For 6 weeks over the summer, Inferno sent four artists-in-residence to parks all across Chicago. The selected artists work in a diverse array of disciplines, including experimental music, film, sound art, and performance, and are all extremely accomplished in their respective fields. In the parks, they led collaborations with and between young people and park patrons exploring music, field recording, therapeutic sound art, video, storytelling, digital media, and journalism. At GROWTH, the artists will present the work they’ve built from those sessions:
Emme Williams [Fastness, Organsm]: an audio/visual project presenting and reinterpreting recordings made with Arts XIII campers on the themes identity, community, and solidarity
Ed Bornstein [Foul Tip, #WADDUPPSONN!?, Carpet Museum]: 2 short documentaries: one about the Fresh Moves bus, shot and edited by TRACE staff; another on the work TRACE did this summer concerning urban agriculture and food justice (with footage and testimonials from TRACErs)
Rob Frye [Bitchin Bajas, Flux Bikes, El Is A Sound Of Joy]: an interactive musical project inviting visitors to listen to, mix and layer loops of park sounds recorded or created by day campers, as well as their own
Ben Lamar Gay [Bottle Tree, Juba Dance]: a performance in which the artist (and a special guest) reshape and improvise over sounds and music made with and by CPD special recreation participants.
Rob Frye is Flux Bikes. With synthesizer, flute, saxophone, clarinet, guitar and drum, Rob Frye from Chicago is present in bands like Bitchin Bajas and El is a Sound of Joy. With Flux Bikes, he plays his bicycle as an instrument: his performance begins before the concert, he rides a bike to every appearance and continues to experiment with dynamics, poly rhythms and loops. The tires tell of the journey between melody, noise and sound intervention. His collaborative trips range from 5 km locally to more than 5000 km over annual tours. America and Spain are now followed by Germany this coming May.