Chicago Calling: Interpretations and Translations

Featuring the music of
Nu Directions Chamber Brass
Friday, October 5th
8:00 pm

Led by Artistic Director Thomas Madeja, the modern genre oblivious brass and percussion ensemble will collaborate with Dan Godston and Borderbend’s Chicago Calling Festival to present this literary and music event exploring forms of communication. The evening will feature several poetic and musical works, including the premier of Madeja’s newest multi-disciplinary composition Lost In Translation.

Oracles, Pirates, Occupiers

A performance with music, sound, text & projections – a multidisciplinary collage exploring money, people affected by economic changes, credit’s ghostly qualities, coins, tea leaves…

Dan Godston — trumpet, poetry
Alpha Bruton — projections
Bruce Eisenbeil — guitar soundscape
Chad Clark — electronics
Norman Long — electronics
Harry Ross — text
& other TBA collaborators


Toward a Union of Public Artists


Toward a Union of Public Artists

We are pleased to announce that SHoP will continue programming throughout the month of October and will be featured during Chicago Artists Month.

The month of October will be one of exploration on the nature of artistic independence and community interdependence, dedicated to informal education and an investigation of the Public Artist.

Public Artistone who acts, thinks, and/or learns publicly and in some way exhibits his/her performance of daily life, or entangles it with public life. The Public Artist might be one whose daily endeavors, say, seeking studio space, finding a place to live, eating dinner, raising children, seeking education for himself or her children… all become endeavors that are shared, informed by broader needs than ones own, and pursued with some degree of aesthetic or poetic sensibility.

October at SHOP will be a collaborative laboratory of thought and investigation of a set of ideas relating to the Public Artist:

◎ artist spaces, residential and commercial, for production, exhibition, and social exchange

◎ housing, and developing a volunteer task force.

◎ zoning, code, liability, and ways in which these affect community life

◎ informal education, skill-sharing and outreach

◎ resources and programming

◎ international programming exchange

◎ multi-ethnic, intergenerational, cross-cultural programming and events

Your participation includes

◎ Free space and modestly-priced tool rental, to develop a body of work or to continue research on current work throughout the month of October (There are small individual spaces, and larger more public ones for you to consider.)

◎ mentorship from established Chicago artists

◎ a community of thinkers and makers with whom to discuss your work

◎ broad exposure during the month of October

◎ the potential for longer term support in developing your own Public Art space.

◎ the potential for a longer term live-in fellowships in the future

Selected artists for October will develop a month long project, or series of events and activities as possible models for ongoing programming.


✇◎ Please submit no more than a one page written description of what you plan to do, how it relates to the theme and to SHoP by September 22nd at 6:00 pm.

✇◎ Include a simple calendar of proposed events or programs. However tentative, give us an idea of the logistical and conceptual complexity that your project might involve.

✇◎ Feel free to include any images and/or drawings that could be useful in our decision- making process.

✇◎ Send proposals via email to

We look forward to hearing from you,




September 4th – October 9th
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Join us for this 6-week workshop led by performer and choreographer, Adam Rose.

What are the possibilities for an American Butoh? Could the form be re-invented for an American context? This six week workshop will ask difficult questions not normally addressed in discussions around Butoh. Workshop participants will be guided through an intensive investigation of contemporary body performance through a combination of lecture, discussion, and movement exercise.

An impossible territory. Neo-colonial aesthetics from the conqueror’s point of view.
Playing the victim. Becoming the villain.

Wholesale cultural exports. The chimera of fame and permanent adolescence.
Destroying the face. Broken window aesthetics.

The American landscape and the impossible American body.
Where is the land that has not been robbed? Inheritors of the wasteland.

Selling us water. The body as property. Hand coding the human genome.
Biopunk and neon style.

Week 5: NUKES.
Military superiority and uniform fetishism. Nukes, puke, and slime.
Ideal mutations. Worst case scenarios.

Week 6: EMPIRE.
Chicago: Imperial City of the Great West. Frontier shadows.
Land of the Setting Sun.

is the Artistic Director of Antibody Corporation, a company specializing in mind-body and occult research.

Free will donation for classes.

SHoP Open House: Courting a Fellowship

Saturday September 22nd
12:00 – 3:00 pm

To introduce the house to those who may not have seen it or those who need to revisit, the Southside Hub of Production is opening it’s doors this Saturday from 12:00pm – 3:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm to welcome any and all artists interested in participating in our upcoming show: Toward a Union of Public Artists. See the official call here.

We invite you to propose ideas to activate spaces within our 16 room mansion with installations that can be programmed or act as autonomous zones. Each room can be altered, modified, and utilized in ways we may not even be able to imagine. Come spend some time, sketch, photograph, measure, and imagine the possibilities. Proposal deadline has been extended to September 29th, 2012

If you can’t make it to the Open House, we will also be hosting private tours throughout the week. Please contact Francesca Dana at fdana at or Laura Shaeffer at laura.shaeffer at to coordinate your tour.

