Michael Milano: Smooth Times
Special performance by Sam Scranton
curated by Thea Liberty Nichols
Opening reception: October 12, 3-7PM
From October 12 to November 2, 2014
An exhibition of new, experimental sound and moving image work by Michael Milano, Smooth Times explores our experience of time by investigating various systems of how it’s measured.
Synthetic media, including audio files, animated gif’s and digital video, are used to measure organic passages of time, such as a constellations seasonal position in the night sky or the arbitrary length of a human life span.
By conflating the virtual with the real, Smooth Times prompts us to acknowledge time’s passage and account for how we fill it.
Performance portion: October 19 at 6PM
Detritivore is an extended, text-based, ritualized performance centered on the contingency of everything. Throughout Detritivore’s 80 minutes, performers chart their days, perform coded languages of authority, examine marginalia, recite histories, and engage the end. Found instruments accompany, replace, and interact with vocal performance to create a focused, immersive and monolithic sound world.
Participants: Bill Frisch, Deidre Huckabay, Sam Scranton and Andrew Tham
MICHAEL MILANO is an artist and writer, living and working in Chicago. He received a MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Humanities from Shimer College. He has shown at Roots & Culture, threewalls, Peregrine Program, Adds Donna, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and has written for Surface Design, Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Bad At Sports. He is also a member of the artist collective/study/exhibition space ADDS DONNA.
Sam Scranton is a composer/performer who lives and works in Chicago. He has been described in New Music Box as “an artist taking wholehearted risks” and in the New York Times as a “killer drummer”. Sam’s music has been performed in numerous concert halls and exhibition spaces such as Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), Constellation (Chicago), and Art of This (Minneapolis); and has performed onstage in Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris with avant rock ensemble volcano!, their music released by Leaf Label (UK). In December 2014, his work will appear on the Chicago’s first contemporary art music tape label Parlour Tapes+.
THEA LIBERTY NICHOLS is a curator, writer and arts administrator from Chicago.
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