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 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

Monday, February 18, 2013

Peers and Held in Miami

I presented two pieces at the Subtropics XXII Festival in Miami in March 2013.  

From 1 - 4 March, my installation Held was exhibited at Audiotheque, Studio 201, 924 Lincoln Rd in Miami, as part of a four-day program of projects, talks, and workshops on the theme of sound in public space.  On Saturday 16 March, Peers was performed with a dozen readers at Audiotheque as part of the festival's marathon weekend.  The readers were:
Sandra Binion
Claudia Ariano
Michael Hettich
David Briske
William Keddell
Steve Malagodi
Barron Sherer
Freddy Jouwayed
Kyle Motl
Stephan Tugrul
George Fishman 
Lou Mallozzi

The Subtropics Festival is organized by Gustavo Matamoros, one of South Florida's true cultural treasures.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Didact at the MCA

I'll be presenting a new performance intervention at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in the first half of 2013. Didact is a performance for four people reading simultaneously all the wall labels in the exhibition Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962, moving from gallery to gallery. These labels -- which include not only the title of the work and the artist's name, dates and nationality, but also donor, acquisition, or loan information as well as interpretive text -- are the linguistic frame for every museum visitor's experience. Spoken quietly but insistently, the verbalized version of these labels transforms information into an undulating auditory atmosphere for the artworks and the viewers, calling attention to the institutional, educational, contemplative, social, historical, and architectural contexts of the museum experience.

There will be four performances; at each one, I'll be accompanied by an art historian and two MCA docents. Here are the dates and the participating art historians:

Saturday February 16, 1PM, with Simon Anderson
Sunday March 10, 1PM, with David Getsy
Sunday April 7, 1PM, with Lisa Wainwright
Sunday June 2, 1PM, with Hannah Higgins

                                                                                            video by MIlad Mozari

Participating MCA docents and staff include Raymond Vasiukevicius, Maureen Mizwicki, Eddie Urzua and Yolanda Cursach. Very special thanks to Sandra Binion for brilliant understudy pinch-hitting!

Special thanks to Heidi Reitmaier and Susan Musich of the MCA, to Tatsu Aoki, and to Milad Mozari.