Existing somewhere between sound and comedic art, Becky Grajeda’s Things that should not be picked up in the first place is a series of performances in which a panel of Chicago-based artists and non-artists improvise a conversation, while embedded in a live mix of sound art and/or music. Grajeda and fellow panelists will discuss topics ranging from the banal to the socially relevant, together devising, deconstructing, and perfecting absurd concepts and contexts. The live mixed sound art/music will disrupt and inform the panelists’ conversation, each taking turns at the periphery of the soundscape.
While a Sponsored Artist at High Concept Labs, Grajeda will develop and present several performances of Things… Her process will involve refining rehearsal methodology; defining and expanding the scope of the performance series’ audience; and documenting the performances to allow for further development.
Becky Grajeda is a sound artist and designer based in Chicago, Illinois. She primarily creates works of sound assemblage, multi-channel sound installation and performance. These frequently include field recordings of the sounds of machinations and moving bodies and/or involve abstracting vocal inflection, intonation, and intended meaning in speech. In her works involving speech, she calls attention to the multiplicity of meanings, interpretations, and translations of a text, and how those can change when a text is spoken and depending on the speaker of a text. In her recent performance works, she examines the voice as a conveyor of a person’s physical, emotional, lingual, and geographical histories. She has exhibited and performed her sound work in Chicago, Los Angeles, the UK, Finland, and in the Czech Republic. In 2014 she received a grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to document three of her performative sound works.