A WEEKEND OF PERFORMANCES PRESENTED BY OPENPORT

OPENPORT was last seen this past February as a month-long international festival supported by Links Hall's Artistic Associates program. It returns now as a weekend event with performances from the festival creators and OPENPORT artists currently based in Chicago.

OPENPORT WEEKEND

WHEN & WHAT

Friday, November 30, 7:30PM

Fiona Wright (UK) - On Lying
Judd Morrissey (US) - Books that Write Me, Books I Write Part I: The Last Performance
Nathan Butler (US) and Lori Talley (US) - double-pole / double-throw

Saturday, December 1, 7:30PM

Karen Christopher (US) and Mark Jeffery (UK) - Distance x 2 = a camel caravan on a grain of rice, A performance duet in six parts
Fiona Wright (UK) - On Lying
Lucy Cash (UK) - Sight Reading (2007, 8 mins)

Sunday, December 2, 7:30PM

Judd Morrissey (US) - Part II: from the Error Engine
Nathan Butler (US) and Lori Talley (US) - double-pole / double-throw
Karen Christopher (US) and Mark Jeffery (UK) - Distance x 2 = a camel caravan on a grain of rice, A performance duet in six parts

WHERE

ALL SHOWS AT LINKS HALL - 3435 N SHEFFIELD
TICKETS $12 ($10 Students, Seniors and Unemployed)
RESERVATIONS: 773-281-0824
DIRECTIONS


DESCRIPTIONS & BIOS

Fiona Wright (UK)- On Lying

What's on her mind so far? War poetry and rock stars; philosophy, adrenalin and not playing the tambourine; the lungs of men and the weight of the microphone stand.

This one-woman performance continues with the desire to tell it like it is then forget that and let memory unravel. She steals biographies, still dances as if no one is watching and cannot stop singing. Don't hold your breath. This thing is nothing like a blog and the last time I looked my space was all around me.

Last seen as the "early version" in Chicago at OPENPORT festival at Links Hall in February and now returning again via Battersea Arts Centre, London and the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle earlier this year - catch this before the European tour in 2008

Supported by the Arts Council of England

BIO

Fiona Wright (born London 1966) is best known for her many solo performances over sixteen years of a highly individual practice. Stylised and functional choreography combines with a personalised vein of writing. Her recent work has included salt drawing (Serralves, Oporto 2004; Navigate/Baltic, 2005; Gresol Art, Girona 2006) a five-minute performance for one person at a time, opening up questions of intimacy and embodiment for audience viewing. Her duet collaboration this two with Caroline Bowditch as girl jonah was presented at Dance Umbrella Festival, London in October 2006. Fiona is Visiting Artist in the Performance Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago this Fall 2007 Semester.


Judd Morrissey (US)


Books that Write Me, Books I Write. Part I: from The Error Engine

A meditation on memory, accident, and the book, a continuity made of discontinuity, a text that, as it emerges, has already been interrupted and re-composed by real-time processes. The error is not in what comes from the endless machine-driven re-combinations and intrusions, but is what cannot be retrieved from the lost experience of narrative cognition.

Books that Write Me, Books I Write. Part II: The Last Performance

A text in the shape of a Byzantine dome, a tracing of one author's pathway through The Last Performance, an online constraint-based collaborative writing and text-visualization project responding to the theme of lastness in relation to architectural forms, acts of building, a final performance, and the interruption (that becomes the promise) of community.

BIO

Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist whose works of electronic literature, performance, and site-based installation have been widely and internationally presented. He is the author of experimental works for web and cd including The Jew's Daughter (Electronic Literature Collection, 2006), My Name is Captain, Captain (Eastgate Systems, 2002), and The Error Engine, an ongoing experiment in writing and artificial intelligence. He is currently working in collaboration with Goat Island performance group on a community-driven writing, archiving, and text-visualization project, The Last Performance [dot org], for which he was a recipient of the inaugural Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers' Grant in 2006.

Judd is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Art and Technology Studies and BFA Writing departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For more info: http://www.judisdaid.com


Nathan Butler (US) and Lori Talley (US) - double-pole / double-throw

Duo creates a sound based performance that explores liveness through the use of simple electronics and sonic experiments with objects and materials.

