Saturday, November 21, 2015

Mark Solotroff at Museum of Contemporary Art - 11/22

Esther Shaw and J.R. Robinson of Wrekmeister Harmonies have a new piece called "Oscar Screams" for Pope.L's "Cage Unrequited" at the MCA. Mark Solotroff and Billie Howard will be doing a reading on Sunday November 21st, at exactly 3:18 PM.

This event is FREE to the public.

"Cage Unrequited" is a 25-hour marathon reading of experimental composer John Cage’s influential book "Silence: Lectures and Writings" (1961) organized by visual artist Pope.L. The performance reimagines the book for contemporary audiences by filtering a bit of the past through the voices and attitudes of a diverse community of more than 100 invited readers from Chicago.

This program is presented in association with the exhibition "The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music 1965 to Now."

"Cage Unrequited" was originally commissioned and premiered as part of "Three Duets, Seven Variations," a special series of performances organized by Adrienne Edwards, Performa, and Thomas J. Lax, The Studio Museum in Harlem, during the Performa 13 biennial for the New York presentation of "Radical Presence: Black Performance" in Contemporary Art at The Studio Museum in Harlem and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. Radical Presence is curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mark Solotroff DJ's this Saturday 11/21

Saturday November 21

The Logan Theatre
2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647

Empty Bottle Presents is excited to announce the debut Chicago screening of Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay - Music Documentary, the first film to trace the origins of industrial music. The screening will be held at The Logan Theatre in Logan Square and Mark Solotroff will DJ at the reception in the bar area, before and after the event. Doors open at Logan Theatre at 6pm and the screening will start at 7pm sharp.

Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay is the first film to trace the origins of industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene.

Industrial music emerged in the mid 70’s, providing a vibrant, provocative and artistic soundtrack to the picket lines, economic decline and cultural oppression of the era. Whether factory workers, students or unemployed, industrial music pioneers were all educated, artistically minded and politically aware artists who started with little to no musical background and went on to change musical history.

Industrial musicians found inspiration in Krautrock bands Kraftwerk, Faust and Can, 20th century art movements Dada, Futurism and Surrealism and post-modern writers William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and J.G. Ballard. combining the do-it-yourself attitude of punk with mail art and underground fanzines, these pioneers were also among the first bands to incorporate tape loops, homemade synthesisers, factory field recordings and cut-up techniques in their music.

Discover the personal story of industrial music founders Throbbing Gristle, Sheffield’s prolific Dada inspired band Cabaret Voltaire, award-winning soundtrack composer Graeme Revell of SPK, noise music inventor Boyd Rice of NON and fifteen other of the genre’s most influential figures, exposing their incredible stories for the first time on film.

7pm // $15 // All Ages