High Concept Labs and and the Hideout, a historic neighborhood bar and performance venue located in Chicago’s North Branch Industrial Corridor, present HCL’s new Hideout Residency Series, taking place throughout January 2019.
Featuring dynamic, multi-artist performances held at the Hideout, the four-week series showcases the work of HCL’s current and past resident artists in celebration of the organization’s 10th year collaborating with artists and organizations across Chicago to strengthen the city’s creative community.
“When High Concept Labs was first founded in 2009, our first studios were located right across the street from the Hideout – one of Chicago’s most important independent venues and an organization we’ve long counted as a partner in our mission to transform the creative sector by providing an open pathway between artists and communities,” said Billie Howard, artistic director of HCL. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate 2019 as HCL’s 10th anniversary year than partnering with the Hideout to showcase the work of our artists.”
Amanda Gutierrez (Artistic Advisory Council)
“Cyborg writing is about the power to survive, not the basis of the original innocence, but on the basis of seizing the tools to mark the world that maked them as the other.”
-Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto
Still Waitin, is a diaristic video performance that approaches questions of gender, ethnicity through the representation on media. The video portraits the filmmaker framing her fears, thoughts, and intimate solitude confronted in her studio, through the depiction of her fractured identities. Through the use of documents from two feminist artists (Faith Wilding and Chick Strand), the video performance captures the tangential tensions of these references as a female producer, performance artist, and women of color, using the camera as a reflective limb.
The video has been exhibited in several museums and art galleries in China such as Art23 Gallery, Guangzhou, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan, Hubei, Studio Gallery, Shanghai, Academy of Fine Arts, CAFA, Beijing, as part of the group exhibition Women in Mexico, under the curatorial project of Elizabeth Rozz. In Europe, the video was shown in the exhibition, Nothing Less! 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage / Opening Night, VBKÖ Gallery in Vienna, Austria.
Marcela Torres (Sponsored Artist Fall 2018) will create a soundscape using percussive instruments activated by martial art techniques.
“Recently I have been calling myself a “social strategist.” This is an umbrella term to describe how I bring performance, objects, workshops, and sound installations into the world. I mobilize theory and practice to reconfigure social structures and improve our navigation of daily life. My work pairs alternative learning methods with martial arts–using this as a formal language–for the audience to witness a true representation of identity. I’m invested in depictions of identity that are sticky, hard to watch, have a price of entry, are a risk, have effects that hurt and ecstasies to be revealed. These messier configurations allow for complex and transcendent views on race, gender, ableism, and socio-economics in the United States. The process of understanding long term effects of structural oppression is neither easy nor static. One image cannot represent the fullness of my brown body. Considering the limits of representation, my practice prioritizes time and feeling. It focuses time-based bonding with fluxes of pain and love through long term training or therapy. I also include community conversation to make the fluidity of personhood accessible and legible in a non-hierarchical fashion.”
Andy Slater (Institutional Incubation Artist 2017-2018) is a legally blind musician, audio engineer, author, and disabilities advocate. He describes his sonic work as “art made because of his disability”. Due to his visual impairment, his ears function as navigation, safety, and problem solving tools. Because of this, he listens with great detail and focus making it hard not to listen critically.