Steven Warwick

Rebuild Foundation

Stony Island Arts Bank
6760 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60649

Steven Warwick: Figuring Space (on the Mezzanine) is a special, two-day project from the Berlin-based artist, including the premiere of a new audiovisual performance with texts by Elevator to Mezzanine, written in collaboration with media theorist DeForrest Brown Jr., and a performance-lecture-reading with writer Nora Khan.

Here, Warwick remixes unreleased sound with material from Nadir, his 2016 release that fuses reflective poetics with diaristic snapshots and fragmented melodies recorded during a residency in Los Angeles. Loops and rhythms are stretched out in real time, with a focus on the human voice. The work captures the tensions, unease and uncertainty in a contemporary setting—presented alongside three new E-M texts for Lampo about modern intimacy and millennial culture. The event also features dancer Benjamin Wardell.

Steven Warwick (b.1981, Boston, England) is an artist, musician and writer based in Berlin. His practice includes durational performance installations, plays and films, using the construction of situations and language. He also makes music as Heatsick and under his own name—the latest release, Nadir, appeared recently on PAN. He has exhibited and performed throughout North America and Europe at venues including Exile Galerie, Berlin; ICA, London; the Modern Institute, Glasgow; MoMA/PS1, New York; MUTEK, Montreal; the Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; New Theater, Berlin; and Unsound Festival, Krakow. His writings have appeared in Texte zur Kunst, Urbanomic and Electronic Beats.

Presented in partnership with Rebuild Foundation

Artist Talk: Writer Nora Khan and Steven Warwick present Fear Indexing the X-Files (Primary Information). In this joint lecture and performance reading, they analyze key episodes of the television series to address the evolving climate of fear during the Clinton-Bush years, which also marked the birth of the commercial internet and a new era of networked communication. Khan and Warwick share their research, featuring images, clips and ephemera. Lampo Annex, Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. #1656. Friday, December 1, 6 p.m.

Nora Khan (b.1983, Warwick, R.I.) is a New York City-based writer of criticism and fiction. She focuses on issues within digital art, the philosophy of technology, electronic music and artificial intelligence, and her work has appeared in places like 4Columns, Art in AmericaThe Village Voice, Rhizome and After Us. Khan is a Thoma Foundation Arts Writing Fellow in Digital Art, an Eyebeam Research Resident and acting editor at Rhizome. She has most recently spoken at Triple Canopy, Gray Area Festival, transmediale, the Whitney Museum, UCLA, New Museum, NYU and New School. She frequently collaborates with artists, including Katja Novitskova, Yuri Pattison and Jeremy Shaw, writing essays commissioned by Sternberg Press, Mousse Publishing, Chisenhale Gallery and König Galerie.

Supported by the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation