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PERFORMANCE & SCREENING: Brett Naucke, Deborah Stratman and Manuela De Laborde

  • Experimental Sound Studio 5925 N RAVENSWOOD Chicago (map)
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Without Within: Performance by Brett Naucke, Screening Manuela De Laborde, Deborah Stratman

Thursday, August 1 at 7 PM – Sound performance with Brett Naucke, Natalie Chami and Whitney Johnson and screening of works by Deborah Stratman and Manuela De Laborde, in the garden at dusk.

Join us for a sound performance by Brett Naucke with Natalie Chami and Whitney Johnson, followed by a screening of the short experimental films As Without So Within (2016) by Manuela De Laborde, and Deborah Stratman’s Xenoi (2016).

Brett William Naucke is an American electronic composer, recording, and performing artist based in Chicago, IL. Naucke's sonic output has been primarily focused on marrying an ever-evolving practice of synthesis with personal and conceptual narratives. His most recent recordings have been released by Spectrum Spools, Umor Rex, and Hausu Mountain in addition to many others since 2009. Beyond live performance, Naucke has provided the original scores for several films, sound design for interactive gaming, and presented many works for multi-channel audio installations. Additionally, Naucke also ran the Catholic Tapes record label from 2007-2015 releasing over 100 documents of American underground electronic music. For more information, visit

Manuela De Laborde’s work carries aesthetic claims of pleasure, yet its purpose is deeply conceptual. Based in Mexico City, and currently a resident for the triennial program Conditional Cinema at Oberhausen Film Festival (2018-2020), the artist’s work evolves around a search to locate and isolate the concepts that are constructed around tangible elements. By stripping elements, Laborde regenerates the image and positions it in newly formed, virtual spaces. Laborde started -ito/-ita, a children’s art program working around the subject of abstraction. For -ito/-ita contemporary artists to share their practice, and donate conceptual discoveries and material leftovers to promote a notion of creativity as public domain. For more information, visit

Deborah Stratman is an artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Recent projects have addressed freedom, expansionism, surveillance, sonic warfare, public speech, ghosts, sinkholes, levitation, propagation, orthoptera, raptors, comets, exodus and faith. She has exhibited internationally, and is the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim and USA Collins Fellowships, an Alpert Award, Sundance Art of Nonfiction Award and grants from Creative Capital, Graham Foundation, and Wexner Center for the Arts. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois. For more information, visit

This event is a part of the ongoing exhibition Without Within, a collaborative project between Experimental Sound Studio and Roman Susan Art Foundation.

Gallery Hours:
Sundays, 1 - 5 pm and by appointment (please email

Exhibition Information:
May 17 - August 18, 2019


Friday, May 17 from 6-9 PM – Opening reception with live performance by Norman W. Long

Sunday, June 30 at 3 PM – Sound walk with Norman W. Long, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson, and Sara Zalek

Sunday, July 21 at 3 PM – Sound performance with Norman W. Long, Andrew Clinkman, and Lia Kohl

Thursday, August 1 at 7 PM – Sound performance with Brett Naucke and screening of moving image works by Deborah Stratman and Manuela De Laborde

About ‘Without Within’

Found, arranged, abstracted, and transformed, Without Within is a two person exhibition with a new sound installation commissioned from Norman W. Long and assembled ceramic sculptures by Mie Kongo, curated by Ruth Hodgins. Inspired by observations and discovery from their surrounding environments, both artists play with altering perceptions using inspiration from found materials and field recordings. From metal and porcelain to electro-acoustic composition, each artist transforms the randomness and chance inherent to our everyday lived experiences into ordered, composed forms that meditate on memory, scale, shape, and sound. Over the course of the exhibition, each month a performance will activate the space, bringing together other artists who use sound and moving image in relation to the works on view. Without Within is a collaborative project organized by Experimental Sound Studio and Roman Susan Art Foundation

Roman Susan Art Foundation is a nonprofit art space and platform for exhibitions and events in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Roman Susan develops and supports new opportunities to display, create, and experience art. For more info, please visit

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