and as a performance acts somewhat like an expanded "moment after" in which amplification figures prominently. It is being performed by the Chicago Composers Orchestra at Garfield Park Conservatory December 7 at 6:30PM, along with new works by Nicole Mitchell, Kyle Vegter, John Dorhauer, and Francisco Castillo Trigueros.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2011 Sound Art Theories Symposium

I had the great pleasure to organize and host the 2011 Sound Art Theories Symposium at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago on November 5 and 6, 2011. This was the first symposium of its kind in Chicago, and it brought together 13 scholars from the US, Canada, and Europe theorizing sound as art and art as sound from a diverse range of perspectives. More than 200 people attended the four sessions. We had five invited presenters: Christoph Cox, Salomé Voegelin, Seth Kim-Cohen, Allen S. Weiss, and David Grubbs; they were joined by eight presenters selected from an open call for papers: Erin Gee, Michael Eng, T. Brandon Evans, Leslie Korrick, Christof Migone, David Michael Perez, Åsa Stjerna, and Daniela Cascella. The presentations were deeply thoughtful, the questions and responses were provocative, and the two-hour lunch breaks were particularly well-attended. The SAIC Sound Department and its students were tremendously supportive, as was the SAIC administration, and technical and administrative assistance from the school was exemplary. We look forward to organizing another symposium in the near future.
Several presenters have offered to post their papers on the Sound Department blog at SAIC, so you can read them there.
Laughter and Tears at Millennium Park

On November 4 and 5, 2011, Experimental Sound Studio presented Laughter and Tears at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago. Laughter and Tears is a surround sound installation, composed by Olivia Block and Joseph Mills, and I was the organizer and sound designer. The piece was an uncanny juxtaposition to the Frank Gehry designed pavilion, running from 10AM-10PM both days to the amusement and engagement of several thousand ambient listeners.
Olivia and Joseph did a beautiful job transforming many hours of laughter recordings into a subtle and playful composition.
Duo with John Butcher

On October 29, 2011 I performed a duo with the great British saxophonist John Butcher at Experimental Sound Studio, as part of the ESS Outer Ear Series. John was in town for some concerts in the Umbrella Music Festival and was artist-in-residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Sound Department.
Duo with Beat Unternaehrer

On September 16, 2011 I performed a duo with Luzern-based trombonist Beat Unternaeher at Experimental Sound Studio, in celebration of the opening of hover, an installation by Steve Peters and Christine Wallers at ESS's Audible Gallery. You can hear or download the set at the ESS website.

Outpost in performance and installation

I presented a two-hour version of my performance Outpost at the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University in Bloomington on October 21, 2011, the opening for the exhibition "Waveforms" curated by Betsy Stirrat. The resulting recording was then incorporated into an installation version of the work for the exhibition, titled Outpost 21 October 2011 16:00 to 18:00. The other artists in the exhibition were Carrie Bodle, Jacob C. Hammes, Norbert Herber/Rowland Ricketts, Tesia Kosmalski, Shannon McMullen/Fabian Winkler, Stephanie Rowden, and Jesse Seay. "Waveforms" ran from October 21 - November 18, 2011.
Discontinued Speech

On September 15, 2011 I presented an evening of short text pieces called "Discontinued Speech" at the Italian Cultural Institute. This was in conjunction with the exhibition "A Sense of Place" at the ICI, in which I presented a new sound installation, Laguna. "Discontinued Speech" included some older pieces from my ongoing series Usi scrutati, as well as some new pieces, such as La Patria partorisce padri partiti (The fatherland gives birth to departed fathers), derived from Italian fascist "commandments" published between 1923-1945.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

European tour 2011

From May 21 to June 9, I had a three-week tour in Switzerland and Berlin. I was fortunate to have some generous and talented collaborators (including old friends and total strangers), and some excellent audiences in terms of both numbers and attention.

I started off in Switzerland with three performances with a first-time ever quartet comprised of Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Vincent Barras, and me. We had three performances in Luzern, Geneva, and Vevey. Sandra joined me in Francophone Switzerland for a few days, one highlight being our boat ride from Lausanne to Vevey sipping espresso on the lake while gliding past beautiful vineyards. After a few days of rest, museum-going (tip: Konrad Witz's two 1444 paintings at the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire!), and cooking in Geneva, I headed to Zurich for a duo with Christian Bucher. He and I then went to Baar, joined by Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Barb Wagner, and Pelayo Arrizabalaga. And then to Luzern's wonderful Musikforum for a CD release gig celebrating a new trio CD: Well Fed featuring Christian, Hans-Peter, and me (out now, a limited edition of 100, send me an email if you're interested!).

