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Roc Jiménez de Cisneros
Lampo Performance Series
Nov 09, 2019 (8pm)
Performance

RSVP required; AVAILABLE SOON

You could say that pretty much anything Roc does is a direct homage to the history of house music, but this new audiovisual piece for Lampo and the Graham Foundation is an explicit tribute to the legacy of early Chicago house. Wonky bass lines and drum patterns get continuously bent, flexed and contracted in unexpected ways.

Six Hexaflexagons for Chicago is his weird love letter to the tracks, producers and sounds that shaped dance music, turned into a stream of awkward locked grooves and algorithmically-churned acid motifs.

Roc Jiménez de Cisneros (b.1975, Barcelona) is part of the computer music group EVOL together with Scottish artist Stephen Sharp. Their work considers processes of deformation applied to post-acid house culture. Their recordings have been published by record labels such as Diagonal, Editions Mego, Presto!?, iDEAL, Hypermedium and others. Much of Roc’s work is rooted in an interpretation of music in morphological terms: mutated forms, spatial relationships and elasticity, both in a metaphorical sense and a literal one. Since 2013 he has been pushing this spatial-material approach to music in different ways, originally drawing connections between holes and music, then extending that to folds and folding, to produce a series of pieces, talks, light installations and publications that propose a reevaluation of musical phenomena as volumetric and topological structures.

Roc Jiménez de Cisneros has presented his work twice before in the Lampo series. Performing as EVOL in February 2016, he premiered Opus17aSlimeVariation#8—a reinterpretation of Hanne Darboven’s Opus 17a. In October 2011, he played a new four-channel work for computer and hand-held air horns, titled Tetralemma + Tetrafluoroethane.

Since 2010 the Graham Foundation has supported and partnered with Lampo to produce this performance series held at the Madlener House. Lampo, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization for experimental music and intermedia projects.

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Archeworks and New forms of Collectivity in the City
Archeworks
Nov 13, 2019 (12pm)
Workshop

Space is limited, please complete this form to express interest in participating:

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Archeworks, an educational institution founded by the late architect Stanley Tigerman and interior designer Eva Maddox. Its mission is to use the power of design to tackle social, cultural, and environmental challenges in Chicago. In 2019, coinciding with the significant anniversary and the passing of its co-founder, Archeworks closes one chapter as a school and opens a new one where the core mission continues in new focused formats.

As part of the exhibition Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Unraveling Modern Living, Archeworks hosts conversations at the Graham Foundation with local practitioners connected to the mission of Archeworks to define new opportunities around the idea of collectivity in the city. This process will build upon the 25-year legacy of the institution addressing topics such as universal design and accessibility to community health, local food systems, and sustainable land use.

Archeworks mission is to use the power of design to challenge social, cultural and environmental challenges in Chicago. Founded in 1994 by architect Stanley Tigerman and designer Eva Maddox, Archeworks has collaborated with over 80 partners and completed more than 80 design projects in communities throughout Chicago. Past partners include community organizations, urban farms, advocacy groups, healthcare organizations, schools, municipalities, and cultural institutions. These collaborative design projects have addressed subjects ranging from universal design and accessibility to community health, local food systems, and sustainable land use.

For more information on the exhibition, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Unraveling Modern Living, click here.

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Macro Weaving Workshop
The Weaving Mill
Nov 16, 2019 (10am)
Family Program

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Twisting recycled fabrics into giant yarns, we will create a macro-weaving, using our bodies to create a multi-person-human-loom, transforming weaving into a participatory game that zooms in on the over-under of woven cloth. This workshop is recommended for children 5 and older.

The Weaving Mill is an experimental weaving studio in Chicago’s Humboldt Park that blends design, fine art, textile education, and research-based practice.

For more information on the exhibition, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Unraveling Modern Living, click here.

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Commoning the City—Notes from assembling an Atlas
Stefan Gruber
Nov 21, 2019 (6pm)
Talk

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Against the backdrop of the escalating climate crisis, social inequity, and political polarization, the failures of governments or markets to provide even access to resources and opportunities is leading citizens worldwide to take matters into their own hands—self-organizing by pooling resources and claiming their collective right to the city. The creative insights emerging from these practices of commoning offer an entry point for refuting the neoliberal mantra “there is no alternative,” and spurrs the imagination of another possible world. This talk asks many questions, including: What impact can commoning have on the bottom-up transformation of cities? And what agency do designers have in contributing to such commons transition?

Stefan Gruber is an associate professor in architecture and urbanism at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directs the master of urban design program. His work spans design-built projects, and interventions in public space, urban design, and research with a particular focus on spatial practices and the political as articulated through the negotiation of top-down planning and bottom-up transformations of cities. Most recently, Gruber guest-edited ARCH+ magazine 232: An Atlas of Commoning and cocurated the eponymous travelling exhibition. Previous books include Spaces of Commoning (Sternberg, 2016), Big! Bad? Modern (Park Books, 2015) and Vienna: Slow Capital (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2011). Gruber founded STUDIOGRUBER in 2006 after working with Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. His research and design work has been published and exhibited internationally and supported by the Graham Foundation, and fellowships from Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and Akademie Schloss Solitude, among others.

Image: The travelling ifa-exhibition An Atlas of Commoning on display at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethaninen in Berlin. Photo:  © Sebastian Schels

For more information on the exhibition, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Unraveling Modern Living, click here.

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Making It What We Need
Cultural ReProducers with Christa Donner
Nov 23, 2019 (10am)
Workshop

Space is limited, please complete this form to express interest in participating:

Help create the creative community you'd like to be a part of—in conversation with curators, artists, arts administrators, and others. Making it What We Need is a generative workshop considering alternative models for living, making, and making a living as artists, led by Cultural ReProducers organizer Christa Donner. Non-parents are welcome to join the conversation, which will be relevant to anyone working toward a sustainable life in the arts. Free, on-site childcare will be available through pre-registration.

Christa Donner is an artist, curator, and mother and founder of Cultural ReProducers, who incorporates drawing, participatory performance, and small-press publications to create multi-layered projects that are both intimate and community-centered. Donner’s work is exhibited widely internationally and throughout the United States.

Cultural ReProducers is an evolving group of active cultural workers—artists, designers, curators, musicians, performers, writers, etc.—who are also parents. Founded in 2012 by artist Christa Donner, the group is a creative platform, web resource, and community-based initiative that is for anyone interested in making the art world a more inclusive and interesting place by supporting arts professionals raising kids.

For more information on the exhibition, Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Unraveling Modern Living, click here.

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