Ten x Ten on Vocalo Radio

Ten x Ten organizers Paul Giallorenzo of Elastic Arts, Colin Palombi of Spudnik Press and Homeroom and Aaron Rodgers of Homeroom visited the Vocalo studio where they talked with Jesse Menendez about the project, past, present and future. Listen in!


An Interview with Colin Palombi and Paul Giallorenzo

Ten x Ten 2015 continues with a Recording Performance this Thursday at 9pm at Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave. #208. Billie Howard of Homeroom Chicago interviewed Ten x Ten curators Colin Palombi and Paul Giallorenzo about the evolution of Ten x Ten, the use of improvisation in both visual and musical arts and what we can expect from the final product.

Colin and Paul will be on Vocalo radio tonight, March 16th, at 5pm. If you're in the Chicago area, tune in to 90.7, 91.1, 89.5fm or stream online at vocalo.org.


Inside Ten x Ten with Vesna Jovanovic

Never having performed before a live audience before, visual artist Vesna Jovanovic recently blogged about her Ten x Ten collaboration with clarinetist Jason Stein and how they planned their working performance at Constellation.
"With no expectations of the outcome and still no idea what we were going to do, we discussed our shared interests in the human body and how it relates to music. He mentioned the scalene “stress” muscles in the neck, and how the nerves that pass through them are linked to both breathing and finger movement: two important ways in which he manipulates his instrument, the bass clarinet. This led to a discussion of ways in which movement could be mapped – in particular regarding the fingers, arms, chest, neck, and head. I imagined a photograph: a long exposure that might record all of the movement into one image with trails of light marking important points on the body. This could involve bike lights, some sort of spelunking lights, Christmas lights… I was excited at the prospect of breaking out my old homemade 4×5 pinhole camera, an instrument that I spent years studying and absorbing during an earlier period in my life."
For the full post and more images of the work in progress, visit www.vesnaonline.com.


The New and Improved Elastic Arts

Ten x Ten is honored to have a Logan Square/Avondale's cultural cornerstone as our guest curator in 2015: Elastic Arts. Furthermore, we are honored that our Ten x Ten Recording Performance will be one of the first public performances in their new location at 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647.

Elastic Arts works to fosters a community of music, art and performance through developing, hosting, producing, and promoting creative, independent, and local music concerts, exhibitions, and multi-arts performances. After 17 years, 13 of them as an official non-profit organization, and over 1700 events, Elastic arts is well-known for their vigilant support of innovative, non-conventional artists and art forms, and high-quality performances with rang from live music shows, to theater, literary readings, arts exhibitions and film/video screenings.

Elastic Arts' beautiful, newly-renovated space boasts double the floor space, improved acoustics, new equipment and—most importantly—a multitude of upcoming events.

If you weren't able to attend their recent grand opening party, please join our Ten x Ten Recording Performance on March 19th at 9pm. RSVP on Facebook or visit elasticarts.org for more information about our 2015 guest curator.


Recording Performance / Thursday March 19, 2015

Join the Ten x Ten experience by witnessing a one of a kind, 10-piece ensemble made up of Chicago’s finest improvisers recording their music live at the Improvised Music Series: Recording Performance. Over the past month, 10 musicians were paired with 10 visual artists to create collaborative recordings and fine art prints. At the March 19th event, the same 10 musicians will present and record the culminating music and the public is invited to watch the process. Relying heavily on improvisation, each musician-artist pair workshopped their ideas at a Working Performance at Constellation and created joint artist statements that translate each artist’s ideas from sound to image, and vice versa. Sketches and other elements of the visual artists’ work will also be on display during the performance.

Improvised Music Series: Recording Performance
Thursday, March 19, 9:00 p.m.
Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave. #208
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This is the third of four opportunities to witness this year-long collaboration. 


Working Performance in Review

tenxten Working Perfomance at Constellation, 2/19/2015 from colin palombi on Vimeo.

Last Thursday, the Ten x Ten artists and musicians shared an unique preview of their collaborative projects during a Working Performance at Constellation. It was an exciting night of music, animation, and improvisation. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Take some time to look through the evening's photo album, and join us again on March 19th for the Recording Performance.