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.

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