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.
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.