Christophe Preissing

HPSCHD-50: Every Neighborhood Is a Universe


Christophe created NON:op Open Opera Works in 2013 to engage diverse audiences, artists, and program partners around urgent social issues of our time through immersive, interactive, and multi-disciplinary projects and performances. Large-scale, site-specific, staged works combine music, theatre, dance, visual forms, and technology and are supported by installations, salons, panel discussions, and workshops. Presentations include:

Blood Lines: Remember the 1919 Chicago Race Riots, an installation at Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, with visual design by David Sundry and mechanical design by Hugh Sato, runs through October 31 and will include an October 19 live performance in partnership with Open House Chicago.

HARPSI-CHRISTMAS: A festive holiday party featuring food, baroque music and carols, and presentations by Every Neighborhood Is A Universe artists, in the style of John Cage’s HPSCHD. Date and location TBA.

HPSCHD-50: Every Neighborhood Is a Universe, is two 50th anniversary performances of Cage HPSCHD, February 29 and March 1, in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall with an exhibition in the Michigan Avenue Galleries, February 1-April 26, featuring video, still images, and audio by artists representing every Chicago ward, co-curated by Tonika Johnson (Folded Map), and sculptures constructed by youth guided by sculptor Kat Powers and video artist Liviu Pasare.

HPSCHD-50: ENIAU seeks to recognize the abundance within our lives and within the places we call home, to observe and privilege the unique significance of artists and people who live in Chicago’s neighborhoods, and to create relationships that encourage conversations, acceptance, and new creative partnerships.


Photo credit Gonzalo Guzman, Art Dir Shirley Ellis, Tech Denny Chan


Composer, intermedia artist, collaborator, and producer, Christophe Preissing creates music and sound for live, interactive, and immersive environments. His music has been praised by the Chicago Tribune as “brilliant”, “mechanistic” and “sound-crazy… that might best be described as John Cage on steroids”. Christophe has been a resident and fellow at Indiana University, Beloit College, Ball State University, Experimental Sound Studio, Ragdale, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VCCA-France, Djerrassi, Millay Colony, PLAYA, Chicago Cultural Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts. He has received support from Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago, American Composers Forum, and fellowships from Pritzker Foundation and Columbus School for Girls.

Recent projects include Blood Lines: Remembering the 1919 Chicago Race Riots an installation at Augustana Lutheran Church in Hyde Park; whorls of recent memory, an installation at Millay Colony (2018); sound for Samuel Beckett’s radio play, Cascando (2018); is: SI ng, a collaborative performance with disabled artist Matt Bodett (Victory Gardens Theater, 2017); sound/installations for Inferno from Journeying la Divina Commedia, University of Notre Dame’s adaptation of Dante’s Divine Comedia (2016); performance installation SUS: the long thin wire