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.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Jeff Carter's Construction N

I just completed the sound for Chicago artist Jeff Carter's Construction N, one of several new pieces that he's made from hacked IKEA parts, based on early Russian Constructivist sculptures.  He's having a show of these pieces in Valencia, Spain, in January.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Peers live

On November 13, Peers was performed live by twelve readers at the Chicago Cultural Center.  This iteration of Peers was commissioned by Industry of the Ordinary for their exhibition at the Cultural Center, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi.  There were two performances at noon and 6PM.  Peers is a choral reading of everything Lee Harvey Oswald said from the moment of Kennedy's assassination to the moment of Oswald's assassination.  It was originally produced as a sound installation, and there's an audio file of the complete text on an earlier post on this blog.  
Many thanks to the readers:
  Kristen Magee
    Brandon Ross
      Ed Herrmann
        Ben Chaffee
          Dan Mohr
            Rebecca Kressley
              Audrey Flegel
                Samantha Topol
                  Tyshuan Lang
                    Anthony Apodaca
                      Kate Joyce
                        Amelia Ishmael
                          Lou Mallozzi

                                                                            photo by Mark Booth

                                                                                              video by Milad Mozari

And many thanks also to Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson of Industry of the Ordinary, to Greg Lunceford and the Chicago Cultural Center staff, to Richard Cahan, and to Milad Mozari.
Perspectives on Arts Integration

On November 8, I took part in a talk at the Chicago Artists' Coalition Gallery, Perspectives on Arts Integration.  Sponsored by CAPE (Community Arts Partnerships in Education), it was structured as a conversation between Canadian arts educator Robert Vanier and me, coinciding with the opening of CAPE's exhibition of some remarkable student work at the gallery.  Subsequently, I've conducted the first professional development workshop for 15 teachers and artists embarking on a new three-year integrative arts education project organized by CAPE in four Chicago public schools, in which contemporary music and sound art practice will be integrated with core curriculum academic studies.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Multimodal Approaches to Learning International Conference

I was invited to participate in the Multimodal Approaches to Learning International Conference, sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art Beyond Sight in New York, October 26-28, 2012.  I presented documentation and descriptions of the three iterations of my piece Outpost as a way to investigate ways that the amplified voice impacts public and institutional space through naming, redundancy and surveillance.  Also on the same panel were sound artists Stephen Vitiello and Bruce Odland. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012


My latest installation is Imbedded, presented in the group exhibition Home: Public or Private?  The exhibition is curated by Tricia Van Eck and takes place at 6018north, a dilapidated mansion in Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood that serves as an art space -- as such, you need to make a reservation for a tour.  There's  a recent review in the Chicago Tribune.

Imbedded places something highly personal -- the wedding rings from my first marriage -- in an altered domestic/public context.  The rings are placed in a small hole bored into the kitchen floor of the house.  This is covered with a clear piece of plexiglas so that they are visible, but protected from foot traffic or removal.  Diagonally above this site on the second floor, a small pair of binoculars is mounted in a rectangular hole in the wall, focused on the rings.  There are several layers of personal and metaphorical significance to this gesture, none of which need to be overtly stated to the viewer.

Home: Public or Private?
5 - 28 October 2012
6018 North Kenmore, Chicago

Artists include: Teresa Albor, Lise Haller Baggesen, Rebecca Beachy, Sandra Binion, Troy Briggs, Deborah Boardman, Sandra Binion, Cupola Bobber, Keith Buchholz, Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch, Collective Cleaners, Meg Duguid, Daniela Ehemann, Maria Gaspar, Jane Jerardi, Jennifer Karmin,  Joseph Kramer with Radius, Carron Little, Lou Mallozzi, Trevor Martin and Victoria Fowler, Jesus Mejia and Ruth, Harold Mendez, Meredith and Anna, Katrina Petrauskas, Jesse Schlesinger, and Vintage Theatre Collective

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Performance with Vandermark + Hull

I'll be performing in a collaborative project by Ken Vandermark and Richard Hull on Wednesday 10 October at 7PM.

DePaul University
935 W Fullerton, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL

Free admission

Richard Hull: artwork and visuals
Jason Roebke: double bass
Tim Daisy: percussion
James Falzone: Bb clarinet
Lou Mallozzi: electronics
Tomeka Reid: cello
Ken Vandermark: bass clarinet

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Quartet plus two at Elastic

On Thursday 20 September I played at Elastic Arts in Chicago in a quartet with Michael Thieke (clarinet), Guillermo Gregorio (clarinet), and Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello).  We were also joined by Chris Heenan (bass clarinet) and Jonas Kocher (accordion) for part of the set.  All those reeds!

photo: Michael Jackson

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Roundtable discussion on Sound Installation

On September 18, I moderated a public roundtable discussion at the Goethe-Institut Chicago called Sound Installation: From the Musical Impulse to the Public Sphere.  Co-sponsored by Experimental Sound Studio and the Goethe-Institut, it included (left to right in the photo above) Ethan Rose, Noè Cuellar and Joseph Kramer of Coppice, Michael Thieke, Amelia Ishmael, and me.  It was a very well-attended event with some highly articulate artists discussing the topic and a few relevant offshoots.  Many thanks to the artists, the Goethe-Institut, ESS, and the audience.