BIO

Nathan Butler performs with electronic systems that respond to both the vigorous movements of his body and the situation of the live performance environment. He has performed in the international sound festival, Sonambiente 2006, in Berlin and recently performed locally at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago as part of the 12x12 series and is currently in residency at the Experimental Sound Studio. He lives and works in Chicago and is co-curator of OPENPORT. www.nathanbutler.com

Lori Talley is a sound and digital artist. She teaches in the Sound Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is co-creator of My Name is Captain, Captain. Her sound has been included in the compilation, A Call for Silence and as part of the Overgaden Sound Art Festival. Lori is also co-curator of OPENPORT and Interactive Producer at Cramer-Krasselt. www.loritalley.com


Karen Christopher (US) and Mark Jeffery (UK) - Distance x 2 = a camel caravan on a grain of rice A performance duet in six parts

We started by measuring the distance between A Lie of the Mind (Sam Shepard, 1985) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (book: Alan Sillitoe, 1958 and film: Tony Richardson, 1962) and between heavy metal band Iron Maiden and violinist Jasha Heiftz. Working with live movement, spoken text, and prerecorded video images, the performance is an investigation of the difference in getting from here to there and back again. We have asked each other what about the distance between my feet and my eyes, between your eyes and the back of my head, between my hand and those clouds, between the answer and the question, the solution and the compromise, between green and purple, the sweet and the salty snack, between the quiet and the silent, between the bump and the fall, your thoughts and your prayers?

For this performance we have thought about Charles Lindbergh when he wrote 'Life is like a landscape you live in the midst of it but you can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.'

BIO

Karen Christopher (performer/collaborator) has been a member of Goat Island performance group since 1990. She has created and performed in 8 of Goat Island works and has performed these works and taught extensively across North America and Europe. The company presented their last work 'When Will the September Roses Bloom Last Night Was Only a Comedy' at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Goat Island is currently making its last performance work The Lastmaker that will tour through and into 2009. Before that she was a founding member of the Neo-Futurists. She also edits video for the Center for Communication and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. www.goatislandperformance.org

Mark Jeffery (performer/collaborator) has been a member of Goat Island performance group since 1996. He has created and performed in 5 of Goat Island works and has performed these works and taught extensively across North America and Europe. The company presented their last work 'When Will the September Roses Bloom Last Night Was Only a Comedy' at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Goat Island is currently making its last performance work The Lastmaker that will tour through and into 2009. Mark has shown his work in numerous spaces and contexts including SiteUnseen 2006 and 2005 Chicago, Nottdance 05 Nottingham, Taxi Gallery Cambridge, National Review of Live Art Glasgow 2004, 1996, 1994, ICA London, Arnolfini Bristol, Firstsite Colchester, Green Room Manchester, Chapter Cardiff, Expo 94 Nottingham. He curates performance events in Chicago including co - curating the International performance, sound and language festival OPENPORT at Links Hall, SAIC and Chicago Cultural Center February 2007. In 2006 he co - founded Chicago Performance Network a 20 member committee of local presenters, artists and educators to help foster and sustain the Chicago Performance Community and also to develop an annual time arts festival called IN>TIME. He is currently an adjunct associate professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches in the Performance Department and First year Program. www.goatislandperformance.org


Lucy Cash (UK) - Sight Reading (2007, 8 mins)

There's an irony that as a film and video artist I'm very often pre-occupied with creating images. This doesn't account for, or reveal how much other senses and other sensations (particularly kinaesthesia, and proprioceptive knowledge) inform my work. When I found a book about early twentieth century experiments in 'eyeless sight'*; I decided to explore this sense of the body reading and being read - through its skin - in relation to how we read movement through repetition and fragmentation.

The soundtrack is a rendition of Erik Satie's 'Vexations' - a three line piece of music composed to be repeated over 14 or 28 hours by different pianists.

Performers: Jo.e Amado, Sebastian Baczkiewicz, Gerard Bell, Geoff McGarry, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, Frances Scott, Litó Walkey

Cinematographer: Ole Birkeland

Pianist: Timor Frederiksson

Music:
'Vexations' by Erik Satie

* an area of research to prove the existence of extra-retinal vision for both social and medical reasons.

BIO

In 2000, after earning her MA at Lancaster University, Lucy Cash began making films with a BFI/ FilmFour New Directors' award. Since then she has been making work for television and cinema exhibition as well as artists' films and site-specific video projects.

Lucy's work has been shown in over ten different countries - predominantly within Europe but also Australia, Japan, Brazil and the USA - on television, in galleries and at major international film festivals. She is currently working on a fourth film with Goat Island.