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Jul
30
Wed
ARTIFICIAL EAR #8 (EE #24): RADICAL TENDERNESS
Jul 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
ARTIFICIAL EAR #8 (EE #24): RADICAL TENDERNESS @ High Concept Laboratories | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Featuring work by:

Amir George
Sofia Moreno
Natalie Murillo (La Spacer)
Anna Vitale

RADICAL TENDERNESS does not acknowledge a break between the personal and the public. The resulting vulnerability is not a weakness; it is a useful disguise for anger and brilliance, and a trap for the mindlessly violent. The radically tender build “machines that generate empathy” and teach others to never submit to those whose goal is to deprive or destroy them. Tenderness is a gut space. It is a fluid and fertile terrain that prepares us for many encounters to come.

ARTIFICIAL EAR is a performance and poetry series made up of the combined forces of reading and performance series EAR EATER, along with the Chicago-based literature magazine, ARTIFICE, and co-curated by Peter Jurmu and Cassandra Troyan.

Jul
31
Thu
EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE & DAVEY K PRESENT CHANNEL 2020 & OTHER ODDITIES
Jul 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE & DAVEY K PRESENT CHANNEL 2020 & OTHER ODDITIES @ High Concept Laboratories at MANA Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

This event is free but seating is limited. Please reserve your tickets at the ticketleap.com.

Channel 2020 is a standard post apocalyptic comedic webseries that takes place at a propaganda TV station controlled by giant lizards. It is a collaboration between two of the founding members of the psychedelic found footage video collective, Everything Is Terrible! and the creative team from IFC’s Food Party. This collaboration draws upon the social and political critique and commentary at the center of EIT’s video work and applies the aesthetic and visual sensibilities developed in the Food Party series. Channel 2020 was developed over the summer of 2013 under the sponsorship of High Concept Laboratories and features some of the most exciting young comedians from the Chicago, New York and Los Angeles as well as many of Chicago’s top puppeteers.

You will experience EIT shorts, Food Party, Davey K puppet shorts and then a sneak preview of an episode of Channel 2020 followed by Q & A.

Aug
9
Sat
Nicholas Cline: when we speak of the land
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nicholas Cline: when we speak of the land @ High Concept Laboratories at MANA Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

In this sonic showcase, Nicholas Cline debuts the composition developed while under sponsorship with HCL during the summer of 2014. Part musical composition, part sound installation, when we speak of the land aims to create an immersive sound experience for the audience by fine tuning the network of vibrations and spatialized sounds to the acoustics of the performance space.

During his 2014 sponsorship with HCL Cline is composing a new work that investigates the decidedly human urge to control natural forces despite overwhelming odds and often fleeting success. Scientists and government agencies have regularly predicted devastating earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone for decades, urging Midwesterners to prepare for an impending catastrophe. Yet, the last major eruption occurred over 100 years ago. The work will explore the second largest earthquake recorded in Illinois (April 2008) through sonification. Data extracted from the seismographs will be used to create and control the vibrations of sheet metal, wood, glass, and large drums by exciting their natural resonant frequencies. The metaphor is rather direct: the vibrations of these surfaces correspond to the intraplate earthquakes, while a percussionist studies their movements, attempting to control and quell their tremors.

Nicholas Cline is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music – often a quiet music emphasizing subtle, nuanced sounds. Deeply influenced by the environment, his music draws on both intellectual and sensuous experiences of nature. Believing that music is an active force, it should reveal, challenge, and shape the listener’s understanding of the social and physical world. His compositions have been performed in the US and Europe and his collaborative film projects have been screened at festivals around the world. His music is featured on the 2012 SEAMUS electroacoustic miniatures recording series: Re-Caged and his work grainstream will be presented at the 2014 Sound in the Land Festival. He holds a BM from Columbia College Chicago and an MM from Indiana University. He is currently studying with Hans Thomalla and teaching aural skills at Northwestern University.

Aug
29
Fri
FRANCISCO AVINA: A.R.T. (ANTI RETROVIRAL THERAPY)
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 6 @ 10:00 pm
FRANCISCO AVINA: A.R.T. (ANTI RETROVIRAL THERAPY) @ High Concept Laboratories at MANA Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6, 8 PM
Tickets: $18 in advance or at the door
This event will take place in HCL’s 4th floor studios at Mana Contemporary Chicago.

