Synergy Music Video Premier - The all Chicago women produced and performed hip hop album
Jan
12
5:00 PM17:00

Synergy Music Video Premier - The all Chicago women produced and performed hip hop album

Join us for an exclusive preview screening of the music videos from the highly anticipated album SYNERGY. Produced and performed entirely by Chicago Women, the album features Jovan Landry, Tweak’G, Tee Spirit, JuJu MinXXX, Sundé, Jade The Ivy, Sauda Muse and Glitter Moneyyy. The music videos were made by filmmakers Briana Clearly and Sonia Jordan, with an accompanying all women crew. After the screening, participate in a discussion with the artists and filmmakers about the project and the issues it addresses. The screening is free and open to the public, complimented with light refreshments. 

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"The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences" - Readings and Celebration
Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

"The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences" - Readings and Celebration

Join us for a celebration of the new anthology, The Long Term: Resisting Life Sentences Working Toward Freedom. For this event, we will be joined by editors Alice Kim, Erica Meiners, Audrey Petty, Beth Richie, and contributors Tara Betts, Daniel Cooper, Monica Cosby, Mathilda de Dios, Krista Franklin, Mary L. Johnson, Patrick Pursley, David Stovall, Damon Williams, and others. There will also be a showcase of brief videos and artwork created by PNAP students and visual artists featured in the book.

Organized by the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project and The Invisible Institute.

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"Environmental Concerns" Closing Event: “Chainsaw Lowering” Public Performance and Tasting with Erik Peterson and Angel Bat Dawid
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

"Environmental Concerns" Closing Event: “Chainsaw Lowering” Public Performance and Tasting with Erik Peterson and Angel Bat Dawid

Erik Peterson's 16' double chainsaw sculpture has sat on a ledge in Experimental Station for 7 years. To close out our Environmental Concerns project, we will lower the sculpture from its second story perch and have it permanently exit the building (hopefully via a Resource Center truck!). This will provide an opportunity to reflect on the stasis, atrophy, and renewal that exists within ecosystems - reflecting Experimental Station's history and the annual cycle of life within William Hill's green spaces. Before the chainsaw sculpture leaves, guests' senses will be engaged through sound, performances, tastings, and olfactory delights.

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TOMTE (Gnome) - shadow puppet theater by Tom Lee with Lisa Gonzales
Nov
4
10:30 AM10:30

TOMTE (Gnome) - shadow puppet theater by Tom Lee with Lisa Gonzales

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TOMTE (Gnome) - shadow puppet theater performance
Sunday, November 4, 10:30-12:30
Doors open at 10:30AM, performance starts at 11 followed by a hands-on workshop


Designed and performed by Tom Lee with Storyteller Lisa Gonzales
Adapted from “The Tomten” by Astrid Lindgren from a poem by Victor Rydberg

Tomte is a Swedish gnome who takes care of a family and their farm, though they never see him. On a cold winter night, Tomte teaches us about the importance of kindness and looking after all living things.”

Free and all are welcome. Reserve here or first-come, first serve at the door. For more information, please contact Matthew Searle, Assistant Director of Experimental Station at matthew@experimentalstation.org or 773.241.6044.

This event is part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival’s Neighborhood Tour which provides free, family-friendly puppetry performances in neighborhoods with the ultimate aim of cultivating a widespread and diverse audience for internationally significant, culturally transformative works of puppetry.

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Lisa Gonzales is a dance maker, performer, and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. Interested in the complex array of meanings revealed by bodies in relationship to environment, Gonzales’ work often investigates some aspect of the power and frailty inherent in humanness. She has shown her work in diverse spaces such as DTW in New York, The Dance Center of Columbia College and Links Hall in Chicago, the historic Lu-Ling Theater in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Dostoyevsky Theater in St. Petersburg Russia, in Helsinki, Finland, and in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Gonzales is co-founder of The Architects (a dance collective dedicated to the performance of improvisation) and considers the politics of a collectively organized group teaching collaboratively and making performance work improvisationally and non-hierarchically to be an important artistic and social practice. She has been described as a performer of “stunning power and nuance” by the New York Times. Gonzales attended Middlebury College and received her MFA from the Ohio State University. She is grateful to her mentors and collaborators for inspiring her life-long commitment to dance and creative practice.

