Seminar für Englische Philologie

Susy Bielak & Fred Schmalz: "'Make no Little Plans': Mining Chicago's Archives for Artistic Inspiration", Performance and Discussion with Babette Tischleder

Susy Bielak & Fred Schmalz: 'Make no Little Plans': Mining Chicago's Archives for Artistic Inspiration, Performance and Discussion with Babette Tischleder

Chicago's history is written in hubris - from reversing the course of the Chicago River in 1900 to expanding the size of the city itself by dumping trash into the lake. These large-scale public works have had profound and enduring consequences for the city's people, indeed for the character of the city itself. This is the kind of fodder that propels the work of the artist duo Balas & Wax, who examine the dynamic nature of cities through poetic reflections on the built and natural environments. In this performance and discussion, Susy Bielak and Fred Schmalz will present a video and sound work, Fourth Horizon (2016), as well as a current work-in-progress, and discuss their process for mining the social histories and archival records of Chicago for artistic inspiration.

The event took place on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at Literarisches Zentrum, Düstere Str. 20.

Download the poster here.