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03 / 24
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm

Let Him Eat Bread, 2008
12 minutes
Combining visual memories, which are detached from their own “reality”, the film Let him eat Bread extends the genre of documentary to question its own impossibility. Examining the tasks of framing as an act of transmission and connection, the film merges footage from Al Jazeera, clippings from different radio interviews, and quotes from diverse texts. The title of the film Let him eat Bread, taken from a New York Times article about noise pollution in the city of Cairo, refers to a metaphorical Arabic phrase which ultimately remains untranslatable, remaining foreign in itself. It revolves around the association, acceleration, compression, and prolongation of film-time as well as the manipulation and accentuation of the picture frame.

Self Portrait, 2010
10 minutes
A multi-faceted experimental montage using found footage, 16mm film, crumpled and scanned newspaper images, the computer camera, various texts and several cut up audio books.

Der Nebel (The Fog), 2009
11 minutes
In this intimate narrative, which takes as its premise the Little Ice Age at the end of the 18th century, the film Der Nebel extends the genre of found-footage-film to question its own clarity. Examining the act of seeing as an act of transmission, the film merges footage from Youtube with an extended shot of a ferry ride through the fog. The fog, a metaphor for capitalism, remains ultimately opaque, revolving around obscure allusions to the world’s financial crash.

Isolarium, 2009
9 minutes
Isolarium is a film that examines the interplay between disease and community and the isolation of the individual. The central motive is the surgical mask worn by groups of people arranged in unnatural and non-interactive still poses. 16mm and video are used interchangeably; the video ‘documents’ the filming and reveals a behind-the-scenes aspect which creates a corollary stripping of visual masks.

Sophie Hamacher works primarily with collage, reconfiguring media images by using documents and reclaiming them from their mere informative quality. She has written extensively on the relationship between art and document, and the unconscious or conscious witnessing of historical events through photography and film. Arranging visuals according to a need for the re-contextualization of media, she began employing images in order to question the difference between public and private and the possibility of documentation itself. She has directed, and written a collaborative film in Tehran, has co-curated the exhibition Überleben (2007), has taught and organized various seminars and workshops and is currently working on an documentary film about John Roemer, teacher and activist from Baltimore, who played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement.

03 / 25
Start: 8:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm

Formed in May 2008, the Chicago-based ensemble Anaphora is dedicated to performing classical, contemporary and experimental music. Performing an array of compositions in varying musical styles, Anaphora strongly encourages a shift in the art-music establishment from the page to the stage. Anaphora strives to showcase performance-focused artists in a variety of settings. Anaphora exists to bring the classics into our age, to weave together the new with the old and to make one coherent statement about the music of our time.

03 / 26
Start: 10:00 pm

PROTEST HEAVEN jazz and improvised music series


Devin Hoff - solo bass



Josh Sclar - tenor sax
Jason Stein - bass clarinet
Matt Lux - bass
Charles Rumback - drums

10pm, donation suggested

03 / 27
Start: 11:00 am
End: 1:00 pm


03 / 28
03 / 29
03 / 30
03 / 31
04 / 1
04 / 2
04 / 3
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm


Yan Jun, electronics
Li Jianhong, electric guitar
Wang Fan, electronics
Brian Labycz, electronics
Jonathon Kirk, trombone/electronics
Marina Peterson, cello
Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet
Tatsu Aoki, bass
Joe Mills, electronics
Steven Hess, drums
Chris Preissing, flute
Jamie Kempkers, cello
Jonathan Chen, violin

Brief Artist Bios:

Yan Jun works with sound and language. Born in Lanzhou in 1973. Based in Beijing. B.A. in Chinese Literature. Works with feedback noise, voice, field recording, site-specific sound installation, improvised music, writing, publishing and curating. Founder of Sub Jam, which runs weekly event Waterland Kwanyin (2005-2010) and annual festival Mini Midi (since 2005). Has worked on musical projects as Tie Guan Yin (varied members). Pisces Iscariots (Yao Dajuin, Li Jianhong and Yan Jun). Now member of FEN (Fareast Network, Otomo Yoshihide, Ryu Hankil, Yuen Cheewai and Yan Jun). He has published 5 essay collections about Chinese new music and 3 poetry collections.

With his guitar and effect pedals, Li Jianhong is one of the best noise / improv musicians in China. His guitar drifts among improvisational music, noise music, and psychedelic rock. Recently, he is trying a new way to create from the relationships between environment and performing. The groups he formed or participates in include D!O!D!O!D! and VagusNerve. He has released over 30 solo albums and collaborations on several labels including 2pi Records, PSF, Utech, Post-concrete, Archive and so on. He also manages an indie lable "2pi Records", which has held an annual experimental and avant-garde music festival "2pi festival" since 2003.

Wang Fan is a pioneer in China's experimental/improvisational music scene. Born in Lanzhou in northwest China, he is an autodidactic in composition and sound design. He started to create multi-spatial awakening/enlightening sound art and neo-minimalist soundscape work in 1990. His musical work includes pop, avant-garde, musique concrète, neo-folk, ethnic electronic, religious beats, neo-classic, post-acid to experimental noise music, violent improvisation, grainy dance music and ambient fusion. He relocated to Beijing in 1996 and founded his own record label Adopin in 1998. Since then, he has published a collection of acclaimed albums including Sound of Meditation within the Body, Infinite Loops and Five Primary Elements. Besides doing live performances and organizing music events, Wang Fan is also actively involved in the areas of mindwave exploration, meditative sound spaces development, sound installation art, architectural and environmental acoustic space design. He is one of the most desired collaborators for filmmakers, theater directors and contemporary dancers in China, for whom he has created soundtracks and rhythmic sound spaces. Wang Fan is now based in Beijing.

