Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Session Three: Jaclyn Jacunski, Norman Long and Rose Hernandez Wednesday APR 12 6:30PM

In Session Three: Jaclyn Jacunski, Norman Long and Rose Hernandez 

Wednesday APR 12 6:30PM

Free and open to the public.

Join sound artist Norman Long, installation artist Jaclyn Jacunski, and momevent artist Rose Hernandez for the third of of 6 THAWALLS In-Session installments.

A remix of the traditional lecture or panel, In–Session is a critical interdisciplinary salon that incorporates reading, conversation, and performance. The salons are focused on a selection from a shared reading list which is compiled based on a theme. Artists, curators and community members curate the In–Session, selecting the reading and the performers. After the conversation on the selection, it is activated by performance—music, song, poetry, dance or movement.

Rose Hernandez
Rosè is a Chicago-based artist and healer performing through practices of butoh, theater, sound, ritual, and reiki. Using their body Rosè searches for the healing of themselves, their community. Rosè performs as a necessary act of release, chiseling themselves out of the oppressive structures they were developed in. Their performance worlds worlds, one that is perfectly fit for the others.

Rosè attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2008). They were awarded with residencies at Links Hall, ACRE, and were a sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories.

Photo credit goes to Charo Oquet
Jaclyn Jacunski
Jaclyn's books, newspapers, prints and sculptures are inspired by political controversies that surround land, communities, and small acts of resistance. The work frames evidence of those acts, lifting them out of context in order to re-think them. She is interested in how these acts manifest in public spaces and neighborhood landscapes as an expression of resisting powerful cultural systems such as gentrification, environmental threats, and state violence. Jaclyn collects found objects, news images, and architectural elements then rearranges them. She explores controversies in Chicago neighborhoods and beyond while considering the impact of an individual's voice within a given community. Her art employs diverse practices but is defined by printmaking's populist ethic in the distribution of art with posters and zines. She uses the land as a character imbued with physiological expressions that reflect the social, political, and financial networks that either bind us together or create divisions between us.
Norman Long
Norman is a local sound artist/designer/composer born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. He has exhibited and performed in galleries in Chicago, Ithaca, NY, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. His work revolves around the themes of memory, space, silence and the invisible. His goal as an artist/designer is to create spaces reflecting history, culture and diversity of community and ecology. He now lives in Chicago and continues to compose, design & perform. He has performed at Kavi Gupta Gallery, HungryMan Gallery, the OPP shop, Brown Rice and the Chicago Underground Library. He has composed a sound installation at the Lincoln Park Conservatory as part of the Experimental Sound Studio’s Florasonic Series. He is also a member of the World Listening Project and the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.
Venue Information:
Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60611


Thursday, March 30, 2017

FRIDAY MARCH 31 | 9:00 PM - Performance


Elastro: Radio Trio, Stephan Moore/Ed Osborn, Norman W. Long

vanvlissingen (afterburn) - lo res excerpt from normanwlong on Vimeo.

The video has imagery directly from the camera as well as spectral analyses (from a simple hand-made device one can attach to a smart phone) of the air quality of the prairie. The video obscures the landscape via the camera focusing on the newly scorched earth and filtered through a spectroscope that analyzes the air quality of the environment. The video features audio recordings mixed with analog synthesizers weaving in and out of the post industrial noise coming from the adjacent rail yard, local residences and the local ecology of birds and singing insects.

This project focuses on diversity, restoration, and resilience. The installation challenges notions of landscape by bypassing the pictorial and the beautiful, defining landscape by what it does, how it sounds and exposes how landscape is a complex matrix of networks. By challenging the traditional way of documenting and defining landscape we begin to listen to how soundscapes define our communities and who we are.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Soundwalk/Live Performance, Compound Yellow, January 28, 2017



January 28, 2017

12 noon

Compound Yellow

244 Lake St.,

Oak Park, IL, 60302

I'm very happy new announce that I will be working with Compound Yellow (Formerly Southside Hub of Production) on a soundwalk and live electronics performance.  


What is a soundwalk? It is a guided exploration of a site using listening focused skills. We will listen to how the site sounds, as we are moving through it. I believe that through listening we have a tool to define communities and ourselves.

We also can use those tools to shape who we are and where we live. We will be listening for changes, interactions, conditions, weather, traffic, animals, insects, people, vehicles and other factors in what makes a place what it is. We start by listening in our own silence. Being mindful of our own consciousness. Then we focus on how we sound as we move throughout the site. We then expand our listening to what is near to us, what just passed us and then what is ahead.

At the end of the walk we should be able to answer the following questions:

How do these sounds define where you are on the site? What sounds are constant?

What sounds change the site? What moves through it? What are the durations?

What do you expect to hear? What did you remember hearing? What sounds do you like?

What sounds don’t you like?


Live mix of synth sounds and field recordings from former sHop sites in Hyde Park.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Now Available on Bandcamp

Thursday, December 15, 2016

at the beach

nwlong live at water music from normanwlong on Vimeo.

Homemade Rainstick w/sand and rocks from 63rd St. Beach, Jackson PK, played at Lane Park Beach performed at Water Music on the Beach festival.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


I am deeply hurt by this tragedy in Oakland. These artists these people did not deserve to die this way.  I didn’t know anyone who died but just because of who they were and what they do, did not mean they had to live, work and play in such poor conditions. These people gathered there because there weren’t many other places to live and work. The reason why we call art a practice is because you have to do it over and over to get what you want out of it. But if you’re poor, “different” and your practice or work doesn’t cater to those in power or have influence, your options are limited. And we make the best out of those limitations. I’m sure that night was like any other night where they had an opportunity to share their work and have fun.

I’m writing this to myself, and particularly those who are not poor and not artists. I remember growing up in the 80’s where callousness was embedded in me. I grew up with that thing of if you were different in any way from your group or community you gave up your right for respect, education, mentorship and protection. I can’t help but think of those times, how it could have been me in that fire, and how this culture of cruelty laid the groundwork for this tragedy and the very real tragedy that is our housing system.  As an artist and as someone who has worked in a housing non-profit, I can say that this kind of tragedy can happen anywhere and anytime.  The availability for low-income and affordable housing for artists, the poor, working poor, ex-felons, the disabled and veterans is virtually non-existent. Opportunities for veterans have improved over the years but not for anyone else (in Chicago). Reports say the CHA is sitting on millions of dollars that could be used for vouchers or building new homes. This situation leaves people like me very vulnerable. Some stay with family or friends. Some get involved in shady rental deals and get swindled out of rent money by building owners and bogus landlords. Some squat and die in fires due to negligence because they’re just artists and they should have gotten a “real job”. For us it is a real job. Maybe our second or third but it is very real and most of us work very hard at it. Some of us get weeded out by HR, ED’s, curators, bookers, professors, teachers, elders, family, gatekeepers, gallery directors and critics, but we keep going. We make opportunities and spaces for ourselves. We don’t wait for someone to give us permission to do what we do, to hire us, book us or curate us. We deserve respect and protection for what we do.  Why should we have to put our lives in danger just to do our art? We deserve nothing less than a right to fair housing.