During his HCL residency and up to today, Francisco has journaled about what it’s been like living as an HIV-positive man. He is now writing a piece based on these experiences and creating a one man dance and theater performance called ART, which stands for antiretroviral therapy. In ART, Francisco will examine the layers and questions that arise from the paradigm shift in which a person living with HIV is no longer given a death sentence but instead lives a full life with a manageable one-pill-a-day regimen. How does a person LIVE with HIV? Francisco will draw inspiration from his personal story and hopes to shed light on the important questions such as implications of karma, when to divulge the information to friends, family and lovers, and forgiveness (especially for himself).
Through his research and writing during rehearsals, Francisco will find ways to frame ART through the lens of dance, storytelling, and Soundesign. His aim is to take the viewer on his unique journey while also finding parallels with others’ stories and creating material that resonates on some level with everyone.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Francisco has been working as a dancer and choreographer in a wide range of aesthetic and content styles for more than two decades. Francisco began his 23 year-long career in Hollywood. His list of professional experience includes movies, television, music videos and contemporary concert dance. Some of the more noteworthy artists he has performed with are Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Alejandra Guzman and Elton John. Francisco moved to Chicago to dance with Hubbard Street 2 Dance Company, then graduated to the main company for two seasons. Francisco has also been a company member of River North Dance Chicago, Ron De Jesus Dance and the boundary pushing, Lucky Plush Productions, who he still works with today. Francisco’s choreographic credits include Luna Negra Dance Theater, Hubbard Street 2, Thodos Dance Company, Ron De Jesus Dance and Dance Works Chicago. One of his biggest projects to date was Yo Mexico. This project was a multimedia event that included 350 artist and was viewed by 1.5 million people during a live broadcast. This event celebrated Mexico’s centennial anniversary celebration of its independence at the footsteps of the Cathedral and National Palace. Because Francisco has such a diverse and storied career, he is able to draw from all these experiences as a performer and choreographer to create a new and exciting fusion of many different influences. Francisco looks to create works that are accessible yet thought-provoking. Francisco has learned to combine elements of the commercial and art realms by imbuing subtle nuance and crafting artistry from his experience with contemporary dance

Francisco looks forward to immersing himself into ART, a multidisciplinary collision which will be his first one man show.

Francisco is raising funds to support the production of this show. Learn more here and donate via Paypal at highconceptlaboratories.org. Watch Francisco’s video about the project HERE.

Aug
30
Sat
FRANCISCO AVINA: A.R.T. (ANTI RETROVIRAL THERAPY)
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 7 @ 10:00 pm
FRANCISCO AVINA: A.R.T. (ANTI RETROVIRAL THERAPY) @ High Concept Laboratories at MANA Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6, 8 PM
Tickets: $18 in advance or at the door
This event will take place in HCL’s 4th floor studios at Mana Contemporary Chicago.

During his HCL residency and up to today, Francisco has journaled about what it’s been like living as an HIV-positive man. He is now writing a piece based on these experiences and creating a one man dance and theater performance called ART, which stands for antiretroviral therapy. In ART, Francisco will examine the layers and questions that arise from the paradigm shift in which a person living with HIV is no longer given a death sentence but instead lives a full life with a manageable one-pill-a-day regimen. How does a person LIVE with HIV? Francisco will draw inspiration from his personal story and hopes to shed light on the important questions such as implications of karma, when to divulge the information to friends, family and lovers, and forgiveness (especially for himself).
Through his research and writing during rehearsals, Francisco will find ways to frame ART through the lens of dance, storytelling, and Soundesign. His aim is to take the viewer on his unique journey while also finding parallels with others’ stories and creating material that resonates on some level with everyone.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Francisco has been working as a dancer and choreographer in a wide range of aesthetic and content styles for more than two decades. Francisco began his 23 year-long career in Hollywood. His list of professional experience includes movies, television, music videos and contemporary concert dance. Some of the more noteworthy artists he has performed with are Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Alejandra Guzman and Elton John. Francisco moved to Chicago to dance with Hubbard Street 2 Dance Company, then graduated to the main company for two seasons. Francisco has also been a company member of River North Dance Chicago, Ron De Jesus Dance and the boundary pushing, Lucky Plush Productions, who he still works with today. Francisco’s choreographic credits include Luna Negra Dance Theater, Hubbard Street 2, Thodos Dance Company, Ron De Jesus Dance and Dance Works Chicago. One of his biggest projects to date was Yo Mexico. This project was a multimedia event that included 350 artist and was viewed by 1.5 million people during a live broadcast. This event celebrated Mexico’s centennial anniversary celebration of its independence at the footsteps of the Cathedral and National Palace. Because Francisco has such a diverse and storied career, he is able to draw from all these experiences as a performer and choreographer to create a new and exciting fusion of many different influences. Francisco looks to create works that are accessible yet thought-provoking. Francisco has learned to combine elements of the commercial and art realms by imbuing subtle nuance and crafting artistry from his experience with contemporary dance

Francisco looks forward to immersing himself into ART, a multidisciplinary collision which will be his first one man show.

Francisco is raising funds to support the production of this show. Learn more here and donate via Paypal at highconceptlaboratories.org. Watch Francisco’s video about the project HERE.

Sep
5
Fri
FRANCISCO AVINA: A.R.T. (ANTI RETROVIRAL THERAPY)
Sep 5 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 13 @ 10:00 pm
FRANCISCO AVINA: A.R.T. (ANTI RETROVIRAL THERAPY) @ High Concept Laboratories at MANA Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6, 8 PM
Tickets: $18 in advance or at the door
This event will take place in HCL’s 4th floor studios at Mana Contemporary Chicago.

