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SOUND WALK: Norman W. Long, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson, and Sara Zalek

  • Experimental Sound Studio 5925 N RAVENSWOOD Chicago (map)
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Sensitive circuits, listening ground

Sound Walk with Norman W. Long, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson and Sara Zalek

Sunday, June 30 at 3 PM, starting at Experimental Sound Studio

A silent walk focusing on listening to the diverse soundscape of the west Edgewater neighborhood. Led by artist trio N.W. Long, Gwyneth Zelany Anderson and Sara Zalek.

Join us at Experimental Sound Studio at 3 PM to embark; the event will finish back at ESS around 5 PM.

Norman W. Long (b. 1973, Chicago, IL) is a sound artist/designer/composer based in Chicago, IL. His current work focuses on sound art production within the larger context of landscape. He has exhibited and/or performed in galleries in Chicago, Ithaca, New York, London, and the San Francisco Bay Area. The processes involved in his practice lie within the area of field recording, electro-acoustic composition and dub technique. His art/studio practice involves gardening, collecting, performing and recording to create objects, environments, situations in which the artist and audience are engaged in a dialogue about memory, space, value, silence and the invisible. It is his desire that his practice offers us a space to consider our relationship to sound via social, ecological structures, our interiority, and to affirm our existence. To hear work online, please visit and

Sara Zalek is an artist, choreographer, and curator rooted in Butoh and investigations of personal identity. She is obsessed with time travel, experimental science, hybrid animals, permaculture, and the intentional act of transformation. Zalek created and manages all aspects of Butoh Chicago and Saratonin, dba. Through Butoh Chicago, Zalek continues to connect national and international Butoh artists with Chicago art makers across genres of dance, music, film and performance art. She seeks to foster positive communication and arts integration within Chicago’s complex, overlapping arts sectors by providing opportunities for workshops, conversations, and performances. Saratonin, dba is an ad-hoc arts organization, seeking opportunities to foster diversification in the field of art through dedication to artistic practices, public art, and community workshops. Sara also co-manages OuterSpace Studios with Jessica Marasa of the Watering Can. By fostering space, they advocate for teaching and rehearsing artists to have access to space and community. For more information, please visit

Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson is a depressed animist, descended from European invaders and immigrants, based in Chicago and Baltimore. She makes time for the animation, absurdity, patterns, and paradox of humans and not-humans, often focusing on sensations and systems that are invisible to us due to their immateriality or assumed normalcy. She's presented work in galleries, festivals, forests, and empty lots throughout the Northern Hemisphere. As an artist in residence, she's gestated at the Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), FRISE (Germany), Harold Arts (Ohio), Arteles Creative Center (Finland), and Utopiana (Switzerland). She teaches teenagers at the Lutz Center for After School Matters, and has taught in many other institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, and Johns Hopkins University's Baltimore Youth Film Arts. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received her certificate from the Center for Deep Listening in 2018. She thinks all artist bios and CVs are deceptive. For more information, please visit

Sensitive circuits, listening ground is a part of the ongoing exhibition Without Within, a collaborative project between Experimental Sound Studio and Roman Susan Art Foundation. For additional information about the ongoing exhibition and programming, please visit ROMANSUSAN.ORG/WITHOUT-WITHIN.

☔️if it is going to rain, we'll bring umbrellas ☔️

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

For more information about ‘Without Within’ visit: or contact

Earlier Event: June 24
OPTION: Matt Lux
Later Event: July 1
OPTION: Jeff Albert