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.
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.