During his HCL residency and up to today, Francisco has journaled about what it’s been like living as an HIV-positive man. He is now writing a piece based on these experiences and creating a one man dance and theater performance called ART, which stands for antiretroviral therapy. In ART, Francisco will examine the layers and questions that arise from the paradigm shift in which a person living with HIV is no longer given a death sentence but instead lives a full life with a manageable one-pill-a-day regimen. How does a person LIVE with HIV? Francisco will draw inspiration from his personal story and hopes to shed light on the important questions such as implications of karma, when to divulge the information to friends, family and lovers, and forgiveness (especially for himself).
Through his research and writing during rehearsals, Francisco will find ways to frame ART through the lens of dance, storytelling, and Soundesign. His aim is to take the viewer on his unique journey while also finding parallels with others’ stories and creating material that resonates on some level with everyone.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Francisco has been working as a dancer and choreographer in a wide range of aesthetic and content styles for more than two decades. Francisco began his 23 year-long career in Hollywood. His list of professional experience includes movies, television, music videos and contemporary concert dance. Some of the more noteworthy artists he has performed with are Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Alejandra Guzman and Elton John. Francisco moved to Chicago to dance with Hubbard Street 2 Dance Company, then graduated to the main company for two seasons. Francisco has also been a company member of River North Dance Chicago, Ron De Jesus Dance and the boundary pushing, Lucky Plush Productions, who he still works with today. Francisco’s choreographic credits include Luna Negra Dance Theater, Hubbard Street 2, Thodos Dance Company, Ron De Jesus Dance and Dance Works Chicago. One of his biggest projects to date was Yo Mexico. This project was a multimedia event that included 350 artist and was viewed by 1.5 million people during a live broadcast. This event celebrated Mexico’s centennial anniversary celebration of its independence at the footsteps of the Cathedral and National Palace. Because Francisco has such a diverse and storied career, he is able to draw from all these experiences as a performer and choreographer to create a new and exciting fusion of many different influences. Francisco looks to create works that are accessible yet thought-provoking. Francisco has learned to combine elements of the commercial and art realms by imbuing subtle nuance and crafting artistry from his experience with contemporary dance

Francisco looks forward to immersing himself into ART, a multidisciplinary collision which will be his first one man show.

Francisco is raising funds to support the production of this show. Learn more here and donate via Paypal at highconceptlaboratories.org. Watch Francisco’s video about the project HERE.

Sep
6
Sat
FRANCISCO AVINA: A.R.T. (ANTI RETROVIRAL THERAPY)
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 14 @ 10:00 pm
FRANCISCO AVINA: A.R.T. (ANTI RETROVIRAL THERAPY) @ High Concept Laboratories at MANA Contemporary | Chicago | Illinois | United States

August 29 & 30, September 5 & 6, 8 PM
Tickets: $18 in advance or at the door
This event will take place in HCL’s 4th floor studios at Mana Contemporary Chicago.

During his HCL residency and up to today, Francisco has journaled about what it’s been like living as an HIV-positive man. He is now writing a piece based on these experiences and creating a one man dance and theater performance called ART, which stands for antiretroviral therapy. In ART, Francisco will examine the layers and questions that arise from the paradigm shift in which a person living with HIV is no longer given a death sentence but instead lives a full life with a manageable one-pill-a-day regimen. How does a person LIVE with HIV? Francisco will draw inspiration from his personal story and hopes to shed light on the important questions such as implications of karma, when to divulge the information to friends, family and lovers, and forgiveness (especially for himself).
Through his research and writing during rehearsals, Francisco will find ways to frame ART through the lens of dance, storytelling, and Soundesign. His aim is to take the viewer on his unique journey while also finding parallels with others’ stories and creating material that resonates on some level with everyone.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Francisco has been working as a dancer and choreographer in a wide range of aesthetic and content styles for more than two decades. Francisco began his 23 year-long career in Hollywood. His list of professional experience includes movies, television, music videos and contemporary concert dance. Some of the more noteworthy artists he has performed with are Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Alejandra Guzman and Elton John. Francisco moved to Chicago to dance with Hubbard Street 2 Dance Company, then graduated to the main company for two seasons. Francisco has also been a company member of River North Dance Chicago, Ron De Jesus Dance and the boundary pushing, Lucky Plush Productions, who he still works with today. Francisco’s choreographic credits include Luna Negra Dance Theater, Hubbard Street 2, Thodos Dance Company, Ron De Jesus Dance and Dance Works Chicago. One of his biggest projects to date was Yo Mexico. This project was a multimedia event that included 350 artist and was viewed by 1.5 million people during a live broadcast. This event celebrated Mexico’s centennial anniversary celebration of its independence at the footsteps of the Cathedral and National Palace. Because Francisco has such a diverse and storied career, he is able to draw from all these experiences as a performer and choreographer to create a new and exciting fusion of many different influences. Francisco looks to create works that are accessible yet thought-provoking. Francisco has learned to combine elements of the commercial and art realms by imbuing subtle nuance and crafting artistry from his experience with contemporary dance

Francisco looks forward to immersing himself into ART, a multidisciplinary collision which will be his first one man show.

Francisco is raising funds to support the production of this show. Learn more here and donate via Paypal at highconceptlaboratories.org. Watch Francisco’s video about the project HERE.