04 / 4
04 / 5
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm

Light Bulb Music
Tuesday, April 5 at 8pm

ESS is pleased to announce three special appearances by Berlin based percussionist and composer Michael Vorfeld: Tuesday, April 5 at 8pm, Vorfeld will perform his audio-visual piece Light Bulb Music (Glühlampenmusik) at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, $10 suggested donation; Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm, Vorfeld will give a free lecture on the history of the light bulb and a short performance at the Goethe-Institut Chicago, 150 N. Michigan Ave, suite 200; Thursday, April 7 at 10pm Vorfeld will perform an improvised set with James Falzone and ESS Executive Director Lou Mallozzi at Elastic Arts, 2830 N. Milwaukee, 2nd floor, suggested donation $8.

In Light Bulb Music, light dictates the production of sound, composed live via a variety of controllers. Switches, dimmers, relays, flashers and other devices are used to create changes in the light and electrical current flow. These fluctuations are made audible by a range of microphones and pick-ups. Fine mechanical sounds occurring inside the light controllers are amplified and integrated into the music as well. The changes in the light intensity, the incandescence of the filaments and the rhythmic variety of the flickering and pulsing lights is directly transformed into a comprehensive, microcosmic, electro-acoustic world of sound.

04 / 6
04 / 7
04 / 8
Start: 10:44 am


Featuring the work of:
Tim Louis Graham, Diego Leclery, Brian McNearney, and Matt Sauermilch. Curated by Easton Miller

Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th, 2011. 6 – 9 PM
Exhibition Continues: 04/08/11 – 05/01/11

Regular Gallery Hours: Saturdays, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
For more information or to schedule an appointment

In order to feel the passage of time we reach out with the unsure hands of a sleepwalker, grasping for the familiar, to validate what we think we know. The featured artists engage in a dialogue that continually reevaluates the hierarchy between the beginning, middle, and end of an experience, process, or work. Prelapse examines the relationship in the human mind of what is seen, when it is seen, to what is known, and how it is known.

04 / 9
Start: 3:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm
Start: 10:00 pm

PROTEST HEAVEN jazz and improvised music series

Double Record Release Show

Record Release for "tilting" on Peira

Jeff Kimmel - bass clarinet
David Moré - saw, objects
Jacob Wick - trumpet (NYC)


Record Release for "historically innocent and sexually indifferent" on Peira

Daniel Fandiño - modular synth
Brian Labycz - modular synth

10pm, donation suggested

04 / 10
04 / 11
04 / 12
04 / 13
04 / 14
04 / 15
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm

• 7pm. Upside Down: The Creation Records Story (UK, 101 min)
The story of the UK label that gave us some of THE defining music of the late 20th century, like Oasis, Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.
• 9pm. No Fun City (Canada, 84 min)
A passionate tale about Vancouver’s tight-knit music scene and its ongoing battle against irate neighbours, police raids, evictions, deportation, lawsuits, and even city hall.
• 11pm. High on Hope (UK, 72 min)
For the 20th anniversary of acid house, this film tells how it grew from small warehouse parties in north England to being THE mass youth cult of the end of the 20th century.

04 / 16
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 8:30 pm

• 2pm. Rock ’n’ Roll...of Corse! (France, 88 min)
The Cannes official selection about Corsican guitarist Henri Padovani, who for a few months in 1977 was a member of the Police, appearing only on the band's first single.
• 4pm. Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread (UK, 45 min)
Meet Don Letts, the London-born Jamaican DJ, filmmaker and former Big Audio Dynamite member credited with bringing the dub sound to the London punk movement.
• 6pm. The Ballad of Mott The Hoople (UK, 105 min)
When these Brits reunited in 2009 (inspired by inclusion on the Juno soundtrack) they hadn’t played together in 35 years or spoken in 30. Yet they remain heavily influential.
• 8pm. Bob and the Monster (USA, 89 min)
The story of Bob Forrest, once drug-fueled singer of post-punkers Thelonious Monster, now renowned drug counselor, told by interviews with Flea, Courtney Love and others.
• 10pm. Road Dogs (USA)
Join LA bands Heavenly Trip to Hell, Kettle Cadaver, and the Peppermint Creeps as they bring their outrageous live show out on an American tour. Watch how the locals react.

04 / 17
04 / 18
04 / 19
Start: 5:00 pm
End: 10:00 pm


04 / 20
Start: 7:00 pm
End: 9:00 pm


Virtuoso violinist János Négyesy gives a rare performance of John
Cage’s Freeman Etudes, book 1, and a world premier of Chicago-composer

Marita Bolles’ violin concerto. A multi-media piece features Négyesy’s stirring
computer-generated art. With Päivikki Nykter, violin, and the Anaphora


04 / 21
04 / 22
Start: 10:00 pm


Live Accoustic Folk Music with

Matt Crew, Ty Maxon and Mckenzie Toma

Photo of Mckenzie Toma by Adam Hoff

04 / 23
Start: 10:00 pm

PROTEST HEAVEN jazz and improvised music series


Guillermo Gregorio - reeds
Frank Abbinatti - piano
plus special guest



Nick Mazzarella - saxophone
Paul Giallorenzo - piano
Anton Hatwich - bass

10pm, donation suggested

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