Su-Mei Tse video installation opens at Renaissance Society, March 13
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Su-Mei Tse video installation opens at Renaissance Society, March 13

Su-Mei Tse, The Ich-Manifestation, 2005
video installation
Location: The Renaissance Society, Cobb Hall, 4th Floor
Admission: free

The Renaissance Society
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The Renaissance Society will hold an opening reception for a new video/sound installation by artist Su-Mei Tse on March 13 from 4 to 7 pm, with a talk with the artist from 5 to 6pm.

In Su-Mei Tse’s new art work, The Ich-Manifestation, videos of five tortoises are projected in slow motion over a series of five large screens and are accompanied by an audio track with heavy bass frequencies. At a scale several times larger than life, Tse’s tortoises recall their Jurassic era cousins, the dinosaurs. As the giant, pondering turtles move across the walls to the booming sound of their footsteps, spectators experience awe and curiousity. Are the turtles sad, burdened, patient, self-reliant, or wise? Introspection, consciousness, problem solving, emotion, and memory are human traits which we project onto animals in myths, children’s literature, and in our interactions with our pets. Despite the use of video technology, The Ich Manifestation can take its place alongside a host of animal imagery dating back to the cave drawings of Lascaux. The medium may have changed but the question remains the same. Brother wind, sister turtle, what is on your mind?

Su-Mei Tse’s installation for the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennial won the Golden Lion Prize.

The Renaissance Society will also be hosting two free experimental music concerts in the gallery. Both concerts are free.

oso, Zs, and Flockterkit
Monday, March 14, 2005
8 pm

oso is known for Phil Taylor’s unique guitar work and quirky arrangements. The Zs are a double trio from New York who play avant rock/ new music. Flockterkit, a Chicago band, features some of the most vibrant improvisers and composers from the local experimental music scene. Featuring acoustic instruments and electronics, their music lies between jazz and electroacoustic composition. This event takes place in the gallery. FREE

The MAVerick Ensemble, performing Irregular Doublings
Tuesday, March 24, 2005
8 pm

MAVerick Ensemble percussionists and cellists perform works by such diverse composers as American rock music icon Frank Zappa and electronic music icon Mario Davidovsky; Indonesian composer I Wayan Sadra and MAVerick composer William Jason Raynovich. The MAVerick Ensemble brings rarely heard works to Chicago—in this case, one world premiere and a couple of Chicago premieres alongside less heard pieces by prominent composers of the 20th century. Additionally, Zappa’s famous or infamous Black Page will be a treat for all of the Zappa fanatics in Chicago.

Established in 1915, The Renaissance Society is Chicago’s oldest contemporary art museum. Focusing on the forefront of the visual arts, The Renaissance Society maintains an international reputation as one of the finest resources for contemporary art. In addition to exhibitions, The Renaissance Society also sponsors concerts, performances, film and video screenings, and talks by noted artists and critics.
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