Lindsey French’s Displaced Forest is an audio installation which relocates audio samples generated from trees in a Michigan forest to an indoor location in Chicago. The site sampled is located within an oak-hickory forest in Saugatuck, Michigan. The audio is delivered through a construction of 2 x 4 lumber. Its form recalls balloon frame construction, a building technique developed in the 1830s and instrumental in Chicago’s rapid growth as a city and a global lumber distributor. Forests in Wisconsin and Michigan embody the ecological traces of this material history; in Displaced Forest, the present voice of one particular forest site is rendered audible.
The opening will also include performances within the Displaced Forest, by Stephen Germana and Guy Eytan.
There will be additional open nights with accompanying performances in the coming weeks, with performances by kg price and Alex Halbert on July 11th, and Kimberly Sutton, Frank Rosaly, and Lindsey French for the installation’s closing, on July 18th.
Lindsey French: http://www.lindseyfrench.com
Lindsey French is an artist and educator based in Chicago. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. She is a recipient of a Propeller Fund in Chicago as a collaborator with The Plug-In Studio, and was a nominee of the 2013 Clare Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. She has presented her work at the Chicago Cultural Center, and has exhibited at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts n Albuquerque, New Mexico, theLeRoy Neiman Center in Chicago, Illinois, and the Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan. She currently teaches between the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Her work explores technological mediation in the search for new forms of communication with the natural world.
Stephen Germana: http://www.stephengermana.com
With an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Masters in Music Performance from the University of Miami and building upon his career as an orchestral musician in Mexico, Stephen Germana is creating work that could be classified as experimental music and sculpture. In addition to performing as a solo artist, Stephen Germana regularly performs or has performed with The Chicago Scratch Orchestra/Articular Facet, with Kendall Martin Babl as AM/FM and in a trio with Alyssa Moxley as Weight Of The Region, and with Anna Friz, Jeff Kolar, Jonny Farrow and Peter Speer as NRRF presents B Radio.
Guy Eytan: http://www.guyeytan.com
A body occupying a space creates the space it occupies and that space changes how the body operates. I am interested in where the body ends and to what end does it react to architecture. What is the relationship between body, architecture and time? What happens when one forgets? I want to reconsider what is the relation between the supposedly not permeable surfaces of my body and the built environment around me.