Born in Korea and raised in Hawai’i, Tom Lee is a designer, director, and puppet artist. His work frequently incorporates live-feed video and projection design with puppetry, exploring the synthesis of manipulated objects, miniatures, and figures with the language of film and animation. Growing up in Hawai’i, Mr. Lee was exposed to Asian theatre traditions that have had a profound impact on his work. Following the professional acting program at Carnegie Mellon University, his interest in performance and design found their synthesis in puppet theatre.

Lee’s puppetry performance includes War Horse on Broadway and Madama Butterfly with the Metropolitan Opera, among many others. Tom has created numerous original pieces, including Shank’s Mare, a collaboration with Japanese puppet master Koryu Nishikawa V, which will tour to Japan this summer. Shank’s Mare received the 2016 Arlyn Award for Outstanding Puppetry Design. Tom is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Designers and taught design and puppetry at Sarah Lawrence College for ten years.

Tom and Lisa were introduced while working on the puppet piece, Hiroshima Maiden, by Dan Hurlin.

LINKS

Lisa Gonzales’ website
Tom Lee’s website
Tom Lee on twitter
Youtube reading of “The Tomten” by Astrid Lindgren
Tomten poem by Victor Rydberg in English and Swedish

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Cream Co.’s “Plant Your Fears” at the 61st St. Farmers Market
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Cream Co.’s “Plant Your Fears” at the 61st St. Farmers Market

Artist collective Cream Co. will take over our Market School to set up an exchange station that asks participants to write down their fear on a piece of biodegradable paper, choose the appropriate allium to attach it to, and then wrap it around an allium bulb to be buried at a later date. In the spring the fear will be transformed into a beautiful flower, the fears collected together creating a “fear garden”.

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"Earthkeeping" Series Screening with South Side Projections
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

"Earthkeeping" Series Screening with South Side Projections

WTTW’s 1972-73 series Earthkeeping attempted to address environmental, ecological, and sociological issues of modern urban life through the kind of creative approach that characterized many public TV programs in the early 1970s. In addition to interviews with ecologists and urban planners, economists and activists, it uses skits featuring Second City members including John Belushi and Harold Ramis.

Post-screening discussion with Sean Cusick of Second City

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“Environmental Concerns” - Exhibitions, Installations, and Public Programs
Sep
26
to Nov 18

“Environmental Concerns” - Exhibitions, Installations, and Public Programs

"Environmental Concerns" is a collaborative project of the Experimental Station and William Hill Center for the Arts. It looks at local intersections between the natural world and social environments. Through exhibitions, installations, and public events, it connects and amplifies neighboring grassroots sites.

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"What's in a work? Small encounters around the meaning of labour with Artist-in-Residence Peggy Pierrot (Open Studio in the Experimental Station Kitchen)
Sep
11
to Sep 12

"What's in a work? Small encounters around the meaning of labour with Artist-in-Residence Peggy Pierrot (Open Studio in the Experimental Station Kitchen)

On Tuesday 9/11 and Wednesday 9/12, 9AM-3PM, our artist-in-residence, Peggy Pierrot, invites you to join for 5-20 minutes to engage in a recorded conversation about what means to be working for you. She will process the recording afterwards and they will be a part of a booklet that she will published on the subject of what is work in 2018. Your contributions will be part of the Chicago chapter of that publication.

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Community Celebration and Conversation for "Resilience For Justice And Healing" Photography Exhibit with Chicago Torture Justice Center
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Community Celebration and Conversation for "Resilience For Justice And Healing" Photography Exhibit with Chicago Torture Justice Center

Join Chicago Torture Justice Center for an exhibition of photographs that showcase both individual and community resilience. All work has been contributed by participants in the Summer Photo Voice Workshop. Monica Chadha will facilitate a group conversation with attendees.

"Police violence has a profound impact on our families and communities. We must find ways not only to survive these injustices, but summon strength and joy to cope with them."

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