Lindsey French’s Displaced Forest CLOSING w/performances by Kimberly Sutton, Frank Rosaly, and Lindsey French (Concert for Plants)


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 closing night, on July 18th, will include performances within the Displaced Forest, by Kimberly Sutton, Frank Rosaly, and Lindsey French. Lindsey will be performing her Concert for Plants — please bring your florae friends!!


Lindsey French:

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.

Kimberly Sutton:

Tree/Rhizome is an exploration of material feedback with multiple, non-hierarchical entry and exit points for sound production and interpretation.
Kimberly Sutton is a cellist, composer, and sound artist from Detroit, currently residing in Chicago and active as a performer and composer there. She has BAs in Music and Political Science from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College. She has studied cello with Joan Jeanreneaud, improvisation with Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins and Roscoe Mitchell, and composition with Pauline Oliveros and John Bischoff.

Frank Rosaly:

Frank Rosaly (Francisco Javier Rosaly Amoros Rosello – b. 5/30/74 Phoenix, AZ) is a drummer and composer living in Chicago. He has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community since 2001 where he has become an integral part of Chicago’s musical fabric, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. He contributes much of his time to performing, composing, teaching, as well as organizing musical events, while also touring regularly domestically and internationally.

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