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- access to arts education
- professional development for artists
- bringing national attention to Chicago's artists
Dance Films Kino, a three-week festival of film and live performance at Hyde Park Art Center, featured 30 free admission events in 20 days, showcasing the work of 45 filmmakers from emerging to established, and over 25 artists, writers, musicians, theater and dance makers.
Kirsten Leenaars is a collector of personal stories. She considers them tools to understand the way people interact and develop and sustain relationships. Leenaars often works with specific communities, incorporating them into her work to explore the nature of human interactions, professional and personal, real and fictional. Leenaars was named a 2012 break-out artist by Jason Foumberg, art editor for New City. She has shown and developed projects at the MCA, Threewalls, 6018 North, and Gallery 400 within Chicago, and at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Kunst Fabrik, Munchen and was part of the LOOP Festival in Barcelona and the Traveling Tehran Biennale. Leenaars is an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Practices at SAIC.
Nadav Assor explores the ways in which the digital medium and the body can both act as machines of transfiguration, capable of transforming and reconstructing the perception of one’s surroundings. Interested in military technologies and wartime viewing tactics, Assor orchestrates audio-visual performances that attempt to reinterpret and reenact mechanized processes of scanning, tracking, and data-procurement, typically conducted by army drones or specialized eye-tracking glasses, in a low-fi, analog formats. The live performances explore the nature of our relationship to technology and the ways in which perception is mediated by technology.
Daniel Davidovsky is a composer, musician and artist active in the improvised music scene in Israel. Primarily employing the soprano saxophone and custom electronic systems, Davidovsky's methods and materials vary widely between live playing, using amplified saxophone techniques, overloaded digital textures, ad-hoc physical instruments made from scratch, clouds of feedback and dusty stacks of analog waste radiating magnetic noise. His work explores connections between improvisational routines, aleatoric processes, and the development of idiosyncratic and highly physical tools for performance, creating a unique language for live actions in music and sound.
General Economy Exquisite Exchange (GEEE) is a campaign produced by the Cream Co. arts organization promoting a general economy based on neighborly trade and exchange. Originally produced in 2010, GEEE currently operates out of the Hyde Park Art Center as ongoing Resident Artists. In the form of Garden Exchange, Rooftop Tomato Garden and Seed Library, GEEE demonstrates how local abundance supports an economy open to more than just currency.
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