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, 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.