Join me for a gallery talk about my sound installation Prairie, in the Yates Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center. I'll talk about the details of the history and conception of the piece, various influences that came into play during its development, a discussion the 3 year development process, as well as ideas and details of the programming, the rhythmic and spatial patterns, the sculptural nature of the piece, etc.

Shawn Decker: Prairie

Don't miss this great panel discussion, Thursday March 21 from 12 to 2 at the Chicago Cultural Center. The panel discussion will be focussed around my Prairie installation in the Yates Gallery, but will also undoubtedly take on a wider variety of issues as well.  The discussion should be interesting, with panelists from a diverse set of backgrounds.  This panel discussion was organized by graduate students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Arts Administration Program.

poster for Frank Rosaly, performing in Shawn Decker's Prairie installation


Frank Rosaly, acclaimed percussionist, composer, and improviser will be performing tonight in a "duo" with my sound installation Prairie, in the Yates gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center. The performance is at 7:00.  I would urge you to get there early, as space is limited, and I would not be suprised to see a big attendance. 

The next terrarium workshop will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of my Prairie exhibition there.  This workshop is the brainchld of students in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Arts Administration program.  Here is the information from their post. Check it out!  Note that pre-registration is required!

Shawn Decker, Prairie, at the Chicago Cultural Center

This week the Peace Museum has been running guided meditation sessions in my piece Prairie, at the Chicago Cultural Center.  Tomorrow, Friday March 8, from 12-2 is the last session.  Stop by if you are in the Loop over lunch! This program was organized by students of the Arts Administration Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Open entrance/departure for 2 hours (we ask that you stay at least 20 minutes to assure minimal interruptions for others). No sign up is
required. Location: Sidney R. Yates Gallery

Shawn Decker's "Prairie" being installed at the Chicago Cultural Center

Prairie, a large immersive sound and motion installation, will be opening at the Chicago Cultural Center on February 9th (Saturday).  Along with the this large piece (photo of the piece during installation above) will be numerous dance and music performances, artists talks, panel discussions, and more.  I will be posting the final schedule here as soon as it is finalized.  Look for more details soon!  For now, here are a few shots of me and the crew during fabrication and installation.

Shawn Decker's "Prairie" being installed at the Chicago Cultural Center

The full version of my sound installation Prarie is now in production and will open at the Chicago Cultural Center on Feb 8th, 2012.  The piece will be located in the Yates gallery on the 4th floor of the cultural Center (Randolph St. side) and will cover roughly 2000 square feet of the space.  Above is a photo taken of one 12'x12' section of the piece, set up for a photo shoot in the gallery.

Shawn Decker: installation site for Sonic Peripheries 6 in Bremen, Germany

SONIC PERIPHERIES is a curated series on sonic art practices by Petra Klusmeyer, artist and Teaching Researcher of Sound Studies at the University of the Arts Bremen, presented in cooperation with the Artist-in-Residency Stuhr-Heiligenrod.  I was the featured artist for the 6th installment in the series, presenting a solo installation/performance in June 2012.

Shawn Decker and Jan Erik Andersson Sounding Dome Sauna

The Sounding Dome Sauna, created last summer for the European Cutural Capital celebration in Turku Finland was reinstalled this summer, in a new location - at the Wäinö Aaltosen Museo, a wonderful Museum and cultural center in downtown Turku.  In addition to the Sauna itself, relocated to a new site, my collaborator, Jan-Erik Andersson, also designed an all new changing room, which you can see alongside the Sauna in the photograph.  Like last year, this is a working sauna, open to the public during museum hours (with an attendent, etc.) for saunas of steam and sound.

Shawn Decker: Prairie redesign in studio at the Ragdale Foundation

For three weeks in May I had a residency at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL - a residency I have done many times in the past, although not so recently.  As usual, this residency was extraordinarily productive - I totally redesigned the piece Prairie (you can see documentation of the original smaller "prototype" version in the works section, here) with the assistant from a Rhizome grant.  The idea was to make t