South Side Story Slam

poster by Simon Allen

Sunday, September 30, 2012
4:00 – 6:30 pm

Near the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. Street parking available.

Please forward and announce the South Side Story Slam to your lists and colleagues, family and friends.

The theme is: “Talking to Strangers”

Have you had exciting, frightening, satisfying, bizarre encounters with strangers?
Did strangers ever turn out to be friends – or people you approached because they reminded you of another? Any stranger ever sat down next to you and engaged you in conversation? What was the result? Where did this happen? How did you feel?
What makes a stranger “strange”???
What images and events occur for you when you hear the phrase, “Talking to Strangers”? Admonitions from your childhood from concerned adults ”NOT TO ….!” ? Did you disobey???

Have fun with this theme and share your well crafted 5 minute stories at our second South Side Story Slam!

Admission: $ 7.00, includes one beverage and refreshments
Reservations suggested

Basic Rules and Details:

    1) Stick to the theme
    2) No papers – Story is told from memory, BUT not memorized
    3) No props, musical instruments.
    4) 5 minute limit, points deducted if you go over
    5) Judges base scores on how well the teller crafted and told the story. (Content is given twice the weight of delivery). Did story address the theme and time limit
    6) Must be “true” story of teller’s own creation. No myths, legends or cultural tales
    7) Open to anyone 18 or over who puts their name in the ”hat.”
    8) Ten slots. There may be more than 10 people who want to tell.
    Not all will go.

If any of our seasoned storytellers receiving this wants to be a “celebrity judge” please let me know.

Questions? Reservations? To Volunteer? Please get in touch.

Complete information on SHoP’s website:
Judith Heineman,
juhestories at; 312-925-0439
Kirsten Madsen: kirsten madsen at, 817-271-3456.
Laura Shaeffer, Artistic Director of SHoP: laura.shaeffer at, 773-710-5464

“Ironwill Tate” – Puppet Show by Bat Honey

Saturday, September 22nd
Sunday, September 23rd
7:00 pm

Join us for a comic, road-trip odyssey by Bat Honey, an artistic duo from Portland Oregon.

“Ironwill Tate” is a fantasy-filled puppet extravaganza for adults. The show features over 40 handmade puppets utilizing ancient and modern puppetry styles. In “Ironwill Tate” we follow a family on the last leg of their cross-country road-trip. At the wheel is Tate, the father and fanatical schedule keeper who decides what they will and will not stop for. Drunken zoo animals, dying wizards, and giant robots vie for the family’s attention, but Tate will stop at nothing to keep that pedal down. This main narrative is the springboard for a series of vignettes woven throughout. It gets strange, folks.

Bat Honey is comprised of Britt Juchem and Ariel Gregory. Britt and Ariel began their career as stop motion animators. Veteran Los Angeles model makers for film and television, they have been collaborating for over ten years.

The show will start at 7:00 pm on two nights, Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd.

Drinks available at Red Flags Salo(o)n
Donations welcome

***Please Note*** This event is recommended for adults! Contains mature language.

Seeing the Light: Intersections of Cinema and Poetry

September 7, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: $5 suggested

James Broughton’s Four in the Afternoon (1951, 16mm, 15 min.)
Larry Jordan’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977, 16mm, 40 min.)
Stan Brakhage’s Deus Ex (1971, 16mm, 33 min.)

There is a well-established history of poetry and cinema commingling, from Jean Cocteau’s reimaging of Orpheus as a modern bard to the lyrical time-space meditations of Terrence Malick and Andrei Tarkovsky; yet poetry shares the most with the tradition of experimental/avant garde cinema, films that are unburdened by the constraints of narrative logic, stylistic continuity, and mainstream approval. At the crossroads of poetry and experimental filmmaking lives something that cannot be articulated outright—a thought or an impression that’s too elusive, too enigmatic to be conveyed by conventional means. The parallels between these two forms of expression are myriad: both rely on a symbiosis of form and content, both create meaning from the juxtaposition of words or images that might not otherwise be joined together, and both maintain a certain shroud of mystery, encouraging their readers/viewers to fill in the gaps for themselves.

Borrowing the title from James Broughton’s tract on cinema, South Side Projections and Poetry Magazine present SEEING THE LIGHT, a program of three films by renowned experimental directors, each with poetic roots. Broughton’s Four in the Afternoon adapts poems from his book Musical Chairs into a series of vignettes about four eccentric characters in search of love. At turns absurd and poignant, it was hailed by Dylan Thomas as “lovely and delicious, true cinematic poetry.” Larry Jordan’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner warps Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s classic ballad into a chromatic fever dream. Narrated by none less than Orson Welles, the film blends original 19th-century engravings by Gustave Dore with Jordan’s collage imagery, enhancing the poem’s haunting, supernatural qualities. And Stan Brakhage’s Deus Ex urges us to rethink our relationship with mortality, illness, and the way we perceive the human body. Inspired by a Charles Olson poem and Brakhage’s own frequent hospital visits, the film uses footage of an open-heart surgery to raise questions about our obsession with extending life beyond its natural boundaries.