A structure has appeared on the snow covered slope behind the Walker. Technically the structure is a bigloo, an igloo-like structure built with packed snow, created by artist Sean Connaughty. Connaughty’s bigloo was specifically built to host performances this Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23 by a visiting group of artists from the L.A.-based collective Machine Project. Machine Project will be in artists-in-residence this July as part of the Walker’s Open Field summer. Chris Kallmyer (composer/sound artist), Emily Lacy (folk and electronic sound artist) and Joshua Beckman (poet/performer) will be joined by special guests for an improvised afternoon of performances from poems on the topic of summer lawns, to amplified tea kettles and improvised folk music for one.
WHEN: Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23
1PM -4 PM (weather permitting)
HOW MUCH: Free…but space may be limited
WHERE: Walker Art Center and various “on-campus” locations (indoors and outdoors) throughout the day.
Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of seven books, including Take It (Wave Books, 2009), Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including 5 Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.
Chris Kallmyer is a performer/composer/sound artist living in Los Angeles, CA and is the Curator of Sound Programming for the Machine Project. Chris earned his MFA in music from the California Institute of the Arts.where he studied with Thomas Stevens, Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, and Edward Carroll. He holds a BA in trumpet performance from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. As a composer and sound artist, he has presented works at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Hammer Museum, Machine Project, the Goldwell Open Air Museum and various parking lots in LA. His collaboration with cheesemaker, Sue Conley of Cowgirl Creamery, FERMENT[cheese], has led him to his current work using field recordings, and spatial sound to explore food production in its complexities and storied traditions.
Emily Lacy is a folk and electronic sound artist generating works in music, film, and other media. She has performed in exhibitions at PS1 MOMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hammer Museum, and LACMA, in addition to various DIY spaces all throughout America. She works very closely with Machine Project. Also check out a great interview with Emily in this weeks City Pages!