[Excerpt about ESS]
ESS is a non-profit organization run by artist Lou Mallozzi, one of the most prolific curators of experimental music and sound art in the city. The ESS space, located in Edgewater, has a recording studio/performance space, and a one-room gallery featuring visual and sound installations. The Outer Ear festival, hosted by ESS, brings in international artists to present work in the space. Much like Lampo, the Outer Ear fest often works with the School of the Art Institute in bringing the artists to Chicago. I record and rehearse a lot in the ESS studio, using the piano to test sound preparations. The room sounds beautiful for acoustic instruments. I recently had a recording session at ESS where all I did was drop handfuls of beans over and over on a bass drum, and I didn’t have to explain to anyone why I wanted to do that. ESS recently hosted an event called Vinsonic, where electronic music pieces were paired with wines in a tasting/listening combination.
Come see Scrappers at the Gene Siskel Film Center running from October 8th - 14th. Scrappers was Co-Directed by Brian Ashby, Ben Kolak and Courtney Prokopas with the sound design done at Experimental Sound Studio by Jonathan Schenke.
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ESS is pleased to present Stephanie Nadeau's "Is it Farther or Further", an exhibition of photographs, prints, conceptual drawings and a music box driven by Antarctic winds that explore real and imagined concepts of distance. From the artist:
As our population grows and we increasingly see ourselves as mastering vastness, our perception of distance diminishes, just as every new communication and transportation technology we invent shrinks the world further and makes the journey obsolete. We begin to speak of a distance disassociated from miles and meters, a metaphorical ‘further’ that relates to depth, distance by degree: a relation to what came before. Distance here is a function of time, not a measurement of length. We are far apart but further together.
"Is it Farther or Further" includes graphite drawings, images culled from the internet and from Nadeau's personal snapshot library, and an Aeolian harp powered by a live feed of wind speed information from an automated weather station in Antarctica. Through these varied media, Nadeau investigates the human need for solidarity, her own unconscious search for sameness in her travels and our relationship to once remote, now disappearing landscapes.