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Bielak / Schmalz: 'Fourth Horizon' - Bodies of the City

  • Electronic Sound Studio 5925 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)

Fourth Horizon is a meditation on living in a city with water as a constant eastern horizon. Inspired by a theater stage constructed over water and an early commercial radio broadcast of a telepathy experiment, the exhibition explores the relation between the built and natural environments—and the spaces for imagination, connection, and alienation in daily urban life. Fourth Horizon incorporates sculpture, video, text, and sound into a process-based installation that meets Chicago at the shore of Lake Michigan.


The project opens with a video of a model theater stage “floating” off the shore of the lake. The empty stage, set for a production with scrims of a rocky shore, acts as both prop and protagonist. An accompanying sound installation combines acoustic and electronic music with voices to populate the stage with a radio telepathy experiment’s prompts and responses.


Through a series of public events over the course of the exhibition, musicians, artists, and audiences will interact with the installation to expand the parameters of the work itself. In the process, the project will question our own relationship to buildings, bodies, natural environments, and the nature of sound transmission.


Curated by Lou Mallozzi.