Art50 List in New City

I've been included in NewCity's Art50 list of Chicago's most influential artists.  Flattered to be included in such illustrious company!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Outpost on the air

My performance of Outpost on Randolph Street in Chicago on August 31, 2012 made it to the 5PM news that afternoon...

...and it is, as you would expect, a less-than-profound report.  But it's there!

Special thanks to Greg Lunceford at the Chicago Cultural Center and to Industry of the Ordinary for making the performance possible.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Outpost returns

On Friday August 31, from noon to 2PM, I performed Outpost on Randolph Street just west of Michigan Avenue, in front of the Chicago Cultural Center.  Perched on a balcony across the street from the Cultural Center, I spotted individuals through a telescope, and described them in detail over a PA system audible to all in the vicinity.  Outpost turns surveillance inside out through a  theatricalizing public gesture that exposes its mechanisms and uses the amplified voice to identify a zone of description. This latest version of Outpost was presented as part of Industry of the Ordinary's retrospective exhibition Sic Transit Gloria Mundi at the Cultural Center.  Previous versions of Outpost appeared at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and at the Art Building of Indiana University in Bloomington.

Photos by Sandra Binion

Friday, March 30, 2012

Peers returns to the scene of the crime

My sound piece Peers will be presented at the newly formed Dallas Biennial. In this iteration, it will be presented as a stereo sound piece at the Texas Theater -- highly appropriate, since Peers uses a text that is a transcription of Lee Harvey Oswald's words after the Kennedy assassination, and the Texas Theater was the scene of Oswald's arrest. The program also includes works by Robert Smithson, Nam June Paik, and others.

Texas Theater
231 West Jefferson Blvd, Dallas, TX
May 31, 2012, 7PM-10PM

The Dallas Biennial runs April-June 2012, with a substantial online component continuing into the archival undetermined future.
Improvising trio with Charlotte Hug and Fred Lonberg-Holm

Dubbed "Three the hard way" by the Renaissance Society's Hamza Walker, this is an energetic and subtle trio with Zürich-based viola virtuosa Charlotte Hug and America's favorite anti-cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm.

Bond Chapel
University of Chicago
1050 E 59th Street, Chicago
Sunday, April 1, 3PM

Charlotte Hug: viola, voice
Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello
Lou Mallozzi: turntables, CDs, microphones, mixer
Improvising quartet with Jaap Blonk, Jeb Bishop, and Frank Rosaly

We three Chicagoans are joined by one of the Netherland's finest, the great sound poet and vocalist Jaap Blonk. This was Jaap's return to Chicago after a six year absence.

The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia, Chicago
Wednesday, March 14, 9:30PM

Jaap Blonk: voice, electronics
Jeb Bishop: trombone
Lou Mallozzi: turntables, CDs, microphones, mixer
Frank Rosaly: drums and percussion

photo credit: Ray Ellisgsen (c) 2012
Talk, talk, talk

I've recently been asked to participate on several panels concerning sound, media art, and public space:

Panelist, How to Do Art in Public Spaces, panel for artists and the public, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago Cultural Center, January 2012.

Moderator, artists’ talk with the public, Luminous Field by Luftwerk (Sean Gallero and Petra Bachmeier), Chicago, February 2012.

Panelist, Phono + Photo, a panel exploring the relationship between the history of phonography and the history of photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, February 29, 2012; with fellow panelists Bill Fontana, Kate Bussard, Anna Friz, Ken Fandell, Lisa Dorin, and Eric Leonardson.

Presenter, Multimodal Approaches to Learning International Conference, presented by Art Beyond Sight and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 2012.
Peers and Screenplay in New Orleans and Cleveland

Two of my sound pieces, Peers and Screenplay: one and one were presented in two exhibitions curated by Valerie Brodar.

"Headphones: Listen Up!"
The Front
4100 St Claude Ave
NewOrleans, LA 70117
February 11 - March 4, 2012
Featured artists: Jacki Apple, Lynn Book, Paul Bright, Michael Burns, Thomas Edison, Philippe Landry, Lou Mallozzi, Filippo Tammaso Marinetti , Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville , David Moss, Senga Nengudi, Luigi Russolo , Kurt Schwitters, Helen Thorington, David Webber, Hildegard Westerkamp, Gregory Whitehead, Michael Winter

2220 Superior Viaduct
Cleveland, OH 44113
February 3 - March 30, 2012
Featured artists: Ben Kinsley, Brian Sabalausky, Karel van Laere, Roger Beebe, Jessica Langley, Kate Gilmore, Jacki Apple, Lynn Book, Paul Bright, M.W. Burns, The Cake Dancers, Philippe Landry, Lou Mallozzi, David Moss, Senga Nengudi, Helen Thorington, David Webber, Hildegard Westerkamp, Gregory Whitehead, Valerie Brodar