Next was a very pleasant 8-hour train ride from Luzern to Berlin for four very different performances in a week. First a quintet plus two dancers: Michael Vorfeld, Michael Thieke, Ute Wassermann, Olivier Toulemonde and me with dancers Arthur Staedli and Lena Meierkord. Next was a solo performance at the Certain Sundays series, where I premiered three new text pieces based on my current explorations of the suffix "ology" and subtraction, as well as two pieces from my Usi scrutati series. I then spent a day working with Alessandro Bosetti on two new text pieces for a festival in Ptuj, Slovenia. Once again, some rest, museums (tip: the Gemäldegalerie's Dutch still lifes, two Vermeers, two Bronzinos, etc.!), and more cooking (dinner for 8 at Casa Vorfeld-Heise). Then I had a duo performance with Alessandro, and finished the tour with a trio comprised of Michael Vorfeld, Chris Heenan, and me.

Thanks to everyone who performed with me, set up the gigs, provided the venues and funding, let me stay in their homes, and came to listen!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Laguna (2011)
I'm pleased to be included in "A Sense of Place," an upcoming exhibition in Chicago that is organized in conjunction with the 2011 Venice Biennale. I'll be presenting "Laguna," a new 6-channel sound installation.

"A Sense of Place"
an exhibition in conjunction with VENICE BIENNALE 2011 - ITALIAN PAVILION IN THE WORLD

The artists included in the exhibition are Carl Baratta, Antonia Contro, Stefano Cossu, Marco G. Ferrari, Virginio Ferrari, Sung Jang, and Lou Mallozzi. The exhibition is curated by Kate Zeller.

Opening reception:
Friday, June 3rd at 6pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura

500 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1450

The opening is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by May 27th: (312) 822-9545.

The exhibition is open through September 16th, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Special Saturday hours on June 4th from 10-5pm.

"A Sense of Place" represents Chicago as one of eighty-nine satellite exhibitions featured in the Italian Pavilion in the World at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in honor of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the Italian Pavilion brings together Cultural Institutes from across the globe to promote Italian art as it has emerged internationally over the past decade. This local presentation - represented at the Venice Biennale through film - highlights the work of seven exceptional, Chicago-based artists who share a connection with Italy's landscape and culture as inspiration for their practice. Through the works on view, "A Sense of Place" also considers how we understand and engage our own experiences of a place, and how such encounters continue to permeate our sensibility.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Interval in Colorado
My sound installation Interval was included in a sound art exhibition at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs…
An anthology of the art of sound from the first audio recording of the French folk song Au Clair de la Lune by Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville to work completed yesterday, this exhibition investigates the dimensions of sound through silence, noise, ambient textures, ideas, stories and places. Curated by UCCS VAPA faculty and artist Valerie Brodar.

Artists include Terry Allen, Jacki Apple, Charles Amirkhanian, Paul Bright, Adan De La Garza, Jim Green, Richard Lerman, Lou Mallozzi, David Moss, Senga Nengudi, Matt Pass, Helen Thorington, and Improv Everywhere.

February 4 – April 15, 2011

Gallery of Contemporary Art 121
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
121 S. Tejon St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Public Reception: February 4, 6 - 9 pm
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am - 8 pm

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Iceberg Projects: solo sound performances and selections from Usi scrutati

On December 5, 2010, I presented selections from my solo sound performance series Usi scrutati along with several solo improvisations at Iceberg Projects, a recently opened space in Chicago ( The invitation came from fellow artist Doug Ischar. (photo credit: Zak Arctander)

There's a very nice review/summary of the performances at the Iceberg Projects website:
Perched on the 4th floor mezzanine of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, I’ll be zeroing in on visitors to the museum through a telescope and describing them in detail over loudspeakers placed outside the 2nd floor exhibition space. Presented for the “Interactions” series in conjunction with the MCA’s current exhibition “Without You I'm Nothing: Art and Its Audience,” Outpost turns surveillance inside-out: spectators become spectacle, the audience becomes subject and object.

Museum of Contemporary Art
, 220 E Chicago Avenue, Chicago
January 4 – 9, 2010
Performance times: Tuesday 6PM-8PM, Wednesday-Sunday 1PM-3PM
curated by Tricia Van Eck

View a video excerpt here.

Outpost was a great success at the MCA in Chicago. There was a nice, concise TV piece done by Dan Andreis of WTTW/Channel 11, archived at: -- scroll down to Thursday June 6 “Museum Spy.” I include photos here from Nathan Keay, (c) MCA Chicago.