2015 Guest Curator Announced!

(Photo: Paul Giallorenzo)

Spudnik Press Cooperative and Homeroom Chicago are embarking on the next rendition of Ten x Ten with our Guest Curator, Elastic Arts. Elastic Arts, who affords the community the opportunity to participate in uncommon and stimulating programming in an intimate performance environment, free from commercial restraints, is an ideal collaborator. They are a cultural staple in the Avondale/Logan Square neighborhood and renowned for, among other things, their Thursday night Improvised Music Series.

The 2015 Collection brings together visual artists and musicians that incorporate improvisation into their art practice. We highlight the genre of jazz and investigate how artists across media interpret improvisation. Curators Dave Rempis and Paul Giallorenzo are inviting ten musicians to create an ensemble that will perform the new works commissioned through this project. Each musician will compose one track, each created in partnership with a visual artist.

New this year, we invite our audience to witness these cross-media collaborations through live performances, to be held in early 2015 at Elastic Arts.

Also new this year, we are scaling up the original prints to provide a more substantial canvas for our visual artists. We will produce an edition of just ten hand printed serigraphs. A limited edition catalog of the prints will be paired with the vinyl record and distributed as a collectable compilation.  Ten x Ten 2015 will be released in the Fall of 2015.

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Hyperallergic Review

Philip Hartman stopped by the Ten x Ten events last week and UIMA, and wrote this great article about the project! If you couldn't get to the reception and concert, Philip did a great job speaking to the project. See it at Hyperalleric.


Interview with Francesco Milioto

Access Contemporary Music’s Artistic Director and Conductor, Francesco Milioto talks with Homeroom about musical side of the collaborative Ten x Ten project. Milioto will conduct the Palomar Ensemble at the Ten x Ten Release Concert & Exhibition this Saturday, November 16th at 6:00pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.

Q. The Ten x Ten project is unique in that visual artists and composers collaborate from the first stages of the creative project instead of in response to each other's work. As the conductor of the musical portion of the project, did you notice anything different about the pieces as opposed to other musical works because of this collaboration?


Thanks April 7's Custom Framing

Thanks April 7's Custom Framing for bringing your amazing framing skills to our project! Visit their shop, and you'll be blown away with their framing ingenuity, and the caliper and diversity of artwork that adorns their walls. Speak with owners Martin and Julie, and you'll be blown away by their generosity and warmth. Right here in the neighborhood, they are a local frame shop that we are honored to have supporting our project and that we are honored to recommend to our friends and family.


Approaching Color and Music

For the 2013 edition of Ten x Ten, Homeroom put visual artists in collaboration with composers writing for a small ensemble instead of the bands and solo performers of past iterations. In an effort to increase the level of dialogue between the resulting music and prints, Homeroom hosted a lecture and workshop called Visual Music 101 that took place at the Spudnik Annex in February 2013. The lecture focused on relationships between color and music starting with early 20th century painting inspired by music and continuing up through light organs, abstract animation, and contemporary digital manifestations of visual music. Writer David Metcalfe discussed with the Ten x Ten participants different methods and techniques for merging sound and image, using his contribution to the book Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music (ALARM Press) as a jumping off point.