I have FINALLY finished video documentation of Prairie and have uploaded both video and audio files to vimeo and soundcloud respectively.

While I get a documentation page up on this site (within a couple of days, I promise) for now I offer you links to both the video and audio.  More soon, I promise!




Gryke - Shawn Decker and Mark Booth

I have just posted a very nice recording from Gryke's (Mark Booth and I) recent performance at the Empty Bottle in Chicago.  This is the latest version of a new piece called Six-Spotter Burnet (after a small butterfly we spent some time with in Ireland where we first collaborated).  Enjoy!

Here is the Empty Bottle recording:



additional images:

I will be performing/installing "Natura Naturans" - a piece based on an performance/installation done at the Sonic Peripheries festival in Breman, German two summers ago at the Ragdale Foundation for their Art Walk this Sunday Oct. 19th. This is a piece featuring 32 small speakers installed in the plant room of the Ragdale house, along with quadrophonic sound from 4 larger powered monitors.

Mark Booth and I will perform a set at the Empty Bottle this Sunday, October 13th as the duo gryke. Ryan Dunn is opening for us, and this should be a great show - hope you can make it!

Join everyone who helped put together my installation Prairie at the Chicago Cultural Center (including yours truly) to toast the last weekend of the installation (we are having a clsing reception rather than an opening)!  The piece has had a fantastic attendance, but if you still haven't seen it, this weekend is your last chance!  The closing party will be in, and outside, the Yates gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 Washington St, this Friday May 3rd, from 5:30 until 7:30.  I hope to see you there!!!

Anne Wilson's Errant Behaviors, a Video and Sound Installation which I collaborated on (doing all the sound portion of the work)  will be on exhibition as part of the exhibition "Borderline" at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, in Kanazawa, Japan. This 2-screen video and 4 channel sound piece uses 23  stop motion animated seqments each with its own stereo soundtrack which are presented simultaneously, each in random order.

Don't miss this wonderful panel discussion this Thursday, organized by Kate Dumbleton, in conjunction with the Chicago Cultural Center, and my exhibition Prairie.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 18th, 6pm-8pm.
Location: Claudia Cassidy Theater
Panelists: Roscoe Mitchell, Ken Vandermark, Pamela Jennings
Moderator: Dieter Roelstraete

Shawn Decker's Prairie reviewed in the NewCity Arts magazine

Prairie, at the Chicago Cultural Center through May 5th,  was just reviewed in NewCity's Art magazine.  It will be both in their print edition, which I heard a rumor might be their last print issue (?), and in the online edition.  Here is a link to the article: http://art.newcity.com/2013/04/09/portrait-of-the-artist-shawn-decker/#more-13450
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Frank Rosaly Performance Setup in Shawn Decker's Prairie Installation


Shawn Decker and Lynn Book performing "The Phaedra Escapes" at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

On Tuesday, March 26th from 5:00-6:30pm, at the Scales Fine Arts Center, Art 102, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem NC, my collaborator Lynn Book will screen her new "video book": Book 1. of 3 volume seiries' - UnReading for Future Bodies. This project is a video version based loosely on a series of performance works, The Phaedra Escapes, Lynn and I worked on last year (and continue to work on), based around music excerpted from those performances.