8641 Linwood St.
Detroit MI 48206
This will be our first public performance for us three together. Chris Reilly works with similar devices to my Springboard plus software-based instruments and visual projections. Ben Miller’s estimable achievements in the Detroit/Ann Arbor post-punk scene, and current performance with his self-deconstructed multi-phonic guitar promises to fill out the sonic splendor of this evening.
Preceding this show I conduct the Eco-sensing and Soundscape workshop open to all who are interested in field recording, sound maps, soundwalking and acoustic ecology. The workshop is also an opportunity to connect with the activities and interests of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology.
About Chris, Ben and Light Box…
is a Detroit artist, hacker and teacher. Chris holds a MFA from UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture. Working individually and collaboratively, his artwork explores communication, relationships, perception, participation, and collaboration using media including games, performances, software, installations, and open-source hardware/software projects. Chris has performed and shown artwork in solo and group exhibitions in the US, Europe and Asia. Recent shows include Body Clock at CAVE Detroit; the Intimate Instruments workshop at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Music Tech Fest in Ljubljana, Slovenia; a public installation at Zero1 Biennial in San Jose, CA; and collaborative projects in Hong Kong’s Microwave International New Media Arts Festival. Chris is the official Infinity Manager of Detroit’s Picnic Club, an arts collective dedicated to site-specific inquiry, play, and picnics. His works have been profiled in Hyperallergic; We Make Money Not Art; Make Magazine; Wired Magazine; and Punk Planet. Chris has published photo/video essays and art texts in Geez Magazine and Infinite Mile. Chris is Assistant Professor of Art at Eastern Michigan University’s School of Art & Design; he has also taught New Media and Digital Fabrication courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as authoring 3D modeling/animation courses for lynda.com. More info: http://chris-reilly.org/
is a Detroit-based teaching artist and seminal figure in the regional art noise and avant rock scene, since the 70s and 80s as a member of such Detroit/Ann Arbor bands as Sproton Layer, Destroy All Monsters, and non-fiction. Destroy All Monsters, in particular, still a cult favorite, was a big part of the proto-punk, punk, and post-punk Detroit rock scene, featuring such bands as the MC5, the Stooges, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, and The Up. In recent years, Miller has created sound design for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, recorded and performed with the Glenn Branca Ensemble, and currently performs solo with his self-deconstructed multiphonic guitar and conducts and composes for NYC’s Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra. More info: http://benmiller.info/
About Light Box
Light Box is a vital venue for artistic expression and community gathering in Detroit, dedicated to experimentation and education within the broadest, most inclusive definition of ‘performance.’ Its members and collaborators champion the life-giving qualities of art and performance in their own rights, as well as the healing and liberating potentials of art-making.
We believe in the transformative power of art to enliven and build community, to strengthen and amplify individual voices and to foster socio-political justice. By housing multiple artists and projects in a Detroit neighborhood with deep historical and cultural roots, Light Box supports cross-pollination and collaboration, nurturing artistic experimentation & cultural expression by and among diverse communities. The space offers residencies, public showings, workshops, and social forums; incubating and presenting artistic work and programs that challenge, illuminate, and inspire.