In-Progress Update: Ausikaitis & Bartosekulva

Ten xTen 2017: Dual Practices has begun with artists working in pairs to produce new work utilizing the full-service recording, mixing, and mastering studio at ESS and the fine art editioning services at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Throughout the summer we’ll be documenting and sharing each pair’s process. First up: AmbrosiaBartosekulva and Melina Ausikaitis tell us a little bit about their collaboration and process for their track recorded in ESS’s Studio A at the end of April: 

The theme of location was only vaguely addressed by Ambrosia and I from the start. After we started talking, what we found common ground on was a place in time. We traded stories about growing up and our parents. It turned out that we had quite a bit in common. The stories that we tell in the recording were retold and fleshed out after this first meeting. I think the link between the two stories is sensory experiences; smells and materials, etc.  

Our two stories and a loose framework of three stages were all we walked into the studio with. I brought my fake guitar and pedals with me.
–Melina Ausikaitis

I was really inspired by a line in Melina's story to use a story I had with almost the same line as an opening. We both had these very similar experiences, yet our processes are on two very different layers. With sound I wanted to create a space that highlighted the contrast of Melina's very visceral tactility and physicality vs my kind of etheric non-locality. I wanted to integrate the two and have multiple layers in our sound as well, some up close and abrasive and some far away and hard to grasp.

I affected multiple channels of my voice and a drum machine through a series of analog effects, handmade electronics and loops. We practiced a few times and had a structure to our piece, but improvised within that framework.
–Ambrosia Bartosekulva


Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices

Ten accomplished artists and three Chicago arts organizations are uniting to present Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices, an artistic project that commissions and presents new audio and visual artworks.

The 2017 roster of artists all produce compelling work as both visual artists and musicians, and are interested in experimentation and collaboration. The participating artists are Melina Ausikaitis, Ambrosia Bartosekulva, Mark Booth, Cathy Hsaio, Deidre Huckabay, Damon Locks, Lou Mallozzi, Joseph Clayton Mills, Allen Moore, and Sadie Woods.

Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices is guest curated by Experimental Sound Studio (ESS), a non-profit, artist-run organization focused on sound in all its exploratory cultural manifestations. ESS is working in partnership with Homeroom and Spudnik Press Cooperative, the Ten x Ten founding organizations. Through the collaboration of these three distinct and accomplished organizations, Ten x Ten offers a truly unique opportunity for ten Chicago artists to produce new collaborative artworks.

Now in it's fifth and most conceptually broad iteration, Ten x Ten 2017 brings together notable Chicago artists whose artistic practices are interdisciplinary. Artists, working in pairs, will produce new work utilizing the full-service recording, mixing, and mastering studio at ESS and the fine art editioning services at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

By considering questions about boundaries and location, the Ten x Ten 2017 will investigate Chicago neighborhood identities, urban change, and comfort in space and place. For example, participating artists, Damon Locks and Cathy Hsiao’s project will present “a hybrid narrative in which a community of sound and space is amplified through the weaving together of a fictional visual and sonic narrative that will result in a blend of what community means to both of them.” In response to Chicago’s rich history in social activism and musical movements, Allen Moore and Sadie Wood’s project “queries the effects, aspirations, and struggles of cultural experiences through visual and audio collage.”

This project will culminate on September 9, 2017, with a public performance and exhibition hosted by Experimental Sound Studio, and the release of a collectable compilation.

Download the Press Release


Ten x Ten Gallery Exhibition at Chicago Art Department

Ten x Ten 2015 Gallery Reception
Friday, November 13, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Chicago Art Department, 1932 South Halsted
Free Admission
Ben Remsen from the Now Is podcast DJ's


Ten x Ten 2015 Collection

The Ten x Ten 2015 Collection pairs a limited edition LP with a full-color publication.  Designed by Craig Hansen, the publication features each print, statements by each artist/musician pair that illuminates their collaboration, and a foreword by Jordan Martins.

Please join us in celebration of Ten x Ten 2015 at the Release Concert & Exhibition this Saturday, September 12th at Elastic Arts. Purchase tickets here


Ten x Ten Preview

Join Homeroom, Spudnik Press Cooperative and Elastic Arts as we celebrate the hard work and incredible creative output of 20 of Chicago's finest artists and musicians on September 12th when we release Ten x Ten 2015.

Ten x Ten 2015 Release Event
Saturday, September 12, 9:00pm
Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave. #208   
Culminating screen prints are presented and final compositions are performed live.


Ten x Ten 2015: Five Questions

Get to know more about each of the 20 Ten x Ten 2015 participating artists in this info video. Each artist was asked five questions about their medium, inspiration and collaborator.