Broadcasting on Radius Throughout October

I will be presenting fragments, edits and interpertations of my private index archive as a series of public broadcasts throughout October.  This work will be performed via low-power FM transmission produced by Radius and presented in conjunction with 6018NORTH as part of the following exhibition:

Home: Public or Private?  An exhibition of installations and performances at 6018NORTH Oct. 6-28

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Coppice Listening Party and Concert

Coppice is sharing an evening with artist Maria Jönsson on Saturday, May 12th.  We each have a special evening planned with Maria showing new work on the first floor, and Coppice hosting a listening party and concert on the second floor.

This will be an excellent opportunity to hearThe Pleasance and The Purchase played in its entirety while enjoying complimentary gin.  Also, Coppice will premiere a new collaborative performance with Holly Murkerson followed by our new repertoire for prepared organ and electronics.  This is the end-of-residency presentation for Coppice and Maria as sponsored artists at High Concept Laboratories in Chicago for the Spring 2012 season.

The Pleasance & The Purchase

Announcing the Release:

senufo edition # twenty seven: coppice “the pleasance & the purchase”.

This work has been in progress for quite some time now and I am pleased to report it has become exactly as we had intended. As a seven-inch record, Senufo Edition #27, it features the wonderful artworks Forest For The Trees and Foucault Pendulum by our friend, Chicago artist and writer Holly Murkerson. Thank you to Giuseppe Ielasi for his work in making this possible.

We are currently in planning to host a special evening with Holly in March to celebrate this release.  Details will follow as they become available.

About the album:

The Pleasance & The Purchase is a 7″ record by Coppice.  The sound is sourced entirely from the dismembered and displaced performance of shruti box and tape loops.  Its lineage can be traced back to the fixed media work for dance, FOURBOUND (2010), choreographed by Rachel Damon, and through its close relationship with the Coppice multichannel performance/installation work Copse (2010).  In fact, Side A shares its title, The Pleasance, with the first movement of Copse. This new record, like those works, is focused on the creation and designation of spaces. It is also concerned, like those works, with the bodies that exist within the sound field.

Where this recording departs from those previous pieces is that it presents a fixed perspective to a listener, and offers no choreography for present bodies.  The listener is not able to negotiate a multisourced sound environment, but is instead repositioned as a point existing within a stereo projection that they share responsibility for creating (the listener turns the recording on, sets the volume, places the speakers, selects a point from which to listen, etc.).  Fixed and flattened, the work becomes a private question of where an individual finds his or her footing within the space that they have had a hand in creating.

Please visit senufo editions or the Coppice website to find out more details about the release and to hear samples.

December 2011 updates

The Following is a quick summary of some of my activities from the past year.  Please enjoy.

1st: Solo

In the Spring I exhibited a multi-channel installation titled “Asterism_001” at Audible Gallery at ESS here in Chicago.  In the fall I went on tour with some of the artists of the close/far family and we helped each other present live material by our projects Coppice, Quarry House, Awn, and NNN Cook at art galleries, hacker spaces and rock bars throughout the Midwest.  I built a new instrument for my sister, vocalist Meg Kramer, which we may be calling “Sister”.  Please check back for more documentation on all of these things soon.

Look out in the new year for the inclusion of some of my work in the online journal, Requited.  There will be included a portion of my ongoing text/sound work “Antiviral Exercises (Incomplete Interventions)”.

Also, for students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, check out my course – Hacking the Object.  I have been invited to teach the new course offered by the department of Art and Technology in the Spring semester of 2012.  We will be voiding warranties…

2nd: Coppice

I want to, once again, direct anyone reading this over to the Coppice site if you haven’t been there recently.  The beautiful documentation offered by our friends and colleagues as well as the thorough archiving by Noé have developed into a wonderful source of information related to the last two+ years of the Coppice project.  The material there should help anyone coming to the project develop a thorough understanding of what we have done as we prepare for what I expect will be an even busier year for Coppice in 2012.

A few Coppice highlights for the early part of 2012:

  • We will be exhibited in collaboration with Mark Booth as part of his installation, THE SEA IS REPRESENTED BY AN IRREGULAR SHAPE opening Saturday, December 11th 4 – 7pm at devening projects + editions in Chicago.  We will be present for a performance of God is Represented by the Sea on January 14th, 2012 with Mark Booth and guest vocalists.
  • Coppice will be sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories for their Spring season in Chicago.  We will be developing a new installation to be presented at the end of the Spring
  • Our first 7″, “The Pleaseance & The Purchase” is being released by the wonderful Italian label Senufo Editions.
  • …two full lenght albums are complete…

3rd: Quarry House

Quarry House is the song-based project of myself, Jonathan James and Meg Kramer.  Formerly a studio-only project, Quarry House was able to go on tour in 2011 with other acts from the close/far family.  We released our first EP,  “THOSE”, in October.  The EP is streaming online for free, available for purchase as a digital download, and is also available in physical form as a limited edition handmade artist book.  Watch for future EP releases in 2012.

Coppice at Transistor

I want to direct people to  and  for more information about this performance.  I have a lot of updating I need to do concerning what Coppice has been up to and what this Articular Facet project is all about and how Coppice is involved, but for today, I just want to encourage people to come to Transistor (a very cool place) to see the first episode of a serial work that includes a new piece of music by Coppice.

5045 N. Clark St., Chicago
Friday, February 25, 8 PM